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Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will. James Monroe
A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. George Orwell
The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire. Joseph Sobran
There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity. Douglas MacArthur
Dangers bring fears, and fears more dangers bring. Richard Baxter
The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence. Elbert Hubbard
To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be. Golda Meir
Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've been bombing over the years been complaining? George C. Wallace
That the late act of Parliament for establishing the Roman Catholic religion and the French laws in that extensive country, now called Canada, is dangerous in an extreme degree to the Protestant religion and to the civil rights and liberties of all America; and, therefore, as men and Protestant Christians, we are indispensably obliged to take all proper measures for our security... Continental Congress
Poor Wilson did not understand that a frontier which is not defended with bayonets, force and honor cannot be secured by any other principle. Kemal Ataturk
For every security measure, there is a counter measure that breeds further insecurity. The acquisition by Pakistan or Iran of a nuclear capability neutralizes the security achieved by Israel’s own nuclear capability. Non-governmental terrorism neutralizes governmental military superiority. Chemical weapons neutralize the security of cement walls. Sari Nusseibeh
A war regarded as inevitable or even probable, and therefore much prepared for, has a good chance of eventually being fought. George F. Kennan
I hope that a Jewish Army 100,000 strong will to move into Palestine and reclaim it as a Judean kingdom.. John Adams
The old NATO was primarily configured to deter a Soviet attack against its members; the new NATO is focused on countering any threats such as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, rogue states, and other dangers that emanate from beyond Europe’s borders. F. Stephen Larrabee
A liberal society cannot be defended by herbivores. We need carnivores to save us, but we had better make sure the meat-eaters hunt only on our orders. Michael Ignatieff
The availability of reliable and redundant communications is critical for our public safety. Deborah Taylor Tate
The safety of the people is the first and foremost responsibility of government… We are not as prepared as we should be with our public safety network…. The margin for error is exceedingly and uniquely low. Michael J. Copps
Do not exaggerate threat. When you exaggerate it, you demean it…. Things are bad enough. You don’t have to make them extra bad. By doing so, you trivialize them. Ali Ansari
It is to the middle class we must look for the safety of England. William Makepeace Thackeray
The deadliest enemies of nations are not their foreign foes; they always dwell within their borders. And from these internal enemies civilization is always in need of being saved. William James
During the times of peace and prosperity a leader becomes careless and unmindful of the future Ali ibn Abi Talib
When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck before you crush him. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of our island. William Blackstone
The cause of war is preparation for war. W. E. B. Du Bois
The concept of weapons of mass destruction has its origins in Greek Mythology. Adrienne Major
I could not conceive of any President engaging in all-out nuclear war unless we were in danger of all-out devastation ourselves. Christian A. Herter
Whoever guards the fig tree shall eat its fruit. Book of Proverbs; Solomon
The most demeaning sin is to remain weak in the world. It not only destroys us, but also incites others to attack us with violence. Guruji Golwalkar
Russia has been too weak, and the weak get beaten. Vladimir Putin
The arming of a government can really only be done by another government. To be really effective, aid must be governmental. Leon Blum
An immediate prohibition of the exportation of arms and ammunition is also submitted to your determination. Thomas Jefferson
We cannot put limitations on ourselves to protect ourselves. We have to put limitations on the enemy. Paul Vallely
I fear, my Lords, it is too much the temper of this country to be insensible of the approach of danger, until it comes with accumulated terror upon us. William Pitt the Younger
Border security and homeland security are one and the same. Christopher Cox
Covert action should not be confused with missionary work. Henry A. Kissinger
We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur . J. Danforth Quayle
Homeland security is a joke if we don’t have border security. Roger Hedgehock
Why are we going after those who were not going after us? Al Sharpton
Our democracy may have an aristocracy of talent, as Jefferson said – which is fine – but we don’t want everyone else to be left out. Something like that seems to be happening, though. Vartan Gregorian
When you think about the defence of England you no longer think of the chalk cliffs of Dover. You think of the Rhine. That is where our frontier lies today. Stanley Baldwin
Truth telling is not compatible with the defence of the realm. George Bernard Shaw
Against … attack the existing peacetime forces of the Army and Navy in the Hawaiian islands, including their necessary munitions and supplies, are believed to be adequate. The success of our defense against this form of attack will depend almost wholly upon our not being totally surprised by the enemy, and will require an efficient intelligence service, not only in the Hawaiian Islands but elsewhere. United States Army
The people of the United States must be awakened to a realization of their weakness in the matter of defense against hostile aircraft and they must be convinced that, if adequate protection is to be provided, they must spend money for the purpose. Louis A. Johnson
There is a danger in action. There is a danger in inaction. The people have to decide which is greater…. A 21 year old Moslem Male is a lot more likely to be a terrorist than an 85 year old Norwegian grandmother …. Scrutinize more carefully the people who are in a category that might make them more likely to be a danger. Tony Blankley
Throughout history, powers that did not have a strong navy, even though they were impressive on land, usually failed in all-out war Victor Davis Hanson
I believe, gentlemen, you have reached a point where you are possibly changing the entire system of naval warfare in the world. I believe that the dreams of Jules Verne have practically come to fulfillment, and that the time is not far distant when by submarine warfare it will become possible to stop every hostile invasion of every country in the world by sea, because of the impossibility of doing it successfully. Ebenezer J. Hill
Democratic elections by themselves do not assure that human rights will be enforced but they can put a country on the path to reform. Barry Lowenkron
We must have a defense industry, we cannot depend on other countries for our defense. A defense industry in a small country like ours has to export to stay alive. David Ivry
The fence is solely a defensive measure, intended to protect Israelis from suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks. It is not a political act. It is not intended to be a border or to prejudge any future negotiations with the Palestinians … the fence is temporary. Its sole purpose is security, and it can be moved or removed in accordance with any agreement we may reach Silvan Shalom
As enemies do not hurt these beings, when they are sheltered by their fortresses, even so foes can not injure a king who has taken refuge in his fort. Let that fort be well supplied with weapons, money, grain and beasts of burden, with Brahmanas, with artisans, with engines, with fodder, and with water. Manu
When a number of animals live in a group, herd or flock, they carry on the struggle for existence in common against the outside world … The animals which live socially no longer wage a struggle against each other, wherein the weak succumb; just the reverse, the weak enjoy the same advantages as the strong. When some animals have the advantage by means of greater strength, sharper smell, or experience in finding the best pasture or in warding off the enemy, this advantage does not accrue only to these better fitted, but also to the entire group. This combining of the animals’ separate powers into one unit gives to the group a new and much stronger power than any one individual possessed, even the strongest. It is owing to this united strength that the defenseless plant-eaters can ward off rapacious animals. It is only by means of this unity that some animals are able to protect their young. Anton Pannekoek
The Department of Homeland Security is keeping its plan to protect the nation’s roads and bridges secret from state and local officials who have day to day responsibilities for protecting them. What use is it if the people who have to adapt to it don’t know anything about its existence or what it says? Slade Gorton
Don’t let religious authorities decide what can or can't be published, …. free speech is vital for democracy, for social change, for the possibility of challenging what has been laid down by established authorities…. freedom only for those who do not offend, annoy, and irritate entrenched authorities - is no freedom at all. Workers Liberty
Today I am here to defend the right to offend within the bounds of the law. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Who builds with sweat, defends with blood. Albanian Proverb
The one without a sword gets humiliated. Arab Proverb
We are not safe. We are safer than we were, but we are not as safe as we could be. Thomas Ken
The safety of the American people has got to be our number one priority. That is our most important problem. Thomas Ken
In terms of responders to a national disaster those first responders must be able to talk to each other…. They are still not able to do so. Lee H. Hamilton
No information that we could ever obtain by torture and inhumane methods could ever balance the damage that such practices would cause us. George W. Vessey Jr.
Sometimes we have to think very clearly about the unthinkable because the unthinkable sometimes happens. Mike Leavitt
Preparedness He Kept Us Out of War Anonymous
No more battleships. We want schools. Anonymous
We must make ourselves strong to meet a future which is dark and obscure. Dean Acheson
We may look up to armies for our defense, but virtue is our best security. It is not possible that any State should long remain free, where virtue is not supremely honored. Samuel Adams
Only in time of fear is government thrown back to its primitive and sole function of self-defense and the many interests of which it is the guardian become subordinated to that. Jane Addams
We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction Aesop
When the wart-hog looks up at the sky, it gets its throat slit. Houessou Akaba
A nation which defends itself demands the respect of all. Such a nation cannot perish. Albert I
Everybody in the world knows that if you are arrested by the United States, nothing bad will happen to you. Anonymous CIA agent
In the long run the security of the United States is protected by economic strength. In the short run, military strength, in the long run economic. Leslie Aspin
Sovereignty belongs unconditionally to the people. Kemal Ataturk
Here no one fears to die in war … keep this in mind, you princes who would attack Tenochtitlan. Aztecs
The duty of defense is maintain peace and avoid war. Michelle Bachelet
Be Prepared. Robert Baden-Powell
We have to rearrange in our minds what defense actually means. Does it mean you're going to try to protect the boundaries of a piece of land, or does it mean you're going to try to help the people on that piece of land to live a better life? Joan Baez
We are living in a very tough neighborhood where there is no mercy for the weak. Ehud Barak
The control of prices is essential for the successful conduct of our national defense, for avoiding social and economic aftermaths of war, for taking the profits out of war, for the maintenance of morale, the stoppage of inflation, and the placing of America in the dominating place at the peace table. Bernard Baruch
There will never be another Holocaust in the history of the Jewish people. Never again, never again! Menachem Begin
Security provided by peace treaties is preferable to security enforced by troops. Yossi Beilin
We are weak—and that is our crime! David Ben-Gurion
Battleships are cheaper than battles. Charles Beresford
No man could know whether war might not at any moment break out. Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg
You can easily rebuild wealth, but you cannot create liberty when it has gone. Ernest Bevin
Come on, fire bullets at me. I am prepared to die for the sake of the people. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
The security of the government takes precedence over the security of journalists. Gerard Bissainthe
The most effective way to gather intelligence and thwart terrorism can also be a direct route into morally repugnant terrain. A survey of the landscape of persuasion. Mark Bowden
We cannot protect everything, all of the time. Paul Bremer
It is essential that we maintain the capability at all times to inflict an unacceptable level of damage on the Soviet Union, including the destruction of 200 major Soviet cities. Harold Brown
The notion that our only strategic choice is MAD (mutually assured destruction)—which means nothing less than an unstable pact to commit instant and total mutual suicide in the event of war—is irrational, immoral and unnecessary. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Without power, without a strong army and a strong navy, there can be no welfare for us .... The German nation will be either the hammer or the anvil. Bernhard von Bulow
Persia is only delaying out fate; it cannot save us. When the Turks have settled with Persia they will fly at our throats, supported by the might of the whole East. How unprepared we are I dare not say. Augier Ghislain de Busbecq
Oceans no longer matter when it comes to making us safe. George W. Bush
The price for freedom is high but it is never too high. George W. Bush
Shake me and wake me. George W. Bush
When America is stronger, the world is safer. George W. Bush
God is ordinarily for the big battalions against the little ones. Roger Bussy-Rabutin
We are a strong nation and we do not have to prove it, but our patience is beginning to look like a demonstration of cowardice of which we cannot be proud and which I will not allow to become a way of life. Jimmy Carter
Governments cannot be denied the right to legitimate self defense once every means of peaceful settlement has been exhausted. Catholic Church
The government's duties are to support the people on the one hand and to protect them on the other ... plans for livelihood become plans for the national defense. Chiang Kai-shek
The only weapon with which we can expect to cope with other great nations is the Navy. Winston Churchill
Very few wars have been won by mere numbers alone. Quality, willpower, geographical advantages, natural and financial resources, the command of the sea, and above all a cause that rouses the spontaneous surgings of the human spirit… Winston Churchill
I do not hold that we should rearm in order to fight. I hold that we should rearm in order to parley. Winston Churchill
An army abroad is of little use unless there are prudent counsels at home. Parvi enim sunt foris arma, nisi est consilium domi. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
If [George] Washington and his compatriots had relied upon moral power only, the paw of the huge lion of Britannia would be now quietly resting on the necks of the American people. Cassius Marcellus Clay
France has imposed upon herself an average of more than 2 billion francs a year. This is the minimum price of armed peace for one country only …. Think what United Europe might have done with these millions, had she consecrated even half to the service of progress. Baron d'Estournelles de Constant
Everything belongs to the fatherland when the fatherland is in danger. Georges Jacques Danton
Assure personal survival in any kind of disaster. John E. Davis
Defend yourselves instantly, and I say you will be wise: delay it, and you may wish in vain to do so hereafter. Demosthenes
There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots. What is it? Distrust. Demosthenes
everyone who was able built a castle; so that the poor people were worn out with the toil of these buildings, and the whole kingdom was covered with castles. Ralph di Diceto
Although the policy of England is peace, there is no country so well prepared for war as our own ….If she enters in a righteous cause … her resources … are inexhaustible. She is not a country that when she enters on a campaign, has to ask herself whether she can support a second or a third campaign. She enters into a campaign which she will not terminate till right is done Benjamin Disraeli
In an age of bullies, we cannot afford to be a sissy. William J. Donovan
If the national security is involved, anything goes. There are no rules. Helen Gahagan
Even in matters of defense—the purpose for which government was instituted among men—no government can promise any longer that it can protect civilians and that they are not going to be harmed by war. Peter Drucker
Local defenses must be reinforced by the further deterrent of massive retaliatory power. John Foster Dulles
In the last resort nations can only find security in doing what their material interests dictate. Abba Eban
How far are we to go in pursuit of greater security at the cost of essential liberties? Anthony Eden
A man's own safety is a god that sometimes makes very grim demands. George Eliot; Mary Ann Cross
Stop giving aid and comfort to those who have declared themselves America’s enemies. Steven Emerson
Our neutrality is our security. Guillermo Endara
Today, governments have more to fear from within than without Juan Enriquez
History is not was. It is. William Faulkner
Massive [nuclear] retaliation: The policy under which, if "they" began the war, you could take satisfaction, in the instant of being vaporized or cooked, in the knowledge that "our" planes and guided missiles are going to do the same thing to "them" in a few minutes. If "we" started the war, massive retaliation would be what was vaporizing or cooking you. Fellowship of Reconciliation
Science is the engine that drives the economy and drives national defense. Newt Gingrich
Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa! Allen Ginsberg
The basic reason Russia has not attacked us is that we can outproduce her. Barry Goldwater
[In a nuclear era:] It is necessary for all [nations] to feel they are equally secure. Mikhail Gorbachev
The distinction between preparations made with the intention of going to war and preparations against attack is it true distinction, clear and definite than the mind of those who build up armaments. But it is a distinction that is not obvious or certain to others. The moral is obvious: it is that that armaments lead inevitably to war. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
The next President's National Security Advisor ought to be an economist, instead of the usual military officer or arms control expert. Thomas Friedman
No government, no head of government can last if the people feel that this government is not going to defend the security of the country. Indira Gandhi
Wake up America. Augustus P. Gardner
For mere revenge I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge. But for the security of the future I would do everything. James A. Garfield
There is no safety where there is no strength. William Lloyd Garrison
France is, and must always remain, England’s greatest danger. Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil; 3rd Marques Salisbury
No nation, no matter how destitute, likes to be told how much military "security" to buy. Leslie H. Gelb
Except in case of attack by armed forces … the people shall have the sole power by a national referendum to declare war or to engage in warfare overseas. Hamilton Fish
Surging global trade creates new security risks that will require new global safeguards. Stephen E. Flynn
The sad state of war makes it my duty to build. Andrew Jackson Higgins
A man without a stick will be bitten even by a sheep. Hindu Proverb
Today the Great Powers openly emphasize the League of Nations while behind the scenes they steadily expand their military armaments. We cannot dismiss as the foolish talk of idiots those who predict the outbreak after 1936 of a second world war. We must be prepared … Kiichiro Hiranuma
Every nation must have some degree of military organization, even among the most peaceful peoples. The possession of armament however, no matter how necessary, breeds suspicion, fear, counter-armament and hate. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
Opinions on bomb shelters are personal. As for myself, I do not think I would care to be alive when all of the birds, animals, trees, houses and buildings were gone in those places where I had lived. Herbert Hoover
A "soft" approach toward the menace of Communism can only lead to national disaster. We cannot defeat Communism with Socialism, nor with secularism, nor with pacifism, nor with appeasement or accommodation. The fight against crime and Communism can be won, and it will be won, but only with the help of every decent American citizen. J. Edgar Hoover
I believe that a navy is the greatest insurer of peace that we could possibly have—a navy commensurate with our resources and commensurate with the number of dependencies we have and commensurate with our population and commensurate with our influence as a world power. Charles Evans Hughes
I was wrong to expose myself to disaster and dishonor … I was lucky to escape … I shall leave here to sacrifice my position and my life in order to make the truth known. Gustave Humbert
The public was entirely free of the great danger and expense of a standing army. David Hume
I vow to sever any hand raised against this struggling country and to gouge out any eye that glances at us with hate. Hussein ibn Talal
Drugs are the greatest threat to our national security. Jesse Jackson
If the [present] deterrent is the mutual annihilation of each other ..., what else do we need and why? Jacob K. Javits
There is on the globe one single spot the possessor of which is the natural enemy of the United States—New Orleans. Thomas Jefferson
The only safety of the nation lies in a generous and expansive plan of conciliation. Andrew Johnson
Desert Storm seemingly reversed one of the principal lessons of Vietnam—namely that excessive reliance on technology in war is a recipe for disaster. Andrew J. Bacevich
I want Joe Stalin to know that if he starts something at four o'clock in the morning, the fighting power and strength of America will be on the job at five o'clock in the morning. Louis A. Johnson
We don't propose to sit here in our rocking chair with our hands folded and let the Communists set up any government in the Western Hemisphere. Lyndon B. Johnson
Never unprepared Johnston Clan
The safety of the state is the highest law. Justinian I
Just as we protect California, so shall we protect Japan. Douglas MacArthur
Timid and interested politicians think much more about the security of their seats than about the security of their country. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valor, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation ... Book of Maccabees
No wall exists, however thick, that artillery cannot destroy. Niccolo Machiavelli
Now the Americans will realize what we in England have lived through these many years. Harold MacMillan
A certain degree of preparation for war ... affords also the best security for the continuance of peace. James Madison
Egypt’s warning system and air defense system are capable of discovering and destroying any air attack by the enemy [Israel], no matter how many aircraft were involved or from which direction they come. Muhammad Sidqi Mahmud
We cannot afford no security, but we also cannot afford total security. Michael Chertoff
Industry, commerce and security are the surest roads to the happiness and prosperity of people Thomas Jefferson
A defenseless country cannot be secure. John Marshall
I don’t think one can speak of defeating the IRA, of eliminating them completely, but it is the design of the security forces to reduce their level of violence to something like an acceptable level. Reginald Maudling
The dangers of atomic war are overrated. It would be hard on little, concentrated countries like England. In the United States we have lots of space. Robert R. McCormick
National security involves education for our children as well as silos for our missiles. George McGovern
The safety of the country stands above all other considerations, and no matter what the cost, the safety of the country must be assured. Reginald McKenna
How is it possible for free institutions to flourish, or even maintain themselves, in a situation where defenses, civil and military, must be ceaselessly poised to meet an attack that might incinerate fifty million Americans—not in the space of an evening, but in the space of moments. Brien McMahon
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
In a society pledged to self-government, it is never true that, in the long run, the security of the nation is endangered by the people. Alexander Meiklejohn
No nation can be free unless it is strong enough and active enough to control, whenever necessary, every private individual or group whose action affects the general welfare. Alexander Meiklejohn
The Jews are used to collective eulogies, but the Jews will not die so that the Washington Post will speak well of them. Golda Meir
We intend to remain alive. Our neighbors want to see us dead. This is not a question that leaves much room for compromise. Golda Meir
Hegemony is the best way for any state to guarantee its own survival. John J. Meirsheimer
The States must and will take care of themselves; and they will preserve the resources of the States for the defense of the States. Morris S. Miller
National security is not only building war machines to kill. National security is as much a policy of the living who prefer life over death, wellness over sickness, work over idleness, education over illiteracy, and food over hunger. Patsy Takemoto Mink
Deterrence is to prevent war, not to win a war. Francois Mitterrand
For the welfare of the state, the one of my sons to whom God grants the Sultanate may lawfully put his brothers to death. Mohammed II
Commonwealth has a right to the service of its citizens. James Monroe
When the enemy is right next door, no one from a distance has a right to dismiss the threat. Bill Moyers
All our key institutions were created in response to either World War II or the cold war, and they were built around predictions of eminent danger from the exterior. Whereas the biggest danger we face now is internal—from the collapse of social standards and social order in our cities. Daniel P. Moynihan
The national security state controls the President. It controls most of the executive departments. Daniel P. Moynihan
Prepare against them whatever force you are able to muster, and horses ready for battle, striking fear into God's enemy and your enemy, and others beyond them unknown to you but known to God... Muhammad
Whoso defendeth himself after he hath suffered wrong, there is no way against them. Muhammad
The new technique of war has created the necessity of developing a new technique of civil defense. It is not just community singing, sweater knitting and basket weaving that is needed. Fiorello H. La Guardia
When are we defending something that isn't worth defending anymore? John le Carre
Come and get them. Leonidas
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected. If it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. Abraham Lincoln
the deterrent ratio might well shift to the Soviets so heavily, during the years of the [missile] gap, as to open to them a shortcut to world domination... Their missile power will be the shield from behind which they will slowly, but surely, advance... John F. Kennedy
Despite the President's orders that no American forces be used, the first two people who landed in the Bay of Pigs [in 1961] were Americans. The CIA sent them in. Robert Kennedy
Communism will never be defeated by atomic bombs or nuclear weapons.... Our greatest defense against Communism is to take offensive action in behalf of justice and righteousness.... We must ... seek to remove ... conditions of poverty, insecurity, injustice, and racial discrimination. Martin Luther King Jr.
When the guns of war become a national obsession, social needs inevitably suffer. Martin Luther King Jr.
The art of government is to deal with threats before they become overwhelming. Henry A. Kissinger
There are many times where national interest is more important than the law. Henry A. Kissinger
The High Contracting Parties, so far as they are not already Parties to Treaties prohibiting such use, accept this prohibition, agree to extend this prohibition to the use of bacteriological methods of warfare Anonymous
Fighting men are the city's fortress. Alcaeus
[We must defend ourselves] against all Indians in generall, for that they are all Enemies Nathaniel Bacon
It is well for the man in the street to realize that there is no power on earth that can protect him from being bombed. Whatever people tell him, the bomber will always get through. Stanley Baldwin
There are times when self defense is a religious duty. Henry Ward Beecher
Democracy is not majority rule but rule by public opinion. Tom Bethell
Relatively weak countries, targeted as ‘rogue states’ and repeatedly threatened with military attack, are naturally desperate to achieve the deterrence that only weapons of mass destruction can provide. David P. Calleo
We cannot menace the peace of a single continental hamlet no matter how great our supreme navy may become but the … whole fortunes of our race and empire … would perish and be utterly swept away if our naval supremacy were to be impaired. It is the British navy which makes Great Britain a great power. Winston Churchill
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We’re trying to create the first democracy in the Arab world. Newt Gingrich
South Carolina is a weak frontier colony, and in case of invasion by the French would be their first object of attack. We have not much to fear, however, while we retain the affection of the Indians around us; but should we forfeit that by any mismanagement on our part, or by the superior address of the French, we are in a miserable situation. The Cherokees alone have several thousand gunmen well acquainted with every inch of the province … their country is the key to Carolina James Glen
We are but a handful of people spread over a widely extended Country, We are surrounded with Indians much more numerous than us, much more accustomed to the use of Arms, Warr being their trade from their Youth up. James Glen
I will allow myself to call it devilish; for this was the new war fiend, destined, along with others of the same breed, to annihilate whole navies and batter down old supremacies. Nathaniel Hawthorne
In vain doe they worship peace at home, who cannot defend themselves against forrainers. Thomas Hobbes
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security Thomas Jefferson
If it were easy it would have happened already. Costas Karamanlis
Every nation has an undoubted right to provide for its own safety, and to take due precaution against distant as well as impending danger. The right of self-preservation is paramount to all other considerations James Kent
We will need ploughshares and swords. Joseph I. Lieberman
The Arms used by the Indians in War were formerly a Bow and Arrow with a Stone Axe and Mallet, but now they get from our People Guns, Swords, Iron Axes and Mallets. John Megapolensis
Socialism and democracy are pests. Pius IX; Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti
Each time a foe is defeated in one corner of the world, another appears elsewhere. Donald Rumsfeld
Our elites, including me, have opted out of their responsibilities when it comes to defense. Frank Schaeffer
The principle problem is the belief that democracy is the talisman for all the world’s problems. Dimitri Simes
All Athenians should leave Athens …. The men should report to the ships at Salamis. Themistocles
Whenever there shall be a declared war between the United States and any foreign nation or government, or any invasion or predatory incursion shall be perpetrated, attempted, or threatened against the territory of the United States, by any foreign nation or government, and the President of the United States shall make public proclamation of the event, all natives, citizens, denizens, or subjects of the hostile nation or government, being males of the age of fourteen years and upwards, who shall be within the United States, and not actually naturalized, shall be liable to be apprehended, restrained, secured and removed, as alien enemies. United States
You are not a practical Gun Smith. But I have neither leisure or time to spare for an Epistolary controversy with you. You have failed to execute your engagements to the manifest injury of the Service. . . . It is therefore my duty to require of you to refund promptly, the money with interest which had been advanced to you by the United States. Callender Irvine
The King has subjects enough in those parts not only to defend themselves from any attack of French and Indians, but they are so crumbled into little governments and so disunited in their interests that they have hitherto afforded but little assistance to each other. . . . It is almost incredible that the Governor of New York, in the middle of above 40,000 English . . . should say, as he does, that he has only the companies in the King’s pay that he can rely on for the defense of the frontier. House of Lords
On the East Coast, men might fear a standing army; in the West, they clamored for one that could protect them Stephen Ambrose
Under the Constitution, the Militia must ever be estimated the bulwark of civil and individual liberty. Directed by public sentiment, it will guard us from the oppression of power; regulated by wisdom, and patronized by the Government, it will secure us from anarchy; officered, trained and supported by the States, it is the guarantee of their sovereignty and union; and properly armed and disciplined, . . . it forms an impenetrable barrier to the invader. William H. Sumner
It is unnatural for companies to sit down in front of their competitors and share the information about their vulnerabilities. Jamie Gorelick
Insecurity threatens liberty. Slade Gorton
The duties of the Commission will be: To persecute and break up all acts of counter-revolution and sabotage all over Russia, no matter what their origin Russia
Historically, decisive security action took place only after a disaster had occurred or a specific plot had been discovered. September 11 Investigative Commission
Are the welfare and safety of the whole body politic anything else than the welfare and safety of all its individual members? William H. Seward
If the English should land on our soil, I shall have them arrested Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Ought they [the French] not therefore, as speedily as possible, be removed out of this Country for the better Security of British Subjects and British Trade? Robert Rogers
A commonwealth then is so far independent, as it can plan and provide against oppression by another, and so far dependent on another commonwealth, as it fears that other's power Baruch Spinoza
The government has a well-documented history of abusing its claims of national security. Given this history, federal judges should not give the executive branch the benefit of any doubt. John Dean
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
How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification was that he ran horse shows? That's right. Horse shows. I really want to know -- and I ask you this in all sincerity and with all due respect -- how do you feel about the utter contempt Mr. Bush has shown for your safety? Michael Moore
Every national security threat that has been accepted has then been inflated. John Mueller
In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. Thich Nhat Hanh
At the end, governance is reflected in what is delivered to people. If you have a good trade agreement, for example, hopefully that will reduce prices and help exports…. I have no opinion about who is better or worse. I am not a politician. I am not in politics. I'm just a citizen. It is interesting for me to know who is doing better than the others. …We all have our perceptions. I go to visit a country, I end up in a five-star hotel in a nice city and I'm driven there and taken back and I say, ‘Wow, this is a wonderful country, it's safe.’ But I've been looked after. Is the country really safe? How do we get the facts away from perception? Mo Ibrahim
For over 200 years, this nation has adhered to the rule of law with unparalleled success. A shift to a nation based on extra-constitutional authority is prohibited, as well as ill-advised. Ann Aiken
The Free States have a majority of 44 in that House. Under the new census, they would have 53. The cause of the slaveholding States is getting weaker and weaker, and what are we to do? What would the South have to rely on, if the Union were dissolved? Suppose the dissolution could be peaceably … what had the South to depend upon? All the crowned heads [of Europe] were against her. A million of slaves are ready to rise and strike for freedom at the first tap of the drum. If the South is cut loose from their friends at the North … whither are they to look for protection? How are they to sustain an assault from England or France, with the cancer at their vitals? The more the South reflected, the more clearly she must see that she has a deep and vital interest in maintaining the Union. Thomas Dickens Arnold
An armed Communist advances against you and you react against him. Therefore, you are a reactionary! Winston Churchill
They are already almost at the boats. Wendell Wilkie
Goldwater and his crowd tell me that they’ll forgive you for anything except being weak. Lyndon B. Johnson
The chief threats to security come from failed states. Francis Fukuyama
Self defense is the most difficult element of International Law. Antony Anghie
The lesson of September 11 is that whenever this country sees a gathering threat, we’ve got to deal with it. George W. Bush
This is a hard country to defend. George W. Bush
The Israelis know that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan River, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die Bill Clinton
I will be to you both a father and an adviser; despise not my counsels, and you shall have no reason to fear being conquered by any man or any nation whatever; for the people of my country are strong, warlike, and robust: if you approve, I will send for my son and his brother, both valiant men who at my invitation will fight against the Scots, and you can give them the countries in the north, near the wall called Gual. Hengist
It will be your destiny to defend Christendom against the Turk. It will thus be an essential part of Your education that you be early taught the use of the bow, of the sling, and of the spear. Pius II; Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini
Preventive self defense is permissible under the Charter of the United Nations. The Charter is a treaty governed by the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. Elisabeth Zoller
The reorganization of the Defense Department under Mr. McNamara was something [in] which Mr. McNamara went beyond the law and the intent of Congress, far beyond it, though he did not break the law. He stayed within the law … Felix Edward Hebert
Unfortunately, this country requires body bags before it will act... Richard A. Clark
I learned over time that you do not go for the perfect solution….You do what is doable and then you want to try and do a little bit more. Richard A. Clark
It is necessarily requisite to the peoples defense, that they be fore-armed. Now to be fore-armed is to be furnished with Soldiers, Armies, Ships, Forts and Monies, before the danger be instant; for the listing of Soldiers, and taking up of Arms after a blow is given, is too late at least, if not impossible. Thomas Hobbes
Good men must defend themselves by taking to them for a Sanctuary the two daughters of War, Deceit and Violence: Thomas Hobbes
You do not turn a country with no democratic tradition into a democracy by just having an election. You must also have democratic institutions like the rule of law. Howard Dean
Duck and Cover U. S. Office of Civillian Defense
The Islamic Resistance Movement views seriously the defeat of the Crusaders at the hands of Salah ed-Din al-Ayyubi and the rescuing of Palestine from their hands, as well as the defeat of the Tatars at Ein Galot, breaking their power at the hands of Qataz and Al-Dhaher Bivers and saving the Arab world from the Tatar onslaught which aimed at the destruction of every meaning of human civilization. The Movement draws lessons and examples from all this. The present Zionist onslaught has also been preceded by Crusading raids from the West and other Tatar raids from the East. Hamas
I call upon all the loyal citizens engaged in production for defense to give precedence to the needs of the nation to the end that a system of government that makes private enterprise possible may survive. Franklin D. Roosevelt
A few young guys with a case of Red Bull can be a serious security threat. William J. Lynn III
There is only one way safely and legitimately to reduce the cost of national security, and that is to reduce the need for it. Ronald Reagan
Only a United States that is strong and immensely productive can help defend freedom in our world Dwight D. Eisenhower
The strength of all free peoples lies in unity; their danger, in discord Dwight D. Eisenhower
Goldwater and his crowd tell me that they’ll forgive you for anything except being weak. Lyndon B. Johnson
Structure the national security apparatus so that … they are all singing off the same sheet of music. James Baker
To uphold state security China like many other countries of the world has placed some restrictions on the Internet to protect the freedom of the majority of the people. Wen Jiabao
No criticism should be allowed to obscure the truth either at home or abroad that today America is the strongest nation militarily, economically, ideologically in the world. Richard Nixon
We must not allow Iran to manipulate the economy of the world because they have a nuclear weapon…. Iran is a clear and present danger to the state of Israel, the United States, and the rest of the world. John Hagee
We will extend to the opponents of force the material resources of this nation. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The bottom is out of the tub. What shall I do? Abraham Lincoln
As long as I am president, we will maintain the greatest fighting force that the world has ever known. Barack Obama
It is absurd to believe in the possibility of perpetual peace...Fascist education must be education for battle. Achille Starace
The military capabilities of the United States need to be kept comfortably superior to those of present and potential enemies. But they should be measured relatively, against those enemies’ capabilities, and not against the limit of what is technologically possible or based on some vague urge to have more. Richard K. Betts
A nation, in order to be secure in its defense, has to be stronger than its potential enemy. Then what becomes of the defense of the other? Is he to have none? Norman Angell
The single biggest threat to our national security is our debt. Michael Glenn Mullen
The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people. James Madison
Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged against provisions against danger, real or pretended from abroad. James Madison
Counter insurgency is something we can’t do, can’t do well, and shouldn’t be doing. Gordon Adams
Counter insurgency is unworkable without a responsive and politically popular national government. Richard Burt
A foreign policy aimed at the achievement of total security is the one thing I can think of that is entirely capable of bringing this country to a point where it will have no security at all. And a ruthless, reckless insistence on attempting to stamp out everything that could conceivably constitute a reflection of improper foreign influence in our national life, regardless of the actual damage it is doing to the cost of eliminating it, in terms of other American values, is the one thing I can think of that should reduce us all to a point where the very independence we are seeking to defend would be meaningless, for we would be doing things to ourselves as vicious and tyrannical as any that might be brought to us from outside. George F. Kennan
God is always on the side of the big battalions Voltaire
Even the cosmic forces do not equal the strength of a great nation which has risen to its moral consciousness and in a just struggle defends it’s existence. Pavel Josef Safarik
There is no national security but in the nation's humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling providence. Franklin Pierce
Contemporary Americans were so prosperous, so happily distracted by such a richness of vivid entertainments, they were reluctant to have their fun diminished by acknowledging that anything existed with fangs and fierce appetites. If now and then they recognized a wolf, they threw a bone to it and convinced themselves it was a dog. Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
If any county achieves absolute security, then all the rest of the countries around them have absolute insecurity. Henry A. Kissinger
The best thing we did with the Patriot Act was to sunset it. Almost 800 foreign nationals, immigrants, mostly Arab-Americans or people who looked like Arab-Americans, were arrested, put in jail, held without charges, no notification for their families and no right to counsel. That's un-American and I'll fight to end that. If we fight the terrorists who attacked us because of our liberties by compromising our liberties, shame on us. Joseph I. Lieberman
Throughout history every nation has tried to defend itself as far away from home as possible Abdul Rahim Wardak
It is the first time on our history that somebody else, our friends and allies, have come to help us defend the country or secure the country. It is against our honor as true Afghans, that your sons and daughters blood is shed on our side. We have been proud that throughout our history that we have defended the country against overwhelming odds, against every superpower, against every big conqueror. This is the first time. So we really want to be helped to restore our pride and honor to be able to defend our country like we have defended it for 5 thousand years. Abdul Rahim Wardak
Our clothing and our armor ought to be of such a kind that men of mature experience will not say that we have spent too much on them, nor younger men say we have spent too little. Louis IX
We are surrounded by numerous Indian nations, each more powerful than ourselves. George Rogers Clark
All truths are not to be told. George Herbert
Americans will cheerfully forgo the luxury of new automobiles in order to assure adequate mechanized equipment for defense. Leon Henderson
We must do our best to shape the future. But we must not wish away the dangers of the present. Benjamin Netanyahu
The idea of restraining the Legislative authority [by the constitution], in the means of providing for the national defense, is one of those refinements, which owe their origin for a zeal for liberty more ardent than enlightened. Alexander Hamilton
Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Alexander Hamilton
The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral. Alexander Hamilton
… massive waste, fraud and abuse Christopher Shays
The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like law, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. Thomas Paine
Studies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than, you know, a few decades. So it's the death knell of this country. I honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam — which I think is a big threat, okay? Cause what's happening now is they are going after, in schools, two-year olds...And this stuff is deadly, and it's spreading, and it will destroy our young people, it will destroy this nation Sally Kern
Since 9/11, our government has treated the Bill of Rights with about as much reverence as a “Keep Off the Grass” sign. David K. Shipler
We all want security …. But we don’t need to simplify the debate to such an extent that we simply say we have to give up our liberties. Rand Paul
We tend to ignore the high probability of small gains or losses and focus on big payoffs or disaster despite remote odds. Benjamin H. Friedman
After the Holocaust, the Jews are justified in taking any steps to protect themselves. Golda Meir
Anything can be justified by security. Fyodor Urnov
A good society is able to face schemes of world domination and foreign revolutions alike without fear. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Collective effort can produce collective security and that if such effort is not made, it is because the will and the courage to make it are not there. Robert Cecil; Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
Our number one enemy is the criminal America …. We want to put America in its place. …. We make our submarines ourselves, and we make them in a way that will serve us in battle with the enemy... with America Abdorrahim Musavi
Self-defense … is not limited to the mere defense, when attacked, of continental United States. It covers all our possessions, all our rights; the right to take such steps as will prevent danger to the United States. Frank B. Kellogg
When someone says that we will wipe out the Jews, we have to deny him the tools. Ephraim Sneh
The vicious circle of dread of war which leads the nations to arm themselves for self-protection, with the result that bloated armaments ultimately lead to the war which they were intended to avert, can be broken in either of two conceivable ways. There might arise a unique world power, brought into being by the unification of all those now in possession of weapons, and equipped with the capacity to forbid the lesser and unarmed nations to make war. On the other hand, it may arise by the working of a fate to us still inscrutable which, out of ruin, will disclose a way towards the development of a new human being. To will the discovery of this way would be blind impotence, but those who do not wish to deceive themselves will be prepared for the possibility Karl Jaspers
We should aim at the establishment of a unified military and defense strategy. I do not see much virtue or wisdom in our separate efforts to build up or maintain vast military forces for self-defense which, in any case, would be ineffective in any major attack upon our separate states. If we examine this problem realistically, we should be able to ask ourselves this pertinent question: which single state in Africa today can protect its sovereignty against an imperialist aggressor?....The survival of free Africa, the extending independence of this continent, and the development towards that bright future on which our hopes and endeavors are pinned, depend upon political unity. Kwame Nkrumah
We must be the great arsenal of democracy. For us this is an emergency as serious as war itself. We must apply ourselves to our task with the same resolution, the same sense of urgency, the same spirit of patriotism and sacrifice as we would show were we at war. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I believe in defending democracy by preserving democracy, not by descending to the use of the same weapons used in dictatorships, whether of the Nazi or Communist stripe. Eleanor Roosevelt
The Seven Elevens in downtown Houston are better protected than the largest oil refinery in the world. John Sopko
We do not control our borders. We don’t know who is coming across and we don’t know what is coming across. John Sopko
We keep our nuclear policy somewhat ambiguous because of national security. Daniel Ayalon
If we enjoy the benefits of peace, it is only because we have an excellent armed force and a fine socialist economy. Let us exert all efforts so that our further development may be strong and mighty, so that our numerous enemies may think well and long before they decide to attack our country, and so that if they attack, they will quickly regret it. Kliment Yefremovich Voroshilov
Every nation has a right and duty to defend itself against unjust aggression. Offensive war of any kind is not morally justifiable. Catholic Bishops
Balanced budgets have a lot to do with National Defense. Howard Dean
Why are you calling it a failure rate at this airport. Why not say success rate? James Loy
There is a rank due to the United States among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure the peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war. George Washington
The development of air power in its broadest sense, and including the development of all means of combating missiles that travel through the air, whether fired or dropped, is the first essential to our survival in war. Hugh Montague Trenchard
The government assures the people that they are in danger from the invasion of another nation, or from foes in their midst, and that the only way to escape this danger is by the slavish obedience of the people to their government. This fact is seen most prominently during revolutions and dictatorships, but it exists always and everywhere that the power of the government exists. Leo Tolstoy
The most formidable of all the ills that threaten the future of the Union arises from the presence of a black population upon its territory; and in contemplating the cause of the present embarrassments, or the future dangers of the United States, the observer is invariably led to this as a primary fact. Alexis de Tocqueville
Men do not rest content with parrying the attacks of a superior, but often strike the first blow to prevent the attack being made. Thucydides
It must be thoroughly understood that war is a necessity, and that the more readily we accept it, the less will be the ardor of our opponents. Thucydides
In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. Thich Nhat Hanh
The word SECURITY is the first and last chapter of the constitution of France. Walter E. Edge
We cannot measure our safety in terms of miles on a map any more. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenseless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenseless against ourselves. Arnold J. Toynbee
National security is the fig leaf against freedom of information. Ralph Nader
Commonly they must use their feet for defense whose only weapon is their tongue. Algernon Sidney
Nations unfortunately have to be prepared for security problems that arise from symbolic and irrational behavior… William A. Niskanen
To bargain freedom for security is the devil's bargain. Having made the bargain, one enjoys neither freedom nor security. Gerry Spence
When the country is occupied and the people are being killed by the enemy, everyone must take action, even if he sacrifices himself in so doing. The day when Israel was founded created the basis for our problems. Ahmed Sheikh
The civil libertarians among us would rather defend the constitution than protect our nation’s security. Jeff Sessions
The simple rule about weapons is that if they can be built, they will be built. Robert X. Cringely
You really can’t blame the military for wanting to go to war [in Iraq]. They’ve got all these new toys and they want to know whether they work or not. Andy Rooney
Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming Learned Hand
Our dangers ... are not from the outrageous but from the conforming. Learned Hand
I wish for an America no less alert in guarding against dangers from within than it is watchful against enemies from without. Warren G. Harding
It has been said that, in our present state of unpreparedness, a trans-isthmian canal will be a military disaster to the United States, and especially to the Pacific coast. When the canal is finished the Atlantic seaboard will be neither more nor less exposed than it now is; it will merely share with the country at large the increased danger of foreign complications with inadequate means to meet them. The danger of the Pacific coast will be greater by so much as the way between it and Europe is shortened through a passage which the stronger maritime power can control. The danger lies not merely in the greater facility for dispatching a hostile squadron from Europe, but also in the fact that a more powerful fleet than formerly can be maintained on that coast by a European power Alfred Thayer Mahan
We have not the navy, and, what is worse, we are not willing to have the navy, that will weigh seriously in any disputes with those nations whose interests will there conflict with our own. Alfred Thayer Mahan
the American people become less secure when we risk a major conflict driven by commercial interests and not constitutionally authorized by Congress. Victory under these circumstances is always elusive, and unintended consequences are inevitable Ronald E. Paul
America was founded by men who understood that the threat of domestic tyranny is as great as any threat from abroad Ronald E. Paul
Security is for cadavers. Bob Parsons
My final aim is to bring Iran, within twenty years, to the same level of civilization and progress as will be enjoyed by the most highly developed countries. During the last ten years the degree of our backwardness has been halved, but it is this remaining backwardness which will be the most difficult to combat. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Homeland security intelligence done the wrong way will give us thought police. Jane Harman
Throwing money after security turns out to be a classic example of the law of diminishing marginal utility. Richard Rhodes
Whoever gets this first will win the war. James Bryant Conant
Whatever the enemy may be planning, American science will be equal to the challenge. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Little Boy Thin Man Fat Man Robert Serber
Weakness and ambivalence lead to war George W. Bush
There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. Eleanor Roosevelt
It is sound statesmanship to add two battleships every time our neighbor adds one and two stories to our skyscrapers every time he piles a new one on top of his … Mark Twain
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, and the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase. William Congreve
Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming; not from those who rarely and under the lurid glare of obloquy upset our moral complaisance, or shock us with unaccustomed conduct, but from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and their tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers. Learned Hand
The nation that has the strongest war footing can easily find an excuse for going to war. Lewis F. Korns
It is not how much you spend on defense as much as how you spend it. William S. Cohen
… without the steel helmet and gun barrel, we shall not be able to plant a tree or build a house. . . . Let us not be afraid to see the hatred that accompanies and consumes the lives of hundreds of thousands of Arabs who sit all around us and wait for the moment when their hands will be able to reach our blood. Moshe Dayan
We will use nuclear weapons whenever it serves our vital interests. Robert McNamara
… from the beginning, it was President Kennedy who said that it was politically unacceptable for us to leave those [Cuban] missile sites alone. He didn't say militarily, he said politically. Robert McNamara
I have a very firm limitation in mind, but I don’t think the Joint Chiefs do. I know they don’t. Robert McNamara
I have a very firm limitation in mind, but I don’t think the Joint Chiefs do. I know they don’t. Robert McNamara
I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defense system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results. But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can't quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker game. Lloyd Axworthy
We are much safer in the United States, but not yet safe. Condoleeza Rice
These are the walls of Sparta. Cities should be walled with the courage of the inhabitants. Agesilaus II
The boundaries of Sparta are on the points of our spears…. No Spartan woman has ever seen the smoke of the enemy’s camp.. Agesilaus II
No place is weak where there are men capable of defending it. Chevalier Bayard; Pierre de
The first duty of a state is to provide for its own conservation. Until that point is secured, it can preserve and protect nothing else. But, if possible, it has greater interest in acting according to strict law than even the subject himself. For if the people see that the law is violated to crush them, they will certainly despise the law. They, or their party, will be easily led to violate it, whenever they can, by all the means in their power. Except in cases of direct war, whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy. Edmund Burke
… in the decade since the end of the Cold War until September 11th, the US security establishment - the political class, the CIA, the people who fought the Cold War - had no real enemy to focus on. True, they had Saddam Hussein for a while, and they might have had a minor enemy here, another one there. But there was no real worldwide threat similar to that of the Cold War. Well, now it seems that they have one again. What this means is that the United States is going to be in this for quite some time. I have feeling that it is going to go on for ten or 15 years. Philip Agee
For the first time in American history, men in authority are talking about an emergency without a foreseeable end. Such men as these are crackpot realists: In the name of realism they have constructed a paranoid reality all their own. C. Wright Mills
We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals Barack Obama
The oceans have shrunk, until today both Europe and Asia border the United States almost as do Canada and Mexico. Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg
Contributing to the maintenance of peace by making clear its determination to exercise the right of individual or collective self-defense … should any armed attack occur affecting its national security. Arthur Hedrick Vandenberg
[America should engage in] Progressive development of regional and other collective arrangements for individual and collective self-defense Arthur Hedrick Vandenberg
That no attack should reach the walls of Babylon, I did what no earlier king had done … I caused mighty wall to be built on the East side of Babylon. I dug out a moat … I made the city of Babylon a fortress. Nebuchadnezzar II
Father of the Two-Ocean Navy Anonymous
We will not contract out the security of the American people …. You can’t compromise the safety of the American people. John Kerry
If anyone were to suggest that we should be prepared to burn a woman at the stake in the name of national security, he would be taken to a mental ward. But if someone were to be prepared to burn millions of women in the name of national security, he is highly electable to the highest office of the land. William Sloane Coffin
We are beginning to resemble extinct dinosaurs, who suffered from too much armor and too little brain. William Sloane Coffin
When you’ve got enough firepower, you win wars. Jack Germond
Security is like liberty in that many are the crimes committed in its name. Robert Houghwout Jackson
Peace and democracy go hand in hand.. Nelson Mandela
We in the region will all have security or none of us will have security. Mohammad Javad Zarif
The infinitely wise and good Being has given us the sum and substance of the most perfect form of civil government in his word. . . . I mean that ancient plan of civil policy, delineated for the chosen tribes of Israel. In that divinely authorized constitution, we find no king, no despot, no emperor, no tyrant, no perpetual dictator allowed of. Joseph Huntington
… a rotten plank, upon which no man could trust himself without sinking. Oliver Cromwell
The thing about the management of nuclear weapons is that it has to be perfect. 99 percent will not do. Eric Schlosser
For nearly 7 decades United States has been the anchor of global security. This is meant more than forging international agreements. It has meant enforcing them. Barack Obama
These four mongrels are supposed to be our defense against Communism and the extremes of Arab Nationalism in the Middle East. Harrison M. Symmes
The willingness to condone some form of interrogational coercion, including outright torture in particular extreme circumstances is directly related … to the degree that one takes seriously the threat that terrorists pose to entire cities. Jerome Slater
It is nonsense that territory is unimportant in the age of [nuclear] missiles. Just the opposite is true. Territory is more important than before…. Even for the large long-range missiles with large warheads, reducing the size of the target area is a mistake. Moshe Arens
Deterrence is a dynamic, interactive process between at least two entities. Deterrence policies are predicated on threatening an adversary with pain if that adversary changes its behavior in ways that you find detrimental to your interests. David P. Auerswald
The United States’ alliances have provided its partners in Europe and Asia with such a high level of insurance that they have outsourced their defense to Washington. Barry R. Posen
Weakness is provocation. Donald Rumsfeld
Reducing future risks requires paying some immediate costs. Richard K. Betts
A showdown between East and West is unavoidable. Every German is under the obligation of contributing his share, so that Germany is in a position to fulfill the missions incumbent on her for the defense of Western Christian Civilization. Reinhard Gehlen
In democratic peoples, new families constantly issue from nothing, others constantly fall into it, and all those that stay on change face: the fabric of time is torn at every moment and the trace of generations is effaced. You easily forget those who have preceded you, and you have no idea of those who will follow you. As conditions are equalized, one finds a great number of individuals who … owe nothing to anyone: they expect so to speak nothing to anyone: they are in the habit of always considering themselves in isolation, and they willingly fancy that their whole destiny is in their hands. Alexis de Tocqueville
Stop blaming the world—look inside! Farahnaz Ispahani
… lack of urgency … lack of coherence … lack of prioritization … lack of synchronization National Biodefense Science Board
Mr. Vice President, it looks like this. I smuggled this into your office. Randall Larsen
Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not even one American soldier and is located in a critical region for American national security. Alexander Haig
Israel is absolutely critical to American national security. Michael Glenn Mullen
The European NATO Counties are not interested in being liberated after 6 months of fighting on their territory. They are only interested in preventing the initial attack. Walter Slocombe
Deterrence is when someone who is your potential adversary, decides not to bother because they know it’s not going to work. Kurt Volker
We’re not the nation’s jailers. We are not out there to punish. We are out there to learn. Michael Hayden
We still give the nation state the monopoly on the legal use of violence in our own defense. Michael Hayden
Our immediate job is defense. We will play offense soon enough, but right now it is defense…. Your job is to keep America free by making Americans feel safe again Michael Hayden
We must recognize that the safety and welfare of our people are the real national security issues. William Colby
It is not important what the other side says or means. What is important are the military capabilities of the other side. Dick Cheney
As one who fought in all of Israel's wars, and learned from personal experience that without proper force, we do not have a chance of surviving in this region, which does not show mercy towards the weak, I have also learned from experience that the sword alone cannot decide this bitter dispute in this land Ariel Sharon
We are rapidly—I was about to say, fearfully—growing. John C. Calhoun
When public men indulge themselves in abuse, when they deny others a fair trial, when they resort to innuendo and insinuation, to libel, scandal, and suspicion, then our democratic society is outraged, and democracy is baffled. It has no apparatus to deal with the boor, the liar, the lout, and the anti-democrat in general. J. William Fulbright
To deploy this [anti-ballistic missile system] would jeopardize our security rather than improve it. J. William Fulbright
The notion of a defense that will protect American cities is one that will not be achieved, but it is that goal that supplies the political magic, as it were, in the president's vision. James R. Schlesinger
If and when the war starts (anti-Japanese war), where ever you are, North or South, young or old, who ever you are, you all have the responsibility of protecting our home and repelling the enemy, you all must have the will to achieve ultimate sacrifice. Chiang Kai-shek
Now they have started the aggression, and the extinction of our nation is imminent. If we just fold our arms and yield to them, I would have no face to see our ancestors after death. If we must perish, why not fight to the death? Tzu-Hsi
Remote fountains are of little help to nearby fires Han Fei
Security and liberty are not mutually exclusive. We can have both Ron Wyden
Many people used to believe that providing for their security was the government’s job…. Now they understand that the very way they live and the values they hold makes them targets of militants ideologies far away. Regina Karp
Japan is the only country in the world that does not call its defense organizations a military. That is absurd, when the government is spending 5 trillion yen a year for self-defense. Shinzo Abe
Cybersecurity is a new issue for the international community at large. First of all, the technologies are new and the attacks are invisible. Traditionally, if you perceived a threat, it could be seen. It was physical. But not in cyberspace. Cui Tiankai
The sometimes contradictory demands of the American people—perfect security at home without burdensome military engagements abroad—have fueled the technology-driven, tactical approach of drone warfare. Audrey Kurth Cronin
The United States and WHO [World Health Organization] have no clear protocols for DURC, no standards for determining safety, and no plans for a coordinated global response. Michael Osterholm
Establishing robust cyberdefenses no more militarizes cyberspace than having a navy militarizes the ocean. William J. Lynn III
Jacksonian common sense does not give much weight to the concept of disproportionate force, believing that if you are attacked, you have the right and even the duty to respond with overwhelming force until the enemy surrenders. Walter Russell Mead
We employ only 1000 enforcement officers to protect over 9000 civilian Federal facilities—spread out all across the country.. Thomas Carper
Keep no troops on the field too long Yazid III
God be praised for placing a sea between us. Al-Mansur
‘National Security’ is, in effect, a translation of the European concept of ‘raison d’etat’, providing cover for a government that felt free to break through all traditional limits on its power. Hannah Arendt
The United States in 2001 is faced with a growing, almost dizzying disparity between its diminished capabilities and the burgeoning requirements of national security. James Monnier Simon Jr.
When these attacks occur, as they likely will, we will wonder what more we could have done to stop them. Richard A. Clarke
If the Jewish people want to have an independent state, they must always have the sword in one hand. Ariel Sharon
The security of Western Europe rests ultimately on the trustworthiness of the American commitment. Willy Brandt
I don’t want Italy to withdraw from the Atlantic Pact [NATO] … not only because our withdrawal would upset the international equilibrium. I feel safer … Enrico Berlinguer
Security can no longer be attained by arming ourselves against a potential enemy. Rather, security is attainable only with his cooperation. Hans-Jochen Vogal
No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies John Foster Dulles
As head of a military structure I am responsible for the realization of military issues. If you want to have everlasting peace, you must be ready for war. We must be ready to face any provocation. Seyran Ohanyan
… a rich nation always defends itself badly. Napoleon Bonaparte
We cannot use force everywhere that a radical ideology takes root. Barack Obama
That a shortage of crude rubber is likely to be felt by 1928 is indicated by a comparison of the prospective production and consumption for the next few years. It is a picture which cannot be looked upon with complacency…. there are two distinct problems involved: (1) monopoly control of a basic raw material, and (2) a shortage in that raw material developing within a few years. To meet these problems there are two courses open: (1) new planting, and (2) an extension of America's present holdings in the East…. We have to consider, for example, our national defense, especially as concerns the protection of our lines of transport in the remote contingency of war Harry Nichols Whitford
… After the violent shocks suffered by the different parts of the world during 10 years of devastating warfare, unparalleled in human history, the old political structure has been destroyed. A new one must be built in its place, resting on foundations strong enough to be able to withstand the assaults of force and oppression. Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck
Well, you could get a screwdriver and open up each case. J. Robert Oppenheimer
A security program where everything that is technical possible is done, undermines trust and in the long run produces less security. Angela Merkel
A naval power, next to the militia, is the natural defense of the United States. John Adams
The President knows that if this country needed a million men, and needed them in a day, the call would go out at sunrise and the sun would go down on a million men in arms. William Jennings Bryan
It is possible that our opponents in the Pacific would be four-fifths of the way to Hawaii before we knew that they had moved. . . George C. Marshall
Strong as we are I don't believe that we can have any security standing alone. W. Averell Harriman
Realizing that common sense and common decency alike dictate the futility of appeasement, we shall never try to placate an aggressor by the false and wicked bargain of trading honor for security. Dwight D. Eisenhower
If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. Dwight D. Eisenhower
It is my desire that the airplane be produced in quantity so that it can be used in this war—not the next. Hap Arnold
Weakness invites war. Gerald R. Ford
The military budget of the United States is becoming much like that of other government agencies—it is increasingly being devoted to pensions and health care. Fareed Zakaria
We should be able to defend ourselves by ourselves. Moshe Yaalon
Let us build a navy as big as hers and do as we please. Woodrow Wilson
There is a huge expanse of flat land that Napoleonic France, imperial Germany, and Nazi Germany all crossed to strike at Russia itself, Ukraine serves as a buffer state of enormous strategic importance to Russia. No Russian leader would tolerate a military alliance that was Moscow’s mortal enemy until recently moving into Ukraine. Nor would any Russian leader stand idly by while the West helped install a government there that was determined to integrate Ukraine into the West. John J. Mearsheimer
In the history of Western countries, democratization began despite the existing patriarchy. Gender equality can be seen as an effect, rather than a cause or necessary condition, of democratization. Ahmet T. Kuru
Every nation will continue to arm for war until a day comes at which one or the other says, “Better a terrible end, than a terror without end” or “If we delay any longer, we shall be the weaker instead of the stronger”. Then the catastrophe will happen. August Bebel
Terrible times require terrible things to be done. David Wolstencroft
The search for national security is today a source for urban insecurity. Saskia Sassen
Politics or ideology must not get in the way of sound planning.. Chuck Hagel
Our new dilemma is how do we deal with the not yet guilty. Michael Hayden
The way to feel safe is never to feel secure. Benjamin Franklin
The cost of deploying one U. S. soldier is the equivalent to the cost of deploying 70 Afghan soldiers. Ashraf Ghani
We’ve got more capacity than anybody both offensively and defensively. Barack Obama
No government ought to guarantee perfect security because no government can provide it. Juliette Kayyem
What is to stop the government from demanding that Apple write code to turn on the microphone [of a user's iPhone] in aid of government surveillance, activate the video camera, surreptitiously record conversations, or turn on location services to track the phone’s user? Nothing. Apple Inc.
no court has ever authorized what the government now seeks, no law supports such unlimited and sweeping use of the judicial process, and the Constitution forbids it. Apple Inc.
This is not a case about one isolated iPhone. Rather, this case is about the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld: the ability to force companies like Apple to undermine the basic security and privacy interests of hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe. The government demands that Apple create a back door to defeat the encryption on the iPhone, making its user’s most confidential and personal information vulnerable to hackers, identify thieves, hostile foreign agents, and unwarranted government surveillance. Apple Inc.
We have been compelled to create an amaments industry of vast proportions. Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Is it unusual?... There’s nothing unusual about the entire national security bureaucracy of the United States feeling like their commander-in-chief is a threat to U.S. national security. That happens all the time. It’s totally usual. Nothing to worry about. Tom Malinowski
Democracies die in darkness.... I don't realluy think that President Trump really believes that the press is the "enemy of the people" Bob Woodward
Redesigning a strategy is an excellent way to avoid implementing the strategy. Stephen Lovegrove
On the East Coast, men might fear a standing army; in the West, they clamored for one that could protect them. Stephen Ambrose
Russia's resources are for more limited than those of the United States: its struggling economy is nowhere near the size of the U. S. economy, and its aging population is less than half as large as the U. S, The Russian Defense Industry having barely survived two decades of neglect and decay faces a shrinking workforce... Dmitri Trenin
If people knew the details about terrorism, they would not leave the house. John F. Kelly
For more than 70 years, the presidents of both parties believed that American security and prosperity were directly tied to the success of freedom in the world. And they knew that the success depended, in large part, on U.S. leadership. This mission came naturally, because it expressed the DNA of American idealism. George W. Bush
Many threats to the homeland begin overseas, and that's where we need to be. James Nealand
If you don't fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately. So I think it's a cost-benefit ratio. The more that we put into the State Department's diplomacy, hopefully the less we have to put into a military budget as we deal with the outcome of an apparent American withdrawal from the international scene. James Mattis
As our use of technologies grows exponentially, so do our country's vulnerabilities. Our national security depends on the stability and reliability of our communications infrastructure. The cyber threat to IT and national security systems has never been greater. National Security Agency
Israel must win every single war that it fights. Our enemies only have to win one war. David Ben-Gurion
The country rings around with loud alarms, And raw in the fields the rude militia swarms; Mouths without hands; maintained at vast expense, In peace a charge, in war a weak defense: Stout once a month they march, a blustering band, And ever, but in times of need, at hand. This was the morn when, issuing on the guard, Drawn up in rank and file they stood prepared Of seeming arms to make a short essay, Then hasten to be drunk, the business of the day. John Dryden