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Former President Bush Speaks at Yale

April 22, 2001|Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Former President George Bush echoed his son's calls for the United States to be a humble world leader during a talk Saturday at Yale University's 300th anniversary celebration.

"The United States has got to reach out. You can't treat everybody with arrogance because we are the only remaining superpower," said Bush, a 1948 Yale graduate.

Bush said Operation Desert Storm was successful because a coalition of countries worked together to end Iraq's aggression in the Middle East. Bush said it "burns him up" when critics say the military should have gone into Baghdad to get Saddam Hussein. "We finished the job we set out to do," Bush said to applause from thousands of Yale alumni.

Bush also said the U.S. must keep Russia engaged in international affairs and avoid any kind of "we won, you lost" attitude toward Russia.

The younger President Bush is also a Yale graduate, as was his grandfather, U.S. Sen. Prescott Bush. One of the president's two daughters, Barbara, is a Yale freshman.

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