48 Total Quotes

Brent Scowcroft Quotes

After all, we didn't bring democracy to Germany in 1945; Hitler destroyed democracy there first.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant #Democracy

First of all, I think the Saudis are deeply concerned about the collapse of negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the resumption of conflict.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

I think we're doing well on Europe.
Brent Scowcroft
#Europe

We're not fighting Islam, or any particular form of Islam. We're fighting terrorism.
Brent Scowcroft
#Fighting

Yes, Israel's our ally. But, are the Palestinians our enemy? No, they are not.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

I'm afraid that the United States is more isolated today than at any other time in my memory.
Brent Scowcroft
#Memory #American Publicservant

If Iraq were to descend into chaos, the Europeans would feel the effects just as much as we would.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant #Chaos

An idea can be as flawless as can be, but its execution will always be full of mistakes.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant #Execution

But figuring out Saddam Hussein was one our greatest mysteries. He marched to his own drummer and frequently as this unfolded he made decisions which were sometimes inexplicable to us and sometimes didn't look very smart.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

The Europeans must finally understand the incredible shock triggered by the attacks of September 11.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

Europeans are familiar with terrorism and violence. We have not experienced a true conflict on our soil in a hundred years, and especially not one that involved 3,000 dead.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant #Conflict

A number of presidents since Nixon have come to office with negative views of the Chinese. They always end up supporting the thrust of the policy established by President Nixon.
Brent Scowcroft
#Nixon

Many Sunnis, who are still stuck in the Saddam era mindset and believe Iraq belongs to them, are trying to prevent a new country from developing at all.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant #Iraq

The radical elements in Islam are very dangerous.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

My point was that removing Saddam should not have been our highest priority. Fighting terrorism should have been our number one concern, followed by the Palestinian peace process.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

The Iraqi elections were an important first step.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

America has never seen itself as a national state like all others, but rather as an experiment in human freedom and democracy.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

Progress is only possible if the United States and its allies work together.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

You know, different people are going to react different ways. And I don't think we should be intolerable because people do things a little differently.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

It is beyond dispute that Saddam Hussein is a menace.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

But there is scant evidence to tie Saddam to terrorist organizations, and even less to the Sept. 11 attacks.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

Saddam is a familiar dictatorial aggressor, with traditional goals for his aggression.
Brent Scowcroft
#American Publicservant

We're in a hurry. Our domestic political clock is ticking, ... But you can't do this in a hurry-that's the dilemma.
Brent Scowcroft
#Dilemma #Hurry