528 Total Quotes

Donald Rumsfeld Quotes

Donald Rumsfeld
You will launch many projects, but have time to finish only a few. So think, plan, develop, launch and tap good people to be responsible. Give them authority and hold them accountable. Trying to do too much yourself creates a bottleneck.
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#American Politician #Projects

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Be precise. A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin of error is small.
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#American Politician

Donald Rumsfeld
Watch the growth of middle level management. Don't automatically fill vacant jobs. Leave some positions unfilled for 6-8 months to see what happens. You will find you won't need to fill some of them.
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#Growth

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We are seeing history unfold, events that will shape the course of a country, the fate of a people and potentially the future of the region.
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#Country

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a lot of capabilities that are engaged and on standby.
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#Capability

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the only people who are going to increase or decrease U.S. forces in Afghanistan will be the president of the United States or me.
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#Afghanistan

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Don't divide the world into "them" and "us." Avoid infatuation with or resentment of the press, the Congress, rivals, or opponents. Accept them as facts. They have their jobs and you have yours.
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#American Politician #Congress

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I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks or five months, but it won't last any longer than that.
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#American Politician #Force

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Don't speak ill of your predecessors or successors. You didn't walk in their shoes.
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#American Politician

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In fact, in a number of parts of the country, people already have more food, water and electricity than they had under the old regime, ... But some do not have these necessities, and the coalition is working day and night to help provide them.
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#Country

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We know that if we do not fight the terrorists over there, in Iraq, in Afghanistan and across the world, then we will have to face them here -- and many more innocent men, women and children, as well as the patriots defending them, will perish,
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#Afghanistan

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Visit with your predecessors from previous Administrations. They know the ropes and can help you see around some corners. Try to make original mistakes, rather than needlessly repeating theirs.
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#American Politician

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Now is the time for resolve, not retreat. Turning our backs on post-war Iraq today would be the modern equivalent of handing post-war Germany back to the Nazis.
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#Iraq

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Effective missile defense -- not only homeland defense but also the ability to defend U.S. allies abroad and our friends -- must be achieved in the most cost-effective manner that modern technology offers,
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#Ability

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we look forward to reviewing their analysis and recommendations in detail.
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#Analysis

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The more troops you have, the more targets you have, and the more people you might get killed. The more troops you have, the more of an occupying power you are, the heavier footprint, the more force protection you need, the more logistics you need and the more intrusive you are on the people of that country.
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#People

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Once Iraq is safely in the hands of the Iraqi people, and a government they elected under a new constitution, our troops will be able to come home with the honor they have earned,
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#Constitution

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The enemy have designed and distributed a map where national borders are erased and replaced by a global extremist Islamic empire.
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#Borders

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A growth in China's power projection understandably leads other nations to question China's intentions, and to adjust their behavior in some fashion.
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#Behavior

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Politics is human beings; it's addition rather than subtraction.
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#American Politician

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When the history of this time is written, an era of tragedy and turmoil and triumph, I believe it will be said of Dick Myers that he was one of the most consequential chairman of the joint chiefs in our history,
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#History

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Don't automatically obey Presidential directives if you disagree or if you suspect he hasn't considered key aspects of the issue.
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#American Politician

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Don't think of yourself as indispensable or infallible. As Charles De Gaulle said, the cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men.
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#American Politician #Self-esteem

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[In Washington, thousands of people marched in remembrance of the attacks and in tribute to troops fighting overseas.] I wish we could say ... that we were gathering today to commemorate a danger that had long since past, ... But we cannot. The enemy, though seriously weakened and continuously under pressure, continues to plot attacks, and the danger they pose to the free world is real and present.
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#Fighting

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First rule of politics: you can't win unless you're on the ballot. Second rule: If you run, you may lose. And, if you tie, you do not win.
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#American Politician

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We are probably going to be able to draw down about 2 000 or 3 000 US troops.
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#Troops