William S. Cohen

(William Sebastian Cohen)

William S. Cohen
William S. Cohen
  • Born: August 28, 1940
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









William Sebastian Cohen is an American politician, lawyer and author from the U.S. state of Maine. A Republican, Cohen served as both a member of the United States House of Representatives (1973–1979) and Senate (1979–1997), and as Secretary of Defense (1997–2001) under Democratic President Bill Clinton.

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Any arms agreement should be verifiable. Arms Race & Disarmament ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
As we seek to improve the management of the federal government, we should keep in mind that the government is not a private corporation. What may make sense for a large corporation may not always make sense for the federal government. In our quest for efficiency, we must not lose sight of the reasons why we enacted certain federal programs in the first place. Management & Managing Government
Business follows the flag …. Where there is stability and security, there is likely to be investment. Business, Commerce & Finance
Congress ... is far more than the simple, limited advisory council that most Presidents would like to maintain. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Congress has chosen to recognize that a president may be forced to pursue legitimate foreign policy objectives by covert means. Such recognition, however, does not mean it surrenders the right to be informed of covert measures so that it can express its views as to the legitimacy of the goals or the wisdom of seeking to achieve them. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Democracy is slow … A king can always outrun a congressman. Democracies & Republics
Don't come in [to the Senate] without assets and remain that way.... Go out and accumulate some capital and then try and run for the Senate. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
He has slipped the surly bonds of public service. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I don't care how great your ideas are or how well you can articulate them, people must like you before they will vote for you. Voters, Voting & Elections
If you give people an opportunity for self government and freedom, most people will reach for freedom Freedom & Liberty
It is not how much you spend on defense as much as how you spend it. Defense & National Security
Some people would rather dig fresh graves than heal old wounds. War & Peace
Technology has miniaturized the globe, reducing vast oceans to mere ponds. Distant countries are now almost neighbors as our bodies travel faster than the speed of sound and our voices at the speed of light. ... Today the world is not much bigger than a ball spinning on the finger of science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The mere fear that there is a mole within an agency can set off a chain reaction and a hunt for that particular mole which can paralyze the agency for weeks and months and years even, in a search Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
The role of women is not to be circumscribed. Minorities & Women
We have to entrust power to someone, but nobody can be entrusted with power. That is our dilemma. Power
What did they know, when did they know it, and what did they do about it. Scandals
When you have stability, you have at least an opportunity to enjoy prosperity because investment flows. Business tends to follow the flag. When they find a secure environment, they will invest. Development & Growth
For while the threat of nuclear holocaust has been significantly reduced, the world remains a very unsettled and dangerous place.
Terrorism is escalating to the point that Americans soon may have to choose between civil liberties and more intrusive means of protection.

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