May 25th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Ambassador Chas Freeman's Speech to WIFA Annual Banquet--5/24/07

Can American Leadership Be Restored?*

Remarks to the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS. Ret.)
24 May 2007
Washington, DC

When our descendants look back on the end of the 20th Century and the
beginning of this one, they will be puzzled. The end of the Cold War
relieved Americans of almost all international anxieties. It left us
free to use our unparalleled economic power, military might, and
cultural appeal to craft a world to our liking. We did not rise to the
occasion. Still, almost the whole world stood with us after 9/11.

There is still no rival to our power, but almost no one abroad now wants
to follow our lead and our ability to shape events has been greatly –
perhaps irreparably – enfeebled. In less than a decade, we have managed
to discredit our capacity to enlist others in defending our interests
and to forfeit our moral authority as the natural leader of the global
community. There is no need for me to outline to this expert audience
the many respects in which our prestige and influence are now
diminished. Historians will surely wonder: how did this happen?

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Chris Keeley

Barack Obama's answer to the challenge of restoring American leadership

Subject:        Barack Obama's answer to the challenge of restoring American
Date:   Fri, 25 May 2007 10:18:58 -0400
From:   Chas Freeman
To:     Robert Keeley


Perhaps my speech should be read in conjunction with this analysis from
"The Globalist," which even more pointedly addresses the conflation of
American power with our military:



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* Globalist Perspective > Global Politics
** Barack Obama's American Exceptionalism*

By *Christopher A. Preble
<>* |
Friday, May 25, 2007

Senator Barack Obama's meteoric rise from relative obscurity to
presidential contender has been aided by the debate over the war in
Iraq. Obama, who was not a U.S. Senator when Congress voted to go to war
in 2002, has worn his opposition to the war as a badge of honor. But as
Christopher Preble argues, that will only carry him so far.

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