We're going to take out seven countries in 5 years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.

— Wesley Clark

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Let's not forget what the origin of the problem is.

There is no place in modern Europe for ethnically pure states. That's a 19th century idea and we are trying to transition into the 21st century, and we are going to do it with multi-ethnic states.

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Well we always need brave, capable young men and women who can run a tactical operation and take risks on the battlefield but you should know when we need you to go in there, that if there's any other way to do it, that we could do this without risking your life, we wouldn't ask you to risk your life.

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I think you have to repudiate torture and I think you have to end what's going on at Guantanamo and you have to live up to American values. Basically you restore - what the American dream brought to the world stage was respect for the individual and the idea that people aren't pawns that rulers can push around but they have rights.

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Nothing could be a more serious violation of public trust than to consciously make a war based on false claims.

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Europe and America must act together in the face of evil.

It's high time for Americans and Europeans to restore that unity and be able to take actions collectively together.

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Serious research and development efforts are required to produce technologies, strategies, organizations, and trained personnel who can go into failed states, work with our allies and friends, and promote the political and economic reforms that will meet popular needs and reduce the sources of terrorism and conflict.

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I have grown up with guns all my life, but people who like assault weapons they should join the United States Army, we have them.

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The more Marines I have around, the better I like it.

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Well, it came from the White House, it came from people around the White House.

It came from all over. I got a call on 9/11. I was on CNN, and I got a call at my home saying, 'You got to say this is connected. This is state-sponsored terrorism. This has to be connected to Saddam Hussein.

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Global warming is a matter of national security.

Will we live in a world where we must fight our neighbors for fresh water and food? Or will we take the lead now and leave to our children and grandchildren a world better off than the one we inherited from our parents?

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I think we're at risk with our democracy.

I think we're dealing with the most closed, imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory. They even put Richard Nixon to shame.

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The time has passed in America when this party can be the party of compassion and let the executive branch run foreign policy. It won't work. We have to be the party that can stand toe to toe with George W. Bush on national security, as well as the party of compassion.

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About Wesley Clark

Quotes 59 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Soldier
Birthday October 16

Slobodan Milosevic was just as smart as a five-year-old.

Five-year-olds have an uncanny way of getting into your psyche, your self-esteem.

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Already the scent of victory is in the air.

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I'm pro-choice, pro-affirmative action, pro-environment and pro-labor.

I was either going to be the loneliest Republican in America or I was going to be a happy Democrat.

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Maybe it's because I've never been in politics, but I don't believe that America is run by politicians in Washington. I believe it's run by people like us, in places like this.

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I like Hilary Clinton. I think she's - she's a fantastic leader.

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One of the principles that we operate on in this country is that leaders are held accountable. The simple truth is that we went into Iraq on the basis of some intuition, some fear, and some exaggerated rhetoric and some very, very scanty evidence.

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Certainly there’s a connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda.

It doesn’t surprise me at all that they would be talking to Al Qaeda, that there would be some Al Qaeda there or that Saddam Hussein might even be, you know, discussing gee, I wonder since I don’t have any scuds and since the Americans are coming at me, I wonder if I could take advantage of Al Qaeda? How would I do it? Is it worth the risk? What could they do for me?

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I wouldn't have known anything about Catholicism if I hadn't been dating Gert.

In those days, Catholics were much less ecumenical than they are today. Gert was always of the mind that she wouldn't go to another church except the Catholic Church. So when I would date her in New York City and later when we went to Oxford before we got married we always went to the Catholic church.

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It doesn't take any more energy to create a big dream than it does to create a little one.

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As president of the United States, my top priority will be to keep America safe.

We're going to go after the terrorist networks. We're going to go after Osama bin Laden. We are not going to live in fear in this country.

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I want to make one thing clear: I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-affirmative action, I'm pro- environment, pro-health care, and pro-labor. And if that ain't a Democrat, then I must be at the wrong meeting.

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George W. Bush has helped those who have most, hurt those who have least and ignored everyone in between.

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The truth is, about the Middle East is, had there been no oil there, it would be like Africa. Nobody is threatening to intervene in Africa.

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There are only two kinds of plans. Plans that might work and plans that won't work... you have to take a plan that might work and make it work.

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It was of tremendous comfort. I always said my prayers at night. My mother taught actually me to say prayers at night but most of it came from the church.

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Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.

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Nothing is going to hurt this country - not bioweapons, not a nuclear weapon, not a terrorist strike - there is nothing that can hurt us if we stay united and move together and have a vision for moving to the future the right way.

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We've never finished the investigation of 9/11 and whether the administration actually misused the intel information it had. The evidence seems pretty clear to me. I've seen that for a long time.

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The safety of our country demands an end to the doctrinaire, ineffective policies that currently grip Washington. Enough is enough! A safe America - a just America - that's what we want, that's what we need.

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Veterans have had a long record of leaning towards the Republican Party.

I think that's changing. I think that President Obama has the strongest record with veterans among any president in my lifetime.

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It 's really hard to impose democracy.

It has to emerge naturally. You have to get out of the way and let it happen.

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Working together, we can build a world in which the rule of law - not the rule of force - governs relations between states. A world in which leaders respect the rights of their people, and nations seek peace, not destruction or domination. And neither we nor anyone else should live in fear ever again.

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I think there are some mass destruction capabilities that are still inside Iraq.

I think there's some weapons that have been shipped over the border to Syria. But I don't think we're going to find that their capabilities provided the imminent threat that many feared in this country. So I think it's going to be a tough search, but I think there's stuff there.

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It's important. One of the principles in the United States is civilian control of the military.

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When you use force, people get hurt, and when you kill people, their relatives don't like it. And usually war has some unanticipated consequences so it's something you shouldn't launch into, on the expectation that this is going to rally the nation. This is not like 'Friday Night Lights'.

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I've forgotten more about national security than George W. Bush will ever learn.

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You have to take a plan that might work and make it work

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You have to be true to what you believe in and do your duty.

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I would have been a Republican, if Karl Rove had returned my phone calls.

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You need people with the courage to stand up and voice their opposition without being labeled unpatriotic.

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This is kind of hard to articulate, but in broad outline, the United States is going to do what the United States has to do.

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I tremendously admire, and I think we all should, the great work done by our commander in chief, our president George Bush...

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Imagine a world in which we saw beyond the lines that divide us, and celebrated our differences, instead of hiding from them. Imagine a world in which we finally recognized that, fundamentally, we are all the same. And imagine if we allowed that new understanding to build relations between people and between nations.

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I don't think you can solve what's going on in Iraq unless you can deal effectively with the region and you can't deal effectively with the region if you start with the premise that you can't talk to people who disagree with you.

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What I learned in the military is that gossip starts early and it stays forever.

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Everybody in the military has a reputation, and usually it doesn't come out to the public.

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War creates its own intensity of hatred.

.. You don't want to use force except as an absolute last resort.

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