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John Abizaid Quotes and Sayings

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Morale is good; troops are confident;
leaders are capable.
- John Abizaid

I think what actually works best is local-level individual
targeting of key leadership nodes.
- John Abizaid

As far as Zarqawi is concerned, there is a network of extremists;
it's not just Zarqawi.
- John Abizaid

But all that having been said, you can't,
in a city of a million people like Karbala,
or 5 million like Baghdad, you can't be in all places at all times.
- John Abizaid

 

So, these political activities will create friction in and of themselves,
and in this environment of friction there'll be additional violence.
- John Abizaid

But I am satisfied that the information that we have
that this is the work of Zarqawi,
is accurate.
- John Abizaid

Undoubtedly, there are members of the former regime
that are cooperating in some fashion and then there
are extremists that are within Iraq that are cooperating with them.
- John Abizaid

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And so I think that if the person has the funds,
the network, and the equipment to do this,
and also the experience, which is the key factor,
then they can be quite deadly.
- John Abizaid

You know as well as I do that counterinsurgency is
a very nuanced type of military operation.
- John Abizaid

Our forces will not be on the sidelines.
- John Abizaid

We'll try to include Iraqi officers in our staffs.
We will do everything we can to empower Iraqi security
forces to stand up on their own and operate where they can alone.
- John Abizaid

But clearly the fact that we've gone from zero Iraqi
security forces on duty in May to up to 200,000 today
is an enormous accomplishment,
but it's not enough.
- John Abizaid

It's also natural in that part of the world to blame
what people view as the...
as the most important authority in the region,
and that currently is the United States of America.
- John Abizaid

Well, the hardest thing to do, as we know from our
own experience on 9/11 is protect everything all the time.
- John Abizaid

But the key shift in focus will be from counter-insurgency
operations to more and more cooperation with Iraqi
security forces and to building Iraqi security capacity.
- John Abizaid

In other words, for every 10 enemy you kill you bring
on 20 new recruits to their anti-coalition cause then
essentially you are working against yourself.
- John Abizaid

I think you will see a lot of strains develop in the
political process that will result in violence everywhere in the country -
but it's controllable,
it's workable and it will lead to a much better future for these people.
- John Abizaid

I think you also understand that one of the key things
that's got to be done in Iraq is to build a mentality
of understanding that the military needs to be subordinate
to civilian control and respectful of its own people.
- John Abizaid

We've got to ensure that the quality and the capability
of these forces will be good enough to withstand the
challenges that the insurgents and the terrorists will
present to the new Iraqi government.
- John Abizaid

It's clear to me now that we've got to reach out to
the Arab Sunni community in particular in an effort
to cause some moderate political activity to take place
so they join the future of Iraq.
- John Abizaid

Certainly our goal is to leave Iraq,
but we can't leave Iraq with our forces until we know
that the Iraqi security forces are capable and efficient
enough to defend the sovereignty of the nation.
- John Abizaid

Oh, the transition concerns me because as we move towards
an important political event,
it's clear to me that the terrorists and insurgents
will move as hard as they can to disrupt this process.
- John Abizaid

Clearly the Secretary of Defense, my boss,
would like nothing better than to get Osama bin Laden and to get...
to ensure the complete defeat of al-Qaida,
because we know that al-Qaida is planning operations
against the United States even as we speak here.
- John Abizaid

Being on the run, having to change the way that you do business,
being unable to plan in a safe and secure environment,
always looking over your shoulder, knowing that some
day somebody's going to knock on your door and it's going to be your last.
- John Abizaid

Capturing any member of any terrorist cell or any insurgent
cell that we may happen to come across is always very,
very valuable, and the thing that interests me is that
in most instances after a time people talk and they tell us what they know.
- John Abizaid

Well, the reports are correct that we're conducting
very robust military operations on the Afghan side
of the border in areas where we think al-Qaida is operating
and Taliban remnants are.
- John Abizaid

But the truth of the matter is that there is there
is an opportunity for them to participate in the economic
and political future of the country and certainly in
the security life of the country.
- John Abizaid

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

You don't need to be for or against the war to provide
morale and support to the men and women who are fighting over seas.
These are human beings who are doing a service.
- Mike Thompson

The good news was that Enterprise and the newly arrived
Yorktown had attacked the Marshall and Gilbert islands.
Those attacks had a great effect on morale.
- Jack Adams

The president requested me to restore order in the national team.
I have been designated to be part of the official delegation
to Egypt to help boost the morale of our players.
- Roger Milla

Suspicions of degrading morale within some units.
- Thomas Smith

I think attacks on civilians in fact boost morale.
- Tom Paulin

Whatever I contributed to the unique morale of the
Cardinals was part of this growth,
and so, of course, was my decision to have it out in
public with the owners of organized baseball.
- Curt Flood

And what always struck me about that war period was
how even Churchill had to talk socialism to keep up people's morale.
- Barbara Castle

Morale is at the lowest point since I've been here.
- David Davis

A military coup needs a sacrifice and courage that
you can't find in an army without morale.
- Jalal Talabani

Cancer is a disease where the patient can contribute
a great deal of help himself if he or she can retain
their morale and their hopes.
- George Carman

Bush's war in Iraq has done untold damage to the United States.
It has impaired our military power and undermined the
morale of our armed forces.
Our troops were trained to project overwhelming power.
They were not trained for occupation duties.
- George Soros

On 'don't ask, don't tell' I was always the same.
I said we needed a complete review of the impact on
morale and battle effectiveness of 'don't ask,
don't tell' before we repeal it.
That's my position now.
Now they're trying to ram through a repeal without a -
any kind of really realistic survey done.
- John McCain

Ought we not to ask the media to agree among themselves
a voluntary code of conduct,
under which they would not say or show anything which
could assist the terrorists' morale or their cause while the hijack lasted.
- Margaret Thatcher

These rules may seem simple enough, but it will require
great morale and physical courage to adhere to them.
But if carried out in the strict sense of the word
it will surely lead to a greater success than could otherwise be attained.
- Major Taylor

You have to watch all sides of your advancement,
you have to make sure people's bodies and minds are
healthy and their morale is cool before you can really
go out and play great music.
- Shirley Manson

Projecting a persuasive image of a desirable and practical
future is extremely important to high morale,
to dynamism, to consensus, and in general to help the
wheels of society turn smoothly.
- Herman Kahn

It's true that this year, following my accident in the pre-season,
I kind of lost morale and I felt like quitting at the end of this year.
But today I can say that I want to be a professional
bike rider in the year 2003 as well.
- Laurent Jalabert

Players should know that if you can't make the contribution of the winning shot,
that your attitude every day when you come to practice,
or the positive contribution you make through cheering
and keeping up team morale,
is just as important in the overall picture.
- Sue Wicks

Eating is not merely a material pleasure.
Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes
immensely to goodwill and happy companionship.
It is of great importance to the morale.
- Elsa Schiaparelli

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

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

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is best when I wish neither to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

Best Friends: we're a parade - even by ourselves!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You may call God love, you may call God goodness.
But the best name for God is compassion.
- Meister Eckhart

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best way to find yourself
is to lose yourself
in the service of others.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

There are some things you learn best in calm,
and some in storm.
- Willa Cather

Do the best you can. Be proud of your accomplishments -
without comparing yourself to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we do the best that we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another.
- Helen Keller

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words;
it is expressed in the choices one makes...
and the choices we make
are ultimately our responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
- Henry David Thoreau

I do the very best I know how -
the very best I can;
and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
- Abraham Lincoln

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


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