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Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in Hendricks Hall at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Twitter posts on the speech by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and the question and answer session which followed:

At Missouri Boys State covering speech by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage for Show Me Progress. Starts in half an hour. about 3 hours ago from web

On mistakes and the outing of Valerie Plame:

Richard Armitage at Missouri Boys State: mistakes – “I am inadvertently responsible for leaking the name of a covert agent’s identity.” about 2 hours ago from web

Richard Armitage at Missouri Boys State: “Why am I not in jail [for leak]? I told the truth [to Justice Department].” about 2 hours ago from web

On the economic/political prognosis:

Richard Armitage at Missouri Boys State: “If China comes out of recession better and more quickly [than us], their model will prevail. about 2 hours ago from web

North Korea and their nuclear program:

Richard Armitage at Missouri Boys State: “There are no really sweet options wen it comes to North Korea.” about 2 hours ago from web

On the election in Iran:

Richard Armitage at Missouri Boys State: “I personally believe that Ahmadinejad [Iran] cheated and didn’t need to.” [on the election] about 2 hours ago from web

By Armitage’s definitions “soft power” is the equivalent to attraction and “hard power” is the equivalent to coercion.

Richard Armitage at Missouri Boys State: “I believe President Obama’s use of [soft power] will succeed.” [contrast Bush’s ‘hard power’] about 2 hours ago from web

On Dick Cheney’s inability to keep from speaking out:

Richard Armitage at Missouri Boys State: “I completely disagree with [former VP] Cheney.” [on Obama administration critism] about 1 hour ago from web

Richard Armitage at Missouri Boys State: “I think he [Cheney] needs to, in your words, ‘pipe down’. I think it’s unseemly.” about 1 hour ago from web

Richard Armitage at Missouri Boys State: “It makes him [Cheney] look so mean spirited.” about 1 hour ago from web

Richard Armitage-MO Boys State: “I don’t want our president to fail. I think Mr. Cheney’s comments lean in that direction. I don’t like it.” about 1 hour ago from web

On the difference between the last two presidents:

Richard Armitage at Missouri Boys State: “Mr. Obama is using both soft and hard power more intelligently.” [Bush used hard power] about 1 hour ago from web

Richard Armitage at Missouri Boys State: [on serving the present administration] “If the telephone rang, the answer would be yes.” about 1 hour ago from web