John F. Lehman

(John Francis Lehman Jr.)

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A few people with a clear agenda can make a big difference in government. Leaders & Leadership
Congressional anarchy must be curtailed. Legislating & Legislative Process
Gentlemen don't do that. Budgets & Budgeting
Illegal stills had always been plentiful in the South, so Prohibition there did not have the bite that it had in the North. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
John Paul Jones was probably clinically committable, but that doesn’t take anything away fro him as a hero. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
No one with a weak heart or delicate digestion should seek the job [Secretary of the Navy] Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
None of us are naïve enough to believe that moving around boxes on organization charts will change behavior. You have to change culture. Management & Managing Government
Senator, if you vote for us, maybe we could get a battleship into Arizona. Legislating & Legislative Process
There are only two powers that matter in the bureaucracy of Washington: The power to say ‘Here’s your money,” and the power to say “You’re fired!” Power
We were not prepared intellectually. Those of us in the national security field still carried the baggage of the Cold War. We thought in concepts of coalition warfare and the Warsaw Pact. When we thought of terrorism, we thought only of state-sponsored terrorism, which is why the immediate reaction of many in our government agencies after 9/11 was: Which state did it? … We had failed to grasp, for a variety of reasons, the new phenomenon that had emerged in the world. This was not state-sponsored terrorism. This was religious war. .... This was the emergence of a transnational enemy driven by religious fervor and fanaticism. Our enemy is not terrorism. Our enemy is violent, Islamic fundamentalism. Military & Veterans