31 Total Quotes

Michael O'Hanlon Quotes

You can make a serious strategic argument for removing [Saddam Hussein],
Michael O'Hanlon
#Argument

It sort of takes aim at the heart of his presidency. The idea of firing Rumsfeld for poor performance over the last three years is pretty close to saying the Bush presidency has failed.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Heart

Bush is implicated. For Bush to fire Rumsfeld is for Bush to declare himself a failure as president. Iraq is the main issue of his presidency.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Failure

This particular series confuses me about what it is trying to accomplish. It's been a bad winter in Iraq, but I also don't think he has enough new to say, and it's too soon after the fall speeches.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Iraq

We really don't know how ethnically cohesive they are and how much their loyalty is to the central government rather than their ethnic kinsmen. Their long-term political loyalties remain to be tested, although their technical skills are getting better.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Government

The Republicans don't want to get beaten to the punch on this.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Republicans

It's a referendum on the centerpiece of the Bush presidency.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Presidency

It's not going well. That's really the simple answer. It's very hard to see how progress can be made in the economic realm without progress first in the security realm.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Progress

That conspiracy theory totally ignores the fact a lot of these commissioners are not political and some of them are Democrats, ... It's not how the process works and I would challenge anyone to offer proof this was a political process.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Theory

The Pentagon is run by a political appointee, a Republican, and he's the one that put Ellsworth on the list in the first place,
Michael O'Hanlon
#Republican

whether we're making any progress.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Progress

I think they've been a little bit too rough on (the United States).
Michael O'Hanlon
#United States

I believe that is not affordable even in this age of surpluses, ... wrong.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Age And Aging

Don't put American Special Forces into Afghanistan.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Afghanistan

Unless the situation in Iraq improves, or unless we drastically enlarge the pool of possible recruits in some way ? for example, lowering academic standards for them, or even considering an extreme option like allowing foreigners to gain U.S. citizenship by serving ? one would have to expect continued tough slogging for the Army,
Michael O'Hanlon
#Iraq

It could really piss people off and make them more inclined to hold out.
Michael O'Hanlon
#People

I don't think we owe anything more to the Iraqi people, to be blunt. We owe it to our own troops and our own strategic interests.
Michael O'Hanlon
#People

When you add up the different pieces, there's good news and bad news. The good news is: It's not a huge operation; maybe 50,000 people at maximum. The bad news is: It may not work any time soon.
Michael O'Hanlon
#News

These numbers matter a lot, ... They matter in humanitarian terms. And they fuel the insurgency, because the perception and sometimes the reality is that we haven't done enough to protect innocent Iraqi lives.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Perception

The bad news is that any shortfall shows how hard it would be to increase the Army's size by 50,000 or more as many of us think appropriate, ... We appear to have waited too long to try.
Michael O'Hanlon
#News

Those opposition forces and American Special Forces [would] begin to leave the sanctuaries of northern, eastern and southeastern Iraq and move toward the central region of the country, where Saddam's forces are located, ... try to draw out the Iraqi Republican Guard and army forces wherever possible, then attack them from the air as you draw them out.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Iraq

The bad news is that any shortfall shows how hard it would be to increase the Army's size by 50,000 or more, as many of us think appropriate, ... We appear to have waited too long to try.
Michael O'Hanlon
#News

It reflects ongoing unpopularity of this war in those countries, but it's not a precipitous pullout. The impact is negative, but only mildly so.
Michael O'Hanlon
#War

The fact that he has managed to elude capture for four years bodes well for his long term ability to stay at large.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Ability

You have a lot of room for maneuvering here. The numbers we built up in the Cold War reflected the dynamic of the Cold War, and not any plausible military need.
Michael O'Hanlon
#War

You have a combination of legitimate and deeply foul religious objection with political opportunism and part of this growing problem between the western world and Islamic world.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Religious

What is a problem is when you have no particular plan to pay off the debt.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Debt

While Republicans are taking the president on more these days, they don't want him to fail.
Michael O'Hanlon
#Republicans

The general idea that we would want the UAE to invest here and diversify is correct. They have a history of being good traders.
Michael O'Hanlon
#History

If we really believe that military personnel need months of intensive training before being at their best as logic suggests and other evidence would seem to prove it is hard to believe that most reservists in Iraq are really as strong as active-duty troops, especially when they first arrive in country,
Michael O'Hanlon
#Logic