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Dedicating the Berlin Wall Monument
Vernon A. Walters and Robert M. Gates
The following remarks were made on 18 December 1992 by former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Walters and then-Director of Central Intelligence Gates at the ceremony dedicating the CIA's Berlin Wall Monument. my adult life was over, and that freedom had won. Now I am not so sure it is over.
What is done here is indispensable to the survival not just of the United States but of human freedom. And really the great service which this Agency rendered to the world-and the US Government-is the idea of what it was we had to arm against. We were not like the Soviet Union, led into expenditures beyond what we could bear. During the 1980s, we spent $300 billion a year, a sum almost the size of the budget of the German Federal Republic, the third largest economy in the world, and we have a debt of $3 trillion. That is a lot. In fact, it is half of one year's Gross National Product. In France, the national debt is equivalent to two year's Gross National Product. And, while we know the facts, we were not always right. I cannot help using the word "we" because I had the honor for four years of being part of that. We may have been wrong on this, that, or the other-which is trumpeted to the world. But the world is unaware of the many times that we were right.
Remarks by Ambassador Walters
Director Gates, former directors of the Agency, distinguished guests, directors of other agencies-it is a very moving moment for me to be here to see this piece of the Berlin Wall being set up. I also see here General Haddock, who was the Staff Commandant who accompanied me on the first day after the wall came down, both first in the helicopter around the wall and then to the Glienicke Bridge, which had a certain emotional appeal to it because we got back some people there whom we never expected to see alive again. It is always a moving thing for me to come out here.
I spent four years of my life here, and when I left part of my heart stayed here. I have always watched with fascinated interest everything that pertains to this Agency. 1 always remember what President Kennedy said in 1961, "Your work is not easy. Your failures are trumpeted to the world and your successes are passed over in silence." And that is a very true thing. It requires a special kind of dedication to work here, and it is particularly appropriate that this piece of the wall be erected on the grounds of this Agency, which for 45 years successfully manned the watch on the battlements of freedom.
I am happy to be here, to see this piece of the wall which stood for 28 years. I think it is just as well they did not bring you the part on which they painted a copy of the photograph of Gorbachev kissing Honecker on the lips. I understand that only happened to secretaries general of fraternal communist parties. But this is enough to remind people of the success of the long watch.
We were surprised tactically, never strategically. I must say that when I came here and I realized what was being done, I was astounded. In the armed forces you get something in return for what you do. Here, you do not. You have to be content with the satisfaction of knowing that you have served the
It was a very empotional experience when I went with Ray Haddock to the wall in the morning of the 10th of November. I had fought against the German Army; 1 had been blown up by the German Army. I got a lump in my throat the size of a golf ball when I realized that the long war which had gone on all of

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