And today, as my call for a time frame to remove our troops from Iraq has been echoed by the Iraqi government and even the Bush Administration, even after we learned that Iraq has a $79 billion surplus while we're wallowing in deficits, John McCain stands alone in his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war. And that is why we are providing more than $2.8 billion to help Afghans develop their economy and deliver services that people depend upon. It will be hard to overcome decades of mistrust, but we will proceed with courage, rectitude and resolve. No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power: you must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. It's a faith in other people, and it's what brought me here today.
And as I listened to him explain why he'd enlisted, the absolute faith he had in our country and its leaders, his devotion to duty and service, I thought this young man was all that any of us might hope for in a child. It is that fundamental belief, it is that fundamental belief, I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper that makes this country work. And when the Civil War was fought and our country dedicated itself to a new birth of freedom, they took on the problems of an industrializing nation - fighting the crimes against society and the sins against God that they felt were being committed in our factories and in our slums. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps - even if you don't have boots. And in the weeks ahead, I look forward to debating them with John McCain.
Now let me be clear. But I also get the sense that there's a hunger that's deeper than that - a hunger that goes beyond any single cause or issue. That is what it means to share this world in the 21st century.
After the war, they studied on the G.I. And it offends our conscience. And God is still speaking. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. Our universities and our culture are the envy of the world, but that's not what keeps the world coming to our shores.
God is still speaking. And nothing will change. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust.
Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you.