Lee H. Hamilton

(Lee Herbert Hamilton)

Lee H. Hamilton
Lee H. Hamilton
  • Born: April 20, 1931
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









Quote Topics Cited
[Sanctions] make us feel like a player in foreign policy where our powers tend to be more limited …. We’re less patient with diplomacy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Democracy is not a result. Democracy is a process. Democracies & Republics
Everything in the Middle East is connected to everything else Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Free markets work better when information is available. Foreign Trade ;Secrecy & Transparency
How much reform do you think this institution [Congress] can take? Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
I get terribly frustrated on the floor when I can't find out what I'm voting on. Legislating & Legislative Process
I have no doubt that if you’re going to fight terrorism you must have a secure, national personal, identification system Terrorism
If you don’t have the budget, you can’t get anything done. That’s why bureaucrats are always fighting about budgets. Budgets & Budgeting
In terms of responders to a national disaster those first responders must be able to talk to each other…. They are still not able to do so. Defense & National Security
Judges are often snowed by the National Security establishment. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Moving from general intelligence to specific targets is the most difficult part of the intelligence business. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
News and entertainment are getting dangerously intertwined. Media, Journalism & The Press
No commission created in this town has automatic credibility. You have to earn it. Policy & Policy Making
Our government cannot function cloaked in secrecy. It cannot function unless officials tell the truth. Secrecy & Transparency
Sustainability is a very tough thing in our government because there are so many different competing priorities. Environment & Environmentalism
The congressional leadership is never in a hurry to go home and campaign. They all have safe seats. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Constitution only works when branches of government trust one another and cooperate. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The question of when you intervene is probably the toughest question of American foreign policy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The responsibility of a public official is to make the country work! Management & Managing Government
There is a kind of innate conflict of interest when members of congressional ethics committees are called upon to judge their colleagues. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There isn’t any doubt that in fighting the War on Terrorism you increase the power and scope of government, and it becomes more intrusive. Terrorism
We don't take over the means of those whom we abhor. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
What is really happening here is the radicalization of the Moslems throughout the world. Religion & God
When we rely on others to finance our foreign policy, we put it at risk. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
When you establish a powerful position, the first think you have to do is check that power and make it accountable. Power
You don’t have enough evidence to convict them in a court of law. On the other hand, they can kill you….It’s inherently a very difficult problem. At the end of the day the United States must be true to its own values. Terrorism
A likely source for terrorists seeking to buy or steal nuclear materials is the former Soviet Union.
Addressing global resentment cannot be put off. If we do not learn to use our predominant power with great restraint, we will antagonize the world. Power
Aid can work where there is good governance, and usually fails where governments are unable or unwilling to commit aid to improve the lives of their people. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
But despite this breathtaking pace, I believe in the capacity of our democracy to meet these challenges.
But in the end our government usually - not unfailingly - is responsive to the people; and usually - not always - will try to do what is right. Government
China's ability to deliver nuclear warheads on American cities is expanding.
Democracy fascinates me.
Democracy makes us articulate our views, defend them, and refine them.
Events often move faster than our ability to comprehend them.
For decades the American people have had an addiction to oil and gas.
Foreign aid is neither a failure nor a panacea. It is, instead, an important tool of American policy that can serve the interests of the United States and the world if wisely administered. Failure
I can assure you, public service is a stimulating, proud and lively enterprise. It is not just a way of life, it is a way to live fully. Life
Now the difficulty with those warnings is that they were not specific.
One half of the world's people live on less than two dollars a day. This should concern our national security policy as well as our conscience.
Our democracy is not a product but a continual process. It is preserved not by monuments but deeds. Sometimes it needs refining; sometimes it needs amending; sometimes it needs defending. Always, it needs improving.
President George W. Bush is the first American president to call openly for two-states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. War & Peace
Protecting Americans from nuclear terrorism rises above politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Putting together a counter- terrorism policy, it's very easy to look at law enforcement or defense, military action or stopping the money flows or whatever, but the really difficult part is integrating all aspects of the policy, and I think she put a lot of emphasis on that. Money, Coins & Minting
So much of our attention is trained on the Middle East these days, but we cannot ignore East Asia.
The temptations are great to simply retreat to the domain of private life and give up on our public problems. Life
The U.S has acquired reservoirs of goodwill around the globe over many years. But it is clear - from polling data and ample anecdotal evidence - that America is losing its allure in much of the world.
The U.S. should support the historic Gaza withdrawal as a first step toward a final settlement: a permanent Palestinian state in Gaza and nearly all of the West Bank.
This nation is never finished. It has to be re-created in each generation.
U.S. officials and outside experts agree that China is undertaking a comprehensive modernization of its military. The Chinese military has gotten smaller but smarter.
We cannot do everything in Africa, but doing nothing is not an option.
We should insist that governments receiving American aid live up to standards of accountability and transparency, and we should support countries that embrace market reforms, democracy, and the rule of law.
When you're talking with a person at this level of the government, at the very highest level, I think you have to be very discreet because he, President Clinton, is very aware that anything he says publicly can have a profound impact on American politics and on world politics. Government ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You'll remember Dr. Rice said that several times: It was not a warning about the place and the method and the time - it was a general warning. And that points out the imperfection, if you would, of our intelligence. Time