61 Total Quotes

Richard Holbrooke Quotes

There is no question in my mind that this will weaken our national security. I was ambassador to Germany. I know that the Germans are very unhappy about these withdrawals. The Koreans are going to be equally unhappy.
Richard Holbrooke
#Germany

Iraq is not a member of the Security Council. Iraq does not have veto power over the selection. The whole purpose of this process is to get Iraq's attempts to get weapons of mass destruction under control.
Richard Holbrooke
#Iraq

It's a signal to the Palestinians that it's time to get back to talking to Israel, rather than try to isolate Israel by diplomatic means while the West Bank is aflame.
Richard Holbrooke
#Israel

The Indonesian generals should know that their own efforts to thwart internal accountability and openness and inquiry are only going to result in greater pressure,
Richard Holbrooke
#Accountability

We showed our very strong support for Montenegro's integrity and its ability to run its own affairs,
Richard Holbrooke
#Ability

in no way infringes on sovereignty (or) authority of countries, but shows the collective will of the Security Council.
Richard Holbrooke
#Authority

Assuming his death was of natural causes, justice has been served in its own particular way. He was a terrible man, a war criminal who started four wars.
Richard Holbrooke
#Causes

The key to this is prevention, ... People must know their status, they must be tested.
Richard Holbrooke
#People

It was a mistake to bring this kind of resolution to the floor in the middle of a world crisis.
Richard Holbrooke
#Crisis

It is a struggle of great historic consequence. Indonesia is one of the most important countries in the world, the world's third largest democracy,
Richard Holbrooke
#Struggle

The controlled chaos is one way to get creativity. The intensity of it, the physical rush, the intimacy created the kind of dialogue that leads to synergy,
Richard Holbrooke
#Chaos

I think this is a ridiculous outcome, ... These people are innocent and they should be freed immediately. They are not spies.
Richard Holbrooke
#People

If we don't have full and verifiable compliance, the United States will take a very strong position in favor of resuming the air strikes.
Richard Holbrooke
#United States

It was his ruthlessness and vision that helped to create Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Richard Holbrooke
#Vision

It would be tragic, if not senseless, if an unnecessary war broke out over these differences.
Richard Holbrooke
#War

That is why we are here today, to continue the progress,
Richard Holbrooke
#Progress

I want to point out in the clearest possible terms that long-term peace and stability in the Balkans will not be possible as long as the current leadership in Belgrade is in power. And those people who have been indicted also should be brought to justice.
Richard Holbrooke
#Peace

On Monday, NATO will meet to authorize action.
Richard Holbrooke
#Action

would beat up on Israel -- and that's all it would do. It has no teeth. It's just a session for venting.
Richard Holbrooke
#Israel

We should commit ourselves to use the U.N. for positive purposes ... and not for inflaming already angry people,
Richard Holbrooke
#People

We are not learning anything here that isn't in previous accounts, ... But to be in the physical presence of the events, that is different. While we are trying to forge a peace, we need to remember what brought us here.
Richard Holbrooke
#Learning

one of the worst of the people in the region -- a racist, a separatist, a war criminal ...
Richard Holbrooke
#People

He faces two futures now -- to spend the rest of his life on the run or else he can defend himself in the International Court of The Hague.
Richard Holbrooke
#Life

fixing some of the mistakes we couldn't fix at Dayton.
Richard Holbrooke
#Mistakes

I am satisfied that every one of the worst-case scenarios was wrong. Total NATO deaths from hostile action in Bosnia since Dayton have been zero.
Richard Holbrooke
#Action

Dayton is a demonstration that American leadership is indispensable. But leadership means cooperation with allies and pressure on adversaries. Neither rule was followed in Iraq , with disastrous consequences.
Richard Holbrooke
#Cooperation

As for the peace process, we will continue active negotiations in the next few days.
Richard Holbrooke
#Peace

They're loaded for bear. They're all expecting tough negotiations. They talk peace, but they don't show the slightest readiness for compromise. I suppose you could say that's to be expected on the eve of talks like this, but we're really hunkering down.
Richard Holbrooke
#Peace

Three hundred thousand people dead and 2.5 million homeless, all because of Slobodan Milosevic.
Richard Holbrooke
#People

A rough kind of justice has ended his life in a padded cell after his crimes were exposed and witnesses came forward including his own associates and that, I think, had a powerful effect.
Richard Holbrooke
#Justice