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Gortney as a three-star vice admiral in Bahrain.

“Let's talk about China. We're…trying to bring -- and I think doing a fairly good job -- of bringing China in a responsible part into a -- into a world power in here. But as we do that, I think it's important to recognize, for any history majors out there, have we ever been successful in that -- in the past? Anybody? I'll take your silence as no, we've never been successful in the past.”
— Admiral William "Bill" Gortney, head of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, in remarks to a Navy audience Feb. 16.
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