William Colby

(William Egan Colby)

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CIA will not develop operations to penetrate another Government agency, even with the approval of its leadership. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
I think family skeletons are best left where they are-- in the closet Scandals
I’m William Colby and I was the head of the CIA. The job of intelligence is to warn us of dangers to our military. Now the Cold War is over, and the military threat is far less. Now it’s time to cut our military spending by 50 percent and invest the money in our schools, health care, and our economy. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
In circumstances believe CIA must fully accept directives of policy makers and seek ways to accomplish the objectives that they seek appears to be throwing away bird in hand before we have adequately identified birds in bush, or songs they may sing. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
It takes skill to benefit from luck. Leaders & Leadership
It's an old Washington tradition to dodge and weave when you're under interrogation. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The reason the U. S. has never had a major terrorist problem is that you can't rally public support of terrorism, because the channels are open to legitimate protest. Terrorism
We did not cover ourselves with glory. We predicted the day before the war broke out that it was not going to break out. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We must recognize that the safety and welfare of our people are the real national security issues. Defense & National Security
While the war is by no means over, my Soviet or Chinese counterpart's report must exhibit great concern over the Viet Cong's mounting problems and the steady improvement in the ability of both the South Vietnamese and the Americans to fight a people's war. War & Peace
Let's not go through that again. Redirect it, reduce the amount of money spent, but let's not destroy it. Because you don't know 10 years out what you're going to face. Money, Coins & Minting
South Vietnam faces total defeat, and soon.