Lee H. Hamilton

Lee H. Hamilton

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Author Profession: US Politician
Born: April 20, 1931
Age: 85 years old
Birth Sign: Taurus

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Foreign aid is neither a failure nor a panacea. It is, instead, an important tool of American policy that can serve the interests of the United States and the world if wisely administered.

Aid can work where there is good governance, and usually fails where governments are unable or unwilling to commit aid to improve the lives of their people.

I can assure you, public service is a stimulating, proud and lively enterprise. It is not just a way of life, it is a way to live fully.

One half of the world's people live on less than two dollars a day. This should concern our national security policy as well as our conscience.

Our democracy is not a product but a continual process. It is preserved not by monuments but deeds. Sometimes it needs refining; sometimes it needs amending; sometimes it needs defending. Always, it needs improving.

President George W. Bush is the first American president to call openly for two-states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.

Putting together a counter- terrorism policy, it's very easy to look at law enforcement or defense, military action or stopping the money flows or whatever, but the really difficult part is integrating all aspects of the policy, and I think she put a lot of emphasis on that.

You'll remember Dr. Rice said that several times: It was not a warning about the place and the method and the time - it was a general warning. And that points out the imperfection, if you would, of our intelligence.

But despite this breathtaking pace, I believe in the capacity of our democracy to meet these challenges.

The U.S has acquired reservoirs of goodwill around the globe over many years. But it is clear - from polling data and ample anecdotal evidence - that America is losing its allure in much of the world.

China's ability to deliver nuclear warheads on American cities is expanding.

Democracy makes us articulate our views, defend them, and refine them.

Events often move faster than our ability to comprehend them.

For decades the American people have had an addiction to oil and gas.

Protecting Americans from nuclear terrorism rises above politics.

So much of our attention is trained on the Middle East these days, but we cannot ignore East Asia.

This nation is never finished. It has to be re-created in each generation.

U.S. officials and outside experts agree that China is undertaking a comprehensive modernization of its military. The Chinese military has gotten smaller but smarter.

We should insist that governments receiving American aid live up to standards of accountability and transparency, and we should support countries that embrace market reforms, democracy, and the rule of law.

A likely source for terrorists seeking to buy or steal nuclear materials is the former Soviet Union.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

I never understood a word John Cassavetes said. And I think he did that deliberately. Peter Falk bio

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. Agatha Christie

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