“If we are wrong, we will have destroyed a threat that at its least is responsible for inhuman carnage and suffering. That is something I am confident history will forgive,” he said. “But if our critics are wrong … and we do not act, then we will have hesitated in the face of this menace when we should have given leadership. That is something history will not forgive.”

“there is no more dangerous theory in international politics than that we need to balance the power of America with other competitive powers.”

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