Accepting the Atlantic Council’s distinguished international leadership award at a dinner in Washington D.C., George W. Bush told guests at the gala that: “It’s very important for our fellow citizens to remember these words from Winston Churchill: ‘America is indispensable for the world and the dangers of isolation loom.’”
In other words, it appears the neoconservatives are still writing W's speeches and making it up as they go along.
According to The Guardian, there does not appear to be any record of Churchill ever using the line.
American historian Lynne Olson, author of Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England, said: “I’ve never run across this sentence before. He certainly could have said it, but in all my research into the many statements he made about the US before and during the war, I’ve never seen it,” reports The Guardian.
Richard Langworth, senior fellow at the Hillsdale College Churchill Project in Moultonborough, New Hampshire, also stated that Churchill never uttered the words quoted by Bush.
Other Atlantic Council honorees were Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of the US military’s European Command, Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks, and Gloria Estefan, the Grammy award-winning singer. Guests at the event, held at the Ritz-Carlton. included Trump cabinet members Wilbur Ross and Steven Mnuchin, economic adviser Larry Kudlow and former communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
Henry Kissinger, David Petraeus and Dina Powell are among the Council's board of directors.
Condoleezza Rice is an honorary director.