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September 1, 2001 No Comment


It’s important to explain that in foreign policy we are not looking for differences. I don’t see it as part of that style of parties. We don’t as in many areas of domestic policy say that we’ve got to differentiate with the government necessarily, foreign policy gains strength from continuity between parties. There are differences of speed and emphasis than of direction — William Hague, Conservative Friends of Israel Annual Business Lunch, June 2008

What you [Israel] are doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. That endangers us and endangers regional peace. — Joe Biden, US Vice President to his Israeli interlocutors, 5 July 2010

As a politician running for presidency he had to hide it, but it comes out every time and I think we just have to say it plainly, there is an anti-Semitic president in America — Hagai Ben-Artzi, brother-in-law of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calls Obama ‘anti-Semitic’, March 2010

Justin Webb: “Do you regard President Mubarak as an authoritarian ruler?” President Obama: “No, I tend not to use labels for folks” — US President Barack Obama interview to the BBC, 2 June 2009

Yes, there are circumstances in which it [terrorism] is justifiable. It looked like a regime that would last forever, and it was blown down. It is hard to argue that, on its own, a political struggle would have delivered. The striking at the heart of a regime’s claim on a monopoly of power, which the ANC’s armed wing represented, was very significant. — David Miliband, UK Foreign Secretary, on Great Lives, BBC Radio 4, 11 August 2009

What I have said is that we want to offer Iran an opportunity to align itself with international norms… the fact that we have tried will strengthen our position in mobilizing the international community, and Iran will have isolated itself, as opposed to a perception that it seeks to advance that somehow it’s being victimized by a U.S. government — US President Barak Obama Interview, Newsweek, 25 May 2009

‎I know what America is, America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in their way. — Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, 2001

Israel’s aim was to provide a strong blow to the people of Gaza so that they would lose their appetite for shooting at Israel… Implementation of the current operation had gone 90 percent according to plan — Shimon Peres, Israeli President & Nobel Peace Laureate, January 2009

It is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenceless people — Nelson Mandela Radio Interview 1961, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, considered a terrorist by the US State Department for 3 decades until removed on 2 July 2008

America has never fought a war against a democracy, and our closest friends are governments that protect the rights of their citizens — Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize speech, 10 December 2009

“Amongst the various activities of the British and the American governments in the 20th century, not to mention the 19th century, this was a relatively small matter” about the Crime Against Humanity committed against the communities of the Chagos Archipelago. — James Schlesinger, US Secretary of Defence 1973-1975

The situation in Gaza is unsustainable and unacceptable. Israel’s legitimate security needs must be met, just as the Palestinians’ legitimate needs for sustained humanitarian assistance and regular access for reconstruction materials must also be assured. — Hilary Clinton, US Secretary of State, 1 June 2010

There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 2 June 2010

The European Union was deeply concerned about the continued settlement activities and evictions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem and reiterated that they were an obstacle to peace — General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/19, 02/12/2009

We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population…. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity…. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives…. We should cease to talk about vague and … unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better. — George Kennan, Head of the US State Department Policy Planning Staff, 28 February 1948, Declassified 17 June 1974

For globalism to work, America can’t be afraid to act like the almighty superpower that it is….The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist-McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. — A Manifesto for the Fast World, Thomas Friedman, New York Times, 28 March 1999

The US was aiming to achieve a “new post-Iraq war security structure that can secure the flow of energy exports to the global economy”. The arms sales would “reinforce the level of regional deterrence and help reduce the size of forces the US must deploy in the region”; Anthony Cordesman, from the Centre for Strategic & International Studies in Washington — Gulf states in $123bn US arms spree, Financial Times, 20 September 2010

‎We are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age — Philip Crowley, US State Department, 7 December 2010, 5.30pm

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