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Born: 1934-08-22
Profession: Soldier
Nation: American
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I was lucky enough to lead a very successful war.

Tags: Enough, Successful, War

I'm not a politician. I'd make a lousy politician.

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If Saddam were to be replaced tomorrow he would probably be replaced with someone who's just as bad or worse than he is.

Tags: Bad, Someone, Tomorrow

It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle.

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It's nice to feel that you have a purpose.

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Had we taken all of Iraq, we would have been like a dinosaur in the tar pit - we would still be there, and we, not the United Nations, would be bearing the costs of that occupation.

Tags: Nations, Taken, United

But I would defy anyone to go back over the years and tell me anyone whose career I've ruined, anyone whom I've driven out of the service, anyone I've fired from a job.

Tags: Career, Job, Tell

Had the United States and the United Kingdom gone on alone to capture Baghdad, under the provisions of the Geneva and Hague conventions we would have been considered occupying powers and therefore would have been responsible for all the costs of maintaining or restoring government, education and other services for the people of Iraq.

Tags: Alone, Education, Government

If it had been our intention to take Iraq, if it had been our intention to destroy the country, if it had been our intention to overrun the country, we could have done it unopposed.

Tags: Country, Destroy, Done

Particularly when you're dealing with very high ranking people, you know, you have to get their attention, they are used to, by their rank, of having their own way and doing their own thing and when it's necessary to all work together on something, sometimes you have to hit the mule between the eyes of the two by four to get its attention.

Tags: Eyes, Together, Work

Well, unfortunately, I have always regretted the fact that I have a temper, but I also have, you know, have great love and respect for all of the people that have worked for me. I think like everything else, this is one of those things that has been blown out of proportion.

Tags: Great, Love, Respect

It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.

Tags: Battle, Hero, Men

You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.

Tags: Leadership, Negative, Positive

Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion.

Tags: France, Hunting, War

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that's what courage is.

Tags: Courage, Job, True

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.

Tags: Character, Leadership, Strategy

Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.

Tags: Fighting, Soldier, Worth

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.

Tags: Less, Peace, War

A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers.

Tags: Means, Soldier, War

As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he's a great military man, I want you to know that.

Tags: Far, Great, Soldier
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He is neither a strategist nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general. Other than that he's a great military man.

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When placed in command, take charge.

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War is a profane thing.

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I get angry at a principle, not a person.

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It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.

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You can't help but... with 20/20 hindsight, go back and say, 'Look, had we done something different, we probably wouldn't be facing what we are facing today.'

Tags: Done, Help, Today

I like to say I'm not a hero.

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I prided myself on being unflappable even in the most chaotic of circumstances.

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I'd like to think I'm a caring human being.

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First of all, Saddam did not win the war, even though he says he did, I mean, you know, that's a joke and everybody in the world knows it.

Tags: Mean, War, Win

I hate war. Absolutely, I hate war.

Tags: Absolutely, Hate, War

What is postwar Iraq going to look like, with the Kurds and the Sunnis and the Shiites? That's a huge question, to my mind.

Tags: Iraq, Mind, Question

An awful lot has been written about my temper.

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Good generalship is a realization that... you've got to try and figure out how to accomplish your mission with a minimum loss of human life.

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I may have made my reputation as a general in the Army and I'm very proud of that. But I've always felt that I was more than one-dimensional.

Tags: May, Proud, Reputation

I'm not feeling undertaxed. Tax reform is an important issue. You have to have an inherent sense of fairness.

Tags: Fairness, Feeling, Sense

I've always been comfortable with people who run things, whether it was the principal of my high school or the president of the university.

Tags: High, School, Whether

If I get angry, it's obvious. I don't have to say much.

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It's wonderful to learn about new cultures and to be able to travel easily to so many countries.

Tags: Learn, Travel, Wonderful

My biggest job really is to figure other people out. I need to understand what makes a person tick.

Tags: Job, Makes, Understand

My father was very bright. My mother had enormous drive. Put that together, and that's my gene pool.

Tags: Father, Mother, Together

The library helps lower- and middle-income people - immigrants - get their shot at the American dream.

Tags: American, Dream, Library

For future geopolitical stability and global prosperity, we need to build a culture of greater trust and understanding between China, America and the rest of the world.

Tags: America, Future, Trust

I can't micromanage what anybody pays or doesn't pay. But the concept that half of the public isn't involved with the income-tax system is somewhat odd and I'm not saying how much people should do, but we should all be part of the system.

Tags: Public, Saying, System

I don't feel like a wealthy person. Other people think of me as a wealthy person, but I don't. I feel the same as when I was a fifth-year associate trying to make partner at Lehman Brothers. I haven't changed.

Tags: Changed, Partner, Trying

I love picking people. I started Blackstone, and we had no people, and now we have with our portfolio companies about 750,000 people all over the world. Everybody who is at a senior level has ultimately been picked by me.

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I'm concerned with China growing at double or triple the rate of the West, that there will be tensions. One needs to do something to start addressing misunderstandings and frustration.

Tags: Growing, Needs, Start

I've lived through periods of illiquidity before. Asset prices come down. The economy slows or even goes into recession. Then the cycle re-starts. We buy at lower prices with less leverage.

Tags: Economy, Goes, Less

This country, of course, needs fundamental reform of our financial regulatory system, as I, and many other financial institution executives, have publicly advocated for a considerable period.

Tags: Country, Financial, System
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