It's never happened in history that every region in the world could affect every other region simultaneously. The Roman empire and the Chinese empire didn't know much about each other and had no means of interacting. Now we have every continent able to reach every other.
I have been a professor, and I have been a policymaker, and as a professor, you think in terms of truth or absolutes.
I don't see the wisdom in modern politicians that I once saw in men like Dean Acheson, David Bruce, or George Marshall. In my day, the northeastern establishment dominated foreign policy formulation, but the composition and distribution of our population is very different today.
I don't ascribe to myself any special competence in economic insight. I translate what I hear from highly intelligent people into political and philosophical propositions.
A president has an inescapable responsibility to provide direction: What are we trying to achieve? What are we trying to prevent? Why? To do that, he has to both analyze and reflect.
I think when the president of the United States calls for military action, he should do it for a united people, especially when the methods have been so cruel, so explicitly directed at Americans.
The Trump phenomenon is in large part a reaction of Middle America to attacks on its values by intellectual and academic communities. There are other reasons, but this is a significant one.
Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both had exceptional natural abilities. Nelson Rockefeller was very good statewide but never gained national traction.
The state is a fragile organization, and the statesman does not have the moral right to risk its survival on ethical restraint.
A turbulent history has taught Chinese leaders that not every problem has a solution and that too great an emphasis on total mastery over specific events could upset the harmony of the universe.
There has come into being a kind of a Shia belt from Tehran through Baghdad to Beirut. And this gives Iran the opportunity to reconstruct the ancient Persian Empire -- this time under the Shia label.
The high probability is if American forces withdraw from Afghanistan and if no alternative international arrangement is made that then the historic contests between the regions and the sects will reappear, the Taliban will re-emerge, and a very complicated and maybe chaotic situation will develop.
Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts.
A leader who confines his role to his people's experience dooms himself to stagnation; a leader who outstrips his people's experience runs the risk of not being understood.
Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.
We cannot always assure the future of our friends; we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are.
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 eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items, just carry those twenty percent.
Any fact that needs to be disclosed should be put out now or as quickly as possible, because otherwise the bleeding will not end.
If I should ever be captured, I want no negotiation -- and if I should request a negotiation from captivity they should consider that a sign of duress.
High office teaches decision making, not substance. It consumes intellectual capital; it does not create it. Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered; they learn how to make decisions but not what decisions to make.
For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any forum that would require me to stop talking for three hours.