I'm a participant in the doctrine of constructive ambiguity.
— Vernon A. Walters
The United Nations has become a place where many countries seek to achieve a lynching of the United States by resolution.
I don't think we should tell them what we're going to do in advance. Let them think. Worry. Wonder. Uncertainty is the most chilling thing of all.
Americans have always had an ambivalent attitude toward intelligence. When they feel threatened, they want a lot of it, and when they don't, they regard the whole thing as somewhat immoral.
It is an endless procession of surprises. The expected rarely occurs and never in the expected manner.