Best Quotes from 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

Simply killing everyone who is already a terrorist today won’t solve the problem.

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

It is beyond dispute that Saddam Hussein is a menace.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Yes, Israel’s our ally. But, are the Palestinians our enemy? No, they are not.

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

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After all, we didn’t bring democracy to Germany in 1945; Hitler destroyed democracy there first.

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

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

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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.

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The Iraqi elections were an important first step.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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The radical elements in Islam are very dangerous.

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We must find out where the roots of terrorism lie.

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

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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.

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

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