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“The pundits forget that if we had been so fortunate as to interdict any of the nineteen 9-11 hijackers, months before the attacks, they might have been dismissed as a laughable bunch of losers who didn't inspire fear or confidence. The liquids plot saga turned out to be emblematic of my CIA career. If there was a common thread during my lengthy time at the agency it was that no good deed went unpunished. The liquid plot incident further drove home to me the importance of swift action, of nimble decision making, and of being able to hold and interrogate key terrorist suspects ourselves without relying on surrogates who have a different and uncertain agenda.

Throughout my career controversy followed me around like a hungry dog. I wish all my decisions and all my actions were universally supported and applauded, but I am comfortable with who I am and what I have done. I have been extraordinarily privileged to play a role in some historic events and believe I'm uniquely positioned to explode some myths and clarify some mysteries that have heretofore gone unexplained.

As memories of 9-11 faded, political correctness and timidity grew. The unanimity of support that the intelligence community enjoyed eroded and one by one the tools needed to fight those that wish to destroy our country have been taken away. Worse, those men and women who volunteered to carry out our Nation's orders in combating Al Qaeda found themselves second guessed, investigated, and shunned.”

Jose A. Rodriguez
Hard Measures: How Agressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives

“This is a war. And this war will have a winner and it will have a loser. We are not here to fight the war. We are here to win it.”

General Stanley A. McChrystal, U.S. Army, ret.
My Share of the Task: A Memoir

“Alexander [ʻIolani Liholiho, later known as Kamehameha IV, the fourth monarch of Hawaii] found their birth [on the train from Washington D.C. to New York] and seated himself, and there occurred one of the pivotal moments of his life as he came face to face with the reality of how Americans regarded darker skinned people . . . ‘While I was sitting looking out of the window a man came to me and told me to get out of the carriage, rather unceremoniously, saying that I was in the wrong carriage. I immediately asked him what he meant. He continued his request. Finally, he came around by the door and I went out to meet him. Just as he was coming in, somebody whispered a word into his ears. By this time I came up to him and asked him his reasons for telling me to get out of that carriage. He then told me to keep my seat. I took hold of his arm and asked him his reasons and what right he had in turning me out and talking to me in the way that he did. He replied that he had some reasons but requested me to keep my seat, and I followed him out, but he took care to be out of my way after that. I found he was the conductor and probably had taken me for somebody's servant just because I had a darker a skin than he had, confounded fool. The first time that I ever received such treatment. Not in England or France or anywhere else, but in this country I must be treated like a dog to go and come at an American's bidding.’”

James L. Haley
Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii