America is starting to be the first global civilization. America is the center for new ideas. I rebelled against communism (in Yugoslavia)--but I found the market for my books in America. Why? I think the next century will be American.'
Former Japanese prime minister
'I think it is excessive that Americans are losing confidence. America's fundamentals remain very strong--its basic science, its technology, its multifaceted thinking. Its frontier spirit is thriving. Ten years from now, the United States will be a superpower--the only superpower.'
VALERY GISCARD D'ESTAING
Former president of France
'Are we heading toward a role of the world's policeman for the United States? I don't think so. When the United States tried to play that role (to prevent the Communists from taking hold in Vietnam), it cost her a very great price.'