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One of the toughest battles in intelligence is combating conventional wisdom.


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I've been very sensitive for a long time to the repeated pattern, during economic hard times or after a war, of the United States' essentially unilaterally disarming.



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One of my favorite little sayings is, 'To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.



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Future U.S. political leaders – those for whom the Cold War was not the formative experience that it was for me – may not consider the return on America’s investment in NATO worth the cost.



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I think that Iran with a nuclear weapon is extremely destabilizing. I think it could precipitate a nuclear arms race in the region.





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