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" But as the arms-control scholar Thomas Schelling once noted, two things are very expensive in international life: promises when they succeed and threats when they fail. "
" One of the things that has been very difficult in Libya is the sense of uncertainty - the sense that they haven't actually finished the revolution, that there was still a great deal of uncertainty. That uncertainty has made Libya harder for business in terms of oil and other things as well. "
" The tallest building in the world is now in Dubai, the biggest factory in the world is in China, the largest oil refinery is in India, the largest investment fund in the world is in Abu Dhabi, the largest Ferris wheel in the world is in Singapore. "
" What happens in the media is the cult of personality. The brands who have been forced to cut their staff have been forced to take on the brands of journalists. "
" I am an American, not by accident of birth but by choice. I voted with my feet and became an American because I love this country and think it is exceptional. "
" Whenever someone says the word community, I want to reach for an oxygen mask. "
" In the 1990s, we were certain that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear arsenal. In fact, his factories could barely make soap. "
" I very much want to be in the business of creating content, of doing stories all over the world rather than figuring out what the business model is for 'Newsweek' on the iPad, although that's very important work as well. "
" Conservatives used to believe in confronting hard truths, not succumbing to comforting fairy tales. Some still do. "
" The great drama of Russian history has been between its state and society. Put simply, Russia has always had too much state and not enough society. "
" In a world awash in debt, power shifts to creditors. "
" If a senator calls me up and asks me what should we do in Iraq, I'm happy to talk to him. "
" In a very weak economy, when you say 'cut government spending,' what you mean is you're laying off school teachers and you're de-funding various programs that put money into the economy. This means you have more unemployed people that then draw unemployment benefits and don't pay taxes. "
" If there is one lesson for U.S. foreign policy from the past 10 years, it is surely that military intervention can seem simple but is in fact a complex affair with the potential for unintended consequences. "
" It is absolutely clear that government plays a key role, as a catalyst, in promoting long-run growth. "
" During the Cold War, we were interested because we were scared that Russia and the United States were going to go to war. We were scared that Russia was going to take over the world. Every country became a battleground. "
" Culture follows power. "
" It's not possible for two countries to be the leading dominant political power at the same time. "
" When you're failing, there's a very powerful incentive to put ideology aside and just do what seems to work. "
" Politics and power is a realm of relative influence. "
" The American dream seems to be thriving in Europe not at home. "
" America's growth historically has been fueled mostly by investment, education, productivity, innovation and immigration. The one thing that doesn't seem to have anything to do with America's growth rate is a brutal work schedule. "
" The Berlin Wall wasn't the only barrier to fall after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Traditional barriers to the flow of money, trade, people and ideas also fell. "
" My friends all say I'm going to be Secretary of State. But I don't see how that would be much different from the job I have now. "
" What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies. "