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Notable Quotes

Fall 2005

"KATRINA REINFORCED FOREIGN PERCEPTIONS OF THE U.S. as a wealthy but heartless country where racism is endemic and safety nets are lacking . . . This stormy season produced tragedies for many but we now have the opportunity to show what America can do. The world is watching; we had better not blow it."
-Stephen Walt, "The World Watches as America Attempts Its Restoration," The FinancialTimes (19 October 2005)

"IF WE THINK ABOUT THE REALITY that New York could end up like Hiroshima, or Albuquerque like Nagasaki, we would demand a Manhattan Project-like effort to prevent it. Then, we were racing against Germany to get the bomb. Now we are in a race against terrorists and thieves to lock down all fissile material that could fuel a bomb that would destroy an American city."
-Graham Allison, "Thwart Terrorists' Dream of American Hiroshima," The AlbuquerqueJournal (12 August 2005)

"FOUR YEARS AFTER 9/11, MOST NUCLEAR RESEARCH REACTORS at universities across the United States are essentially undefended, with no guards on site, no fences or security cameras around the building, and few other security measures in place. Some of these facilities are fueled with highly enriched uranium, the easiest material in the world for terrorists to use to make a nuclear bomb . . . Bush needs to lead a fast-paced global effort to remove the potential bomb material from the world's most vulnerable sites . . . To credibly lead that effort, the United States has to get its own house in order."
-Matthew Bunn, "The Nuclear Campus," The Boston Globe (20 October 2005)

"IN THIS CASE-UNLIKE GEORGIA, UKRAINE AND KYRGYZSTAN-AMERICA'S ALLY OF CHOICE is not a prodemocracy revolutionary but a proven despot, the Uzbek leader Islam Karimov. Plagued with political repression and economic disenfranchisement as well as a rise in Islamism, Uzbekistan is a case in point as to why the United States cannot and should not have it both ways."
-Fotini Christia, "Uzbekistan's Tiananmen," The Boston Globe (21 May 2005)

"THOSE WHO ARGUE THAT WE SHOULD ‘STAY THE COURSE' because an early withdrawal from Iraq would hurt America's global credibility must consider the possibility that we will fail in our objectives in Iraq and suffer an even worse loss of credibility down the road."
-John Deutch, "Time to Pull Out. And Not Just from Iraq," New York Times (15 July 2005)

"AS LONG AS THE UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO RELY ON WARLORDS enmeshed in the drug trade to provide intelligence on al Qaeda and Taliban members who choose not to take advantage of the amnesty offer, it should not urge eradication."
-Vanda Felbab-Brown, "Afghanistan: When Counternarcotics Undermines Counterterrorism," The Washington Quarterly (Autumn 2005)

"THE STATUS QUO IS NOT STABLE. If nuclear weapons roles and dangers are not deliberately and relentlessly made smaller, they will get bigger. The largest nuclear-weapon states must lead the way, not drag their feet. The United States and Russia have managed to dismantle thousands of nuclear warheads and delivery systems made obsolete by the end of the Cold War. Now it is time to get on with dismantling our equally obsolete nuclear weapons policies."
-John Holdren, "Is There a Role for Nuclear Weapons Today?" Arms Control Today (July/August 2005)

"MANY AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES WERE CREATED to train civil servants, but times have changed. Today, Africa needs to stimulate economic growth so it can work its way out of poverty. Universities must contribute to this task."
-Calestous Juma, "We Still Have a Lot to Learn," The Guardian (14 July 2005)

"WHEN ALL YOU HAVE IS A HAMMER, everything looks like a nail . . . In the aftermath of the second London terrorist attacks in two weeks, the American-led and British-supported response to terrorism is looking very much like a hammer."
-Elaine Kamarck, "Best Defense Against Terror is the Cop on the Beat," Newsday (22 July 2005)

"THE INCREDIBLE FACT IS THAT, NEARLY FOUR YEARS into the war on terrorism and despite three Supreme Court decisions and countless lower court rulings, we still seem to be making up our detention and interrogation policies as we go along."
-Juliette Kayyem, "Tortured Arguments: The Rules Are for Us, Not the Terrorists," The Washington Post (10 July 2005)

"THIS GENERATION OF TERRORISTS is. . . adept at using technology to increase its ‘soft power.' The current struggle is not only about whose army wins, but also whose story wins...The number of jihadist websites is reported to have grown from a dozen in the late 1990s to more than 4,500 today."
-Joseph Nye, "How to Counter Terrorism's Online Generation," The Financial Times (13 October 2005)

"MERGERS ARE THE ONLY PRACTICAL ANTIDOTE to China's growth strategy. The United States can neither attack nor occupy China. Nor can the United States or Europe grow quickly enough to offset Chinese economic gains between now and 2030. Like that of industrial corporations, the appropriate recourse of the two Western power blocs is a successful merger with each other."
-Richard Rosecrance, "Mergers and Acquisitions," The National Interest (Summer 2005)

"ZIMBABWE IS EXHAUSTED. Now that Mbeki and Obasanjo have at last acted, after years of smugly accepting unnecessary suffering in Zimbabwe, there is a fair chance that the battered nation's vital signs can be resuscitated."
-Robert Rotberg, "The End of Tyranny in Zimbabwe," The Boston Globe (18 August 2005)

"THE GOAL OF WINNING THE PIPELINE BATTLE was less to gain the moderate volumes of oil and gas in the Caspian than to maintain (in the case of Russia) or attain (in the case of the United States and Iran) significant presence in the region."
-Brenda Shaffer, "From Pipedream to Pipeline: A Caspian Success Story," CurrentHistory (October 2005)

"CRITICS ARGUE THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS VIOLATED OVER HALF of the 13 steps including the adoption of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the strengthening of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and progress towards a fissile material cut-off treaty."
-Thomas Wright, "Nuclear Pact in Real Trouble," The Irish Times (7 May 2005)

"AS FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON SAID to then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin in 1995, we are not as afraid of a rising China as we are afraid of a declining China."
-Anne Wu, "Relax, and Trade with a Well-Oiled Empire," The Los Angeles Times (7 August 2005)

"CONGRESS SHOULD PASS LEGISLATION THAT REQUIRES INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, a deadly Trojan horse for nuclear terror, to carry liability insurance that covers damage to terror victims."
-Micah Zenko (with Philipp Bleek and Anders Corr), "What if Port Is GroundZero?" The Houston Chronicle (1 May 2005)

"OF PRIMARY CONCERN IS CHINA'S BELIEF that the real purpose of U.S. space plans is not to protect U.S. assets but to enhance U.S. military dominance. Space weapons are seen as ‘first-strike' weapons rather than defensive arms, because they are vulnerable to countermeasures."
-Hui Zhang, "Act Now to Stop Space Arms Race," The Financial Times (10 June 2005)

"EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS ON HIS OR HER OWN to determine the truth . . . From my advantaged position, I had earlier concluded that a war with Iraq would be a distraction from the successful and expeditious completion of our aims in Afghanistan. Now I had come to question whether the White House was telling the truth-or even had an interest in knowing the truth."
-Bob Graham, "What I Knew Before the Invasion," The Washington Post (20 November 2005)

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