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

Monday, June 21, 2010

Diplomat's Dictionary Daily Quotables

Diplomat's Dictionary Daily Quotables

Ideas:  "Bad strategy sinks good ideas."  -Anatoly Dobrynn (1995)

Anatoly was a Cold War-era Soviet Diplomat/Statesman

Illusion:  "Belief in his own magic is the downfall of the magician." -Italian proverb

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