McGeorge Bundy

(McGeorge "Mac" Bundy)

McGeorge Bundy
McGeorge Bundy
  • Born: March 30, 1919
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[Thomas] Dewey's view was that if he made no mistakes he would win So we sat around making sure he would make no mistakes. And I think we succeeded, but in fact that isn't the way it went. [Dewey lost] Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… composed largely of the same class of people as those who brought Hitler to power — the penny-proud, ignorant petit bourgeois folk . Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A nuclear exchange confined to military targets seems more possible, not less, when both sides have a sure second strike capability. Then you might have a more stable balance of terror. Military & Veterans
A surgical operation is bloody, messy and never fun. Military & Veterans
Americans don't stay where they're not wanted. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
As important as having strength is knowing how to use it. Power ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I know there is no present evidence, and I think there is no present likelihood that the Cubans and the Cuban Government and the Soviet Government would in combination attempt to install major offensive capability. War & Peace
I was brought up in a home where the Secretary of State was not the subject of partisan debate. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If we guard our toothbrushes and diamonds with equal zeal, we will lose fewer toothbrushes and more diamonds. Secrecy & Transparency
In the real world of real political leaders a decision that would bring even one hydrogen bomb on one city of one's own country would be recognized as a catastrophic blunder. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Leaflet operations should be expanded to obtain maximum practicable psychological effect on the North Vietnamese population. Propaganda & Disinformation
Our best chance of success is a policy of sustained reprisal against North Vietnam. We believe the risks of such a policy are real but acceptable. Measured against the cost of defeat, this program seems cheap. War & Peace
The actions you plan to take and the actions you actually decide to take [in a crisis] are not always the same. Management & Managing Government
The Annual Shame Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The Crocodile. He just lies there on the riverbank, his eyes half closed, looking sleepy. Then whap, he bites. Nicknames
The right way to deal with the bureaucracy is to get close to it—to use it. Bureaucracy
Very near the heart of all foreign affairs is the relationship between policy and military power. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We cannot assert that the policy of sustained reprisal will succeed in changing the course of the contest in Vietnam. It may fail and we cannot estimate the odds of success with any accuracy. Miscellaneous
We can't assume what we don't believe. Policy & Policy Making