Sept. 25 - U.S. Ambassador William J. Burns addresses the Oxford Analytica closing banquet at Blenheim Palace on the Middle East and the future of relations between the U.S. and Europe.
My pleasure. To introduce the American deputy secretary of state. American interest today are -- in many directions. After a decade dominated by two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan global economic crisis. It is understandable. That some Americans -- tempted to turn a little inward. Well humility is not an -- trademark. Americans ought to approach at least sort of stretched. The Middle East to some place where -- in this seldom lack for either company validation. Where skeptics hurt me Jefferson. It is a place where American policy makers often learn humility and hard. A place where you can most easily see the wisdom in the famous comment the most famous residents of this splendid placements to Churchill. That what do you like most of that Americans. Is that they usually do the right thing and it just like -- -- alternative. As daunting as our common challenges across the middle continue to be. As formidable as the task of negotiating an historic trade and investment. Act would be. I remain convinced that much as possible in the years ahead in the transatlantic relations. There is still no stronger foundation for the world the Europeans and Americans both once -- in the partnership interest in it's. That binds together a billion people. So you can count -- an optimist. The future for our relationship. We have no agenda or cost to promote. -- -- -- We have no agenda or call us promote other -- truth. My thought is that the rule of truth to expose injustice. If you think about. Crude and what it means. To all of us and around the world and in our society. But isn't 1 of them central. Roles that true. To expose injustice. So thanks again coming. But what we see you again next year. Good -- god bless him godspeed.