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Richard Armitage quotes

I'm the only honest person in Washington.

The war we are fighting today against terrorism is a multifaceted fight. We have to use every tool in our toolkit to wage this war - diplomacy, finance, intelligence, law enforcement, and of course, military power - and we are developing new tools as we go along.

There are ways to pursue political change. In a democracy, it's through the ballot box. There are other ways, and many democracies have many different systems of democracy.

We know that after September 11, there were still terrorists around. We do get continuing information that they're intent on causing some damage and harm to not only U.S. interests but allied interests.

A terrorist is one who kills innocents for the pursuit of a political aim.

Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age.

I don't know if, at the end of the day, how brave Saddam Hussein would be if he were stripped of his bodyguards and everything else.

I must say I've rarely been described as 'diplomat.'

I think most conflicts do end with negotiated settlements; some don't, but most do.

I think what Osama bin Laden does is to take the fact that some peoples lack hope and lack opportunity, and twist it to his own ends.

I think, as a general matter, clearly, the United States globally supports the development of democracy and the democratic yearnings of all people.

I value my ability to keep state secrets.

I'd say that, to be a good deal maker, you have to have 3 basic characteristics - timing, timing, and timing.

Iran has interest in seeing that the Shia population of Iraq basically adhere to a line that comes from Iran.

Let's face it, the Obama administration was handed a pretty poor deal from the previous administration.

North Korea is not an insane nation. It is not a crazy nation.

The campaign against terrorism is going to be global and it's going to be long and there's reason to expect there will be difficulties along the way.

We've had Saudis and Jordanians and Pakistanis who have - and Syrians - who have been involved in armed attacks against coalition forces in Iraq.

What could be better in al-Qaeda's mind than to have India and Pakistan going at each other? What more to further their aims?

Whenever you're out of town, no matter modern communications, you feel a little bit out of touch.