University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
Henry A. Kissinger
The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.
I don't ascribe to myself any special competence in economic insight. I translate what I hear from highly intelligent people into political and philosophical propositions.
You can't make war in the Middle East without Egypt and you can't make peace without Syria.
The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
The high probability is if American forces withdraw from Afghanistan and if no alternative international arrangement is made that then the historic contests between the regions and the sects will reappear, the Taliban will re-emerge, and a very complicated and maybe chaotic situation will develop.