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Rice Says U.S. Has No Imperial Ambitions

``Occasionally, we'll have differences,'' she said in a July 31 interview with ZDF German television. ``But that does not mean that the United States does not value its allies, does not value the opinions of its allies. And it, most especially, does not mean that we don't need allies.''

Rice also rejected the interviewer's comparison of the United States to the Roman Empire, which sought to acquire foreign countries.

``The United States has no imperial ambitions,'' she said.
``We need allies and need them badly . . .''
``We need allies and need them badly . . .''
Rice Says U.S. Has No Imperial Ambitions

Friday August 29, 2003 2:19 PM

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE

Associated Press Writer

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - The United States is no global bully, and disagreement between President Bush and U.S. allies doesn't mean their opinions aren't valued, his top foreign policy adviser says.

``We need allies and need them badly,'' national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said in a July 31 interview with ZDF German television.

The White House released a transcript of the interview Thursday in Crawford, Texas, where the president has been vacationing.

The Bush administration has parted company with America's allies on many issues, most notably with the U.S. decision early this year to lead the war in Iraq without firm backing from the United Nations.

Other disagreements have involved the environment, a nuclear test ban treaty and the international criminal court, among other issues.

Rice said differences of opinion are bound to happen, and that too much should not be read into them when they occur.

``Occasionally, we'll have differences,'' she said in the interview. ``But that does not mean that the United States does not value its allies, does not value the opinions of its allies. And it, most especially, does not mean that we don't need allies.''

Rice also rejected the interviewer's comparison of the United States to the Roman Empire, which sought to acquire foreign countries.

``The United States has no imperial ambitions,'' she said.

If a historical analogy is to be made, Rice points to the post-World War II period, when the United States helped create institutions such as NATO, spearheaded the Marshall Plan and helped rebuild Germany.

``We're now trying to do that, in a sense, in the Middle East, with Iraq and with the Palestinian state and with what we've done in Afghanistan,'' she said. ``And there, again, it is the spread of values that will make us more secure.''

Rice acknowledged disagreement between the United States and other countries over how to handle Iraq, but said there was no disputing the fact that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the world.

``But that Iraq was a threat, that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, that Iraq had used those weapons of mass destruction on its neighbors and its own people, that Iraq had ambitions in the volatile region of the Middle East and was therefore a danger to international security, these were shared premises of the entire international community,'' she said.

Rice said there was strong evidence and intelligence in the run-up to the war that Saddam had biological and chemical weapons and could have had a nuclear weapon by the end of the decade. Since then, troops in Iraq have uncovered ``miles of documents'' that will help lead to the discovery of Iraqi weapons, she said.

``I have no doubt that that picture will confirm that this was a regime that was a grave threat to international peace and security because of its intent on having the world's worst weapons,'' Rice said.

She refuted claims that America's credibility hinges on finding these weapons in Iraq.

``The case against Iraq was not just an issue of American intelligence,'' Rice said. ``It was an issue, also, of intelligence services around the world - of U.N. reports that there were large quantities of missing chemical and biological agents, of defectors, including Saddam Hussein's own brother-in-laws, who had left the country and revealed major weapons programs. No, there is no issue of credibility here.''

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no imperial ambitions? 29.Aug.2003 10:50

this thing here

what, other than maintaining america's economic, monetary (the $ as worldwide standard) and military position as number 1 forever and ever, even if that means armed conflict to keep the number 2's at number 2? for example, possible wars between america and the european union, or china, simply because they threaten our number 1 position? does the term PNAC sound familiar? suurrrre condi... you can't maintain a number 1 position through force or coercion on a planet of some 100 other countries without enforcing an imperial form of control.

Where does one even *begin* to comment on this article? 29.Aug.2003 15:50

Mariposa

I sometimes think that the barrage of maddening and cleverly orchestrated spins and lies are all designed to throw the minds of folks like us into the biggest knotted, numbed-out pretzel-wrap...........

And it's working........working ...........work...........wor...........wo...........w......... zzzzzzzzzzzzz

We need our allies 29.Aug.2003 21:23

Tom

And we need them badly.

Except France.

And maybe Germany.

And we can't be too sure about China.

Or Japan.

But we are number one.

In something.

Violence.

Orwellian American Propaganda 29.Aug.2003 21:53

Anti-American Freedom Fighter

More Anglo American bullshit masquerading as news. The USA (and England) have ALWAYS had an Imperialist agenda. The entire American nation state is based upon conquest, colonization, and continuing occupation of Native, Hawaiian, and Mexican lands. More recently, the USA has enaged in Imperialist wars against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and numerous other bloody "counter-insurgenies" from Columbia to SE Asia to W. AFrica. And this is just in the last decade no less!

America has always been an Imperialist Nation with an Imperial agenda.

The Project for a New American Reich is only the latest and more aggressive version of this 200 year old Anglo-American tradition.

As seen by this Condoleeza Rice lie, American rulers are even worse than Nazis in terms of their twisted logic and lies.

solid 30.Aug.2003 08:03

TheTroll

Democrats and republicans have long claimed we support the Zionist's bloodstained crusade in Palestine so that we can have a strategic advantage in the region. If we help Zionist's in thier murderous theft of Palestine for our own gain, then it is pretty stupid to claim that both dems and reps are not imperialiasts.