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Rubio: 'The world cannot make it happen without us'



dscn0523_0.jpgSen. Marco Rubio just started his Brookings Institution speech, a hawkish argument for continued U.S. engagement abroad.

Here are his remarks as delivered. His theme is, "Is the American world order sustainable and necessary in the 21st century?" and the speech concludes:

Why does it have to start with us, some say. Why do we have to do it?

We find our answer in the words of a non-American. In an address to  Congress in 2003, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said:

“I know it's hard on America. And in some small corner of this vast country, out in Nevada or Idaho or these places I've never been to but always wanted to go -- I know out there, there's a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business, saying to you, the political leaders of this country, "Why me, and why us, and why America?" And the only answer is because destiny put you in this place in history in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do.”

And so it is. For this new century is a time of tremendous challenges. But it is also a time of tremendous promise. This is indeed the world America made. It is freer and more prosperous than it has ever been.

But it can be even better. As Americans we can’t make that happen by ourselves. But the world cannot make it happen without us.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 3:18pm]


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