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David Kay Quotes and Sayings

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And you know, almost in a perverse way,
I wish it had been undue influence because we know how to correct that.
We get rid of the people who, in fact,
were exercising that.
- David Kay

Let me begin by saying, we were almost all wrong,
and I certainly include myself here.
- David Kay

Fortunately, President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy disagreed
with the estimate and chose a course of action less
ambitious and aggressive than recommended by their advisers.
- David Kay

But I do think the survey group - and I think Charlie
Duelfer is a great leader.
I have the utmost confidence in Charles.
I think you will get as full an answer as you can possibly get.
- David Kay

 

The Libyan program recently discovered was far more
extensive than was assessed prior to that.
- David Kay

I've seen looting around the world and thought I knew
the best looters in the world.
The Iraqis excel at that.
- David Kay

The Germans certainly - the intelligence service believed that there were WMD.
It turns out that we were all wrong,
probably in my judgment,
and that is most disturbing.
- David Kay

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Both of us are known for probably at times regrettable streak of independence.
- David Kay

I think that shows a level of maturity and understanding
that I think bodes well for getting to the bottom of this.
But it is really up to you and your staff,
on behalf of the American people, to take on that challenge.
- David Kay

And never - not in a single case - was the explanation,
'I was pressured to do this.' The explanation was very often,
'The limited data we had led one to reasonably conclude this.
I now see that there's another explanation for it.'
- David Kay

I had innumerable analysts who came to me in apology
that the world that we were finding was not the world
that they had thought existed and that they had estimated.
Reality on the ground differed in advance.
- David Kay

There's a long record here of being wrong.
There's a good reason for it.
There are probably multiple reasons.
Certainly proliferation is a hard thing to track,
particularly in countries that deny easy and free access
and don't have free and open societies.
- David Kay

I also believe that it is time to begin the fundamental
analysis of how we got here,
what led us here and what we need to do in order to
ensure that we are equipped with the best possible
intelligence as we face these issues in the future.
- David Kay

I do believe we have to understand why reality turned
out to be different than expectations and estimates.
But you have more public service - certainly many of you -
than I have ever had,
and you recognize that this is not unusual.
- David Kay

But the most important thing about that story,
which is not often told, is that as a result after
the Cuban missile crisis,
immediate steps were taken to correct our inability
to collect on the movement of nuclear material out
of the Soviet Union to other places.
- David Kay

I think the aim - and certainly the aim of what I've
tried to do since leaving -
is not political and certainly not a witch hunt at individuals.
It's to try to direct our attention at what I believe
is a fundamental fault analysis that we must now examine.
- David Kay

In my judgment, based on the work that has been done
to this point of the Iraq Survey Group,
and in fact, that I reported to you in October,
Iraq was in clear violation of the terms of U.N.Resolution 1441.
- David Kay

The result is - document destruction -
we're really not going to be able to prove beyond a
truth the negatives and some of the positive conclusions
that we're going to come to.
There will be always unresolved ambiguity here.
- David Kay

And like I say, I think we've got other cases other than Iraq.
I do not think the problem of global proliferation
of weapons technology of mass destruction is going to go away,
and that's why I think it is an urgent issue.
- David Kay

A great deal has been accomplished by the team,
and I do think it important that it goes on and it
is allowed to reach its full conclusion.
In fact, I really believe it ought to be better resourced
and totally focused on WMD;
that that is important to do it.
- David Kay

And let me take one of the explanations most commonly given:
Analysts were pressured to reach conclusions that would
fit the political agenda of one or another administration.
I deeply think that is a wrong explanation.
- David Kay

I came not from within the administration,
and it was clear and clear in our discussions and no
one asked otherwise that I would lead this the way
I thought best and I would speak the truth as we found it.
- David Kay

Sen.
Edward Kennedy knows very directly.
Senator Kennedy and I talked on several occasions prior
to the war that my view was that the best evidence
that I had seen was that Iraq indeed had weapons of mass destruction.
- David Kay

As leader of the effort of the Iraqi Survey Group,
I spent most of my days not out in the field leading inspections.
It's typically what you do at that level.
I was trying to motivate, direct, find strategies.
- David Kay

The fact that it wasn't tells me that we've got a much
more fundamental problem of understanding what went wrong,
and we've got to figure out what was there.
And that's what I call fundamental fault analysis.
- David Kay

The case of Iran, a nuclear program that the Iranians admit was 18 years on,
that we underestimated.
And, in fact, we didn't discover it.
It was discovered by a group of Iranian dissidents
outside the country who pointed the international community at the location.
- David Kay

This hearing came about very quickly.
I do have a few preliminary comments,
but I suspect you're more interested in asking questions,
and I'll be happy to respond to those questions to the best of my ability.
- David Kay

I would also point out that many governments that chose
not to support this war -
certainly,
the French president, Jacques Chirac,
as I recall in April of last year, referred to Iraq's possession of WMD.
- David Kay

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen PHOTO

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White PHOTO

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it's going to be a butterfly.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs


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