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We Americans have no commission from God to police the world. Benjamin Harrison
Once the bear's hug has got you, it is apt to be for keeps. Harold MacMillan
Whoever can surprise well must conquer. John Paul Jones
Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will. James Monroe
The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill
We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy
I like Germany so much that I want there to be two of them. Francois Mauriac
Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river. Cordell Hull
The Gulf War was like teenage sex. We got in too soon and out too soon. Tom Harkin
Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others. Alexander Hamilton
Our American friends offer us money, arms, and advice. We take the money, we take the arms, and we decline the advice. Moshe Dayan
This Government has found occasion to express, in a friendly spirit, but with much earnestness, to the Government of the Czar, its serious concern because of the harsh measures now being enforced against the Hebrews in Russia. Benjamin Harrison
In foreign policy you have to wait twenty-five years to see how it comes out. James Reston
Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role. Dean Acheson
It is easier to stay out than get out. Mark Twain
The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes. Stanley Kubrick
Nations, like men, have their infancy. Henry Bolingbroke
The best thing we can do if we want the Russians to let us be Americans is to let the Russians be Russian. George F. Kennan
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. Sun Tzu
What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others. Carlos Fuentes
War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means. Carl von Clausewitz
Everyone should unconditionally accept that Israel is an indispensable element of the Middle Eastern mosaic. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government. James K. Polk
Nowhere are our calculations more frequently upset than in war. Livy
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy
I don't believe I'll ever get credit for anything I do in foreign affairs, no matter how successful it is, because I didn't go to Harvard. Lyndon B. Johnson
Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have. Elizabeth Bowen
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent. Winston Churchill
If you wish to avoid foreign collision, you had better abandon the ocean. Henry Clay
A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward. Otto von Bismarck
It is easier to get into something than to get out of it. Donald Rumsfeld
Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of state. Cardinal Richelieu
Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood. Jimmy Carter
America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world. George H. W. Bush
Insofar as international law is observed, it provides us with stability and order and with a means of predicting the behavior of those with whom we have reciprocal legal obligations. J. William Fulbright
In crises the most daring course is often safest. Henry A. Kissinger
That is a Medieval way of drawing history, in which they do not respect the law and want the rest of the world to respect the law. That's not possible. Emir Kusturica
It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily serve with the help of God, to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some, following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law. Pope Gregory VII
A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement. Abba Eban
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder. John F. Kennedy
We are the most powerful nation on earth. No external power, no terrorist organization, can defeat us. But we can defeat ourselves by getting caught in a quagmire. George Soros
There is no substitute for victory. Douglas MacArthur
Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil. Robert Anton Wilson
Don't struggle to get what you want, but modify your wants. Buddha
Many in China find it perplexing that the U.S. and Russian perceptions are still so heavily influenced by the Cold War. Fu Ying
People should give up the old concepts of 'you lose. I win', or zero-sum game, and establish a new concept of peaceful development and win-win cooperation. If China develops well, it will benefit the whole world and benefit the United States. If the United States develops well, it will also benefit the world and China. Xi Jinping
The wars in Georgia and Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea have represented, in part, Russia's answer to its perceived exclusion from the post-Cold War European Security Order. Angela Stent
The United States has been unable to create a post-Cold War security architecture in which Russia feels it has a stake. Angela Stent
In these days of intimate relations, of economic stress and of intense desire to protect national interests and advance national opportunity, the treatment of questions which, from a legal standpoint, are domestic, often seriously affects international relations. The principle, each nation for itself to the full extent of its powers, is the principle of war, not of peace. Charles Evans Hughes
Foreign policy is about choosing from nasty options. Niall Ferguson
If we criticize the States, it's because we love the States. But we love a certain representation of the States. We love Lincoln. We love Kennedy. We love Roosevelt and the New Deal. We love the Founding Fathers. We love the creativity. We don't like the rifle association. Romain Nadal
In a globalized world policies based on zero-sum games do not work. Mohammad Javad Zarif
Ask Nehru to write me a letter and tell me exactly what he wants me to do for India.. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Take India if that is what you want! Take it by all means! But I warn you that if I open the door a crack there would be the biggest bloodbath in history. Winston Churchill
Antislavery England continues to coquet with the Southern Slaveocracy. Karl Marx
... whereas hostilities have unhappily commenced between the Government of the United States of America and certain States styling themselves the Confederate States of America: .... we do hereby strictly charge and command all our loving subjects to observe a strict neutrality in and during the aforesaid hostilities, and to abstain from violating or contravening either the laws and statutes of the realm in this behalf or the law of nations in relation thereto, as they will answer to the contrary at their peril. Queen Victoria
... the taint of slavery will render the cause of the South loathsome to the civilized world. Richard Bickerton Pemell Lyons
One thing that we should have learned from history is to pay attention to the words of foreign leaders. Rick Santorum
The greatest achievement of America in the last 70 years has been the prevention of a post Nagasaki nuclear proliferation. Ari Shavit
Things are electric. If we don't make up our minds on what we are going to do ... there will be pandemonium. Of course, if we do there may also be pandemonium. Hastings Ismay
... advancing against disease, hunger and poverty ... are ... the moral purpose of American influence. George W. Bush
America has spiritual energy in her in which no other nation can contribute to the liberation of mankind. Woodrow Wilson
We don't do the poor any favors by respecting the sensitivities of bad rulers who oppress their own people. William Easterly
The Partition [of India] is the greatest blunder in the history of mankind. Altaf Hussain
As our commerce spreads, the flag of liberty will circle the globe and the highway of the ocean–carrying trade to all mankind–will be guided by the guns of the republic. And as their thunders salute the flag, benighted people will know the voice of liberty is speaking, at last, for them ... that civilization is dawning at last, for them. Albert J. Beveridge
Peace is not the absence of conflict. It is the ability to cope with conflict by peaceful means. Ronald Reagan
Entering the presidency, Nixon knew he had a terrible secret to hide that could be ruinous.. Carl Bernstein
Your actions were treasonous. Lyndon B. Johnson
We should stop giving aid to countries that hate us.. Rand Paul
The white traders keep these poor Indians continually under the force of liquor. They entirely estrange the affections of the Indians from the English. Benjamin Franklin
Muddle Through! ... so we do–wading through blood and tears that need never have been shed. Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell
Can you persuade people to take your side when you are not sure in the end whether you'll be there to take theirs? Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell
I vividly recall the president turning to Allen Dulles, director of the CIA, in the full hearing of all those in attendance, and saying something to the effect that Lumumba should be eliminated. Robert H. Johnson
To the extent that we roiled the waters, if you will, we contributed to it. But we did not plot with the military, and there is a big distinction. Jack Devine
I think that right now they are doing what they have to do. [Referring to China's one-child policy, and forced abortion for women pregnant more than once.] I don't agree with forced abortion, but I don't think the United States needs to interfere with what they're doing internally in this regard. China is courting a demographic catastrophe. By aborting more girls than boys, in 10 or 20 years Chinese men will have to import wives from Indonesia, which will, in a sense, dilute the–what they consider the racial purity of the Han Chinese. Pat Robertson
To plagiarize an out of date Ph.D. thesis and to present it as an official report of the latest British intelligence information, surely it reveals a lack of awareness of the disastrous consequences of such a deception. This is not a trivial leak. It is a document on which is the basis of whether or not this country goes to war and whether or not young servicemen and servicewomen are to put their own lives at risk and indeed thousands, tens of thousands of innocent civilians. Tam Dalyell
Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas. Natalie Maines
You have acquired so enormous a mass of territory that it will be years before you can settle it or control it, or make it capable of defense or make it amenable to the acts of your administration Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
It is claimed by them [conservatives & imperialists] that in foreign affairs the nation should stand as one man, that policies once entered upon by the Government should not be repudiated, and that criticism should be avoided as weakening the influence of the nation abroad . Paul Samuel Reinsch
It's better to have a dialogue with your enemies than not. William B. Richardson
You can't give Russia the right to interfere with the internal affairs of counties in its area.... You have to drive up the cost to Russia for aggression. Wesley Clark
You have to adapt your policies to changing circumstances. Wesley Clark
By linking these countries together in his 'axis of evil' speech, President Bush implied an identity between them not only in terms of their threat, but also in terms of the action necessary to deal with the threat. A lot of work will now need to be done to delink the three, and to show why military action against Iraq is so much more justified than against Iran and North Korea. Jack Straw
A grand bargain [with Russia] will not be achieved in a sweeping package that comes together at a single point in time. While attractive to contemplate, such a sudden strategic outcome is a chimera. Our best hope is in saying we will confront where we must but cooperate where we can. James G. Stavridis
Foreign policy is consumed with momentary crises —– often created by failing states and violent groups. But in the long run, he future is shaped by winners, not noisy losers. Fareed Zakaria
Bad times for the Republic are great times for satire. Doug Marlett
The mistake we make with many people is that we assume that we have the model. It is a type of condescension. Henry A. Kissinger
Acting alone is probably to condemn oneself to isolation and probably … warfare. Zbigniew Brzezinski
The important thing is to do the right thing. Then credibility will follow. Henry A. Kissinger
It is not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away. They did not exist. Golda Meir
Annexation is an ugly word, and ugly deeds have been done under it—but the word need not frighten us and the deeds by no means be repeated. Henry Peljam Pelham-Clinton
America is the friend of all the liberties of the world. She is the guardian only of her own. John Quincy Adams
For every effort we make to assist someone beyond our own borders, we take something away from our own George F. Kennan
Our public dealings with the Russians can hardly lead to any clear and satisfactory results unless they are preceded by preparatory discussions of the most secret and delicate nature. George F. Kennan
We cannot operate with one foreign policy objective in one area, and with a conflicting one next door. George F. Kennan
The Middle East is undoubtedly in for a rocky time. In Palestine we have a situation which is badly fouled up by the past mistakes of many people, including ourselves. These probably cannot be settled without great unpleasantness, including violence. George F. Kennan
It is clearly unwise for us to continue the attempt to carry alone, or largely single-handed, the opposition to Soviet expansion. It is urgently necessary for us to restore something of the balance of power in Europe and Asia by strengthening local forces of independence and by getting them to assume part of our burden. George F. Kennan
I am concerned about Africa. You can’t have 600 million people of one identifiable ethnicity going backwards and the rest of the world going forwards. Paul Wolfowitz
We have become a crusader state or a missionary democracy. I think the two are interchangeable. Robert W. Merry
The thing is so done... The Yankees will shout in triumph; but it is they who lose most by our decision. The great danger of the time – a danger which the policy of the European System would have fostered – was a division of the world into European and American, republican and Monarchical; a league of worn-out governments, on the one had, and of youthful and stirring nations, with the United States at their head, on the other. We slip in between; and plant ourselves in Mexico. The United States have gotten the start of us in vain; and we link once more America to Europe. Six months more – and the mischief would have been done. George Canning
The conservation of monarchy in any portion of South America will tend to break the shock of that inevitable divorce by which the New World is about to be divided by the Old... But as to putting it forward, as a project or proposition of ours, that is out of the question. Monarchy in Mexico, and monarchy in Brazil, would cure the evils of universal democracy, and prevent the drawing of the line which I almost dread – America versus Europe. The United States, naturally enough, aim at this division and cherish the democracy which leads to it. George Canning
Chile announces a new refuge in these countries for the industry, the friendship, and all the citizens of the globe Bernardo O'Higgins
Whoever stands in enmity against one of my friends, I will declare war on him Muhammad
Everything looks like a failure in the middle Rosabeth Moss Kanter
The strength of a nation should be expended to defend its own existence. It is totally wrong to forget that and to use one’s forces for the purposes of foreigners. Those who led the war, forgot our own existence and became prisoners of the Germans… Kemal Ataturk
We must know our limitations and expend our lives only in the cause of our independence. Kemal Ataturk
Although we are very strong, we are pursuing a very calculating and moderate policy. We prefer a political solution and are managing the situation accordingly. Kemal Ataturk
The British can not alone act as the policemen of the world. Andrew Bonar Law
I have never dealt with people who have so little political sagacity as the Turks. Horace George Montagu Rumbold
Foreign policy can be the undoing of absolute rulers, tempted to foreign adventure in order to compensate for failure at home or spurred on by domestic adulation. Andrew Mango
The British have never felt America to be a foreign land. Elizabeth II
It is natural to have differences and still remain friends. Francis Ricciardone
Success can set the table for tragedy if the victors are not careful. Richard Brookhiser
There could be no greater act of madness than to imagine that we can reform Communists by marrying them. Walter H. Judd
We've had administrations where our State Department was an outpost of the British Foreign Office for altogether too long. Walter H. Judd
I shall have to depend upon you for taking care of these matters of foreign affairs, of which I know so little, and with which I reckon you are familiar. Abraham Lincoln
It's important to mend ties after a fight. Boris Yeltsin
America’s power to intervene effectively overseas depends on its power to persuade and not merely coerce. The power to persuade depends on a willingness to be persuaded. And that willingness depends, ultimately, on America’s willingness to entertain the prospect that it is wrong. Peter Beinart
American political leaders need to take a cold shower of humility: we do not always know what is best for other people, even when we think it is their interests we have in mind. Larry Diamond
We all have to recognize, no matter how great our strength, that we must deny ourselves the license to do always as we please. Harry S Truman
It was not that the Americans lacked the capacity to force their allies into line… What is surprising is how rarely this happened… John Lewis Gaddis
We must take, and continue to take, morally hazardous actions to preserve our civilization. We must exercise our power. But we ought neither to believe that a nation is capable of perfect disinterestedness in its exercise nor become complacent about particular degrees of interest and passion which corrupt the justice by which the exercise of power is legitimized. Reinhold Niebuhr
A war regarded as inevitable or even probable, and therefore much prepared for, has a good chance of eventually being fought. George F. Kennan
The use of U. S. regular armed forces to oppose the efforts of indigenous communist elements within foreign countries must generally be considered as a risky and profitless undertaking, apt to do more harm than good. George F. Kennan
The best thing we can do if we want the Russians to let us be Americans is let the Russians be Russian. George F. Kennan
In a sensitive matter, where its own ignorance could scarcely have been greater, Congress would have been better advised to leave the conduct of foreign policy in the hands of those who have been constitutionally charged with it. George F. Kennan
Having elected a government, we will be best advised to let it govern and to let it speak for us as it will in the councils of the nations. George F. Kennan
Every government is in some respects a problem for every other government. George F. Kennan
Containment George F. Kennan
A political society does not live to conduct foreign policy; it would be more correct to say that it conducts foreign policy in order to live. George F. Kennan
A democracy soon becomes a victim of its own propaganda ... Its enemy become the embodiment of all evil. Its own side, on the other hand, is the center of all virtue. George F. Kennan
A democracy is severely restricted in its use of armed forces as a weapon of peacetime foreign policy. It cannot manipulate them tactically on any extensive scale for the accomplishment of measures short of war. George F. Kennan
No other people, as a whole, is entirely our enemy. No people at all … is entirely our friend. George F. Kennan
Attempting to achieve U. S. strategic ends through partnerships with Arab autocracies yields mixed results, at best, in the short term and is cancerous in the longer run….Middle Eastern dictators are neither moderates nor good allies. Washington Post
I do not regard the atomic bomb as a new weapon merely, but as a revolutionary change in the relations of man in the universe. Henry L. Stimson
It is our duty to persuade the nations of the world, in whatever way that we can, to settle their differences in some other way. (Other than war) William Howard Taft
We cannot avoid facing the fact that we occupied a new place among the people of the world… Our flag is a proud flag, and it stands for liberty and civilization. Where it has once floated, there must be no return to tyranny. Theodore Roosevelt
You can’t undo a thousand years of history by sending military troops into a country. Brian Schweitzer
If we do not want third parties to take the action against wrongdoing regimes in our hemisphere, then sooner or later we must keep order ourselves. Theodore Roosevelt
Power alone is respected and . . . in order to gain peace, the United States has no alternative but to wield it William Eaton
I take satisfaction . . . in the progress of the Zionist movement. Woodrow Wilson
If ever I have the occasion to help in the restoration of the Jewish people to Palestine, I shall surely do so. Woodrow Wilson
Iran does not yield easily in the standard tools of Western political analysis. Gary Sick
You can’t entrust your purse to Europe and the security to America Romano Prodi
The EU Constitution sets a path towards the elimination of nation states and the emergence of a European state in the strictest sense of the word. I'm definitely opposed to it… The EU isn't a loving family of European nations where everyone altruistically cares for everyone else. Various interests clash on various issues, and all kinds of coalitions are struck to push through specific solutions Lech Kaczynski
Intelligence collection has its place—no question—… But no matter how important collection is, in the short and even the long run, it just doesn’t cost very much. Allen Welsh Dulles
Any country whose people conduct themselves well can count our hearty friendship. If a nation shows that it knows how to act with reasonable efficiency and decency in social and political matters, if it keeps order and pays its obligations it need fear no interference from the United States. Theodore Roosevelt
One cannot reach paradise by creating Hell for others. Mohammed Khatami
From the very beginning, the American republic has never shrunk from foreign wars …. There has scarcely been a year since its founding that American soldiers haven’t been overseas … American foreign policy largely consists of doctrines about when and where to intervene in other people’s countries. Michael Ignatieff
Is Turkey one of the Ayrab countries with which you don't get on very well? Charles E. Wilson
The free world should not wait for dictatorial regimes to consent to reform. Natan Sharansky
We're not going to spread democracy at the business end of a M16 held by a 23 year old Marine. Paul Hackett
England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example. William Pitt the Younger
You try not ever to be in the position to compromise by coercion on your sovereignty. Perry Christie
America is being utterly immoral in refusing to join the International Criminal Court and in trying to blackmail economically weak countries like Kenya. It is really very insulting to our sovereignty, to our sense of self respect. Paul Muite
Peru will not sign any agreement that impedes it from submitting any county’s citizens to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. Peru rejects pressure from any country on its foreign policy. Manuel Rodriguez Cuadros
We may be poor but we have our dignity. Roberto Tovar
We must devise what could be described as a new containment … of the various forms of violence and chaos that a world no longer dominated by the Cold War will entail. Stanley Hoffman
In the world we have entered there will be many things that we can do nothing about. We should accept this state of affairs and incidentally, be grateful for it. Stanley Hoffman
All members will refrain in their international relations from the threat or the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state. United Nations
I’m getting tired of all this. No more of this coup shit! Lyndon B. Johnson
The Romans never allowed a trouble spot to remain simply to avoid going to war over it, because they knew that wars don't just go away, they are only postponed to someone else's advantage Niccolo Machiavelli
Time after time … when policy makers confronted a conflict between foreign policy and domestic interests, the diplomatic imperative prevailed. Alfred E. Eckes Jr.
They put aside the talk of peace and instead acted for peace. Jehan Sadat
The United Nations Security Council is there to protect the interest of the Americans and the British. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Every diplomatic breakthrough is preceded by a crisis, but not every crisis leads to a breakthrough. John Roberts
Bipartisanship is like marriage. It takes two to make it work. It only takes one to make it a failure. The President has been playing politics with foreign policy. Mark Shields
The French nation, content to be free, does not wish to engage herself in any war and wishes to live with all peoples in that brotherhood ordained by nature. Maximilien Robespierre
Our supreme duty is to advance toward freedom—physical, mental, and spiritual—and help others to do so. Swami Vivekananda
America cannot be an ostrich with its head in the sand. Woodrow Wilson
Great powers engage. Chuck Hagel
I could not have told where those damned islands were within 2,000 miles. William McKinley
The way you change foreign policy is by raising the domestic political cost of the policy. John Brady Kiesling
Secrets are good in the internal competition of Washington. The Secret war in Cambodia was secret so that the State Department could not object to it. The Cambodians knew there was a war. John Brady Kiesling
The first thing a diplomat has to do is understand the domestic politics of foreign states. John Brady Kiesling
The policy of freedom for Eastern Europe was for domestic purposes only for an America that did not want to face its limited power in the world. Charles Gati
Countries and individuals do not change unless they undergo a trauma. Charles Gati
The natural alliance is between ourselves and the great German Empire. Joseph Chamberlain
We cannot have two policies. That is axiomatic. Hubert Humphrey
Its easy for a country to talk about global affairs but unless you can do something about it, you are not a player. David Grange
Practically all we know is that thousands of native Haitians have been killed by American Marines, and that many of our own gallant men have sacrificed their lives at the behest of an Executive department in order to establish laws drafted by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy...I will not empower an Assistant Secretary of the Navy to draft a constitution for helpless neighbors in the West Indies and jam it down their throats at the point of bayonets borne by US Marines Warren G. Harding
Foreign policy of a pluralistic democracy like the United States should be based on bipartisanship because bipartisanship is the means and the framework for formulating policies based on moderation and on the recognition of the complexity of the human condition Zbigniew Brzezinski
America is too democratic at home to be autocratic abroad …. But the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public's sense of domestic well-being…. Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization. Zbigniew Brzezinski
In human societies there will always be differences of views and interests. But the reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to coexist on this small planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue. The promotion of a culture of dialogue and nonviolence for the future of humankind is thus an important task of the international community. It is not enough for governments to endorse the principle of nonviolence or hold it high without any appropriate action to promote it. Tenzin Gyatso; Dalai Lama
A nuclear weapon is not just a football that you can use at will. Pervez Musharraf
In the wake of the Iraq war, it has become clear that official intelligence analysis was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community’s own work was politicized. Paul. Pillar
We should never get out of Iraq without wrenching something, such as the national honour or the interests of bondholders. Clement Attlee
Safety and certainty in oil, lie in variety and variety alone. Winston Churchill
Every threat must be taken seriously. George W. Bush
Globalization has benefited middle-income less than either richer or poorer countries. Geoffrey Garrett
Dictator, n. An evil man who maintains power by intimidation and force, refusing to obey the United States. Jonathan Hayward
I don’t think America wants democracies in the Middle East. They wouldn’t be nearly as friendly to us Henry Chambers
Ours is a foreign policy that is crisis-focused. The crisis comes and then it goes away, but we don’t make any conclusions about good solutions that should be carried forward—what we get instead of strong analysis is instant experts. These ‘experts’ appear on TV when there’s a crisis, but seldom have any long-term knowledge of the issue. Henry Chambers
America simply prefers to deal with dictators. Ayad Al-Qazzaz
Woe to the statesman whose reason for entering a war do not appear so plausible at its end as at its beginning. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Paranoia is dangerous for individuals and for nations as it gives rise to irrational behavior. Philip Short
If I get ‘em by the short and curlies, the hearts and minds will follow. Lyndon B. Johnson
America has saved the world most of the time, but messed it up a couple of times. Sarah Vowell
Don’t think of it as helping their economy; think of it as burning their fields. Kinky Friedman
It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union. John F. Kennedy
The mission defines the coalition. Donald Rumsfeld
We ought to nuke North Korea right about now just to give the world a warning. Ann Coulter
Sure, we could send in the troops, but the threat of communism wouldn’t diminish until the people’s standard of living was improved and the totalitarian countries of Latin America gave them more freedom. Ronald Reagan
States working together can achieve more than what even the most powerful state can accomplish by itself. Kofi Annan
Our foreign policy has been inspired by two simple principles: the determination to place France's interests above all others, and the conviction that France has no greater interest than that of peace. Leon Blum
Clearly, for France in her present position, intelligent activity consists of practicing a policy of entente with Germany in order to survive Pierre Laval
To me it seems to matter little whether you have an alliance which is committed to paper, or whether you have an understanding in the minds of the statesmen of the respective countries. An understanding is perhaps better than an alliance, which may stereotype arrangements which cannot be regarded as permanent in view of the changing circumstances from day to day. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
Having received information that in another part of the United States a great number of private individuals were combining together, arming and organizing themselves contrary to law, to carry on a military expedition against the territories of Spain, I thought it necessary, by proclamation as well as by special orders, to take measures for preventing and suppressing this enterprise, for seizing the vessels, arms, and other means provided for it, and for arresting and bringing to justice its authors and abettors. It was due to that good faith which ought ever to be the rule of action in public as well as in private transactions, it was due to good order and regular government, that while the public force was acting strictly on defensive and merely to protect our citizens from aggression the criminal attempts of private individuals to decide for their country the question of peace or war by commencing active and unauthorized hostilities should be promptly and efficaciously suppressed. Thomas Jefferson
Restrain our citizens from embarking individually in a war in which their country takes no part …. How desirable, then, must it be in a Government like ours to see its citizens adopt individually the views, the interests, and the conduct which their country should pursue, divesting themselves of those passions and partialities which tend to lessen useful friendships and to embarrass and embroil us in the calamitous scenes of Europe. Thomas Jefferson
Historians in the future will surely wonder what went so wrong when the United States, for the first time ever, focused its foreign policy on the Islamic world. J. Robert Kerrey
Nations should refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state ... United Nations
We cannot continue our leadership in the world as the largest debtor nation the world has ever known. Hillary Clinton
Where is the evidence that Washington's world view sways the multitude of nations? To enlist support for its wars in Korea, Vietnam and in the Gulf, the United States had to resort to a lot of bribery and threats. At the United Nations, the US has, with noteworthy regularity, been on the minority side in voting on resolutions. William Blum
Any appeasement of tyranny is treason to this republic and to the democratic ideal. William Allan White
The broad statement that the federal government can exercise no powers except those specifically enumerated in the Constitution and such implied powers as are necessary and proper to carry into effect the enumerated powers, is categorically true only in respect of our internal affairs. George Sutherland
The President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. He makes treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate; but he alone negotiates. Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude; and Congress itself is powerless to invade it. George Sutherland
The people of the Island of Cuba are, and of right ought to be, free and independent… it is the duty of the United States to demand, and the Government of the United States does hereby demand, that the Government of Spain at once relinquish its authority and government in the Island of Cuba and withdraw its land and naval forces from Cuba and Cuban waters. United States Congress
There are, however, cases in which, while our own interests are not greatly involved, strong appeal is made to our sympathies.... in extreme cases action may be justifiable and proper. What form the action shall take must depend upon the circumstances of the case; that is, upon the degree of the atrocity and upon our power to remedy it. Theodore Roosevelt
All of the Nations have suffered alike in this great depression. They have all reached the conclusion that each can best be helped by the common action of all. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I don’t want some bearded dictator ninety miles off thumbing his nose at us. Lyndon B. Johnson
I don’t like to see our flag torn down and trampled upon anywhere in the world and I think most Americans agree with me on that. I don’t like to see American citizens pushed around and there’s no good reason for letting it happen Barry Goldwater
Threats must be credible if they are to influence the behavior of other states. Thomas Schelling
Trust between allies is as important as deterrence of foes. Andrew H. Kydd
You should be prepared to be bombed back to the stone age. Richard L. Armitage
You’ve got to take everybody’s word seriously in this world. You cannot just hope for the best. George W. Bush
We should never say that we recognize the right of these mullahs to oppress their own people. Max Boot
As much as a given condition can be bad at a moment in time, it could be a lot worse. Jessica Mathews
Mistrust and conflict form a self-reinforcing cycle in which the mistrust causes conflict that reinforces the mistrust Andrew H. Kydd
Cooperation requires a certain degree of trust between states. The threshold of trust required for cooperation depends on a set of variables including a state's relative power and costs of conflict…. conflict between trustworthy states is possible, when we see conflict it is a sign that one or both of the states are likely to be untrustworthy. Andrew H. Kydd
Officially, Iran is not aware of what Hezbollah does. Logically and unofficially Iran is always aware. The reason is clear, because of all that Iran has done for Hezbollah. Hezbollah is Iran in Lebanon. When Iran looks at Hezbollah, it sees Iran. Muhammad Atrianfar
We believe in freedom for our neighbors across the street or across the seas---the same freedom we expect for ourselves. Thomas E. Dewey
I think that there is a limit on how far you can export democracy. John Major
Personal pique is not a foreign policy. Madeleine Albright
How do you deal with these countries which have happily signed all these treaties and are just as happily violating them…. They have signed solemn treaties agreeing not to do what they are doing. John Bolton
The Rome-Berlin Axis is serving Christendom in a peculiarly important manner. Charles E. Coughlin
Confidentially the State Department is in a bind. Our task would be simple if the reports of the atrocities could be declared untrue or even exaggerated but the evidence, alas, is irrefutable and the Secretary of State wants to avoid giving the impression that while the United States is willing to intervene actively to protect its commercial interests, it is not willing to move on behalf of the Christian minorities. Allen Welsh Dulles
Regime change cannot be the objective of military action. Peter Henry Goldsmith
Peace with a cudgel in hand is war. Portuguese Proverb
One wrong submitted to, another follows. Portuguese Proverb
Less care for internationalism and more concern for national prosperity! Charles E. Coughlin
America has always viewed the entire world through one kind of eye-glasses--that of American interests. Sa Al-Buti
I am against any reconciliation with Israel. I do not even recognize the presence of a state that is called "Israel." I consider its presence both unjust and unlawful. That is why if Lebanon concludes a peace agreement with Israel and brings that accord to the Parliament our deputies will reject it; Hezbollah refuses any conciliation with Israel in principle Hassan Nasrallah
Why are we going after those who were not going after us? Al Sharpton
What the West does not understand about Islam …, is that Jihad has stages. If Muslims have the upper hand, then Jihad is waged by force. If Muslim’s don’t have the upper hand then Jihad is waged through financial and political means. Since Muslims do not have the upper hand in America or Europe, they talk about peace while supporting Hamas and Hezbollah. The whole idea of Islam being a peaceful religion emanates from that silent stage of Jihad. Walid Shoebat
Perhaps we have acted too hastily. … it may have been unwise for us to send an army into Smyrna, but now that the army is there, it would be more unwise to withdraw it -- to do so would admit military failure and court political defeat. Eleutherios Venizelos
Oil is much too important a commodity to be left in the hands of the Arabs. Henry A. Kissinger
A serious and explicit purpose of our foreign policy is the encouragement of a hospitable climate for private investment in foreign nations. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I helped make Mexico...safe for American oil interests. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank …. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. Smedley Butler
Since trade ignores national boundaries and the manufacturer insists on having the world as a market, the flag of his nation must follow him, and the doors of the nations which are closed against him must be battered down. Woodrow Wilson
There is one condition for us to have healthy relations with the United States. It's called respect. Mari Pili Hernandez
Mankind's salvation lies exclusively in everyone's making everything his business, in the people of the East being anything but indifferent to what is thought in the West, and in the people of the West being anything but indifferent to what happens in the East. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Shia leaders prefer to keep Iraq united, as long as they maintain their dominance over it, especially now that they have been portrayed as the majority who suffered injustice and oppression over the years. Hence, the atmospheres have been prepared and charged by the American agents to hand the reins of power to the “Shias” or to hold the lion’s share. Hizb ut-Tahrir
We believe in peace, but we are not pacifists. Sometimes we have to use force Madeleine Albright
Democracy is not imperialism… Imposing democracy is an oxymoron ….You can’t have democracy instantly. Madeleine Albright
I did not intend that Uncle Sam be held up while he was doing great work for himself and all mankind. Theodore Roosevelt
I have constantly preached what our opponents are pleased to call "jingo doctrines" for a good many years. Theodore Roosevelt
I never take a step in foreign policy unless I am assured that I shall be able to carry out my will by force. Theodore Roosevelt
I am interested in the Panama Canal because I started it. If I had followed traditional, conservative methods I would have presented a dignified state paper to Congress and the debates on it would have been going on yet; but I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on the Canal does also. Theodore Roosevelt
In his over-anxiety not to offend the powerful who have done wrong, President Wilson scrupulously refrains from saying one word on behalf of the weak who have suffered wrong. Theodore Roosevelt
Let American cities be bombarded and razed rather than pay a dollar to any foe for their safety. Theodore Roosevelt
Our allies and enemies, and Mr. Wilson himself, should all understand that Mr. Wilson has no authority to speak for the American people. Theodore Roosevelt
If you operate any kind of major diplomacy, you must run some risk. Henry A. Kissinger
Our land laws were framed by the landed interests for the advantage of the landed interest, and foreign policy was directed by that interest to the same end. Randolph Churchill
Our president and secretary of state speak with great moral clarity but have no moral authority. Thomas Friedman
My policy is to be able to take a ticket at Victoria Station and go anywhere I damn well please. Ernest Bevin
We are pursuing what I trust is a correct course from the point of international law. And we are not intervening in the internal affairs of this country… John Foster Dulles
I deem it to be of paramount importance for the safety and security of America that all reasonable munitions help be provided for Russia, not only immediately but as long as she continues to fight the Axis Powers effectively. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The nation's mere possession of military power ready for exertion provides visible support for the nation's expression of views on foreign affairs, and that often is enough to make the expression persuasive. Thus a foreign policy which has a respectable basis in justice and morality is strengthened if it has also a respectable basis in physical force. Mark Skinner Watson
America has to learn -- if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come! Muzammil Siddiqui
If there are countries in the world who are willing to flout sanctions, it doesn’t matter if we have sanctions or not. Gary Milhollin
We befriend whoever befriends us, and we are hostile to those hostile to us. Muammar Qaddafi
You help us pay for the war we’ll fight; we’ll launch it while you’re asleep at night. We don’t need friends all around the world; We’ll buy our friends with our flag unfurled, And spread our arms on a global scale To show the world that we still prevail. Oh, we’re not leaders inspiring peace, But we’re in power as the world’s police. So pay your tax for our little war, And we’ll not ask for any more. This year! James H. Boren
In the international world, when General Electric walks into the room, the Sixth Fleet walks in behind them. Jeff Faux
Even when they are right the French can be infuriatingly perverse or incomprehensible. Chris Patten
The best thing I know between France and England is- the sea. Douglas Jerrold
What sort of country hides the identity of people who have killed American military personnel stationed in that country defending it and its royal family? Al Gore
Okay, here’s what we’re gonna do. We are not running away with our tail between our legs. I’ve already heard from Congress and that’s what they all want to do, get out tomorrow. We’re staying. We are also not gonna flatten Mogadishu to prove we are the big badass superpower. Everybody in the world knows we could do that. We don’t have to prove that to anybody. We are going to send in more troops, with tanks and aircraft and anything else they need. We are going to show force. And we are going to keep delivering the food. If anybody fucks with us, we will respond, massively. And we are going to get the U.N. to finally show up and take over. Tell Boutros he has six months to do that, not one day more. Then…then we will leave. Bill Clinton
I don’t care what the international lawyers say, we are going to kick some ass. George W. Bush
The idea that free trade encourages global economic growth by enhancing productivity is taken as an article of faith by the three major schools of international political economy: liberalism, Marxism, and mercantilism Orin Kirshner
You can't ignore one billion people. Richard Nixon
You do not need to be in a position of power. You need only be in a position to influence those in power. Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
The President of the United States was untutored in foreign policy. He didn’t know Slovenia from Slovakia. Pat Buchanan
If, therefore, war should ever come between these two countries, which Heaven forbid! It will not, I think, be due to irresistible natural laws, it will be due to the want of human wisdom. Andrew Bonar Law
Let them especially put their demands in such a way that Great Britain could say that she supported both sides. James Ramsey MacDonald
On any big issue in government there are always going to be disagreements. Paul Bremer
A public official must feel that he is a servant of the people. This is true of all public officials but perhaps in a special sense true of the Secretary of State, for our party lines stop at the water’s edge. Theodore Roosevelt
More and more, we’re willing to give up certain elements of a personal autonomy to gain greater control over others. Robert Nelson
More commonly, states choose to ally themselves with the United States out of a desire for U.S. protection from a regional threat. The United States has long be an attractive ally against intimidating neighbors: it is strong enough to shift a regional balance of power, and it generally does so without conquering its allies in the process. Stephen M. Walt
We are not going to be able to convince people that our role in the world is a good one unless it is a good one. Stephen M. Walt
If you are to strike, then make it painful, because you'll get the same blame either way. Arab Proverb
Tell the King of Siam that I am sure that he will rejoice with the destruction of the King of Malacca, with whom he has always been at war . Tell him that the King of Portugal will be pleased that the Siamese ships and people will trade again with Malacca and that this was the main reason for which I took the city. And tell the King of Siam that if he needs the support of our fleet our men to preserve his nation, I, as captain general of the King of Portugal, will serve him in everything he will command. Alfonso de Albuquerque
I think our Cuban policy is insane…. I guess it’s the politics of Florida. The Cold War is long since over. Our embargo just lets Castro blame his troubles on us.. Just lift the embargo and let people do as they wish. George P. Shultz
Turkey is either going to be a bridge between Europe and the Middle East or it is going to be a ditch. Thomas Friedman
I have left too many white crosses across north Africa, Italy, and France, and I’ve seen too many young men wounded and maimed not to be in complete sympathy with any policy that designs to eradicate, root and branch, the evil force, Nazism, that loose this holocaust on the world. Lucian Truscott
We had better look out for ourselves and make the rest of the world look out for themselves. If we tried to feed the world, we will starve and perhaps destroy America… George S. Patton
There are no national strategies any longer. There's only national poverty. With the global economy there are only global strategies. We're moving from a world of enemies that are national to a world of global dangers. Can you place boundaries on pollution? Shimon Peres
It’s the confrontation with modernity that produces terrorism. Francis Fukuyama
Every foreign policy has to have a moral purpose. Robert D. Kaplan
We are pursuing what I trust is a correct course from the point of international law, and we are not intervening in the internal affairs of this country … John Foster Dulles
Countries can’t stand by as a genocide takes place in another country. Mark Malloch Brown
You wouldn’t sell me arms. I had to buy them where I could. Gamal Abdel Nasser
Never draw your dirk when a blow will do it. Anonymous
Sanctions Kill Families Anonymous
Pacta sevanda sunt. Agreements are to be enforced. Anonymous
the twice-promised land. Anonymous
Too soft, and you will be squeezed; too hard, and you will be broken. Anonymous
Trust but verify. Doveryai no proveryai. Russian Proverb
We knew that the American people were aware of our national holiday. But we had no idea that it was celebrated in a place as remote as Salt Lake City with such passion. Anonymous
In Central America somebody is almost certainly standing around with a large pile of guns, [and] the killers tend to win. Elliott Abrams
American oil operations are, for all practical purposes, instruments of our foreign policy. Dean Acheson
Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role in the world. Dean Acheson
Foreign policy questions bring trouble to senators and congressmen—rarely benefit. Dean Acheson
It [the Vietnam War] is worse than immoral. It's a mistake. Dean Acheson
Only slowly did it dawn on us that the whole world structure and order that we had inherited was gone. Dean Acheson
This country will never sacrifice humanity in order to carry out any policy. Dean Acheson
You can't run this damned county any other way ... than to say politics stops at the seaboard. Dean Acheson
Nations like individuals, when driven to choose between desperate courses, might at times be compelled to take the chance of destruction, often destroying themselves or suffering irreparable harm. Henry Adams
The Secretary of State exists only to recognize the existence of a world which Congress would rather ignore ... Since the first day the Senate existed, it has always intrigued against the Secretary of State ... Henry Adams
The Secretary of State has always stood as much alone as the historian. Required to look far ahead and around him, he measures forces unknown to party managers, and has found Congress more or less hostile since Congress first sat. Henry Adams
God looks after drunks, children and Americans. James Truslow Adams
Go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. John Quincy Adams
If we should come to an issue with the world, let us keep it off as long as possible. John Quincy Adams
[America] well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of freedom …. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would no longer be the ruler of her own spirit. John Quincy Adams
The country well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own … she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of freedom. John Quincy Adams
There is no community of interests or of principles between North and South America. John Quincy Adams
We should contest the right of Russia to any territorial establishment, and that we should assume distinctly the principle that the American continents are no longer subjects for any new European colonial establishments. John Quincy Adams
Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. John Quincy Adams
Why take sides in the fractious squabbles of a quarrelsome continent? John Quincy Adams
Let us above all things avoid as much as possible entangling ourselves with their wars and politics … America has been the sport of European wars and politics long enough. John Adams
It is interest alone which does it, and it is interest alone which can be trusted. John Adams
Our plan was to have no Interest, Connection or Embarrassment in the Politicks or Wars of Europe, if we could avoid it. John Adams
[On Vietnam:] Kennedy cooked the soup that Johnson had to eat. Konrad Adenauer
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit. It is but common prudence to see the way out before we venture in. Aesop
An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend. African Proverb
Neutrality is not like a simple mathematical formula which has only to be announced and demonstrated in order to be believed and respected. It has in fact always been one of the difficult problems …. Instead of earning the respect and goodwill of both belligerents it is regarded by both with hatred and contempt. Frank Aiken
A foreign power that stands sentry in the world cannot spare its local allies the retribution of those who brand them as “collaborators” and betrayers of the faith. Fouad Ajami
If Muslims truly believe that their long winter of decline is the fault of the United States, no campaign of public diplomacy shall deliver them from that incoherence. Fouad Ajami
Apparently, the United State's threatening other nations is protected under the 1st Amendment. Abdul Amir Al-Anbari
It is important to gain respect rather than sympathy. Hafez Al-Assad
An imperialist base floating on the seas…. The Arab seas and the fish in them will feed on their rotting bodies Nureddin Al-Atassi
A nation which defends itself demands the respect of all. Such a nation cannot perish. Albert I
Foreign Policy has to be less foreign. Madeleine Albright
Foreign policy works best when force and diplomacy are used together. Madeleine Albright
The worst problems of the 20th Century occurred when the United States looked inward. Madeleine Albright
Those who say that America has to dominate the world, and that you either have to control everything or go home, don't understand the way power is projected. Madeleine Albright
What's the point of having this superb military your always talking about if we can’t use it? Madeleine Albright
... assertive multilateralism. Madeleine Albright
Unless you’re prepared to use force, it’s very difficult to deal with a person who understands only force. Madeleine Albright
Do we really want a world in which every country feels entitled to attack any other that might someday threaten it? Madeleine Albright
If I were President I would veto arms sales to countries we damn well know our going to shoot our ass the minute our backs are turned. Jason Alexander
What we have to do in Latin America is learn to raise our own national and regional banners so that our subcontinent doesn't become the ideological battleground of the two superpowers. Raul Alfonsin
Japan does not consider itself an ally or partner of the United States but rather a nation which for the time being is being forced by circumstances to cooperate with the United States ... John Moore Allison
A Stevenson with balls Joseph Alsop
The Defense Department has a great deal of influence on foreign policy, and State has very little impact on defense policy. Stewart Alsop
They are entitled to their rightful share in running the country. Idi Amin Dada
Kiss the hand you cannot bite. Arab Proverb
We [the Russians] are going to do something terrible to you [America]—we are going to deprive you of an enemy. Georgi Arbatrov
We won’t be very successful with the Chinese leadership [on human rights issues] if we’re in their face all the time. William Archer
The most damning indictment of the United States in Central America is that we have allowed the sterile voices of Marxism-Leninism to claim falsely the mantle of economic justice and hope for ordinary people when it should be carried by the heirs of Thomas Jefferson. Bernard Aronson
Globalization is blurring the distinction between foreign affairs and domestic politics. Paul Arthur
We do not expect much from a pre-election [American] government. It is hostage to the election process. Hanan Ashrawi
Frankly, we don't have the resources to go everywhere and do everything. Leslie Aspin
Politically it is often much safer [for Congress] to let the executive do the leading. Leslie Aspin
The old world was good guys and bad guys. The new world is gray guys. Leslie Aspin
The United States can't go in and impose order on chaos every place in the world. Leslie Aspin
Mankind is a single body and each nation is a part of that body. We must never say "What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?" If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness. Kemal Ataturk
We have seen today a gallant, civilized and democratic people betrayed and handed over to a ruthless despotism. Clement Attlee
There is no shame in being compelled by force to accept an unjust and undesirable situation. It is shameful to accept such a fact without attempting to prevent it. Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam
The trouble with you is that you expect to live without enemies. Isaac Emmanuilovich Babel
Alliances do have to deal with political realities. Kenneth Bacon
Foreign policy matters cannot be intelligently decided in a large general meeting. George Ball
We should not get ourselves committed until we know how everything will come out. George Ball
Knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. Lucille Ball
I go back to Washington every year to see the President and I get my orders directly from him—not from those pipsqueaks [at the State Department.] Walworth Barbour
I will never again listen to the advice of the French … nor of anyone except the British Government. Sayid Barghash-Bin-Sayid
Although the war is over, we are in the midst of a cold war which is getting warmer. Bernard Baruch; Herbert Bayard
As states we act, in general, and in most cases, exactly like the individuals of whom our society is composed. Abd al-Rahman al Bazzaz
Is it our party's position that Americans are rich enough to police the world but not rich enough to take care of our own? Warren Beatty
... a renunciation of our further intention to maintain the Monroe Doctrine and would proclaim that we had joined the horde of European greed in attempting to absorb as many of the weaker powers on earth as possible. John Bell
The only thing to do is say, "If you generate it in your country, you take care of it. Uta Bellion
No country can dictate its laws to the world. Pierre Bérégovoy
We have a growing interest in Africa’s success. Samuel R. Berger
That is where American foreign policy begins—with the interest, the aspirations, and the values of the American people. Samuel R. Berger
It is unconscionable to permit a foreign government to avoid responsibility for acts of terrorism while it benefits from U. S. commerce. Howard Berman
Multilateralism is regarded as somehow un-American, a trick by which foreigners seek to sap the strength and authority of the United States. Christoph Bertram
God has marked the American people as His chosen nation to finally lead in the regeneration of the world. Albert J. Beveridge
We cannot fly from our world duties. Albert J. Beveridge
I know you Americans want a war but I'm not going to let you have it. Ernest Bevin
The weak have one weapon: the errors of those who think they are strong. Georges Bidault
No matter how well formulated a foreign policy may be, it cannot be sustained without the informed consent of the American people. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Peace: A period of cheating between two periods of fighting. Ambrose Bierce
When in the course of European diplomacy it becomes necessary for one people to let another dissolve the political bands which have connected them with a third, and to assume among the powers of the earth the desperate and unequal station to which the will of an International Congress condemns them, a decent respect to the cannon of their protectors requires that they should say nothing about the causes which compel them to accept the situation. Ambrose Bierce
Alliance: In international politics the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply in each other's pocket that they cannot separately plunder a third. Ambrose Bierce
Constantinople is not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
So long as I am Chancellor we shall not pursue a colonial policy. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
At this time there was but one among the great nations of the world which adhered to an active and avowed friendship for us. "We desire above all things the maintenance of the American Union as one indivisible nation," was the kindly and always to be remembered greeting that came to us from the Emperor of Russia. James G. Blaine
The United States has the right to use its friendly offices in discouragement of any movement on the part of neighboring states which may tend to disturb the balance of power between them. James G. Blaine
There is danger in this action. But there is greater danger in inaction. Tony Blair
The government should not present the anomaly which it now presents—a government the freest, perhaps the most democratic in the world with reference to local and domestic matters in which you rule yourselves as fully as any people in the world, while in your foreign affairs, your relations with other countries, whether peaceful or warlike, commercial, financial, or otherwise, you may have no more voice than the people of Japan. Edward Blake
There's no such thing as an expert on Russia—only various degrees of ignorance. Charles E. Bohlen
American foreign policy decision makers should be responsible for and accountable to Americans, not to "world opinion," or "the international community" … John Bolton
For the maintenance of peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks which forerun cannon shots. Napoleon Bonaparte
Let China sleep for when she wakes, the world will tremble. Napoleon Bonaparte
Why talk of it? Why invoke it? It is as dead as Tophet. Homer T. Bone
Should we always wait for human tragedies to happen on the African continent in order to attract attention from America? El Hadj Omar Bongo
Has every defense contractor yielded a perfect product, at minimal cost? Has every cancer project brought a cure? Has every space launching succeeded? Has every diplomatic initiative brought peace? Why should a less than perfect record for social programs be less tolerable to society than failed economic, military or diplomatic policies? Hyman Bookbinder
The mission of our country is not to make other people like us but to enable them to be free to be themselves. Daniel J. Boorstin
A strong neutral is the trustee for civilization in a shell-shocked world. Edwin M. Borchard
Is there anything in the Constitution which makes our Government the Guarantors of the Liberties of the World? Boston Advertiser
Governments can expect to act multilaterally or unilaterally—but not have it both ways at the same time. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Today, member states have asked U. N. forces to go where they have not wanted their own soldiers to venture. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
… our great unseen weapon Chester Bowles
We should not, however, proceed with the adventure simply because we are wound up and cannot stop. Chester Bowles
The patriots … complain that our government is cold toward them, as if ashamed to own them. Henry Marie Brackenridge
Congress cannot—nor should it—run foreign policy on a day-to-day basis. That is a truism. John Brademas
Foreign leaders should not be outraged by talk in a democracy. William W. Bradley
We should applaud peristroika but not pay for it. William W. Bradley
We can’t have 535 Secretaries of State. John Breaux
We have 535 Secretaries of State. William S. Broomfield
Governments interfere in the affairs of each other, when they conceive their own peace is endangered. George S. Brown
If we are responsible for the defense of Europe, then what are the Europeans responsible for? Asia? Harry Browne
Happy are all free peoples, too strong to he dispossessed. But blessed are those among nations who dare to be strong for the rest! Elizabeth Barrett Browning
In a democracy the People are entitled to determine the Ends or general aims of foreign policy. James Bryce
The President has rarely leisure to give close or continuous attention to foreign policy. James Bryce
It is important that we get our people back, but your greater responsibility is to protect the honor and dignity of our country and its foreign policy interests. Zbigniew Brzezinski
We have a tendency in America to deal with foreign affairs on a day by day basis. We are so saturated with facts that we do no look at a longer, broader picture. Zbigniew Brzezinski
World politics is not a kindergarten. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Sanctions are a very un-Christian weapon. Pat Buchanan
You cannot let America’s destiny be determined by a bunch of foreign journalists. Pat Buchanan
Our democracy has been marred by imperialism. Pearl S. Buck
As important as having strength is knowing how to use it. McGeorge Bundy
Very near the heart of all foreign affairs is the relationship between policy and military power. McGeorge Bundy
I was brought up in a home where the Secretary of State was not the subject of partisan debate. McGeorge Bundy
Americans don't stay where they're not wanted. McGeorge Bundy
A wise and salutary neglect Edmund Burke
O, would some Power give us, To see ourselves as others see us! Robert Burns
Axis of Evil George W. Bush
I don’t like genocide, but I would not commit our troops [to stop it.] George W. Bush
I will not wait upon events. George W. Bush
Progress is impossible as long as nations emphasize their grievances and de-emphasize their opportunities. George W. Bush
The United States is destined to have a special relationship with Mexico as clear and as strong as we have had with Canada and Great Britain. George W. Bush
We refuse to live in fear. George W. Bush
I’ve had foreign policy experience as governor of Texas—with Mexico. George W. Bush
It’s important to be friends with people when you don’t need each other, so that when you do, there’s a strong bond of friendship. George W. Bush
You do not build a foreign policy based on one man. George W. Bush
I cannot consult with 535 strong willed individuals. George W. Bush
I never apologize for the United States of America. I don't care what the facts are. George W. Bush
It's not our business for the United States to sort out the other fellow's economic problems. We've got enough of our own. George W. Bush
Out of these troubled times … a new world order may emerge. George W. Bush
There is no area where experience matters more than in war and diplomacy. George W. Bush
We cannot permit hostage taking to shape the foreign policy of this country. George W. Bush
You can't build a foreign policy on the presence of an individual [a particular foreign leader]. George W. Bush
Some critics complain that Gary Hart doesn't have any experience in foreign policy. But that's not true. Why, just yesterday he had breakfast at the International House of Pancakes. George W. Bush
The only way to draw attention to this issue was to run naked through the building. Prudence Bushnell
I look at that fellow. I watch his smart-alack manner and his British clothes and that New Dealism, everlasting New Dealism in everything he says and does, and I want to shout, Get out, Get out. You stand for everything that has been wrong with the United States for years. Hugh A. Butler
I spent 33 years ... most of my time being a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short I was a racketeer for capitalism. Smedley Butler
We should not conduct a war of nerves to achieve strategic ends. James F. Byrnes
We are ever willing to accord to others that tolerant understanding that we wish others to accord to us. James F. Byrnes
Every nation for itself and God for all of us. George Canning
Intimately concerned as we are with the system of Europe, it does not follow that we are therefore called upon to mix ourselves on every occasion, with a restless and meddling activity, in the concerns of the nations which surround us. George Canning
Menace not intended is an engine which Great Britain could never condescend to employ. George Canning
The force of blood again prevails, and the mother and daughter stand together against the world. George Canning
One of the reasons we don't have a serious foreign policy is that we pay too much attention to public opinion. Thad Cantril
There is no reason why we should not have peaceful relations with the world if we cease playing the role of international Meddlesome Mattie. Arthur Capper
Foreign policy helps incumbents. Tucker Carlson
Because we are free we can never be indifferent to the fate of freedom elsewhere. Jimmy Carter
The core of detente [with Russia] is the reduction in arms. Jimmy Carter
Every time something has gone wrong with foreign policy, it’s been because the American people have not been involved in the process. Jimmy Carter
Because of the greatness of the Shah, Iran is an island of stability in the Middle East. Jimmy Carter
Under the Nixon-Ford administration, there has evolved a kind of secretive "Lone Ranger" foreign policy—a one-man policy of international adventure. This is not an appropriate policy for America. Jimmy Carter
There was not an ambassador in the world who was not my personal human rights representative. Jimmy Carter
Our fear of communism led us to embrace any dictator that joined us in that fear. Jimmy Carter
The stationing of U. S. troops abroad on a permanent basis in foreign military installations is the kind of thing that should not be done without the approval of the Senate. Clifford P. Case
Ireland’s opportunity is England’s adversity. Roger Casement
the cornerstone of our foreign policy. But that does not entail a passive or submissive acceptance of political, economic, or cultural dependence. Jorge Casteneda
The [foreign] policy of the United States is modeled on interventionism and aggression. It is logical that we should always be very suspicious. Fidel Castro
The Treaty of Kuchuk Kaynarca [1774] is a success the like of which Russia has never had before. Catherine II
The lack of equity and of a sense of solidarity in international transactions works to the advantage of the industrialized nations so that the gulf between the rich and the poor is ever widening. Hence derives the feeling of frustration among third world countries, and the accusations of exploitation and economic colonialism brought against the industrialized nations. Catholic Church
The pursuit of one's own interest seems to be the rule for international relations, without the common good of humanity being taken into consideration. Catholic Church
Multilateralism may be little more than a polite way of camouflaging what is in practice unilateralism with allies. James Chace
I don’t care a damn about New Guinea. And I am not afraid of German colonization, but I don’t like being cheeked by Bismarck. Joseph Chamberlain
It seems to me to matter little whether you have an alliance which is committed to paper, or whether you have an understanding in the minds of the statesmen of the respective countries. Joseph Chamberlain
… splendid isolation Joseph Chamberlain
It is always best and safest to count on nothing from America but words. Neville Chamberlain
It’s difficult to find a conflict in Africa where we have a stake in who wins the conflict. Dick Cheney
In the tough and dangerous world in which we live a President must always say what he means and mean what he says. Dick Cheney
Just because we have made a bad commitment doesn't mean we should make the mistake of trying to carry it out. Dick Cheney
I would guess that he [Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev] would ultimately fail—that is to say, that he will not be able to reform the Soviet economy. And when that happens, he's likely to be replaced by somebody who will be far more hostile [to the U. S.]. Dick Cheney
Within a week he reversed himself and told me to get President Thieu to go to the Paris Peace Talks. How could he do that to a friend? Anna Chan Chennault
France will be heeded if it has a message to convey. Jacques Chirac
I like to stand up to the Americans. It’s popular, but you have to be very careful because they’re our friends. Jean Chretien
Economic security is a very important part of foreign policy. Warren Christopher
Respect for human rights is a cornerstone of U. S. foreign policy. Warren Christopher
To the laws all men show respect and deference, as without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror; human laws being instituted for the express purpose of regulating our interests as individuals and nations, between man and man; and divine laws given of heaven, prescribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormons
The world is not a big Red sea in which this country is being scuttled, but a vast arena of political upheaval, in which the quest for freedom, ever stronger, has overthrown the colonial empires of the past. It isn't a tidy world, nor is it a secure one. But it is one in which the United States set the revolutionary example. Frank Church
All of the nations of the world, for realistic as well as spiritual reasons, must come to the abandonment of the use of force. Winston Churchill; Dwight D. Eisenhower
The voice and force of the United States may count for nothing if they are withheld too long. Winston Churchill
We were in the presence of a new factor in human affairs. We possessed powers which were irresistible ... our outlook on the future was transformed. Winston Churchill
America has saved the world. Winston Churchill
The reason for having diplomatic relations [with Communist China] is not to confer a compliment, but to secure a convenience.... British policy has always been that you recognize when ... Government truly has control. It's not a question of whether you like them or not. Winston Churchill
Do not criticize your government when out of the country. Never cease to do so when at home. Winston Churchill
For four hundred years the foreign policy of England has to oppose the strongest, most aggressive, most dominating Power on the Continent … Winston Churchill
If Hitler invaded Hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons. Winston Churchill
All we can do is apply the physical stimuli which we have at our disposal to bring about a change of mind in these recalcitrant persons. Of this you may be sure: we shall continue to operate on the Italian donkey at both ends, with a carrot and a stick. Winston Churchill
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest. Winston Churchill
The world has grown frightening small in compass. Winston Churchill
Victory will never be found by taking the line of least resistance. Winston Churchill
That old town clerk looking at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe. Winston Churchill
Who profits from this? Cui bono? Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
... the greatest moral victory in the history of civilization if it actually keeps out of a war. James B. Clark
The Pentagon is always going to be the last to want to intervene. It is up to the civilians to tell us what they want to do and we’ll figure out how to do it. Wesley Clark
Of what do we complain? A total incapacity, produced by the foreign policy, to purchase, at any price, necessary foreign objects of consumption. Henry Clay
We excommunicate and anathematize … all those who take to the Saracens, Turks and other enemies of the Christian name, horses, weapons, iron, iron wire, tin, copper, bandaraspata, brass, sulfur, saltpeter, and all else suitable for the making of artillery, and instruments arms and machines for offence … Clement IX
I am firm in my conviction that there is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows from a supine submission to wrong and injustice, and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people's safety and greatness. Grover Cleveland
Force should never be the first answer, but sometimes it is the only answer. Bill Clinton
If we don’t do the right thing, other nations won’t either. Bill Clinton
We can’t influence other countries’ decisions if we send them a message that we’re backing away from trade. Bill Clinton
Diplomacy and force are two sides of the same coin. Bill Clinton
This Middle East thing is maddening. Bill Clinton
Together if we can; alone if we must. Bill Clinton
We came here today partly in recognition that we in the United States and the world community did not do as much as we could have and should have done to try to limit what occurred. Bill Clinton
We need to get our heads on straight about what is strength and what is weakness. Bill Clinton
When I disagree with the President on foreign policy, I ought to do it on American soil. Bill Clinton
The worst sin the United States towards Africa is that of ignorant and negligence. Bill Clinton
What always happens if you have automatic sanctions legislation is it puts enormous pressure on whoever is in the executive branch to fudge an evaluation of the facts. Bill Clinton
When you’re reactive [in foreign policy] you often arrive on the scene too late. Roger Cohen
Any arms agreement should be verifiable. William S. Cohen
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. William S. Cohen
[The Kosovo intervention] would set a dangerous precedent to commit our troops to fighting civil wars for independence in every corner of the world. Mac Collins
Americans' scandalous incompetence in foreign languages also explains our dangerously inadequate understanding of world affairs. Commission on Foreign Languages
The foreign policy of a socialist country is conducted on the basis of the principle of proletarian internationalism and a fundamental element of this principle is the recognition of the right of nations to self-determination. Communist International
Never in all the long years of strife and struggle has a parliamentary conduct of international affairs been successful. Thomas T. Connally
A display of reason rather than a threat of force should be the determining factor in the intercourse among nations. Calvin Coolidge
The foreign policy of America can best be described by one word: peace. Calvin Coolidge
In the 1920's U. S. Marines were periodically sent to Nicaragua to prevent the fiscal protectorate from revolution. The administration was accused of making war on Nicaragua:] We are not making war on Nicaragua any more than a policeman on the street is making war on passers-by. Calvin Coolidge
The Constitution is an invitation to struggle for the privilege of directing American foreign policy. Edward S. Corwin
I don't see how otherwise well adjusted people can possibly ignore the fact that [Richard] Nixon is a dedicated internationalist who belongs to the same organization as Senator Jacob Javits and Vice-President Hubert Humphrey. The organization I mean is the Communist-accommodating Council on Foreign Relations whose aims and purposes ... are parallel to the long-range plans of the International Communist Conspiracy. Kent Courtney
Our policy is not along the same lines as the policy of the United States. It is not because we want it to be different. It is because our thinking is different. Maurice Couve de Murville
Oh dear. Oh dear. Why do all these old gentlemen feel so confident that they understand foreign affairs. Robert Cranborne; Earl of Salisbury
It must be a peace with no losers. Crocker Chester
State your goals at the outset and create realities as you proceed. Chester A. Crocker
No one has ever understood China. John Payton Davies
Congress has a constitutional right to an authoritative voice in declaring and proscribing the foreign policy of the United States ... and it is the constitutional duty of the President to respect that policy ... Henry W. Davis
People and nations act on the basis of what they feel rather than what is real. William C. Davis
The cabinets of Europe, far from being united, weakened each other with endless recrimination, which led people in Paris to believe that the measure of iniquity might be filled without fear of consequences. Antoine Baudouin Gisbert de Dedem
That policy was correct … That was 1957. It is now 1967. Charles de Gaulle
A state worthy of the name has no friends—only interests. [This is a generalized expression of British Prime Minister John Henry Temple's statement a century earlier. Charles de Gaulle
At no place in this world can I yield a single French right. Charles de Gaulle
There are two groups of people in the world, the Anglo Saxons and the Soviets who have been stockpiling nuclear weapons. France will not accept a position of permanent and massive inferiority. Charles de Gaulle
France used to have the ability to inspire princes and kings, send her philosophers to the courts of Europe whose elites spoke our language… now no one listens to her anymore and the universe turns without her … Dominique de Villepin
Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong. Stephen Decatur
Be careful. Legal at State was worried about this yesterday—Genocide finding could commit the U. S. Government to actually do something. Defense Department
Isolationism has been a calamity. Jean-Pascal Delamuraz
France does not pretend to base her interests on disregard for the interests of others. France possesses a special standing in Morocco. Theophile Delcasse
They have the troops; we only have the arguments. Theophile Delcasse
You do not understand the honor of France! Theophile Delcasse
Foreign policy is always a sticking point between Congress and the executive. David Demarest
World opinion is not the same thing as your own [country's] public opinion. Suleyman Demirel
Boldness, more boldness, and always boldness, and France is saved. Georges Denton
There is not a man here [in Congress] who does not feel four hundred percent bigger in 1900—bigger intellectually, bigger, hopefully, bigger patriotically that he as a citizen of a country that has become a world power. Chauncey Depew
Poor Mexico! So far from God and so close to the United States. Porfirio Diaz
The only thing wrong with NATO is that we don't belong to it. Jiri Dienstbier
Foreign policy begins with domestic policy. Everett Dirksen
[The Queen and the rest of the royal family, together with much of the nation, wanted the government to take action to blunt the Tsarist Russian expansionism. Prime Minister Disraeli had his own time-table for dealing with Russia. He was invited to a private royal dinner and found himself seated next to Princess Mary of Cambridge who asked him at the first opportunity, “I cannot imagine what you are waiting for?” Potatoes, at this moment, Madam. Benjamin Disraeli
A smile for a friend and a sneer for the world, is the way to govern mankind. Benjamin Disraeli
We shall certainly not drift into war, but go to war if we do, because we intend it and have a purpose we mean to accomplish. Benjamin Disraeli
You never say what you're not going to do. Christopher Dodd
Carter took a poke at the Soviet bear and knocked out the American farmer. Bob Dole
The Americans are out, and as far as I’m concerned, in Rwanda, that ought to be an end to it. Bob Dole
The advantage of time and place in all practical actions is half a victory; which being lost is irrecoverable Francis Drake
Perhaps we have already intervened too much in the affairs of other peoples. Allen Welsh Dulles
Don't forget, we have a disposal problem. Allen Welsh Dulles
The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is a necessary art …. If you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost. John Foster Dulles
Jesus teaches us that nothing is unforgivable. John Foster Dulles
The policy of the United States does not flow from transitory considerations. John Foster Dulles
There isn't any rule in diplomacy that can't be broken.... There are times when diplomatic principles should be violated, but when you violate them you ought to know you're violating them. John Foster Dulles
Unilateral sanctions simply don’t work. They penalize our own people. Jennifer Dunn
The French find ways to disagree with us just to show that they are able not to agree with us. Lawrence Eagleburger
Every bird that falls from the sky is not necessarily our responsibility. Lawrence Eagleburger
Sometimes you make friends when they are useful. Lawrence Eagleburger
The ability of the Congress of the United States to have any strategic view [of foreign policy] is virtually nil. Lawrence Eagleburger
The government of Israel is not an aviary. Abba Eban
In most nations, public opinion is in revolt against foreign policy. Abba Eban
Our task was not only to assert our rights, but also to bring our rights into harmony with the rights and interests of others. Abba Eban
National image ... prestige among other nations ... It was the main purpose of the civil space program. Burt Edelson
There must always be a point at which we, as a nation, must make a stand and we must make a clearly make a stand when not to do so would forfeit our self-respect and the respect of others. Anthony Eden
How can we expect other nations to respect our law if we don't respect theirs? Don Edwards
Tell your King what good I have done for him in holding the crown on his head since he was born. Elizabeth I
America should affirm and establish that in no instance should the guns go in advance of the perfect right. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us. Epicurus
Make Latin America a partner, not a peon. Paul Erdman
It is important that friends should understand each other in their difficult hours. Levi Eshkol
The United States should not, in principle, object to the implementation of Islamic law or involvement of Islamic activists in government. Islamically oriented political actors and groups should be evaluated by the same criteria that are applied to any other potential leaders or opposition party. John Esposito
We have no concern with South America. We can have no well-founded political sympathy with them. We are sprung from different stock. Edward Everett
If we find what we need [arms] among friendly nations and if they give us what we ask, they do so for money. We are not getting anything for free. So, if things become complicated with a certain country we will find other countries, regardless of whether they are Eastern or Western. Fahd
Latins are macho, they hate gringos and they hate gringos’ wives. What else do you want to know? Dante Fascell
The day where America can be the welfare system for Mexico is gone. Dianne Feinstein
The American nation cannot reach across the planet and pick the leadership of other countries. Newt Gingrich
Representatives of Congress come to Washington representing their districts, but they don’t necessarily understand the complexities of the world. Newt Gingrich
The Saudi funding of Wahabism and terrorism throughout the world has get to be met head on. Newt Gingrich
We're now married to the world. But we keep acting like we're on a big date. Newt Gingrich
When the President picks up the phone and calls the Prime Minister, what does it mean to be an ambassador? Newt Gingrich
You don’t know today which country is going to matter in three years Newt Gingrich
I look with satisfaction, sympathy and joy upon the extension of Germany in these desert places of the Earth. William E. Gladstone
No matter how the Prime Minister [Benjamin Disraeli] may finger the hilt of the sword, the nation will take care that it never leaves the scabbard. William E. Gladstone
No nation can ever be safe in the position it holds among nations, however great and however imposing, unless it recognizes those principles of justice and equality which bind together the nations of the world. William E. Gladstone
We should get back to the ... doctrine of brinkmanship, where everybody knows we have the power and will use it. Barry Goldwater
War is but an instrument of international policy. Barry Goldwater
I have always favored withdrawing recognition from Russia. Barry Goldwater
I'd drop a low-yield atomic bomb on Chinese supply lines in North Vietnam. Barry Goldwater
Taking into consideration that we are involved in Russia's orbit, any coughing there will produce painful economic and political convulsions here. Viktor Gonchar
We are opposed to doctrines that seek to justify the export of revolution. Mikhail Gorbachev
Russia doesn’t like it when it is humiliated, when it is pressured. Mikhail Gorbachev
There is one phase of our competition which should be brought under control —competing with each other in fueling the arms race in the Third World.... Most of these countries are desperately poor, and they need economic assistance far more than they need additional arms .... Even thought these are only non-nuclear arms, they are instrumentalities of war, and small wars always have the potential of escalating into nuclear wars. Mikhail Gorbachev
The World Doesn’t Want to Be American Mikhail Gorbachev
England and the United States are natural allies, and should be the best of friends. Ulysses S. Grant
Always keep in mind that in separating the United States from Great Britain, it is above all their commerce we want. Comte de Vergennes; Charles Gravier
I'm sure they can grin and bear it for a week. After all it's for world peace. Mia Gray
Americans are fine with the use of force as long as nobody gets hurt. Jeff Greenfield
The downside risk for a President in international affairs is always greater than the upside gain. Jeff Greenfield
A policy which rules out and all moral purpose except national interest has a fatal lack of what is essential to enduring success. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
It is so strong potentially in all resources necessary for War, and so self-contained financially and commercially, that its decisions in policy are beyond question of being influenced by outside pressure. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
The Navy and the foreign office had to find the argument to support the action; it was anxious work. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
Nations of great genius exhibit great patience. William H. Gray
Strong nations co-operate to the harmony and wealth of the world. Weak nations are a perpetual cause of disturbances and perils. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
The more money we have to throw around the better off we're going to be. I think this country doesn't understand its power around the world economically—its ability to buy friends. Max Frankel
Good heavens, what will they say in London. Bartle Frere; Henry Bartle Edwards
If America wins they win together; if it fails the President fails alone. Thomas Friedman
It is never easy to play "chicken" when you face a driver alone in his car while you have passengers in the front and back seats who tend to grab for the steering wheel whenever a collision appears imminent. Thomas Friedman
It’s much easier to have an attitude … than a policy. Thomas Friedman
Nine times out of ten your two smartest policy advisors disagree. Thomas Friedman
Ninety percent of foreign policy is reacting to whatever's happening out there. Thomas Friedman
The main challenge for American foreign policy in many places is not to influence relations between states but rather to influence events within states. Thomas Friedman
Good fences make good neighbors. Robert Frost
The Arrogance of Power J. William Fulbright
Foreign policy is too important to be left up to foreign service officers. Evan G. Galbraith
Any President must depend upon congressional support in order to implement his foreign policy, for Congress has power to regulate foreign commerce, to raise armies and maintain navies, to lay and collect taxes for the common defense, and to declare war. George Galloway
The appetite comes as you eat. Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil; 3rd Marquess Salisbury
A nations loses its soul and spirit if it cannot act to protect its most basic interests and values. Leslie H. Gelb
All foreign policy is the intervention of one nation's domestic politics into another nation's domestic politics. Leslie H. Gelb
No nation, no matter how destitute, likes to be told how much military "security" to buy. Leslie H. Gelb
There is nothing more contemptible than half-measures. George IV
When another country assists terrorists, it is an act of war. Richard A. Gephardt
This President is a miserable failure on foreign policy. Richard A. Gephardt
When you're dealing with the Middle East, 2000 years is the normal wait for something to happen. Marlin Fitzwater
[Arguing against isolationism:] This country is not looking for prestige. It has all it can use. It is not looking for power. It has, likewise, all that it knows how to use .... [But] are we willing to live behind a Maginot Line or a Great Wall of China here on the North American continent, and trade and travel in the rest of the world only as permitted by a stronger power than we are? Ralph E. Flanders
A [foreign] government is to be judged by what it does for people. It is to be assisted or combatted with reference to people, and is to be approached through those people. Ralph E. Flanders
Forty million Arabs are going to push four hundred thousand Jews into the sea. And that's all there is to it. Oil—that is the side we ought to be on. James Forrestal
Entangling alliances have been considered worse than original sin since George Washington. John Hickerson
Foreign policy today is economics. Carla Hills
Complete concrete studies quickly concerning the conclusion of the war. Hirohito
Nothing is going the way it was supposed to. Hirohito
Unilateralism and isolationism are ideological twins. Michael Hirsh
They [Zionists] have no thought of building up a Jewish state in Palestine, so that they might inhabit it, but they only want a central organization of their own international world … withdrawn from the seizure of others: a refuge for convicted rascals and a high school for future rogues. Adolf Hitler
Treaties or international covenants which provide human rights to food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, or old age would transform the United States into a completely socialistic state. Frank Holman
Many Western officials are comfortable with confrontation, and discount or ignore the rising risks and costs of continued arms modernization. They would be intellectually and programmatically bereft without the focal point of a major "enemy".... Can the West get over its need to have an enemy? Townsend Hoops
The origins of the principle of the balance of power are lost in the mists of history. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
One who brandishes a pistol must be prepared to shoot. Herbert Hoover
If the world is to keep the peace, then we must keep the peace with dictatorships as well as popular governments. Herbert Hoover
A right decision at the wrong time is a wrong decision. Amory Houghton
Congress has a constitutional right to an authoritative voice in declaring and prescribing the foreign policy of the United States. It is the constitutional duty of the Executive Department to respect that policy, not less in diplomatic negotiations than in the use of national force when authorized by law. House of Representatives
It is not the Congress's job to rubber stamp bad decisions [of the President.] Kay Bailey Hutchison
There will no longer be need for spheres of influence, for alliances, balances of power ... Cordell Hull
You cannot give an ultimatum to a powerful and proud people and not expect them to react violently. Cordell Hull
Without money no alliance can be executed. David Hume
Congress cannot and should not run foreign policy. Hubert Humphrey
Protectionism is the ally of isolationism, and isolationism is the Dracula of American foreign policy. William Hyland
Keep the windows open to the East. Hypatia
The American preoccupation with promoting democracy abroad fits into a larger liberal view about the sources of a stable, legitimate, secure, and prosperous international order. G. John Ikenberry
Most Americans don’t know the difference between Romania and Somalia Ion Iliescu
The foreign policy adopted by our government is to do justice to all, and to submit to wrong by none. Andrew Jackson
[Commenting on foreign policy:] The Best politics is no politics. Henry M. Jackson
Our system will prevail but it must be tested by talk and trade. Jesse Jackson
It was not the year of union rather the year of division and force and oppression and violence. The imamate became like the kingdom of Chosroes and the caliphate like the tyranny of Caesar. al Jahiz
The only way we want to give them [the Iranians] arms is dropping them from the bay of a B-1 bomber. William Janklow
I am sincerely mortified to be thus brought forward on the public stage against my love of silence … and my abhorrence of dispute. Thomas Jefferson
Punish the first insult: because an insult unpunished is the parent of many others. Thomas Jefferson
Great Britain's governing principles are conquest, colonialization, commerce, monopoly. Thomas Jefferson
Our first and fundamental maxim should never to entangle ourselves in the broils of Europe. Thomas Jefferson
Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations,—entangling alliances with none. Thomas Jefferson
Reason is the only umpire between just nations. Thomas Jefferson
[When abroad:] Examine [politics] influence on the happiness of the people: take every possibility of entering into the hovels of the labourers ... see what they eat, how they are cloathed, whether they are obliged to labour too hard; whether the government or their landlord takes from them an unjust proportion of their labour. Thomas Jefferson
I hope no American patriot will ever lose sight of the essential policy of interdicting in the seas and territories of both Americas the ferocious and sanguinary contests of Europe. Thomas Jefferson
The moment Napoleon takes possession of New Orleans, we must marry ourselves to the British fleet and nation. Thomas Jefferson
The President being the only channel of communication between this country and foreign nations, it is from him alone that foreign nations or their agents are to learn what is or has been the will of the nation.... Thomas Jefferson
We consider the interests of Cuba, Mexico and ours as the same, and that the object of both must be to exclude all European influence from this hemisphere. Thomas Jefferson
We especially ought to pray that the powers of Europe be so poised and counterpoised among themselves that their own security may require the presence of all their forces at home leaving the other parts of the world in undisturbed tranquility. Thomas Jefferson
America is different. It irks and domineers. But it does not conquer. It tries to call the shots and bend the rules, but it does not go to war for land and glory. Josef Joffe
You cannot found a monarchy on this Continent. Andrew Johnson
How the United States chose to deal with its growing reliance on foreign oil would determine its future. Andrew J. Bacevich
Containment worked. Look at Saddam – what did he have?... He didn’t threaten anyone in the region. He was contained. He was a pain in the ass, but he was contained. He had a deteriorated military. He wasn’t a threat to the region... We contained day-to-day, with fewer troops than go to work every day at the Pentagon Anthony Zinni
On of the most important lessons of the Cold War was demonstrating that your friends will be protected and taken care of, that your enemies will be punished, and that those who refuse to support you will live to regret having done so. Paul Wolfowitz
I think a weakened, fragmented, chaotic Iraq, which could happen if this isn’t done carefully, is more dangerous in the long run than a contained Saddam is now. Anthony Zinni
I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders. I believe the role of the military is to fight and win war and therefore prevent war from happening in the first place George W. Bush
The idea that we could live with another 20 years of stagnation in the Middle East that breeds this radicalism and breeds terrorism is, I think, just unacceptable- especially after September 11th. Paul Wolfowitz
We must take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plans, and confront the worst threats before they emerge. If we wait for threats to fully materialize we will have waited too long. George W. Bush
I was no longer the man whose mistake could involve the world in war. Lyndon B. Johnson
Shit man, he's the only boy we've got out there. Lyndon B. Johnson
[There are] some Nervous Nellies ... who will ... break ranks under the strain [of the Vietnam war]. And some will turn on their own leaders and their own country, and on our own fighting men. Lyndon B. Johnson
I’m new and have 110 countries to deal with and all I’ve got to deal with is a little bit of foreign aid. Lyndon B. Johnson
More and more we must build our foreign policy around commerce. James Jones
The real underlying vision of our foreign policy has been freedom. James Jones
There is not a conceivable enemy unless we create it, not a nation that would fight us if it could. David Starr Jordan
Our sword must not be made of wood ... we must follow up on our threats if our demands are not obeyed. Alain Juppe
I don't care if he's got two horns and a tail. As long as he's anti communist, we can use him. Douglas MacArthur
Europe is a dying system. It is worn out and run down, and will become an economic and industrial hegemony of Soviet Russia.... The lands touching the Pacific with thirty billions of inhabitants will determine the course of history for the next ten thousand years! Douglas MacArthur
Let them [France and Germany] especially put their demands in such a way that Great Britain could say that she supported both sides. James Ramsey MacDonald
Is it to be imagined that an ordinary citizen or even an Assemblyman from Rhode Island in estimating the policy of paper money, ever considered or cared, in what light the measure would be viewed in France or Holland; or even in Massachusetts or Connecticut? James Madison
The management of foreign relations appears to be the most susceptible of abuse of all the trusts committed to a Government. James Madison
Self-interest is not only a legitimate but a fundamental cause for national policy—one which needs no cloak of hypocrisy. Alfred Thayer Mahan
The bloke who ends up sitting in the White House partially controls what we [the British] get up to. John Mahoney
I do not applaud our quitting the League [of Nations]. The people act as if by withdrawing we have achieved something great …. This shows the shallowness of thought of the Japanese public. Nobuaki Makino
Tariff policy is no longer a question of raising revenue or protecting domestic manufacturing. It is the executive's instrument of foreign policy. John F. Manley
The President is the sole organ of the nation in its external relations, and its sole representative with foreign nations. John Marshall
The scorn of our formidable neighbor who does not know us is our America’s greatest danger …. Through ignorance it might even come to lay hands on us. Once it does know us, it will remove it’s hands out of respect. Jose Marti
If you have sacrificed my nation to save the peace of the world, I will be the first to applaud you. But if not, gentlemen, God help your souls. Jan Masaryk
The foreign policy of Czechoslovakia must be first of all a Czechoslovak, then a European, and then a world policy. Thomas G. Masaryk
… saving Asia from the control of the Anglo-Saxons …. Washing the influences of British and American capitalism out of Asia Yosuke Matsuoka
Governments almost never act with moral clarity and for very good reason. They are dealing with competing interests. Jessica Tuchman Matthews
An International Congress [Summit]: the greatest of all Vanity Fairs …. Each Prime Minister thinks that he alone is capable of representing his country’s policy. Each Foreign Secretary thinks that the Premier knows nothing of diplomacy. Each professional ambassador thinks the same about his Foreign Secretary …. It is an orchestra of first violins. Andre Maurois
Treat your friends as if they were going to be your enemies one day. Jules Mazarin
You cannot achieve success in South Africa, if all around South Africa there is failure. Thabo Mbeki
Great prosperity is coming. It will be tremendously increased if we can extend reasonable credit to our customers.... To maintain our prosperity we must finance it. William Gibbs McAdoo
We cannot impose democracy where it has no constituency. David Keith McCurdy
Do the American people really want their President ... to have no other option than to go to war or do nothing? Robert McFarlane
We were willing to support almost any scoundrel almost anywhere around the globe provided he was willing to wave an anti-Communist banner. George McGovern
There is no way that any major international problem anywhere in the world can be solved efficiently with the United States sitting on the sideline. Donald McHenry
[Referring to Cuba:] I speak not of forcible annexation, for that cannot be thought of. That by our code of morality would be criminal aggression. William McKinley
Isolation is no longer possible or desirable. William McKinley
... we need Hawaii as much and a good deal more than we did California; it is Manifest Destiny. William McKinley
I don't propose to be swept off my feet by the catastrophe. William McKinley
How much do we really need for the defense of the United States of America? Only the defense to defend its shores? Well I suppose that the maximum for the defense of our shores is one billion dollars. So the rest of our defense budget relates to what we regard as our responsibilities as a world power. John McNaughton
[Describing Russia:] ... the most realistic regime in the world—no ideals. Golda Meir
For most U. S. citizens, the rest of the world has scant importance. Though the lack of interest in the rest of the world is a long-standing American trait, the feeling of complete national security is relatively new. Lorenzo Meyer
The knowledge and experience of any local authority is but local knowledge and experience, confined to their own part of the country and its modes of management, whereas the central government has the means of knowing all that is to be learnt from the united experience of the whole kingdom, with the addition of easy access to that of foreign countries. John Stuart Mill
There are no islands anymore Edna St. Vincent Millay
Are we Uncle Sam or Uncle Sucker? George Miller
War challenges virtually every other institution of society – the justice and equity of its economy, the adequacy of its political systems, the energy of its productive plant, the bases, wisdom and purposes of its foreign policy. Walter Millis
Cambodia is an independent country that is the slave of two. Minh Mang
The Cambodians [Khmer] are so stupid that we must frighten them. Ordinary moral suasion has no effect. Minh Mang
We self-righteously expect all others to admire us for our democracy and our traditions. We are so smug about our superiority, we fail to see our own glaring faults, such as prejudice and poverty amidst affluence. Patsy Takemoto Mink
We should not check American ideals at the door when we engage in discussions with other nations. George J. Mitchell
We have to develop preventive diplomacy. Francois Mitterrand
An isolationist America would be everyone's nightmare. Kiichi Miyazawa
A strong Germany is an indispensable condition for a durable peace in Europe. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov
Mr. President, we need to be strong and firm, but that doesn't mean you have to commit political suicide. Walter F. Mondale
[Commenting on Japan:] Our destinies have become inseparable .... Our future together will have much to do with the future of the world. Walter F. Mondale
In the wars of the European Powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part, nor does it comport with our policy to do so. James Monroe
The American continents ... are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.... We should consider any attempt [by European countries] to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety. With the existing colonies or dependencies of any European Power we have not interfered, and shall not interfere. But with the governments who have declared their independence, and maintained it ... we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling, in any other manner, their destiny, by any European Power, in any other light than as the manifestations of an unfriendly disposition towards the United States. [The "Monroe Doctrine."] James Monroe
Perestroika and glasnost mean more nationalism, more fascism. Gracie Moreno
We are pursuing neither law nor peace in Southeast Asia. We are not even pursuing freedom. Wayne L. Morse
A dangerous place. Daniel P. Moynihan
International law seeks to avoid the use of force but does not preclude it. Daniel P. Moynihan
It is possible to grow enormously successful and powerful in America without knowing that the world is a dangerous place. Daniel P. Moynihan
Pacta illegalia non sevanda sunt. Illegal agreements are not to be enforced. Daniel P. Moynihan
The Constitution provided an invitation to the President and Congress to struggle for the privilege of directing American foreign policy. Daniel P. Moynihan
It is helpful to keep in mind that the right we claim for ourselves can be asserted by others. Daniel P. Moynihan
We are legitimizing genocide .... We feed them while we allow them to be killed off. Daniel P. Moynihan
The problem of indebtedness is part of a larger and more comprehensive problem, namely the existing imbalances in the international economic order. Hosni Mubarak
I couldn’t believe that this could happen in the Arab world. Hosni Mubarak
And do not acquiesce to the unjust … Muhammad
Part of someone's being a good Muslim is his leaving alone that which does not concern him. Muhammad
It is not Americans right to impose their values upon us. Abdul Hakeem Mujahid
When you turn and proceed against the Spanish infidels with whom you are ever in conflict and strife, with the help of God you will be victorious. Do not refrain from making those who come into your hands food for the sword and targets for the arrow …. We on our side will not be idle; we will at the right time take the necessary measures and harass the Spanish infidels, and we will in any case give you help and assistance. Let it be noted. Murad III
You cannot go on today, nor probably tomorrow. The weather reports are not good and it is part of my instructions to assure your safe arrival at your next stop or I shall be liquidated. Muratov
Certainly American foreign policy in Greece is not fooling the Greeks … American foreign policy in Greece is not fooling the Russians… American foreign policy in Greece is not fooling American reporters. This leaves only the American people to be fooled …. I think it is time that the nonsense of fooling the Americans ceased. Edward R. Murrow
Our intelligence is always imperfect. Richard Myers
One doesn't set aside reality in pursuing our interests abroad. Bruce Laingen
When you make a proposal [to your allies], you've got to make it stick. W. Anthony Lake
Unilateral sanctions only make foreign rivals stronger and taint us as unreliable suppliers. Bill Lane
Glasnost has given us all a headache. Yevgeny Lanfang
A Russian naval base in the Persian Gulf would be a very grave menace. Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice Lansdowne
The United States may have to abandon its policy of avoiding entangling alliances. Robert Lansing
A credible threat of force is only as good as the political will to use it. Tom Lantos
The best American internationalists reject the idea that their nation holds a global copyright that gives it a mandate to churn out replicas dotting the world. Asad Latif
If you want our aid, you must call us to your Councils. Wilfrid Laurier
As the power of the populace increases, the wisdom of its statesmen, who concern themselves with external affairs, decreases proportionately. Homer Lea
We must be ready to employ trickery, deceit, law-breaking, withholding and concealing truth. Vladimir Lenin
I’m sure if I quite openly charged Stanley with the task of taking possession in my name of some parts of Africa, the English will stop me. If I ask their advice they will stop me just the same. So I think I’ll just give Stanley some job of exploration which would offend no one, and will give us the bases and headquarters we can take over later. Leopold II
There are too many countries which have used terrorism as a tactic. Carl Levin
Sometimes everyone is foreign minister. David Levy
The Framers intended the Senate to be the principle architect of foreign policy. Had original intent prevailed, we would speak of the imperial Senate, not the imperial Presidency. Leonard W. Levy
Muslims have been hating us for centuries …. Bernard Lewis
You [a country] cannot be rich, successful and powerful and still be loved, particularly be those who have little success, wealth or power. Bernard Lewis
You can’t be rich, strong, and loved, particularly by those who are not rich or strong. Bernard Lewis
Both Republicans and Democrats want to use our children as cannon fodder in order to police the world. Libertarian Party
Espionage is largely separate from the mainstream of foreign policy … you nail the spy and you punish him, and you move on. Lily James
Blood can not restore blood and government should not act for revenge. Abraham Lincoln
For every soldier of the United States killed in violation of the laws of war, a rebel soldier shall be executed; and for every one enslaved by the enemy … a rebel soldier job be placed upon hard labor on the public works. Abraham Lincoln
If the condition of our relations with other nations is less gratifying than it has usually been at former periods, it is certainly more satisfactory than a nation so unhappily distracted as we are might reasonably apprehended. Abraham Lincoln
An alliance is like a chain. It is not made stronger by adding weak links to it. Walter Lippmann
The world state is inherent in the United Nations as an oak tree is in an acorn. Walter Lippmann
Undertaking to explain our foreign policy in terms of our public opinion is to explain one mystery in terms of another. Walter Lippmann
Some might have liked us more if we had intervened less ... some might have disliked us less if we had intervened more, but ... having concluded that we intended to intervene no more and no less than we actually did, nobody had any use for us at all. Literary Digest
The slave trade must be suppressed. David Livingston
Lunacy is always distressing, but sometimes it is dangerous; and when you get it manifested in the head of state, and it has become the policy of a great empire, it is about time that it should be ruthlessly put away. David Lloyd George
Personally, I would have dealt with the Soviets as the de facto Government of Russia . So would President Wilson. But we both agreed that we could not carry to that extent our colleagues at the Congress [Versailles], nor the public opinion of our countries which was frightened by Bolshevik violence and feared its spread. David Lloyd George
I am not bound by instructions from the State Department. I am a member of the President's cabinet and take instructions only from him. Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
The United States is the world's best hope; but if you fetter her in the interests and quarrels of other nations, if you tangle her in the intrigues of Europe, you will destroy her power for good and endanger her very existence. Henry Cabot Lodge
Old Germany in Europe and Young Germany in America, powerful exchanges of influence. Franz Loeher
... dastardly attacking the humble cottage instead of meeting in an open and honorable conflict the armed battalions of our enemy. George Logan
A stable world may be one in which the United States can act to secure peace without fear of a nuclear attack. Herb London
It is the President alone who must make the major decisions of our foreign policy. John F. Kennedy
The purpose of foreign policy is not to provide an outlet for our own sentiments of hope or indignation; it is to shape real events in a real world. John F. Kennedy
There is a limitation upon the ability of the U. S. to solve these problems [of foreign policy]. John F. Kennedy
If there’s such a thing as a thousand percent isolationist, I’m that. Joseph P. Kennedy
Above all, I had to fight for the image of the Kingdom, which meant standing up to the Americans to save our country from appearing an American dependency. Khaled bin Sultan
Foreign policy does not mean guns and rifles, but utilizing all legitimate international means to convince others. Mohammed Khatami
For the moment it appeared to me that the United States was trying to save itself at the expense of Britain. William Lyon Mackenzie King
The world will go on much as it did before; and be always quite bad enough to allow bribery and corruption, jobbery and nepotism, quackery and arrogance, their full influence over our home and foreign policy. Charles Kingsley
[Referring to Nicaragua's Sandanistas:] A government is not legitimate merely because it exists. Jeane Kirkpatrick
American foreign policy must be fashioned by the United States, not the United Nations. Jeane Kirkpatrick
When did the American people decide that U. S. foreign policy should be conducted through the United Nations. Jeane Kirkpatrick
The word of the president is a national asset not to be trifled with. Henry A. Kissinger
The fulfillment of America’s ideals will have to be sought in the patient accumulations of partial successes. Henry A. Kissinger
All governments ... sometimes do strange things. Henry A. Kissinger
America should not play a solitary role with respect either to security or to reform. Henry A. Kissinger
... American temptation to beleive that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry. Henry A. Kissinger
Americans must not be given the impression that they have a duty to go to war against every evil leader in the world and against every transgression of the international order. Henry A. Kissinger
Be very careful of military action. You will be judged by how it ends—not by how it begins. Henry A. Kissinger
Competing pressures tempt one to believe that an issue deferred is a problem avoided. More often it is a crisis invited. Henry A. Kissinger
... fluctuating emotions ... [lead] us to excesses of both intervention and abdication. Henry A. Kissinger
I don't believe foreign policy is about altruism. Henry A. Kissinger
I believe that I should do what I could to maintain the dignity of American values and to give Americans some pride in the conduct their affairs. Henry A. Kissinger
I will not have died unfulfilled if it does not occur in my lifetime. Henry A. Kissinger
If time is not pressing on you, there are more options than otherwise. Henry A. Kissinger
It is a mistake to isolate arms control from other areas of policy.... There is a danger that arms control will be a safety valve for an otherwise overly aggressive foreign policy. Henry A. Kissinger
Maintaining a continuity of foreign policy in the United States is not easy because it means that liberals and conservatives both shoot at you. Henry A. Kissinger
Moral claims can be asserted as a national prerogative only at the cost of long-term domestic and international support. Henry A. Kissinger
Most communist governments are failing sooner or later anyway. Henry A. Kissinger
No foreign policy, no matter how ingenious, has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none. Henry A. Kissinger
China remains too important for America's national security to risk the relationship on the emotions of the moment.... No government in the world would have tolerated having the main square of its capital occupied by tens of thousands of demonstrators. Henry A. Kissinger
The art of foreign policy is to help guide the inevitable. Henry A. Kissinger
The art of government is to deal with threats before they become overwhelming. Henry A. Kissinger
The Communist campaign, finely attuned to prevailing fears, almost imperceptibly shifted the primary concern away from Soviet aggression—the real security problem—to the immorality of the use of nuclear weapons, which happened to be the most effective way of resisting it. Henry A. Kissinger
Whenever peace—conceived as the avoidance of war—has been the primary objective of a power or group of powers, the international system has been at the mercy of the most ruthless member of the international community. Henry A. Kissinger
The main aim of any American President is to prevent World War III. Henry A. Kissinger
The management of a balance of power is a permanent undertaking, not an exertion that has a foreseeable end. Henry A. Kissinger
The United States acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain that there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China …. The United States does not challenge that position. Henry A. Kissinger
We cannot always assure the future of our friends Henry A. Kissinger
We should not pretend that we can remake the domestic structures of governments all over the world. Henry A. Kissinger
The expression "positive neutrality" is a contradiction in terms. There can be no more positive neutrality than there can be a vegetarian tiger. V. K. Krishna Menon
That should be a goal of U. S. policy—not to get along with dictators. William Kristol
All sovereign States are juridically equal among themselves Anonymous
The situation of the principal powers of Europe are singular and portentous. Connected with some by treaties and with all by commerce, no important event there can be indifferent to us. John Adams
My dog Millie knows more about foreign policy than those two bozos. George W. Bush
It’s not a dictatorship in the United States. But it is dictatorial to the rest of the world. Who’s going to say no? Fidel Castro
Eliminate different factions of a warlord's followers by using internal strife to make them kill each other Chinese Proverb
it is … not a good idea to resort to tossing coins. Chinese Proverb
Neoconservatives habitually overstate America’s ability to export democracy. Thomas Corothers
France is an old country that does not forget. Dominique de Villepin
Better reap two days too soon than one day too late English Proverb or Saying
You cannot have individual foreign policy. You cannot have celebrity foreign policy. Theodore Friend
Add not fire to fire. Greek Proverb
The more powerful the state, the more important it submit to widely held norms and consensual methods. David C. Hendrickson
A good policy badly executed becomes a bad policy. Richard Holbrooke
You can’t go it alone even if you are the world’s only superpower. Richard Holbrooke
Whenever a foreign nation is conquered or has by their own will accepted the Great Peace their own system of internal government may continue, but they must cease all warfare against other nations Iroquois Nation
We look forward to the necessity of coercion … Thomas Jefferson
If we start seeing one ambassador I don’t know how we’re going to avoid seeing the other 113 …. I don’t see what mileage we get in seeing 80 African ambassadors. Lyndon B. Johnson
It is time to stop pretending that Europeans and Americans share a common view of the world, or even that they occupy the same world. Robert Kagan
I wonder if we haven’t committed the most dreadful folly. George Leveson-Gower
The only things that matter in the world are Japan and China, Russia and Europe. Latin America doesn’t matter…. And … there’s nothing you can do about the Middle East. Richard Nixon
I am not sure, therefore, that the highest talent for dissimulation does not belong to a people that does not have that very great physical advantage: the Japanese. Their ability to gain our confidence and appropriate our technology and science is simply phenomenal. Revilo P. Oliver
I’d rather build highways here then try nation building in Iraq Ronald E. Paul
We must not be shocked into impotence because we are afraid of the difficulty of the alternatives facing us. Colin Powell
Right now you have 19 year olds in Baghdad interpreting U. S. foreign policy—in Arabic. They were not trained for this…. Everything that they do over there can turn into an international incident. Paul Rieckhoff
Each time a foe is defeated in one corner of the world, another appears elsewhere. Donald Rumsfeld
If you threaten force, you better be ready to use it. Richard Shelby
The practice of requiring religious groups to register before they can engage in activities such as worship is, by its nature, subject to abuse by local jurisdictions, even in cases where it is designed by central authorities to be applied in a nondiscriminatory fashion. Nor should a legitimate concern over the destructive and unlawful behavior by a small number of groups be employed so indiscriminately that religions are wrongfully stigmatized. U. S. State Department
The two dictator states [Italy and Germany] are creating a third ; and by recognizing General Franco’s government, they have committed themselves irretrievably to making a success of his venture, thus limiting niceties as to means. Robert Gilbert Vansittart
We [the French] have to keep defending our vital interests …, we can say no, alone, to anything that may be unacceptable. Hubert Vedrine
Preserve U. S. sovereignty and freedom of action by marginalizing the United Nations. George Will
A great nation should have only two great objectives before its eyes, principles and force. Jacques Pierre Brissot
You always have more than one goal in foreign policy. George Soros
Actions can have unintended adverse consequences. George Soros
States are supposed to have interests but no principles. I have principles but no interests. George Soros
A promising process of dialogue can be disrupted by a premature or inadequate involvement of public opinion. Giovanni Battista Montini; John Paul II
…unjust and ethically unacceptable. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
I am made uneasy by foreign policies largely shaped by ideologues. For ideologues have a tendency to drive societies as well as international systems beyond their capacities. The alleged dichotomy of pragmatism and morality seems to me a misleading choice. Pragmatism without a moral element leads to random activism, brutality, or stagnation; moral conviction not tempered by a sense of reality leads to self-righteousness, fanaticism, and the erosion of all restraint. We must always be pragmatic about our national security. We cannot abandon national security in pursuit of virtue. But beyond this bedrock of all policy, our challenge is to advance our principles in a way that does not isolate us in the long run. Each generation must discover that sense of proportion for itself. Henry A. Kissinger
The promotion and preservation of human rights can and should be the driving force for world affairs. Jesse Jackson
Ten Presidents have tried to do something about Cuba and the statis is quo. Mark Shields
Whenever the Government appears in arms it ought to appear a Hercules, and inspire respect by the display of strength. Alexander Hamilton
I never saw anyone work harder but he didn’t seem to have any fun. Christian A. Herter
Dr. Kissinger is a man you can talk to. Chou En-lai
The Americans are out, and as far as I’m concerned, in Rwanda, that ought to be the end of it. Bob Dole
We can’t afford the promises we have already made much less pile more on top of them. David Walker
No nation has ever ridden to superpower status except on a tide of war and that includes the United States. Jed Babbin
We can not have peace and prosperity in Asia with any single country trying to dominate the region. He Ya-Fei
Timing is to statecraft what location is to real estate. You have to seize it. Dennis Ross
… they should experience the benefits of an impartial dispensation of justice …. That the mode of alienating their lands, the main source of discontent and war, should be so defined and regulated as to obviate imposition and as far as may be practicable controversy …. commerce with them should be promoted under regulations tending to secure an equitable deportment toward them, and that such rational experiments should be made for imparting to them the blessings of civilization as may from time to time suit their condition efficacious provision should be made for inflicting adequate penalties upon all those who, by violating their rights, shall infringe the treaties and endanger the peace of the Union. That the Executive of the United States should be enabled to employ the means to which the Indians have been long accustomed for uniting their immediate interests with the preservation of peace …. efficacious provision should be made for inflicting adequate penalties upon all those who, by violating their rights, shall infringe the treaties and endanger the peace of the Union …. A system corresponding with the mild principles of religion and philanthropy toward an unenlightened race of men, whose happiness materially depends on the conduct of the United States, would be as honorable to the national character as conformable to the dictates of sound policy. George Washington
If you want to go into the court of world opinion, you had better go in with clean hands. Tom Harkin
The most important explosive area, so far as the outcome of the world struggle is concerned, will be Africa. Richard Nixon
We have to understand how we would act if some other country did to us what we do to them. Ronald E. Paul
We sell our sovereignty down the river when we become a debtor nation. Benjamin R. Barber
Effective intervention ended Sierra Leone’s civil war, while nonintervention condemned Rwanda to genocide. Niall Ferguson
Dignity is the issue that vexes billions of people around the world, not democracy…. People don't like to be told what to do by outsiders … Foreign intervention offends people's dignity. David Ignatius
I want Cuba . . . I want Tamaulipas, Potosi, and one or two other Mexican States; and I want them all for the same reason -- for the planting and spreading of slavery Albert Gallatin Brown
The United States cannot, therefore, fail to view with deep concern any serious threat to stability and constitutional government in Nicaragua tending toward anarchy and jeopardizing American interests, especially if such state of affairs is contributed to or brought about by outside influences or by any foreign power Calvin Coolidge
As capitalists are in one another’s hair at home, they are at one another’s throats internationally. Daniel DeLeon
The powers conferred by the Constitution upon the Executive enable him to shape the foreign policy of this nation almost independent of the Legislature. A scheming and unscrupulous President can involve the country in serious complications, commit it to an unwise policy, or at least render its foreign diplomacy ridiculous before Congress may have an opportunity to check him. Daniel DeLeon
What is to-day the foreign policy of all States – namely, a policy of robbery or barter, where every State tries to swindle the other in its own interest – this foreign policy cannot be controlled by an assembly consisting of several hundred people. A Parliament can certainly lay down the lines on which foreign policy must go, but it cannot control the carrying out of its wishes; it cannot prevent the aims of the policy being changed in the process of execution. A Cabinet that represents the interests of the dynasty and the ruling classes against foreign countries can never show the cards to Parliament, while they are cheating or trying to cheat the foreigners Franz Mehring
Our policy in Asia finds its inspiration in the constitution of the Union of Soviets, which we regard as a model of political equality between different races. It even goes so far as to admit the right of nations entering into the Union to leave it of their own free will without securing the consent of other members of the Union. And we do not apply our logic to ourselves alone; we act in the interest of conserving our institutions by applying in our policy in Asia this principle of “self-determination” – an American principle, by the way, transported to Europe by the Frenchmen who took part in the American War of Independence Christian Rakovsky
Sooner or later … peace would have to give way to a life-or-death struggle with German imperialism Christian Rakovsky
When the opponent feels our weakness it does not do away with and does not postpone but hastens war Christian Rakovsky
The Congress calls on the Provisional Government to carry out resolutely and systematically the democratic platform which has been adopted, and in particular :. To strive persistently for the earliest conclusion of a general peace without annexation, indemnity, and on the basis of self-determination;… Russia
At age 13 I knew that communists were bad people and we had to get rid of them…Growing up before we were concerned about the role of government, or policy we had to get rid of the communists. Richard A. Viguerie
We know only too well that Communist desire for domination will not stop at either ocean. We urge firmness now. Matthew Woll
Don't think we've ever convinced the American people that it's not in our interest to be isolationists. Our tendency for the first century, maybe century-and-a-half of our existence was to be isolationists, to hide behind the two mighty oceans, to become self-sufficient, and to follow Washington's caution not to become involved in foreign entanglements and alliances. Anthony Zinni
It's important that the American society and the American military not get far apart…I think the people have to understand their military and make a clear decision as to what they want it to be Anthony Zinni
it's no longer sufficient just to be militarily proficient. You really need to understand dimensions beyond the military dimensions. You need to understand politics and economics. And you need to understand cultures. There aren't pure military operations anymore, as such. It's become very diluted. And you need to understand those other dimensions clearly Anthony Zinni
You can't just answer everything with the application of force. By the time you have to apply force, there's already been a failure, and you're trying to pull your chestnuts out in the worst possible way Anthony Zinni
The world has changed a great deal, and our posture must change with it. George W. Bush
Thorough consideration should be given to the elimination of Fidel Castro Oliver G.. Galbond; J. C. King
The whole of Britain’s international trading system, foreign policy and even Britain’s various conflicting political parties were maintained for one reason; and for one reason alone – that the money power of the world may rule the British people and through them they may rule mankind. Oswald Mosley
The United States of America… cannot have a viable foreign policy if we are humiliated in Vietnam. We must not lose in Vietnam. It’s as cold as that. Right?... And they have not given us any way to avoid being humiliated. And since they have not, we must draw the sword, so the blockade is on. Richard Nixon
A great power that uses force far less than vital interests, and that does so frequently or with a short fuse, risks mobilizing other states to join ranks to balance against it. Colin Powell
People are mad about our policies, They’re not necessarily mad at us. Colin Powell
Power is a necessary condition for enduring foreign-policy success but not a sufficient one. Colin Powell
Too frequent or too quick a resort to force can also undermine the authority of power. Not all use of force is created equal. Other states will grant authority to the use of force, implicitly if not otherwise, if it falls within the bonds of justice and reason; if they think a use of force does not fall within such bonds, they will withdraw their legitimate consent, and thereby undermine the authority of power. Colin Powell
For years now, anti-Americanism has served as a means of last resort by which failed political systems and movements in the Middle East try to improve their standing. The United States is blamed for much that is bad in the Arab world, and it is used as an excuse for political and social oppression and economic stagnation. By assigning responsibility for their own shortcomings to Washington, Arab leaders distract their subjects' attention from the internal weaknesses that are their real problems Barry Rubin
Don’t divide the world into “them” and “us.” Donald Rumsfeld
The Golden Nuclear Rule: Do unto others if they would do unto you. Peter Segal
From the U-2 data captured by our over flights--data corroborated by other means--President Eisenhower could confidently resist the fierce domestic pressure to engage in a massive arms buildup. He knew for certain--for certain--that we had no bomber gap and no missile gap with the Soviet Union, despite all Soviet boasting to the contrary. By any measure, that was an intelligence triumph. George Tenet
To be effective, we must also be fast, because everything is happening faster. George Tenet
The Government, while it most sedulously and rigorously guards against the further introduction of slave, protects at the same time, by remarkable laws, the rights of the owners of that species of property in the States where it exist, and permits it transfer from one of these States to another Martin Van Buren
Divide and conquer. Get your adversaries fighting among themselves Michael Warner
I shall certainly do all in my power to keep Europe quiet and also guard the rear of Russia so that nobody shall hamper your action towards the Far East! For that is clearly the great task of the future for Russia to cultivate the Asian Continent and to defend Europe from the inroads of the Great Yellow race. Wilhelm II
Most people are disturbed by the shift from deterrence to preemption but the fact is that in international relations, deterrence has a poor track record Amy Zegart
Our military knows how to invade and conquer a country, but we do not know how to run one. Jim Winkler
You simply cannot conquer a people who don’t want to be conquered Jim Winkler
America’s foreign policy has left us with more enemies and fewer allies. Kathleen Sebelius
I am absolutely certain that George W. Bush did what he believed he had to do, in order to protect his country from the world of evil… The sad thing is that he was so deeply, deeply wrong. Vincente Fox
Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately Alec Baldwin
This is not the time for knee jerk populist reactions to problems. These will only discourage foreign investment and make matters worse. Obiageli Ezekwesili
You don’t just talk to your enemies. At the same time, you talk to the world and show the world the difference between you and your enemies. David Paterson
Never unsheathe the sword except in self defense. George Washington
The United States is a religious nation, but neither scholars of U. S. foreign policy nor its practitioners have taken religion very seriously. Thomas F. Farr
Canada has a choice when it comes to defending our sovereignty in the Arctic; either we use it or we lose it. Stephen Harper
The Iraq War has been the most dangerous and costly foreign policy debacle in our nation’s history. Chuck Hagel
The risks of inaction are far greater than the risks of action. Dick Cheney
We have to go in and win this war quickly, and then be prepared to help stabilize Iraq over an indefinite period, five to ten years, at a minimum, I believe, using a large fraction of American forces. This is a major undertaking that likely would require a total of 150,000 troops and could stay above 100,000 for several years Michael O'Hanlon
It is overly optimistic to think that we can take a country that has emerged from under a totalitarian regime with its institutions of civil society and create a beacon of democracy within five years. If we try to transform Iraq into a democracy, we will need more and more troops over time because we will have to quell nationalistic revolts. Patrick Clawson
The possibility of the United States winning the war and losing the peace is real and serious Conrad C. Crane
Successful occupation will not occur unless the special circumstances of this unusual country are heeded. Conrad C. Crane
I think he’s incredibly dangerous. He’s a very smart guy whose electrons aren’t connected, so he arc lights all the time. He can’t organize anything. Jay Garner
I have picked up this vibe that...you’re going to have this massive strike with massed weapons, and basically that’s going to be it, and we just clean up the battlefield after that. Norman Schwarzkopf
You’re going to have to occupy Iraq for years and years. The idea that democracy will suddenly blossom is something that I can’t share...Are Americans ready for this? Joschka Fischer
They wanted to disavow the Powell doctrine Richard L. Armitage
Necessary to keep Iraqi army intact for a specified period of time. Serves as a ready resource pool for labor-intensive civil works projects Jay Garner
Well, in terms of the American taxpayers’ contribution, I do, this is it for the U.S...But the American part of this will be the $1.7 billion. Andrew Natsios
There are some who feel that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: Bring ‘em on. We’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation. George W. Bush
I regret that on my arrival in Mesopotamia I was too much occupied with military matters, and too ill-informed regarding the political problem….[We had] a scratch and somewhat incongruous team of administrators with the majority possessing little exact knowledge of the people they were called upon to monitor James Aylmer Lowthorpe Haldane
It was very obvious to me that we could not do this, we could not run a country that we did not understand...it was very much amateur hour to me, with all respect. Robin Raphel
I am too realistic to believe in pacifism. But, nevertheless, the use of force should always be the last resort. Joschka Fischer
Unilateralism will lead to the decline of American Power. Joshcka Fischer
For as long as whole region of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny, violence will gather...and cross the most defended borders... It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. George W. Bush
The day must come when the rule of law replaces emergency decrees an when the independent judiciary replace arbitrary justice. Condoleeza Rice
America has a destiny – a destiny to conquer the world – not by force of arms, not by purchase and favor, for these conquests wash away, but by high purpose, by unselfish effort, by uplifting achievement, by a course of Christian living; a conquest that shall leave every nation free to move out to its own destiny; a conquest that shall bring, through the workings of our own example, the blessings of freedom and liberty to every people, without restraint or imposition or compulsion from us; a conquest that shall weld the whole earth together in one great brotherhood in a reign of mutual patience, forbearance, and charity, in a reign of peace to which we shall lead all others by the persuasion of our own righteous example J. Reuben Clark
Peace and harmony with all nations is our sincere wish; but such being the lot of humanity that nations will not always reciprocate peaceable dispositions, it is our firm belief that effectual measures of defense will tend to inspire that national self-respect and confidence at home which is the unfailing source of respectability abroad, to check aggression and prevent war. Thomas Jefferson
… to maintain sincere neutrality towards belligerent nations; to prefer in all cases amicable discussion and reasonable accommodation of intrigues and foreign partialities, so degrading to all countries, and so baneful to free ones; to foster a spirit of independence too just to invade the rights of others, too proud to surrender their own, too liberal to indulge unworthy prejudices ourselves, and too elevated not to look down upon them in others; to hold the union of the States as the basis of their peace and happiness; to support the constitution, which is the cement of the union, as well in its limitations as in its authorities; to respect the rights and authorities reserved to the states and to the people, as equally incorporated with, and essential to the success, of the general system; to avoid the slightest interference with the rights of conscience, or the functions of religion, so wisely exempted from civil jurisdiction; to preserve in their full energy, the other salutary provisions in behalf of private and personal rights, and of the freedom of the press; as far as intention aids in the fulfillment of duty, are consummations too big with benefits not to captivate the energies of all honest men to achieve them, when they can be brought to pass by reciprocation, friendly alliances, wise legislation, and honorable treaties. Joseph Smith, Jr.
Today the Soviet Union is a friend and an ally. We need this friendship. However, no one can know what will happen tomorrow. Just like the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, it may tear itself apart or shrink in size. Those peoples that it holds so tightly in its grip may one day slip away. The world may see a new balance of power. Kemal Ataturk
Foreign policy is not philanthropy. Dinesh D'Souza
We are caught in the Middle East in supporting the bad guys in order to get rid of the worse guys. Dinesh D'Souza
Unilateral preemption should not in any way be the model for how we conduct international relations... It brings us into very dangerous territory and it could be used and abused by any other country. We need to continue to base our security on multilateralism, and on the Security Council. Mohamed El Baradei
The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. Maximilien Robespierre
Without international economics getting done, foreign policy doesn’t get done. Faryar Shirzad
Death squads have been created and used by the CIA around the world — particularly the Third World — since the late 1940s Ralph McGehee
The average CIA agent was far more comfortable in the refinement of an embassy, a presidential palace, or sitting at the bar in a five-star hotel, than in the marketplace or a peasant hut--a preference that equipped them poorly, to say the least, for the task of gathering real grass-roots information or assessing levels of popular feeling. Time and again, in the Middle East, in Indochina, and in Central America, the CIA agents made disastrous miscalculations that repeatedly left the US utterly unprepared for various violent upheavals. The CIA failed completely to predict the fall of the Shah of Iran, and didn't see the collapse of the Soviet Union until it was right on top of them. To put it bluntly, frequently the CIA had too high an opinion of itself to get down with the mass of the people and find out what was really going on. Mike Farren
For any imperial policy to work effectively...it needs moral and intellectual guidance...It is much to be doubted that the United States can continue to play an imperial role without the endorsement of its intellectual class... Irving Kristol
I sometimes wonder what use there is in trying to protect the West against fancied external threats when the signs of disintegration within are so striking George F. Kennan
Between 1945 and 2005 the United States has attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements… William Blum
Our leaders are cruel because only those willing to be inordinately cruel and remorseless can hold positions of leadership in the foreign policy establishment. People capable of expressing a full human measure of compassion and empathy toward faraway powerless strangers do not become president of the United States, or vice president, or secretary of state, or national security adviser or secretary of the treasury. Nor do they want to. William Blum
I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people Henry A. Kissinger
The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology Michael Parenti
America had one idea attached to its brand. We presented ourselves as the world's last superpower. And that was the world's worst branding idea. Jack Trout
Public Diplomacy – the open exchange of ideas and information – is an inherent characteristic of democratic societies. Its global mission is central to … foreign policy. And it remains indispensable to … national interests, ideals and leadership role in the world. U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
A serious and explicit purpose of our foreign policy is the encouragement of a hospitable climate for investment in foreign nations. Dwight D. Eisenhower
How is it that the country that invented Hollywood and Madison Avenue allowed such a destructive and parodied image of itself to become the intellectual coin of the realm overseas? Henry Hyde
Statesmen are judged by history beyond contemporary debates. Henry A. Kissinger
Does our hand show in this? Richard Nixon
Anyone Who throws their lot in with the United States has to be taken care of. Loyalty works both ways… It’s a matter of morality. Paul D. Eaton
You cannot just change regimes; you have to change mindsets. Azar Nafisi
Resolved that there be held a conference of the white nations bordering upon the Pacific for unity of action against the aggression of Japan. Frederick Albert Britten
When you have made an error of historic proportions, the sooner you change policy, the smaller the price you will pay. Zbigniew Brzezinski
It is an obligation not to help the enemies of Islam by buying their goods. To buy their goods is to support tyranny, oppression and aggression. Buying goods from them will strengthen them; our duty is to make them as weak as we can. Our obligation is to strengthen our resisting brothers in the Sacred Land as much as we can. If we cannot strengthen the brothers, we have a duty to make the enemy weak. If their weakness cannot be achieved except by boycott, we must boycott them. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
Don't ever, ever go to war unless you can describe and create a more desirable end state. And doing so takes a whole lot more than just the use of force. Wesley Clark
What matters is not whether one talks to adversaries but what one says to them, which strategies of engagement are set in place, and how competently they are executed. Chester A. Crocker
Successful diplomats must always be conscious of other parties' need to know how an agreement serves their interests and how it can be sold back home. Chester A. Crocker
Between countries -- regardless of whether they are democratic or authoritarian -- there will need to be an explanation, either for publics or for powerful constituencies Dennis Ross
Statecraft, as these cases convincingly illustrate, is demanding and often exhausting work. There are risks, and success is not guaranteed. It requires major governmental and political resources and the same kind of hourly, year-round planning and execution as the conduct of a military campaign. Chester A. Crocker
Now that Washington once again has a tangible adversary -- variously described as ‘freedom-hating terrorists,’ ‘Salafist jihadis,’ or ‘Islamofascists’ -- U.S. leaders have convinced the American public that foreign policy is an ‘us-versus-them’ contact sport in which the primary tactics are military and coercive Chester A. Crocker
Diplomacy, contrary to the current misconception, is not about making nice, exchanging happy talk, and offering concessions. It is the engine that converts raw energy and tangible power into meaningful political results. In other words, diplomacy is all about the intelligent use of power. Diplomacy is not an alternative to coercion and other forms of power; its effectiveness depends on their skillful use. Chester A. Crocker
As it is so often the case in Washington, key players protect their turf. Strong national security advisors have jealously guarded their role as the President’s chief strategist. Weak ones have failed to compel cooperation from the other agencies determined to go it alone. Aaron L. Friedberg
… concessions to adversaries only end in self-reproach, and the more strictly they are avoided, the greater will be the chance of security Thucydides
This Copenhagen expedition. Is it an unjust action for the general good? Who can say that such a precedent is pardonable? When the line of justice is passed, there is no shame left. England has been unjust! Charles James Napier
America cannot meet this century's challenges alone; the world cannot meet them without America. Barack Obama
Terrorist infiltration should be resisted not at the national level, but at the international policies level. Henry A. Kissinger
In Ankara, your words might weigh more than that of the U.S. administration. Cengiz Candar