Quotes and Sayings about Foreign policy



"Bringing democratic control to the conduct of foreign policy requires a struggle merely to force the issue onto the public agenda."
- Eric Alterman
(Related: Policy, Control, Force, Foreign policy, Public, Struggle)

"U.S. assistance provides the Jordanian government needed flexibility to pursue policies that are of critical importance to U.S. national security and to foreign policy objectives in the Middle East."
- Richard Armitage
(Related: Government, Policy, Flexibility, Foreign policy, Importance, National security, Objectives)

"A central claim of the Bush administration's foreign policy is that the spread of democracy in the Middle East is the cure for terrorism."
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Related: Policy, Cure, Democracy, Foreign policy, Terrorism)

"To win the war on terror, we must know who our friends are and where our enemies are hiding. We can't continue fighting terrorism using the same foreign policy blueprints that were in place before September 11th."
- Evan Bayh
(Related: War, Policy, Enemies, Fighting, Foreign policy, Friends, Terror, Terrorism)

"Our foreign policy has made a wreck of this planet. I'm always in Africa... And when I go to these places I see American policy written on the walls of oppression everywhere."
- Harry Belafonte
(Related: Policy, American, Foreign policy, Oppression)

"Iran is central to our foreign policy in the Middle East, a major player in global energy markets, and a key country in terms of our interaction with the Muslim world."
- Howard Berman
(Related: Policy, Muslim, Country, Energy, Foreign policy, Key, World)

"American foreign policy has been - and must continue to be - based on unequivocal support for Israel's right to exist and to be free from terror."
- Howard Berman
(Related: Policy, American, Foreign policy, Israel, Right, Support, Terror)

"It is my view that we cannot conduct foreign policy at the extremes."
- Joe Biden
(Related: Policy, Extremes, Foreign policy)

"The biggest mistakes, early on, involved foreign policy and involved the strategy for health care."
- Sidney Blumenthal
(Related: Health, Policy, Strategy, Care, Foreign policy, Mistakes)

"Abroad, our most important policy is to support our troops and continue forward-thinking foreign policy in the war on terror - keeping our enemies on the run and hitting them before they hit us."
- Christopher Bond
(Related: War, Policy, Enemies, Foreign policy, Support, Terror, Troops)

"War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world's first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions."
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Related: War, Policy, Vision, Democracy, First, Foreign policy, states, Terrorism, Today, Traditions, United, World)

"Bill Clinton's foreign policy experience stems mainly from having breakfast at the International House of Pancakes."
- Pat Buchanan
(Related: Experience, Policy, Foreign policy)

"There are legitimate, even powerful arguments, to be made against the Bush administration's foreign policy. But those arguments are complicated, hard to explain, and, in the end, not all that sensational."
- Tucker Carlson
(Related: Policy, Arguments, End, Foreign policy)

"Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Soul, Policy, Foreign policy, Rights, Human rights, Sense)

"If U.S. foreign policy results in massive death and destruction abroad, we cannot feign innocence when some of that destruction is returned."
- Ward Churchill
(Related: Death, Policy, Destruction, Foreign policy, Innocence, Results)

"The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy."
- Ramsey Clark
(Related: War, Policy, Crime, Foreign policy, World, World war)

"My home policy: I wage war; my foreign policy: I wage war. All the time I wage war."
- Georges Clemenceau
(Related: Home, Time, War, Wage)

"Already, China has undermined U.S. foreign policy in efforts to gain access to oil resources in Iran and Sudan. We simply cannot separate the political and economic values of oil."
- Jo Ann Emerson
(Related: Policy, Values, Foreign policy, Gain, Oil)

"I didn't serve on a committee that dealt with foreign policy."
- Geraldine Ferraro
(Related: Policy, Committee, Foreign policy)

"I readily admit I was not an expert on foreign policy but I was knowledgeable and I didn't need a man who was the Vice President of the United States and my opponent turning around and putting me down."
- Geraldine Ferraro
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, Man, President, states, United, Vice)

"Graham Greene, as I understand it, was quite outspoken in his criticism of American foreign policy."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Policy, American, Criticism, Foreign policy)

"Finally Germany's attack on Russia seemed to confirm that Russia was not shirking and was prepared to carry out a foreign policy with the risk of war with Germany."
- Klaus Fuchs
(Related: War, Policy, Foreign policy, Germany, Risk, Russia)

"The State Department desperately needs to be vigorously harnessed. It has too big a role to play in the formulation of foreign policy, and foreign policy is too important to be left up to foreign service officers."
- Evan G. Galbraith
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, Needs, Play, Service, State)

"When you look at where the Democratic field is going relative to foreign policy, they are increasingly moving away from a policy of pre-emptive self-defense that the president has adopted since September 11."
- Ed Gillespie
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, President, Self)

"So I think that our foreign policy, the president's strong and principled leadership when it comes to the war against terror and foreign policy is going to be an asset."
- Ed Gillespie
(Related: Leadership, War, Policy, Foreign policy, President, Terror)

"Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home."
- William E. Gladstone
(Related: Government, Home, First)

"Our foreign policy needs to support our energy, economic, defense and domestic policies. It all falls within the arch of national interest. There will be windows of opportunity, but they will open and close quickly."
- Chuck Hagel
(Related: Policy, Opportunity, Defense, Energy, Foreign policy, Interest, Needs, Open, Support, Will, Windows)

"Foreign policy will require a strategic agility that, whenever possible, gets ahead of problems, strengthens U.S. security and alliances, and promotes American interests and credibility."
- Chuck Hagel
(Related: Policy, American, Credibility, Foreign policy, Problems, Security, Will)

"We on our part will stick to our independent foreign policy of peace, acting forever as a strong defender of world peace and a persistent proponent of common development."
- Jinato Hu
(Related: Peace, Policy, Development, Acting, Foreign policy, Will, World)

"Foreign policy is really domestic policy with its hat on."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy)

"With a foreign policy appropriately rooted in some sense of humanitarian decency, the Central African crisis will not be easily ignored by American policymakers. It screams for remedy."
- Michael Johns
(Related: Policy, African, American, Crisis, Decency, Foreign policy, Sense, Will)

"Well, if you're talking about the current climate, there's a lack of content in American film because I think people are deeply confused about their emotions, and they don't regret certain aspects of their own foreign policy."
- Neil Jordan
(Related: People, Policy, American, Climate, Content, Emotions, Film, Foreign policy, Regret, Talking)

"I think most Americans believe that although it's better not to use military force if you can avoid it, that the world simply doesn't provide us the luxury of giving away military force as an important tool of foreign policy."
- Robert Kagan
(Related: Policy, Americans, Force, Foreign policy, Giving, Luxury, Military, World)

"Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Policy, Defeat, Foreign policy)

"I think that it's always appropriate for Americans and for American foreign policy to make clear why we feel that self-government is most compatible with peace, the well-being of people, and human dignity."
- Jeane Kirkpatrick
(Related: Peace, People, Policy, American, Americans, Dignity, Foreign policy, Self)

"No foreign policy - no matter how ingenious - has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: Success, Policy, Chance, Foreign policy)

"The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: Policy, American, Foreign policy, Psychiatry, Temptation)

"The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions."
- Henry A. Kissinger
(Related: Policy, American, Foreign policy, Principles)

"Bush promised a foreign policy of humility and a domestic policy of compassion. He has given us a foreign policy of arrogance and a domestic policy that is cynical, myopic and cruel."
- Joe Klein
(Related: Policy, Arrogance, Compassion, Foreign policy, Humility)

"The platform we had in Dallas, the 1984 Republican platform, all the ideas we supported there - from tax policy, to foreign policy; from individual rights, to neighborhood security - are things that Jefferson Davis and his people believed in."
- Trent Lott
(Related: People, Policy, Ideas, Foreign policy, Rights, Tax, Republican, Security)

"There are no shortcuts to victory. We must commit ourselves to the slow, painstaking work of foreign policy day by day and year by year."
- Richard Lugar
(Related: Work, Policy, Victory, Day, Foreign policy)

"I think Americans should have a policy of love. That should be the foreign policy, love. Export Love."
- Ziggy Marley
(Related: Love, Policy, Americans, Foreign policy)

"The Democrats just don't have a foreign policy that they're willing to defend, that they're willing to use to take down the president's. We're dealing with the power of suggestion here."
- Chris Matthews
(Related: Power, Policy, Democrats, Foreign policy, President)

"The American people have no control over what the military does. We have no say in American foreign policy."
- Aaron McGruder
(Related: People, Policy, Control, American, Foreign policy, Military)

"Additionally, borrowing a page from U.S. foreign policy, I decided to send a message to a government that was becoming increasingly hostile."
- Timothy McVeigh
(Related: Government, Policy, Borrowing, Foreign policy)

"Direct access to sea is an essential part of foreign policy."
- Carlos Mesa
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, Sea)

"Yes the Jews do many foul things and they distort our foreign policy but not everything that goes bad can be blamed on the Jews."
- Tom Metzger
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy)

"Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy."
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: Government, Policy, Idea, Americans, Foreign policy)

"We need a foreign policy that distinguishes America's friends from her enemies, and recognizes the true threats that we face."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: Policy, America, Enemies, Foreign policy, Friends)

"The lesson of the last year is this: foreign policy can't be managed through the politics of personality, and our President would do well to take note of an observation John F. Kennedy made once he was in office - that all of the world's problems aren't his predecessor's fault."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: Politics, Policy, Fault, Foreign policy, Observation, Office, Personality, President, Problems, World)

"How did we win the election in the year 2000? We talked about a humble foreign policy: No nation-building; don't police the world. That's conservative, it's Republican, it's pro-American - it follows the founding fathers. And, besides, it follows the Constitution."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Conservative, Constitution, Fathers, Founding, Nation, Police, Republican, World)

"Throughout the 20th century, the Republican Party benefited from a non-interventionist foreign policy. Think of how Eisenhower came in to stop the Korean War. Think of how Nixon was elected to stop the mess in Vietnam."
- Ron Paul
(Related: War, Policy, Foreign policy, Nixon, Party, Republican, Vietnam)

"There's nothing wrong with being a Conservative and coming up with a Conservative believe in foreign policy where we have a strong national defense and we don't go to war so carelessly."
- Ron Paul
(Related: War, Policy, Being, Conservative, Defense, Foreign policy, Nothing, Wrong)

"And that's why I wrote the book, because our country really needs to understand, if people in this nation understood what our foreign policy is really about, what foreign aid is about, how our corporations work, where our tax money goes, I know we will demand change."
- John Perkins
(Related: Change, Money, Work, People, Policy, Corporations, Country, Foreign policy, Tax, Nation, Needs, Will)

"Foreign policy can mean several things, not only foreign policy in the narrow sense. It can cover foreign policy, relations with the developing world, and enlargement as well."
- Romano Prodi
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, Sense, World)

"We are aware that in 2005 our efforts to preserve the stability and prestige of the Republic of Bulgaria in the area of foreign policy, and our efforts to attain fully our strategic goals will be mostly contingent upon the way we address our domestic priorities."
- Georgi Purvanov
(Related: Policy, Goals, Foreign policy, Priorities, Stability, Will)

"On this basis, which was originally financial and goes back to George Peabody, there grew up in the twentieth century a power structure between London and New York which penetrated deeply into university life, the press, and the practice of foreign policy."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Power, Life, Policy, Financial, Foreign policy, London, Practice, Press, University)

"We have come a long way in terms of foreign policy."
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy)

"Reasonable, even intelligent people can, and frequently do, disagree on how best to achieve peace in the Middle East, but, peace must be the goal of our foreign policy tools, whether they be by the stick or by the carrot."
- Nick Rahall
(Related: Peace, People, Policy, Goal, Foreign policy, Tools)

"In foreign policy you have to wait twenty-five years to see how it comes out."
- James Reston
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, Years)

"We must have a foreign policy which is based only on the long-term interests of our race, not on the interest of other races or on economic considerations or anything else."
- George Lincoln Rockwell
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, Interest, Race)

"It is like our foreign policy has attention deficit disorder."
- Tim Ryan
(Related: Policy, Attention, Disorder, Foreign policy)

"George Bush has shown great skill at disguising an incredibly weak foreign policy."
- Brad Sherman
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, Skill)

"I can't talk about foreign policy like anyone who's spent their life reading and learning foreign policy. But as a citizen in a democracy, it's very important that I participate in that."
- Ron Silver
(Related: Life, Policy, Democracy, Foreign policy, Learning, Reading, Talk)

"We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values of restraint and empathy, not on military might."
- Theodore C. Sorensen
(Related: Policy, Values, American, Empathy, Foreign policy, Military, Respect, Rest, Restraint, Safety, Will)

"He has not yet become an elder statesman, though his foreign policy credentials are considerable, but he is certainly our ancient mariner, forever tugging at our sleeve to let him tell his tale of what really happened."
- Ronald Steel
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy)

"We cannot be any stronger in our foreign policy for all the bombs and guns we may heap up in our arsenals than we are in the spirit which rules inside the country. Foreign policy, like a river, cannot rise above its source."
- Adlai Stevenson
(Related: Policy, Bombs, Country, Foreign policy, May, Rules, Spirit)

"During the past few years I have led a sometimes hard battle for German foreign policy."
- Gustav Stresemann
(Related: Policy, Battle, Foreign policy, Past, Years)

"The overwhelming public sentiment in India was that no meaningful dialogue can be held with Pakistan until it abandons the use of terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy."
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, Public, Sentiment, Terrorism)

"I want to make it clear publicly that I expect more candor from this Administration during the next four years, particularly with members on the Foreign Relations Committee so that we can maintain a bipartisan foreign policy."
- George Voinovich
(Related: Policy, Candor, Committee, Foreign policy, Foreign relations, Want, Years)

"While all of these are important and significant events, it is the United States' foreign policy that furthers the advancement of freedoms and rights for women that is the most striking for me."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Women, Policy, Events, Foreign policy, Rights, states, United)

"I would not rule out going to Israel because I disapprove of the foreign policy any more than I would refuse to play in the UK because I disapprove of Tony Blair's foreign policy."
- Roger Waters
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, Israel, Play)

"Well, I've been reading a lot about the fifty years since the Second World War, about Western foreign policy and all that. I try not to let it get to me, but sometimes I just think that there's no hope."
- Thom Yorke
(Related: War, Policy, Hope, Foreign policy, Reading, World, World war, Years)

"In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli."
- Howard Zinn
(Related: Policy, Foreign policy, Independence, states, Today, United)