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Brent Scowcroft Quotes

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The radical elements in Islam are very dangerous.
- Brent Scowcroft

It is beyond dispute that Saddam Hussein is a menace.
- Brent Scowcroft

Yes, Israel's our ally.
But, are the Palestinians our enemy? No,
they are not.
- Brent Scowcroft

We must find out where the roots of terrorism lie.
- Brent Scowcroft

 

Progress is only possible if the United States and
its allies work together.
- Brent Scowcroft

The Iraqi elections were an important first step.
- Brent Scowcroft

After all, we didn't bring democracy to Germany in 1945;
Hitler destroyed democracy there first.
- Brent Scowcroft

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I'm afraid that the United States is more isolated
today than at any other time in my memory.
- Brent Scowcroft

America has never seen itself as a national state like all others,
but rather as an experiment in human freedom and democracy.
- Brent Scowcroft

First of all, I think the Saudis are deeply concerned
about the collapse of negotiations between the Israelis
and the Palestinians and the resumption of conflict.
- Brent Scowcroft

Saddam's ouster will not necessarily lead to the same result,
since Iraq lacks democratic traditions.
Democracy doesn't just consist of holding elections.
- Brent Scowcroft

Saddam is a familiar dictatorial aggressor,
with traditional goals for his aggression.
- Brent Scowcroft

Many Sunnis, who are still stuck in the Saddam era
mindset and believe Iraq belongs to them,
are trying to prevent a new country from developing at all.
- Brent Scowcroft

An idea can be as flawless as can be,
but its execution will always be full of mistakes.
- Brent Scowcroft

But there is scant evidence to tie Saddam to terrorist organizations,
and even less to the Sept.
11 attacks.
- Brent Scowcroft

If Iraq were to descend into chaos, the Europeans would
feel the effects just as much as we would.
- Brent Scowcroft

The UN could help the Iraqi government get on its feet
and help the United States withdraw a bit more.
- Brent Scowcroft

But, if you believe we should go around the world overturning
regimes to make little United States,
I don't agree with that, because I don't think we're capable of doing that.
- Brent Scowcroft

Simply killing everyone who is already a terrorist
today won't solve the problem.
- Brent Scowcroft

But the central point is that any campaign against Iraq,
whatever the strategy, cost and risks,
is certain to divert us for some indefinite period
from our war on terrorism.
- Brent Scowcroft

So far the changes in the president in his second term
have been mainly of a rhetorical nature.
- Brent Scowcroft

Europeans are familiar with terrorism and violence.
We have not experienced a true conflict on our soil in a hundred years,
and especially not one that involved 3,000 dead.
- Brent Scowcroft

My point was that removing Saddam should not have been our highest priority.
Fighting terrorism should have been our number one concern,
followed by the Palestinian peace process.
- Brent Scowcroft

But figuring out Saddam Hussein was one our greatest mysteries.
He marched to his own drummer and frequently as this
unfolded he made decisions which were sometimes inexplicable
to us and sometimes didn't look very smart.
- Brent Scowcroft

Osama bin Laden is going after us to get us out of the region,
so he can deal with the regimes that he sees in the region,
or replace them with purists.
- Brent Scowcroft

To sum up, the position we took was that since we didn't
know the internal situation in Iraq nor Saddam Hussein,
that our best bet was to take counsel from the people
who did know him and who did deal with him.
- Brent Scowcroft

You know, different people are going to react different ways.
And I don't think we should be intolerable because
people do things a little differently.
- Brent Scowcroft

The Europeans must finally understand the incredible
shock triggered by the attacks of September 11.
- Brent Scowcroft

The Iraqis need help establishing a government.
We have to provide them with security.
- Brent Scowcroft

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable.
They little know what radical change are possible through prayer.
Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O infinite creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Mankind is considered (by the radical environmentalists)
the lowest and the meanest of all species and is blamed for everything.
- Dixie Lee Ray

Mind can never be intelligent - only no-mind is intelligent.
Only no-mind is original and radical.
Only no-mind is revolutionary - revolution in action.
The mind gives you a sort of stupor.
Burdened by the memories of the past,
burdened by the projections of the future,
you go on living - at the minimum.
You dont live at the maximum.
Your flame remains very dim.
Once you start dropping thoughts,
the dust that you have collected in the past,
the flame arises - clean, clear, alive, young.
Your whole life becomes a flame,
and a flame without any smoke.
That is what awareness is.
- Osho

Radical changes in world politics leave America with
a heightened responsibility to be,
for the world, an example of a genuinely free,
democratic, just and humane society.
- Pope John Paul II

When you are right you cannot be too radical;
when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world is not dialectical - it is sworn to extremes,
not to equilibrium, sworn to radical antagonism,
not to reconciliation or synthesis.
This is also the principle of evil.
- Jean Baudrillard

I am on the right wing of the middle of the road and
with a strong radical bias.
- Tony Benn

And that Newman wasn't, and yet to me Pollock is just
as radical and unlike Expressionism as Newman.
- Donald Judd

Universal suffrage is sound in principle.
The radical element is right.
- Rutherford B. Hayes

The silent majority really is a liberal majority,
even though the word liberal has taken a real beating
over the last 20 years by radical conservatives.
- Robert Reich

The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision
of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account.
- Alice Walker

We have to fight radical Islam wherever it exists.
It's in Afghanistan, it's in Saudi Arabia,
throughout the Middle-East in big numbers and it's in the United States.
- Tom Tancredo

Radical surgery is never fun.
- Brent Spiner

It is this power structure which the Radical Right
in the United States has been attacking for years in
the belief that they are attacking the Communists.
- Carroll Quigley

I think a major act of leadership right now,
call it a radical act, is to create the places and
processes so people can actually learn together,
using our experiences.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

There is an urgent need for a radical revision of our
current concepts of the nature of consciousness and
its relationship to matter and the brain.
- Stanislav Grof

I grew up in a culturally radical home,
where strong emotions were forbidden.
- Lars von Trier

I know that doesn't sound very radical and webby of
me to say that but I think the New York Times is important.
I also think there's an occasional piece that will pop out.
- David Talbot

Practically the only way to dry the swamp of radical
Islam is through economic development and an improved standard of living.
- Yitzhak Rabin

The cornerstone of the political correctness that dominates
campus culture is radical feminism.
- Phyllis Schlafly

I think Dilbert is actually a radical strip.
- Ted Rall

The idea that UN commitments should be followed by
action is indeed a radical one,
especially for the United States, where wilful neglect
of its own commitments is the rule.
- Jeffrey Sachs

But as a German - and I am German-born -
we Germans are condemned once again to be radical revisionists.
- Ernst Zundel

The radical right is so homophobic that they're blaming
global warming on the AIDS quilt.
- Dennis Miller

Only crime and the criminal, it is true,
confront us with the perplexity of radical evil;
but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
- Hannah Arendt

We have to make some radical move to get the attention of everyone.
Cheaters can't win and steroids has put us in the position that it's OK to cheat.
- Lou Brock

I'm a radical reformist, because between where we are
and where I want to go there's a great deal of work,
and I won't see the end of this.
- Susan George

It is only in the fundamentalist religions that women
are relegated to second class.
Radical Evangelicals, Muslims, and Jews all have the same view of women.
- Sally Quinn

I am a radical.
- Carter G. Woodson

Energetic action on debt would make a radical difference
to the prospects of many of the poorest countries in the world,
at no practical cost to creditor countries.
- Kenneth Clarke

I don't consider myself to be that radical a thinker.
- Steven Pinker

The conservative who resists change is as valuable
as the radical who proposes it.
- Ariel Durant

For him to have understood me would have meant reorganizing his thinking...
giving up his intellectual ballast, and few people
are willing to risk such a radical move.
- Edward T. Hall

But the threat posed by the radical Islamists represents an unusual conflict,
unlike any experienced by our nation before:
we face an enemy that is not a state.
- Paul Weyrich

A genuine man goes to the roots.
To be a radical is no more than that:
to go to the roots.
- Jose Marti

Radical Chic, after all, is only radical in Style;
in its heart it is part of Society and its traditions.
- Tom Wolfe

I want to be radical on the inside, but not on the outside.
- Jeremy Piven

Pollock looks unusual and radical even now.
- Donald Judd

The time draws near, when a radical change must take
place for the whole world in the management of diplomacy.
- Lajos Kossuth

There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam.
We should be looking at them more carefully and finding
out how we can infiltrate them.
- Peter King

We must make a radical turn, at 360 degrees.
- Todor Zhivkov

No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is
a system of radical optimism.
- William Ralph Inge


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