Last night, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
CHANCELLOR MERKEL: And I must say I am a strong believer in this multilateral effort in these international fora, because it shows clearly where the red line is to those who do not wish for democracy.And this is what we need to do, time and again make it clear to them where the limits are, where the red lines are.
PRESIDENT BUSH: No back rubs. (Laughter.)
He Thanked Her Hosiery?
We talked about Iran, and I thanked Chancellor Merkel’s strong support for a Chapter 7 Iranian — Chapter 7 United Nations Security Council resolution on Iran. It was an important message to send Iran, that the free world wants there to be a peaceful future.
One Israeli Living In Peace With Palestine
We’re committed — strongly committed to a two-state solution with Israeli and Palestine living side by side in peace, two democracies supporting each other’s rights to exist.
The Shape Of What, We Wonder
Well, Ben, my thinking is taking shape. I’ll be ready to outline a strategy that will help the Iraqis achieve the objective of a country that can govern, sustain and defend itself sometime next week; I’ve still got consultations to go through. Whatever decision I make, though, will be all aimed at achieving our objective.
Reenter The You Know
Secondly, Syria knows exactly what she needs to do in order to reenter the nation — reenter the — you know, to be viewed as a nation that’s constructive.
Pay Attention, Women
So I spent a lot of time talking about the strategy to help achieve that objective, and that objective is a country that is an ally in this war on terror, a country that sends a strong example to reformers and women throughout the Middle East that it’s possible to live in a free society that can work for the common good.
It’s Hard To Convince Parliaments of Hard Work
I have come to realize that — I don’t know if I’d call this “change of mind,” but one thing that my European friends have taught me is that the United Nations is an important body in order to be able to convince parliaments of hard work that needs to be done.
We Knew That
As you probably are aware, I’ve really never felt like the United States needs to get United Nations approval to make decisions necessary for our security.