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Margaret Spellings on Homeland Security

Secretary of Education


Encourage critical languages: Faris, Chinese, Arabic

I made a major push to encourage the study of critical languages. (Secy. of Defense] Don Rumsfeld, [CIA Director] George Tenet, [Education Dept.'s] Margaret Spellings, and I launched a "Critical Languages Initiative" to support the study of Farsi, Chinese, Arabic, and other "hard" languages. I reminded everyone that the National Defense Languages Act had done the same during the Cold War to increase the number of speakers of Russian.
Source: No Higher Honor, by Condoleezza Rice, p.425 , Nov 1, 2011

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