FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Diplomat's Daily Quotable- L

Diplomat's Daily Quotable:

Leaders, incompetent enemy: "When the enemy is poorly led, finish him off fast.  Do not give him time to discover more competent leadership by the process of elimination."

The above quote is in honor of Karate Kid-- 'put him in a bodybag Johnny!'

Leadership, essence of: "All fo the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time.  This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership."  -John Kenneth Galbraith

Galbraith was an influential intellectual as well as an Ambassador to India under Kennedy.  He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1946 from President Truman and from President Clinton in 2000. 

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