„When it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.“

—  Barack Obama, Third presidential debate http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-full-transcript/story?id=17538888, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida, , quoted in
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„A political society does not live to conduct foreign policy; it would be more correct to say that it conducts foreign policy in order to live.“

—  George F. Kennan American advisor, diplomat, political scientist and historian 1904 - 2005
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„Foreign policy deals across time as well as space.“

—  William Pfaff American journalist 1928 - 2015
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„Our foreign policy was an improvisation. Like Schacht's financial policy, it lacked foresight. The Nazis kept talking about a thousand-year Reich, but they couldn't think ahead for five minutes!“

—  Paul Schmidt German translator, Nazi 1899 - 1970
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„Military men are "dumb, stupid animals to be used" as pawns for foreign policy.“

—  Henry Kissinger United States Secretary of State 1923
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Context: Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home. My second principle of foreign policy is this—that its aim ought to be to preserve to the nations of the world—and especially, were it but for shame, when we recollect the sacred name we bear as Christians, especially to the Christian nations of the world—the blessings of peace. That is my second principle. Speech in West Calder, Scotland (27 November 1879), quoted in W. E. Gladstone, Midlothian Speeches 1879 (Leicester University Press, 1971), p. 115.

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