In short, you can't let the deadline define the mission. The mission has to define the duration.
World War I was not inevitable, as many historians say. It could have been avoided, and it was a diplomatically botched negotiation.
As countries grapple with modernization, people who are left behind tend to hold firmer and firmer to their view of the evil of modernity.
You will never catch up with the spread of AIDS no matter how much money, no matter how many antiretrovirals are put into the system, unless you stop its growth. And the only way to stop its growth is prevention.
I think history is continuous. It doesn't begin or end on Pearl Harbor Day or the day Lyndon Johnson withdraws from the presidency or on 9/11. You have to learn from the past but not be imprisoned by it. You need to take counsel of history but never be imprisoned by it.
Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme.
A peace deal requires agreements, and you don't make agreements with your friends, you make agreements with your enemies.
If a country denies it has AIDS, that country will inevitably become an even greater victim.
United Nations peacekeepers are going all over the world spreading AIDS even while they're trying to bring peace. What a supreme irony.
The World War II generation believed the United States could do anything - anything... And Vietnam was a shattering experience for everyone.
You have to test your hypothesis against other theories. Certainty in the face of complex situations is very dangerous.
The United Nations is an indispensable but deeply flawed organization. It is valuable to the United States, and the United States is invaluable to it. We need to reform it.
Nothing generates more heat in the government than the question of who is chosen to participate in important meetings.
Pakistani politics is complicated, and I think it's not something a foreigner can easily assimilate and understand.
We should not be surprised that democracy is imperfect even in Western countries.
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