Henry Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State

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I can think of no faster way to unite the American people behind George W. Bush than a terrorist attack on an American target overseas. And I believe George W. Bush will quickly unite the American people through his foreign policy.

If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless.

It is not unreasonable for us to desire some options. Some Europeans, I know, believe it is necessary that we guarantee our own destruction to give them the assurances they claim they need. However, to deprive ourselves of options is to paralyze us. ... What do we mean by control of escalation?

American abdication in Iraq will have global consequences if a fundamentalist radical state were to emerge in Baghdad.

Donald Rumsfeld is the most ruthless man I have ever met? and I mean that as a compliment.

I do not stand on protocol. If you just call me Excellency, it will be okay.

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.

It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.

Americans like the cowboy who leads the wagon train by riding ahead alone on his horse, the cowboy who rides all alone into the town, the village, with his horse and nothing else. Maybe even without a pistol, since he doesn't shoot. He acts, that's all, by being in the right place at the right time. In short, a Western? This amazing, romantic character suits me precisely because to be alone has always been part of my style or, if you like, my technique.

Drawing Sunni leaders into the political process is an important part of an anti-insurgent strategy. Failing that, the process of building security forces may become the prelude to a civil war,

I don't read books, I write them.

If we do what is necessary. All the odds are in our favor.

It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.

An occasion to blow off their frustrations on an issue on which they didn't look as if they are begging (the United States) for help.

Each group has what amounts to its own geographically concentrated militia ... Is it then possible to speak of a national army at all?

I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.

If you believe that their real intention is to kill you, it isn't unreasonable to believe that they would lie to you.

Any fact that needs to be disclosed should be put out now or as quickly as possible, because otherwise the bleeding will not end.

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.

I hope you don't learn too fast.

If you do not know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.

A catastrophic outcome in Iraq would affect directly or indirectly all members of the (NATO) alliance as well as countries from South East Asia to the northern hemisphere,

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.

Even a paranoid can have enemies.

I think it was a successful trip. The president made the basic point of his strategy and of his concerns in a number of countries.

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German-born American Politician, Ambassador, Secretary of State