48 Total Quotes

Jay Rockefeller Quotes

Jay Rockefeller
Pat Roberts and I both feel very strongly that when we get to Iran, that we can't make the same mistakes. We have to ask the questions, the hard questions before, not afterwards, and get the right intelligence.
Jay Rockefeller
#American Politician

Jay Rockefeller
We have to bring stability to Iraq, otherwise we will be faced with a future dilemma of sending our loved ones into harms way to stop a civil war or the rise of a new tyrant born from the instability that we created.
Jay Rockefeller
#American Politician #Future

Jay Rockefeller
For the past three years, the Senate intelligence committee has avoided carrying out its oversight of our nation's intelligence programs whenever the White House becomes uncomfortable with the questions being asked. The very independence of this committee is called into question.
Jay Rockefeller
#Intelligence

Jay Rockefeller
a man of character, conviction and kindness ... was a classic American intellectual -- a man with a brilliant and probing mind, yet entirely approachable and pragmatic.
Jay Rockefeller
#Character

Jay Rockefeller
Despite the efforts to focus on Saddam's desires and intentions, the bottom line is Iraq did not have either weapon stockpiles or active production capabilities at the time of the war,
Jay Rockefeller
#Focus

Jay Rockefeller
Until I receive additional information about the thoroughness of the investigation, I cannot make a judgment on the accuracy of the conclusions,
Jay Rockefeller
#Accuracy

Jay Rockefeller
We have a moral obligation to tackle television violence and provide parents with the tools to make their children safer,
Jay Rockefeller
#Children

Jay Rockefeller
Any time the intelligence committee pursued a line of inquiry that brought us close to the role of the White House in all of this in the use of intelligence prior to the war, our efforts have been thwarted time and time again, ... The very independence of the United States Congress as a separate and coequal branch of the government has been called into question.
Jay Rockefeller
#Intelligence

Jay Rockefeller
If they misled about the war and if they misused intelligence, then the American people need to know that the Congress will do everything in its power to make sure that it never happens again,
Jay Rockefeller
#Intelligence

Jay Rockefeller
These very serious charges go to the heart of whether administration officials misused intelligence by disclosing an undercover CIA agent. They also heighten concerns that the administration engaged in a pattern of misusing intelligence to make the case for going to war with Iraq.
Jay Rockefeller
#Heart

Jay Rockefeller
One of my problems, so to speak, is that, in America, we tend to thing in relatively short-term. In the Middle East and Asia and other parts of the world, they think in terms of centuries or 500 years or 1,000 years.
Jay Rockefeller
#American Politician #America

Jay Rockefeller
Allowing the U.N. into Iraq will demonstrate to the Iraqis that the international community as a whole is committed to bringing stability and safety to their country.
Jay Rockefeller
#American Politician #Community

Jay Rockefeller
There should be another chair before us, with an accompanying name card that reads director of national intelligence,
Jay Rockefeller
#Intelligence

Jay Rockefeller
Grassley is a very good chairman, very fair, and he tries his very best to be bipartisan, ... But the Senate Finance Committee is made up of a lot of 'true believers' that people should exercise personal responsibility, that the governors will do the right thing... For them, it's about balancing the budget. For me, it's about taking care of a huge chunk of West Virginia... I was a governor, and this makes me very nervous.
Jay Rockefeller
#Senate

Jay Rockefeller
I've always though the Beckley V-A-M-C had the authority to assist with transportation, but we need to have that question answered right away. Then, we'll work with the Beckley V-A to restore their transportation through whatever means possible.
Jay Rockefeller
#Authority

Jay Rockefeller
more work to do.
Jay Rockefeller
#Work

Jay Rockefeller
There's always the question whether or not he was running a secret intelligence operation that bypassed the entire intelligence community. And the law says you've got to inform the intelligence community of anything that you're doing,
Jay Rockefeller
#Community

Jay Rockefeller
This is not a story with a quick ending.
Jay Rockefeller
#Ending

Jay Rockefeller
[How far should the United States go in forcing Mohammed to give up vital information?] We do not sanction torture, but there are psychological and other means that can accomplish most of what we want, ... Getting that information will save American lives. We have no business not getting that information.
Jay Rockefeller
#Information

Jay Rockefeller
They are a dangerous country, ... They're much more sophisticated than Iraq.
Jay Rockefeller
#Country

Jay Rockefeller
I won't believe it until I see it. I don't think it's in their interest to give us those documents, because I think it's going to show some things that are very troublesome to the American people.
Jay Rockefeller
#Interest

Jay Rockefeller
While we transferred sovereignty today, we need to be honest with the American people that this struggle is far from over, ... Security in Iraq is worse now than it was right after the fall of Baghdad and may deteriorate further. The Iraqi security forces cannot handle the challenge alone, reconstruction has barely started, and massive unemployment has left many frustrated and even desperate.
Jay Rockefeller
#People

Jay Rockefeller
If we had prescribed in Congress each of the relationships between the agencies, I think that would have been an enormous mistake and would have rendered this person more useless. This person can exercise power, and I think that's good.
Jay Rockefeller
#Congress

Jay Rockefeller
Two months have now passed since the bill signing ceremony and the position of director of national intelligence remains vacant, not even a person nominated. To me, this is unacceptable.
Jay Rockefeller
#Intelligence

Jay Rockefeller
If planes don't fly, the whole economy shuts down,
Jay Rockefeller
#Economy

Jay Rockefeller
I don't think this is the proper time, ... Fox News Sunday.
Jay Rockefeller
#News

Jay Rockefeller
As both a legal and practical matter, ... he doesn't know what's in them and has never given any direction to sell or acquire assets.
Jay Rockefeller
#Direction