ON-Lion Letter
During a mid-September speech hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Washington, D.C., Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States and Europe must stand up together in the face of an assertive Russia, but rejected the idea of another Cold War.

"The United States and Europe must not allow Russia's aggression to achieve any benefit," Rice said.  "Not in Georgia, not anywhere."

The speech was Rice's first major speech on U.S.-Russia relations since the outbreak of armed conflict in South Ossetia.  In it, she also said that Russia's intimidation of its neighbors, its threats of nuclear attack, its use of oil and gas as weapons on the political front, its arm sales to rogue nations, its suspension of the CFE Treaty, and its political persecution of Russian journalists and dissidents, all paint a picture "of a Russia increasingly authoritarian at home and aggressive abroad."

Speaking before an audience of more than 300 diplomats, policymakers, thought leaders, and international media, Rice deeply criticized Russia for its actions against Georgia, saying that its strategic objectives of deposing the democratically elected president, Mikhail Saakashvili, had failed and it has put Russia on a "one-way path to self-imposed isolation and international irrelevance."

The speech was followed by a brief question-and-answer period and then concluded by GMF president Craig Kennedy, who had also introduced Rice.  It is available online in video and audio formats. 

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports GMF projects.
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