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"Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac."

"In the process we lost sight of one of the cardinal maxims of guerrilla war: the guerrilla wins if he does not lose. The conventional army loses if it does not win."

  "In the 1950s and 1960s we put several thousand nuclear weapons into Europe. To be sure, we had no precise idea of what to do with them."

"The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision."

"Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God."

"Diplomacy: the art of restraining power."

"If Tehran insists on combining the Persian imperial tradition with contemporary Islamic fervor, then a collision with America and, indeed, with its negotiating partners of the Six is unavoidable. Iran simply cannot be permitted to fulfill a dream of imperial rule in a region of such importance to the rest of the world."

"If you mean by "military victory" an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don't believe that is possible."

"As a professor, I tended to think of history as run by impersonal forces. But when you see it in practice, you see the difference personalities make."

"Foreign Policy is not missionary work."

"History knows no resting place and no plateaus."

"Intelligence is not all that important in the exercise of power, and is often, in point of fact, useless."

"It is an act of insanity and national humiliation to have a law prohibiting the President from ordering assassination."

"Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation."

"The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been."

"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world."


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