Stansfield Turner quotes

  • As long as the two nuclear superpowers maintain arsenals in the tens of thousands of nuclear warheads, there is no way they can with any consistency urge that other nations not be allowed to acquire theses weapons.
    -- Stansfield Turner

    #Two #Long #Consistency

  • We have a much bigger objective. We've got to look at the long run here. This is an example - the situation between the United Nations and Iraq - where the United Nations is deliberately intruding into the sovereignty of a sovereign nation.... Now this is a marvelous precedent (to be used in) all countries of the world....
    -- Stansfield Turner

    #Running #Country #Money

  • At 2:26 AM on 3 June 1980, Colonel William Odom of the Strategic Air Command alerted National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski that the US nuclear warning system had detected an imminent 220-missile nuclear attack on the US. Shortly thereafter, the automated system revised its projection from 220 missiles to an all-out attack of 2200 missiles. Just before Brzezinski was about to wake up President Carter to authorize a counterattack, he was told that the 'attack' was an illusion caused by 'a computer error in the system'.
    -- Stansfield Turner

    #June #Air #Errors

  • It's a great historical joke that when the Spanish met the Aztecs, it was a blind date made in serve-you-right heaven. At the time, they were the two most unpleasant cultures in the entire world, and richly deserved each other. Still, the story of how stout Cortes blustered, bullied and bludgeoned his way to collapsing an entire empire with a handful of contagious hoodlums is astonishing.

  • Let's begin by taking a smallish nap or two.

  • Indo-European peoples and Semitic peoples are today still completely different... Jews almost everywhere form a special society... Muslims (the Semitic spirit is today represented mainly by Islam) and the Europeans stand face to face like two beings of different species, having nothing common in the way of thinking and feeling...

  • Three minutes thought would suffice to find this out; but thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time.

  • The Baptists' basic theology is that if you hold someone under water long enough, he'll come around to your way of thinking. It's a ritual known as 'Bobbing for Baptists.'

  • It's hard to say what I want my legacy to be when I'm long gone.

  • So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.

  • We are not interested in the fact that the brain has the consistency of cold porridge.

  • Too much consistency is as bad for the mind as for the body.

  • The idea of a rational bureaucracy, of skill, merit, and consistency, is essential to all modern states.

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