Quote from General Colin Powell 

"So our record of living our values and letting our values be an
inspiration to others I think is clear. And I don't think I have
anything to be ashamed of or apologize for with respect to what
America has done for the world. We have gone forth from our shores
repeatedly over the last hundred years and we've done this as recently
as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women
at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for
nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have
returned home ... to live our own lives in peace."

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General Colin Powell
(1937- ) US Army General, Secretary of State (2001-05)
At an address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 26, 2003, in answer to the question posed by former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey if Powell felt the U.S and its allies had given due consideration to the use of the "soft power" of diplomacy versus the "hard power" of military force against Saddam Hussein in Iraq,
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