Quotations on Policy

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And I don't say that we didn't expect it, but we were pleasantly surprised to see the generosity of their foreign policy; and the generosity of their foreign policy at that moment was expressed through the Marshall Plan.
- Gianni Agnelli
(Keywords: Policy, Foreign policy, Generosity)

Bringing democratic control to the conduct of foreign policy requires a struggle merely to force the issue onto the public agenda.
- Eric Alterman
(Keywords: Policy, Control, Force, Foreign policy, Public, Struggle)

The resistance of policy-makers to intelligence is not just founded on an ideological presupposition. They distrust intelligence sources and intelligence officials because they don't understand what the real problems are.
- Aldrich Ames
(Keywords: Intelligence, Policy, Distrust, Problems)

We had periodic crises in this country when the technical intelligence didn't support the policy. We had the bomber gap, the missile gap.
- Aldrich Ames
(Keywords: Intelligence, Policy, Country, Support)

In my professional work with the Agency, by the late '70s, I had come to question the value of a great deal of what we were doing, in terms of the intelligence agency's impact on American policy.
- Aldrich Ames
(Keywords: Intelligence, Work, Policy, American, Question, Value)

Well they have an input into policy but in the end governments are elected to put together policy but the good thing about the Wentworth Group is that you know you've got 11 pretty capable people with a lot of good ideas.
- John Anderson
(Keywords: People, Policy, Ideas, End, Pretty)

The people who make policy decisions should damned well know what they are talking about before they make the decisions. There is nobody who is an expert on cloning who would be afraid after seeing Attack of the Clones.
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Keywords: People, Policy, Decisions, Talking)

U.S. assistance provides the Jordanian government needed flexibility to pursue policies that are of critical importance to U.S. national security and to foreign policy objectives in the Middle East.
- Richard Armitage
(Keywords: Government, Policy, Flexibility, Foreign policy, Importance, National security, Objectives)

Our reports about civilian casualties here, about the resistance of the Iraqi forces, are going back to the United States. It helps those who oppose the war when you challenge the policy to develop their arguments.
- Peter Arnett
(Keywords: War, Policy, Arguments, Challenge, states, United)

President Bush says he is concerned about the Iraqi people, but if Iraqi people are dying in numbers, then American policy will be challenged very strongly.
- Peter Arnett
(Keywords: People, Policy, American, Dying, Numbers, President, Will)

A central claim of the Bush administration's foreign policy is that the spread of democracy in the Middle East is the cure for terrorism.
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Keywords: Policy, Cure, Democracy, Foreign policy, Terrorism)

We can't have - we can't have a patchwork of 50 states developing their own immigration policy. I understand the frustration of people in Arizona. They want the federal government to step up and deal with this problem once and for all, and that's what we want to do.
- David Axelrod
(Keywords: Government, People, Policy, Frustration, states, Want)

Our choice of a reform framework dictated that we looked at the fundamental assumptions that had driven Nigeria's economy, society and policy hitherto and to seek ways of either abandoning or transcending those assumptions and their supporting institutions.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Society, Policy, Choice, Economy, Reform)

Surely, if knowledge is valuable, it can never be good policy in a country far wealthier than Tuscany, to allow a genius like Mr. Dalton's, to be employed in the drudgery of elementary instruction.
- Charles Babbage
(Keywords: Genius, Policy, Knowledge, Country)

Sometimes an active policy is best advanced by doing nothing until the right time - or never.
- James Baker
(Keywords: Time, Policy, Nothing, Right)

I find it greatly disturbing that the Bush administration has used political and religious ideologies to influence national policy on science and medicine.
- Tammy Baldwin
(Keywords: Science, Policy, Influence, Medicine, Religious)

The Obama administration and the Democratic Congress have taken the biggest lurch to the left in policy in American history. There've been no - no Congress, no administration that has run this far to the left in such a small period of time. And there is a reaction to that.
- Haley Barbour
(Keywords: History, Time, Policy, American, Congress)

The U.S. government knew that China wanted to acquire sensitive U.S. technology, and instead of implementing a policy to prevent them from acquiring the information, the government all but gave them an invitation to take our equipment and designs.
- Charles Foster Bass
(Keywords: Government, Technology, Policy, Information)

To win the war on terror, we must know who our friends are and where our enemies are hiding. We can't continue fighting terrorism using the same foreign policy blueprints that were in place before September 11th.
- Evan Bayh
(Keywords: War, Policy, Enemies, Fighting, Foreign policy, Friends, Terror, Terrorism)

For too long, our country's version of an energy policy has consisted of Americans waking up every day and wondering how much it will cost to drive to work, how much it will cost to keep their business running, how much it will cost to heat or cool their homes.
- Bob Beauprez
(Keywords: Business, Work, Policy, Americans, Country, Day, Energy, Running, Waking, Will)

Our foreign policy has made a wreck of this planet. I'm always in Africa... And when I go to these places I see American policy written on the walls of oppression everywhere.
- Harry Belafonte
(Keywords: Policy, American, Foreign policy, Oppression)

Iran is central to our foreign policy in the Middle East, a major player in global energy markets, and a key country in terms of our interaction with the Muslim world.
- Howard Berman
(Keywords: Policy, Muslim, Country, Energy, Foreign policy, Key, World)

American foreign policy has been - and must continue to be - based on unequivocal support for Israel's right to exist and to be free from terror.
- Howard Berman
(Keywords: Policy, American, Foreign policy, Israel, Right, Support, Terror)

We worked to develop our own operations to advance U.S. counterterrorism objectives by penetrating terrorist safe havens and collecting intelligence that would inform policy and enable our own operations.
- Cofer Black
(Keywords: Intelligence, Policy, Objectives)

The biggest mistakes, early on, involved foreign policy and involved the strategy for health care.
- Sidney Blumenthal
(Keywords: Health, Policy, Strategy, Care, Foreign policy, Mistakes)

Abroad, our most important policy is to support our troops and continue forward-thinking foreign policy in the war on terror - keeping our enemies on the run and hitting them before they hit us.
- Christopher Bond
(Keywords: War, Policy, Enemies, Foreign policy, Support, Terror, Troops)

If we don't act now, the death tax will come back in just a few years. Under current law the death tax is phased out in 2010 but comes back in full force in 2011. That is a ridiculous and untenable policy.
- Kit Bond
(Keywords: Death, Policy, Act, Force, Tax, Law, Now, Will, Years)

I have been involved in Internet-related policy for approximately one decade, and I have been using the Internet myself for almost that period of time.
- Rick Boucher
(Keywords: Time, Policy, Internet)

The Republicans are running wild with our tax dollars and it's been a mistake to let this administration continue a policy of incompetence when it comes to Iraq.
- Sherrod Brown
(Keywords: Mistake, Policy, Tax, Incompetence, Iraq, Republicans, Running)

But if Russia is to be part of this larger zone of peace it cannot bring into it its imperial baggage. It cannot bring into it a policy of genocide against the Chechens, and cannot kill journalists, and it cannot repress the mass media.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Keywords: Peace, Policy, Genocide, Media, Russia, Zone)

War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world's first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Keywords: War, Policy, Vision, Democracy, First, Foreign policy, states, Terrorism, Today, Traditions, United, World)

To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute.
- James Buchanan
(Keywords: Wisdom, Policy, Maxim, Washington, Will)

Bill Clinton's foreign policy experience stems mainly from having breakfast at the International House of Pancakes.
- Pat Buchanan
(Keywords: Experience, Policy, Foreign policy)

We've used up a lot of bullets. And we talk about stimulus. But the truth is, we're running a federal deficit that's 9 percent of GDP. That is stimulative as all get out. It's more stimulative than any policy we've followed since World War II.
- Warren Buffett
(Keywords: War, Truth, Policy, Running, Talk, World, World war)

English policy may not yet have made the definite decision to attack us; but it doubtless wishes, by all and every means, even the most extreme, to hinder every further expansion of German international influence and of German maritime power.
- Bernhard von Bulow
(Keywords: Power, Policy, Decision, English, Extreme, Influence, May, Wishes)

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Society, Policy, Being, Circumstances, Departure, Justice, Lies, Suspicion)

And to do that not only for the war fighter, but also to help prepare the people in the acquisition, personnel and policy worlds who need to make adjustments in the department's business, which itself may take 10 or 15 years to accomplish.
- Stephen Cambone
(Keywords: War, Business, People, Policy, Help, May, Years)

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
- Albert Camus
(Keywords: Government, Policy, Conscience, Nothing)

The American people are not anti-immigrant. We are concerned about the lack of coherence in our immigration policy and enforcement.
- Chris Cannon
(Keywords: People, Policy, American)

Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.
- Jimmy Carter
(Keywords: Soul, Policy, Foreign policy, Rights, Human rights, Sense)

Abortion on demand, throughout the full nine months of a pregnancy, for virtually any reason, became public policy in the United States of America. No other developed democracy had, or has, such a permissive abortion regime.
- Robert Casey
(Keywords: Policy, Abortion, America, Democracy, Months, Pregnancy, Public, Public policy, Reason, states, United)

Another example of that was that even during the economic problems of the 1945 government, we managed to carry out other aspects of our policy and other ideals. Through the establishment of national parks, for instance.
- Barbara Castle
(Keywords: Government, Policy, Example, Ideals, Problems)

And if we make the process political, if we start to make it personal, we're actually going to frustrate good public policy, in terms of managing this money.
- Michael Chertoff
(Keywords: Money, Policy, Public, Public policy)

If U.S. foreign policy results in massive death and destruction abroad, we cannot feign innocence when some of that destruction is returned.
- Ward Churchill
(Keywords: Death, Policy, Destruction, Foreign policy, Innocence, Results)

The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy.
- Ramsey Clark
(Keywords: War, Policy, Crime, Foreign policy, World, World war)

I cannot remember a time in opposition - I am talking about the last four years - when we have done less work on policy and more on slogans. But because of my European views I wasn't allowed to participate.
- Kenneth Clarke
(Keywords: Time, Work, Policy, Opposition, Talking, Years)

War is regarded as nothing but the continuation of state policy with other means.
- Karl Von Clausewitz
(Keywords: War, Policy, Nothing, State)

There is a great deal of political pressure to only talk about abstinence, and to deny support for condoms and education on using them. This policy will lead to the unnecessary deaths of many people.
- Hillary Clinton
(Keywords: Education, People, Policy, Abstinence, Pressure, Support, Talk, Will)

I don't believe you can find any evidence of the fact that I have changed government policy solely because of a contribution.
- William J. Clinton
(Keywords: Government, Policy, Fact)

Environmental policy must strike a balance between the earth's best interests and our citizen's pressing needs.
- Jim Clyburn
(Keywords: Environmental, Policy, Balance, Earth, Needs)



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