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By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

Our senior officers knew the war was going badly. Yet they bowed to groupthink pressure and kept up pretenses. ...Many of my generation, the career captains, majors, and lieutenant colonels seasoned in that war, vowed that when our turn came to call the shots, we would not quietly acquiesce in halfhearted warfare for half-baked reasons that the American people could not understand.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

I don't think anyone would disagree with the conclusion that Saddam [Hussein] was a terrible dictator. He had gassed his own people and his neighbors. He had killed thousands of people, and he had started a couple of wars and destroyed his country.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Diplomacy never stops, and, with or without an election, it never stops.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this state, stimulates me. But once a decision is made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

We are not sure to what extent Saddam's [Hussein ] own people were conveying an incorrect picture to him. But this body of evidence was believed not only by President George W. Bush. President Bill Clinton used that same body of intelligence before bombing Iraq in 1998.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but it is your personal example they will follow.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Economy's got to get moving, we've got to get the unemployment rate down. That may be the defining issue of the campaign.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person. Don't follow anyone who's not going anywhere.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

What could be more important than equipping the next generation with the character and competence they need to become successful

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise. In my experience, the people closest to the problems are often in the best position to see the solutions. The key here is to empower and not be the bottleneck.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

In the military, we are also taught to only use one third of the available decision-making time, so that our subordinates have time to go through their own decision processes when they learn what we want them to do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

It remains our policy to change the regime until such time as the regime changes itself. So far, we cannot be sure that he is cooperating or he [Saddam Hussein] is acting in a way that could give us comfort, or should give the international community comfort, that he is giving up his weapons of mass destruction. He continues to give us statements that suggest he is not in possession of weapons of mass destruction when we know he is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

The best method of overcoming obstacles is the team method

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Change of regime with respect to Iraq had nothing to do with this; it had everything to do with the fact that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. And at the time change in regime as a policy came into effect in 1998, it was seen as the only way to compel Iraq to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

We hope that more assistance will be available to the nations of the region, to include Egypt, on the three pillars that I discussed today: civic society development, education and economic development.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

The best leaders are those who break that mission down into the organization's constituent parts, so that everybody understands their role and how it all builds into the whole.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

One of the fondest expressions around is that we can't be the world's policeman. But guess who gets called when suddenly someone needs a cop.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Even though the numbers are down with respect to favorability ratings, at every embassy and consular office tomorrow morning that we have, people will be lined up, and they'll all say the same thing, "We want to go to America." So we're still the leader of the world that wants to be free. We are still the inspiration of the rest of the world. And we can come back.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

With respect to where we are now, we have a voluntary army. And if we ever go back to conscription I hope that at time it will be the kind of conscription that was put in at the end of the Vietnam War. And that is, everybody is equally liable to be called to serve the nation in time of conflict.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

A sense of shame is not a bad moral compass.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

In the army we are drilled into execution and then supervision, to make sure everything goes the way you planned it. But there is another thing that we do in the military, that I think perhaps isn't done enough in corporate life: As soon as you have made that decision, you start on the contingency planning. Because there is, as we like to say, a thinking, breathing enemy out there, who is not going to let you do just what you want.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

What we would be committed to would be a representative government where all the Iraqi people decide who should lead their nation, and lead it in a way that keeps it together as a single nation and where all parts of the nation - Shia, Sunni and Kurds - are able to live free and in peace and believe that their interests are represented by the government.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Always show more kindness than seems necessary, because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

We need to understand that we as citizens and as a government in any community throughout this country have no more important obligation than to educate those who are going to replace us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White HouseĀ  has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that's despicable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Don't be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

That's why the army sends all its future generals to what we call "charm school." As soon as you are a general, people think that you know everything. You think yourself that you have become omniscient and omnipotent. Be careful, because people want to do everything they can to please the general, and you need to guard against this.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

Trust is the glue that holds an org together & the lubricant that moves it forward.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

In the military we are always looking for ways to leverage up our forces. Having greater communications and command and control over your forces than your enemy has over his is a force multiplier. Having greater logistics capability than the enemy is a force multiplier. Having better-trained commanders is a force multiplier. Perpetual optimism, believing in yourself, believing in your purpose, believing you will prevail, and demonstrating passion and confidence is a force multiplier. If you believe and have prepared your followers, the followers will believe.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

The long bitter years of the Cold War are over. America and her allies have won; totally, decisively, and overwhelmingly....So thank you SAC. Job well done. Enjoy your retirement.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

I have always tried to do my job in a way that I have people give me different points of view.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Actually, there is no more important task for a leader than to pick people. To make sure you have the very best people working for you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Decision-making is lonely.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don't much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

We got rid of a terrible dictator. We gave the Iraqi people an opportunity for a new life under a representative form of government.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

Luck tends to come to people who are prepared.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

You can't get it all done yourself. The best leaders are not afraid of picking people who are better than they are and who may one day replace them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Every human endeavor has leaders and followers, and your job as a leader is to inspire.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

I think we can make a contribution to their [Saudi Arabia] thinking as they decide how they should deal with the economic and social challenges that they are facing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

Respect for leaders by followers can't be mandated; it must be earned. It has to be given to leaders by their followers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Colin Powell

The essence of leadership is building bonds of trust in your organization.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Colin Powell

Bahrain is moving at one pace, Morocco another, Qatar at another, Kuwait at yet another. And we are there to assist our friends.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

There is a war on terror that must be fought. Nobody's immune... And so rather than finding fault with what Spain has done by being aggressive in the war on terror, this should redouble everyone's efforts to go after terrorist organizations of any kind... Terror has to be brought to an end.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Colin Powell

War is never a happy solution, but it may be the only solution. We must exhaustively explore other possible solutions before we make the choice for war. Every political and diplomatic effort should be made to avoid war while achieving your objective.