Radio Address to the Nation on Foreign Policy
My fellow Americans:
In just 2 days, on Monday morning, I will have the honor of representing you and our country when I appear before the General Assembly of the United Nations. This will be my seventh and final appearance as President before the U.N. And on each of these occasions, as with each time I've represented America in my trips overseas, whether to the Berlin Wall or the demilitarized zone in Korea, to the canals of Venice or the Palace of Versailles in France, to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing or St. George's Hall in Moscow -- yes, whenever I've carried our flag into meetings with foreign leaders -- I have felt a special pride. We Americans have so much of which to be proud, so much that others can only dream of, most of all our freedom and our democracy; and we stand for so much that is good and decent and honorable in the world.
I step up to the podium on Monday, I will see before me the representatives of
nearly all the countries on Earth. Some, like Western European nations,
For 8 years, around our nation and around the world, I've been saying that the key to world peace and human freedom is the strength and determination of the great democracies. This year, as we survey the scene one last time, we can see that our strength has indeed proven to be the engine of peace and hope in the world.
is this clearer than in U.S.-Soviet relations. Just 8 years ago, our critics at
home were calling our plans to restore
as you know, we continued to hold firm; and finally the Soviets returned to the
bargaining table. Just a few months ago, Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev and
I stood in the gilded splendor of one of the Kremlin's most splendid rooms and
exchanged the instruments of ratification for the INF treaty, a treaty that
will, for the first time in history, eliminate an entire class of
the U.N. on Monday, I'll talk about this and other successes for our philosophy
of peace through strength. A firm show of strength by
The great question now is: What next? Where does the world go in the next 8 years and the next 80 years? What are the steps we might take toward a safer, better, freer world? And I'll have some thoughts of my own on Monday.
thing is certain. If we're to continue to advance world peace and human
Until next week, thanks for listening, and God bless you.
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