We are the world's leader. We fill a void. There is no one out there that even comes close to filling the leadership role that we have, and some of the moral responsibilities that we have.
I think both sides have suffered far too much in the last months, and I think it's time for a change,
the things that keep him in power and enable him to inflict the kind of pain he does on his own people and others in the region.
Service rivalry leads to service pride, which is good for building morale and esprit.
I think, clearly, he is trying to lure us into a possible shoot-down situation, and we are taking every measure to prevent that.
I sense everyone is committed to get out of this terrible situation. I think in the next few days we can start on my mission and the implementation of the plan that we've brought.
The refueling of that ship in Aden, ... ...Was my decision. I pass the buck on to nobody.
The danger here is, I don't see a lot of viability in the opposition groups.
We grow up in a culture where accountability, learning to accept responsibility, admitting mistakes and learning from them was critical to us. When we don't see that happening it worries us. Poor military judgment has been used throughout this mission.
That decentralization was done so they insured they had control, ... I think it was done more for internal reasons and internal military problems they thought they might have than for any military preparations they had for us.
In the lead up to the Iraq war and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility, at worse, lying, incompetence and corruption.
I'm convinced both sides made a commitment to this, and we have made a commitment to help in this process, and I think it's important for everyone on all sides -- all citizens -- to commit to this.
It might be interesting to wonder why all the generals see it in the same way, and all those, who never fired a shot in anger and really held back to go to war, see it in a different way. That's usually the way it is in history.
We are taking action based on what Saddam's doing,