Alexander Haig Quotes (28 Quotes)


    You have to look at the history of the Middle East in particular. It has been one of failure and frustration, of feudalism and tribalism.

    It didn't take long for the world to realize that the Shah was an enlightened liberal next to the bloody reactionary regime that followed, and which executed more people in three months than the Shah had done in 30 years.

    The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated ambiguity that would be clearly understood.

    What the fundamentalists are doing is a total negation of their own faith - encouraging and lionizing suicide bombers and killing women and children, hardly in keeping with the teachings of Prophet Mohammed.

    Haig told Perot that the Christmas effort to send mail to U. S. prisoners of war in North Vietnam caught Hanoi off balance, and its handling of the matter caused it to lose face in the eyes of diplomats and other foreign officials in North Vietnam. ... a tremendous success.


    We didn't do anything wrong, but among the lessons learned, given the magnitude of the problems we now face in Afghanistan, a major U.S. force on the ground would convince the world we were in for the long-haul recovery of a country devastated by 21 years of warfare.

    Major Clark is one of the most outstanding officers of his grade in the U. S. Army... an officer of impeccable character with a rare blend of personal qualities and professional attributes which uniquely qualify him as a soldier-scholar.

    Every asset of the nation must be applied to the conflict to bring about a quick and successful outcome, or don't do it. We're in the midst of another struggle where it appears to me we haven't learned very much.

    I probably carry more scar tissue on my derriere than any other candidate- that's political scar tissue.

    It is not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude.

    Sooner or later something had to give. But President Bush, faced with the unprecedented affront of 9-11, could not wait to take action. So he had to do what we were capable of doing, and he did it brilliantly.

    Prior to his takeover of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini was camping near Paris, giving daily news conferences to a fawning international press corps without a murmur of complaint to France from the United States about the disaster it was coddling in the incredibly naive liberal belief that this extremist cleric would be an improvement over the Shah.

    There are about half a billion people around the world who use e-mail to 5 billion.

    The world awaits Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Olympics, an occasion which will bring into the global spotlight the dramatic advances China is making in enhancing the quality of life for its people.

    Syria is a terrorist state by any definition and is so classified by the State Department. I happen to think Iran is too. Iraq, Iran, Syria, they're all involved.

    Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.

    I'm the only American alive or dead who presided unhappily over the removal of a vice president and a president.

    As of now, I am in control here in the White House.

    Those who are seeking ways to tap into the potential of e-mail will find themselves in a position to capitalize on the pending explosion in Internet usage.

    Until he left office, that man was in control. He was distraught. He was in a personal crisis of unprecedented magnitude -- all he ever wanted was to be president. But of all the presidents I have known, he was the most thoughtful.

    A durable, long-term U.S.-China strategic relationship is even more important now than in previous decades. The relationship will continue to grow and prosper to the mutual benefit of all peoples.

    In Desert Storm, we had too many troops in Afghanistan probably not enough for the major commitment we have made.

    Then came the hostage crisis during which Carter did nothing to rattle the ayatollahs who hung tough until Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, when they suddenly backed down.

    That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude. Also, a tactical misrepresentation.


    If they analyze the situation as thoroughly as they should, Muslims will realize they are the first targets. What are the fundamentalists really after? Simply taking over Islam and then turning its back on modernity.

    Let them march all they want, as long as they continue to pay their taxes.

    When the Shah found himself in trouble, we quite literally stabbed him in the back.


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