John O. Brennan short quotes

Jihad is holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community. ---->>>

When we uphold the rule of law, our counterterrorism tools are more likely to withstand the scrutiny of our courts, our allies, and the American people. ---->>>

Unfortunately, in war, there are casualties, including among the civilian population. ---->>>

Al-Qa'ida is the antithesis of the peace, tolerance and humanity that is at the heart of Islam. ---->>>

Yes, war is hell. It is awful. It involves human beings killing other human beings, sometimes innocent civilians. That is why we despise war. ---->>>

Where terrorists offer injustice, disorder and destruction, the United States and its allies stand for freedom, fairness, equality, hope, and opportunity. ---->>>

Terrorists are not 100 feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill. ---->>>

The men and women of the CIA are a national treasure. ---->>>

The risk of just one terrorist with just one nuclear weapon is a risk we simply cannot afford to take. ---->>>

We are in this business, whether it be intelligence or the government, to protect freedom, democracy and liberty, not to violate that. ---->>>

How you define a problem shapes how you address it. ---->>>

I have a reputation for speaking my mind. I like to think my candor and bluntness will give you the answers. ---->>>

The United States does not view our authority to use military force against Al Qaeda as being restricted solely to 'hot' battlefields like Afghanistan. ---->>>

I go to bed at night worrying that I didn't do enough that day to make sure I protect the American people. ---->>>

Poverty does not cause violence and terrorism. Lack of education does not cause terrorism. ---->>>

Throughout my career, I had the great fortune to experience firsthand as well as to witness what it means to be a CIA officer. ---->>>

We are a nation of laws, and we will always act within the bounds of the law. ---->>>

I'm neither Republican nor Democrat. I've worked for the past five administrations. ---->>>

President Obama has made it clear that the United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. ---->>>

As we've seen, deploying large armies abroad won't always be our best offense. Countries typically don't want foreign soldiers in their cities and towns. ---->>>

You know, President Obama feels very strongly that the government has a responsibility to engage with the American people, as well as with the world community. ---->>>

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