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General Anthony Zinni

General Anthony ZinniGeneral Anthony Zinni

Zinni expressed his concern for the lack of strategic thinking among our governmental leaders, stating that the world has changed dramatically over the past 20 years with significant events altering our social structures and well-being. And while he believes that the situation in Iraq was the "wrong time, wrong place, wrong war," he thinks the U.S. cannot abandon the Iraqi people, but must instead "clean up the mess we made."

Over the course of the evening, General Zinni lectured audience members on the upcoming presidential election, the War on Terrorism, the Iraq War and the U.S. government. While his topic, "The Battle for Peace," was engaging and at times thought-provoking, he did manage to weave in a couple of comedic quips, which drew laughter from the audience.

On working with congressmen... "I walked into a congressman's office on Capitol Hill who proceeded to say to me, 'I have 30 minutes, tell me all you know about the Middle East.'"

On his political party affiliation... "I used to be a democrat, then I was a republican and then I was an independent. Now I'm just Roman Catholic."

On America's presence in foreign countries... "While driving overseas with one of my professional colleagues, he turned to me and said, 'There's the American culture center.' I turned to my right, and in front of us was a Burger King and McDonald's."

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