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He said, “General, do you think if I’m a model prisoner” — you know what’s coming, don’t you? — “could I someday immigrate to America?”
Think about that. Think about that, that the hatred he felt was so much that he would go out and try to put a bomb in the road to kill us, but the example of America was so strong that if he could be sitting where you are today or have his son and daughter in that audience, he’d have given his eyes or teeth. It wasn’t just because we’d caught him right then. This was deeper.
And I was reminded, America’s got two fundamental powers. There’s the power of intimidation and the military — the U.S. military exists to warn people, “You take on America, and free men and women are going to fight like the dickens.” Power of intimidation.
But there’s also the power of inspiration. And the power of inspiration could reach halfway around the world to the Euphrates River Valley and affect someone, no matter how blinded they were at that moment by a hatred.
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