Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage

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Author Profession: US Politician
Born: April 26, 1945
Age: 71 years old
Birth Sign: Taurus

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The war we are fighting today against terrorism is a multifaceted fight. We have to use every tool in our toolkit to wage this war - diplomacy, finance, intelligence, law enforcement, and of course, military power - and we are developing new tools as we go along.

I don't know if, at the end of the day, how brave Saddam Hussein would be if he were stripped of his bodyguards and everything else.

As far as this citizen is concerned, the decision to commit men and women, who are also sons and daughters, to combat is an extraordinarily important one, and not to be done to just feel good; to be done to absolutely accomplish a mission.

I would not suggest the U.S. should sit down with the North Koreans bilaterally immediately after they've fired missiles - because the appearance is that you reward bad behavior. But if North Korea behaves for some period of time, I would pretty much favor direct talks.

You know, there's a real irony in U.S. assistance programs. First of all, I think it's misnamed. We're not so much trying to help people as we're trying to help ourselves. So let's be clear about this. So these are - in my view, they're cold calculations of national security and not aid programs.

A terrorist is one who kills innocents for the pursuit of a political aim.

Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age.

I'm the only honest person in Washington.

I think there was a pretty smooth hand-off from the administration of President Clinton to the administration of President Bush, particularly in the counterterrorism area. The reason I say that is because there was, for transitions, I think a stunning continuity.

Let's face it, the Obama administration was handed a pretty poor deal from the previous administration.

North Korea is not an insane nation. It is not a crazy nation.

I'd say that, to be a good deal maker, you have to have 3 basic characteristics - timing, timing, and timing.

True satisfaction and true justice, in my belief, will only come for Americans, and for that matter now for Spaniards and Turks and Saudis and Moroccans, when we put an end to terrorism.

I must say I've rarely been described as 'diplomat.'

I think most conflicts do end with negotiated settlements; some don't, but most do.

I think what Osama bin Laden does is to take the fact that some peoples lack hope and lack opportunity, and twist it to his own ends.

I think, as a general matter, clearly, the United States globally supports the development of democracy and the democratic yearnings of all people.

I value my ability to keep state secrets.

Iran has interest in seeing that the Shia population of Iraq basically adhere to a line that comes from Iran.

We've had Saudis and Jordanians and Pakistanis who have - and Syrians - who have been involved in armed attacks against coalition forces in Iraq.

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