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"Bottom line: A market approach to national defense would give us a lousy national defense." - Timothy Noah

"We don't declare war any more; we declare national defense." - Eugene Mccarthy

"The jelly-bean eating thug says that national defense is important. But national defense starts at home." - Dick Gregory

"National Defense is not a threat to peace; it is the guarantee of peace with freedom." - Jeffrey Gitomer

"National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman." - John Adams

"National defense is the sacred duty of the young and all other people." - Kim Jong Il

"There's no excuse for skimping on national defense when the country is at war." - Bill Nelson

"In the present imperialistic milieu there can be no wars of national self-defense." - Karl Liebknecht

"It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of those liberties which make the defense of the nation worthwhile." - Earl Warren

"To talk only about national security, national defense, means to be selfish, ambitious. It is discrimination, isolation. "It is just me. What do I care about others?"" - Evo Morales

"So-called defense now absorbs sixty per cent of the national budget, and about twelve per cent of the Gross National Product." - George Wald

"This economic boycott is our means of self-defense. President Roosevelt has advocated its use in the National Recovery Administration." - Samuel Untermyer

"I want to compliment The Heritage Foundation for its work on behalf of a strong national defense." - Don Nickles

"Senator Biden was correct by calling for more to look into Governor Cuomo's defense policy. It is clear to me, by researching the governor's record on the issue, that he would be a wildcard on national defense issues." - Sam Nunn

"I support development and deployment of a limited national missile defense. Few if any of our duties surpass our obligation to provide for the common defense of our nation." - Joe Lieberman

"I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?" - Robert Redford

"We cannot allow anything that's called 'national defense' to justify any and all spending. We need to be very, very careful that we don't overspend and say, 'Oh, that's defense,' when perhaps it isn't." - Grover Norquist

"National honor is national property of the highest value." - James Monroe

"These are national problems that require national solutions." - Thomas Menino

"Immigration security is national security." - Kellyanne Conway

"The new national campfire - radio." - Linda Ellerbee

"The Intelligence Committee will also examine present counterintelligence programs for the Department of Energy, the National Laboratories, and the Department of Defense." - Charles Foster Bass

"More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services - from movies to agriculture to national defense" - Marc Andreessen

"My belief has always been that national defense is the most important thing we do, but we shouldn't borrow to pay for it." - Rand Paul

"We urge President Bush to abstain from the National Missile Defense, just as we urge China, India and Pakistan to discontinue their nuclear arsenals." - Anna Lindh

"More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services - from movies to agriculture to national defense" - Marc Andreessen

"Lieutenant General Michael Flynn ran the defense intelligence agency from 2012 to 2014. He served as a top national intelligence adviser to General Stanley McChrystal in Iraq." - Lawrence O'Donnell

"Michael Flynn not exactly cut from that cloth. Someone who has very strong views about almost everything in the realm of national security and defense." - Lawrence O'Donnell

"My peers are all in sensitive jobs - at the C.I.A., the National Security Council, working for the Department of Defense. They can't stand up for me in public." - Paula Broadwell

"More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services - from movies to agriculture to national defense." - Marc Andreessen

"When it comes to setting national priorities, determining threats, defining challenges, and fashioning and implementing foreign and defense policies, the United States and Europe have parted ways." - Robert Kagan

"In addition to achieving outside the industry, agriculture, national defense science and technology modernization, we are faced with the important task of system modernization." - Zheng Bijian

"The Intelligence Committee will also examine present counterintelligence programs for the Department of Energy, the National Laboratories, and the Department of Defense." - Charles Bass

"National Missile Defense is of a nature to retrigger a proliferation of weapons, notably nuclear missiles. Everything that goes in the direction of proliferation is a bad direction." - Jacques Chirac

"Space exploration is important research to our economic and national defense, and America's space program is a symbol of our success as a scientifically and technologically advanced nation." - Randy Forbes

"It's a failure of national vision when you regard children as weapons, and talents as materials you can mine, assay, and fabricate for profit and defense." - John Hersey

"More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services - from movies to agriculture to national defense." - Marc Andreessen

"There is no plausible theory under which the record of the Pentagon Papers can be interpreted as relating to the national defense." - Noam Chomsky

"Spending on programs such as national defense and funding the operating budgets of all federal agencies represent only 39 percent of our yearly budget, an all-time low." - Paul Gillmor

"Protecting Americans from harm goes beyond police and national defense. It's imperative that we not destroy the commons, the physical environment on which we rely." - Kevin O'Leary

"What I say is, national defense is the most important thing we do in Washington, but there's still waste in the military budget." - Rand Paul

"I represent what I think is a traditional Republican... a limited government, fiscal responsibility, strong national defense, individual freedom and liberty." - Olympia Snowe

"But the federal government, our collective government, has responsibilities that none of these other levels of government can fulfill; and chief among these is national defense." - Don Nickles

"Protecting Americans from harm goes beyond police and national defense. It's imperative that we not destroy the commons, the physical environment on which we rely." - Kevin Oleary

"National education to be truly national must reflect the national condition for the time being." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I believe in a strong national defense. But it's my belief that neither Iraq nor Afghanistan poses a threat to national security, and we shouldn't be involved in either area." - Gary Johnson

"The Patriot Act removed major legal barriers that prevented the law enforcement, intelligence, and national defense communities from talking and coordinating their work to protect the American people and our national security." - Jon Porter

"Blind aggressiveness would destroy the attack itself, not the defense." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"Hope is no basis for a defense policy." - Margaret Thatcher

"In Cookie's defense, it was raining wildcats and rabid dogs." - Darynda Jones

"Consistency is the defense of a small mind" - David Eddings

"National defense through war always involves some degree of national defeat. This paradox has been with us from the very beginning of our republic. Militarization in defense of freedom reduces the freedom of the defenders. There is a fundamental inconsistency between war and freedom." - Wendell Berry

"There is no national science, just as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is no longer science." - Anton Chekhov

"The happy ending is our national belief." - Mary Mccarthy

"War is the national industry of Prussia." - Honore Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau

"Overcriminalization has become a national plague." - George Will

"No one can undermine national unity." - Ivica Dacic

"The national team comes before everything." - Lorrie Fair

"The idea of restraining the legislative authority, in the means of providing for the national defense, is one of those refinements which owe their origin to a zeal for liberty more ardent than enlightened." - Alexander Hamilton

"If a war be undertaken...before the resources of peace have been tried and proved vain to secure it, that war has no defense, it is a national crime." - Charles Eliot Norton

"When people see the budget, they're going to say, 'Oh, my God, I wanted a tax cut, but I didn't know what you were going to do to health care and to Medicare and national defense." - John Breaux

"If a war be undertaken... before the resources of peace have been tried and proved vain to secure it, that war has no defense, it is a national crime." - Charles Eliot Norton

"There can be no limitation of that authority which is to provide for the defense and protection of the community in any matter essential to the formation, direction, or support of the NATIONAL FORCES." - Alexander Hamilton

"In order to assure an adequate national defense, it is necessary - and sufficient - to be in a position in case of war to conquer the command of the air." - Giulio Douhet

"Ronald Reagans vision of smaller government, less taxes, and a strong national defense has led to a prosperous America. As president, he rebuilt our military and reinvigorated our confidence in ourselves." - David Vitter

"There is not a single person in the national defense apparatus of this country that can guarantee you are going to be 100 percent right. And that's why as president, I'll take this very seriously." - Marco Rubio

"We will build a Navy of 350 surface ships and submarines, as recommended by the bipartisan National Defense Panel. We right now only have 276 ships, and it's not enough." - Donald Trump

"I don't want my generals or my defense secretary or my national-security team to ever feel deploying weapons to kill people as routine or abstract, even if the targets are bad people." - Barack Obama

"I believe in limited government and the right of the individual to make choices and in a strong national defense and in freedom and liberty as being the right of every person on the face of the Earth." - Karl Rove

"Well, first let's say that the fundamental responsibility of any government is national security - in the preamble to the Constitution, provide for the common defense and insure domestic tranquility." - Angus King

"It is a place rich in natural resources, having everything we need for national defense, a crucial place for the empire's self-reliance. The place is crucial too for our wars with China, Russia, and the U.S." - Seishiro Itagaki

"National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman, and that there is an obligation to perform such a duty absolutely irrespective of party politics or factional differences." - John Adams

"Over the course of two years, we arrived at a point where we began to look at the value added by making information more easily accessible across the intelligence community, both defense and national." - Stephen Cambone

"Our foreign policy needs to support our energy, economic, defense and domestic policies. It all falls within the arch of national interest. There will be windows of opportunity, but they will open and close quickly." - Chuck Hagel

"Homeland defense doesn't generate any force requirements beyond having enough National Guard to save lives in natural disasters and to baby-sit nuclear power plants on Code Red days." - Thomas P M Barnett

"From protecting our natural resources to providing maritime security and national defense, the Coast Guard's duties are broad in scope, and the performance of those duties has never been more important." - Russ Carnahan

"Legislation passed in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 enhanced our intelligence capabilities and strengthened our national defense, but until now our nation's immigration policies have not adapted to the needs of a post-September 11th world." - Chris Chocola

"I convened the first-ever national training conference for prosecutors on how to promote and deal with hate crime issues in terms of prosecutions and also protocol for defeating the gay panic defense." - Kamala Harris

"There's nothing wrong with being a Conservative and coming up with a Conservative believe in foreign policy where we have a strong national defense and we don't go to war so carelessly." - Ron Paul

"When I handed over the names and compromised so many CIA agents in the Soviet Union, I had come to the conclusion that the loss of these sources to the U.S. would not compromise significant national defense, political, diplomatic interests." - Aldrich Ames

"I like Ronald Reagan, who didn't play crass politics, and he just articulated and delivered on broad themes that were needed. Free markets meant free markets. Deregulation. Lower tax rates. Strong national defense. And he was credible and believable." - Dave Brat

"I would have never signed the Patriot Act. I would have never signed the National Defense Authorization Act allowing for arrests and detainment of you and me as U.S. citizens without being charged." - Gary Johnson

"Homeland defense doesn't generate any force requirements beyond having enough National Guard to save lives in natural disasters and to baby-sit nuclear power plants on Code Red days." - Thomas Pm Barnett

"I think as people find out about my foreign policy, what they're going to find out is that I'm right in the mainstream of the Republican Party. I believe the number one priority of the federal government is national defense." - Lindsey Graham

"There are not as many women who support the national defense budget now as men. I really think there is a gender gap in the support for the large expenditures that are necessary to modernize the force." - Theodore Stevens

"One of the reasons I continue to speak out is that the solutions to the counterterrorism problem involve other parts of the national security community - especially other elements of the Department of Defense, State, FBI, Homeland Security and the staff." - John Poindexter

"The advantage of a market-based national defense is obvious: Every citizen would receive an individualized amount of military protection, based on the value each of us placed on defending the homeland." - Timothy Noah

"The job of the government isn't to go around and try and make people sacrifice, it's to try and make people free. The reason why we have a national defense is to protect our freedoms." - Grover Norquist

"Well, no American wants to in any way hurt our capabilities to national defense, but that doesn't mean an unlimited amount of money, and a blank check for anything they want at any time, for any purpose. Not at all." - Chuck Hagel

"There are not as many women who support the national defense budget now as men. I really think there is a gender gap in the support for the large expenditures that are necessary to modernize the force." - Ted Stevens

"Ronald Reagan's vision of smaller government, less taxes, and a strong national defense has led to a prosperous America. As president, he rebuilt our military and reinvigorated our confidence in ourselves." - David Vitter

"We will never abdicate the security of the United States to a foreign country or refrain from taking action when appropriate. But we cannot ignore the reality that cooperative counterterrorism activities are a key to our national defense." - John O Brennan

"When people see the budget, they're going to say, 'Oh, my God, I wanted a tax cut, but I didn't know what you were going to do to health care and to Medicare and national defense.'" - John Breaux

"No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins." - Salmon P Chase

"Think what evil creeps liberals would be if their plans to enfeeble the individual, exhaust the economy, impede the rule of law, and cripple national defense were guided by a coherent ideology instead of smug ignorance." - P J Orourke

"While I wholeheartedly support finding cost savings through efficiencies in all areas of the federal government, including defense, I will resist any actions that would compromise our nation's qualitative edge when it comes to national defense. It is well known that weakness invites aggression. Threats do not always announce themselves in advance. In order to prepare for unpredictable threats, we must modernize our defense systems. We certainly cannot let them age and deteriorate." - Doug Lamborn

"While I wholeheartedly support finding cost savings through efficiencies in all areas of the federal government, including defense, I will resist any actions that would compromise our nation's qualitative edge when it comes to national defense. It is well known that weakness invites aggression. Threats do not always announce themselves in advance. In order to prepare for unpredictable threats, we must modernize our defense systems. We certainly cannot let them age and deteriorate." - Doug Lamborn

"The Second Amendment's language and historical and philosophical background demonstrated that it was designed to guarantee individuals the possession of certain kinds of arms for three purposes: (1) crime prevention or what we would today describe as self-defense; (2) national defense; and (3) preservation of individual liberty..." - Don Kates

"President Obama's reckless defense cuts that are hanging over our cloud, hanging over the horizon could put almost 44,000 jobs at stake right here in Pennsylvania. we are not going to let that happen. You know why? Because No. 1, national defense is the first priority of the federal government." - Paul Ryan

"If you look on the fungal genome as being soldier candidates protecting the U.S. as our host defense, not only for the ecosystem but for our population... we should be saving our old-growth forests as a matter of national defense." - Paul Stamets

"National events determine our ideals, as much as our ideals determine national events." - Jane Addams

"Let no one ever think for a moment that national debate means national division." - Lyndon B Johnson

"A wasteful defense is a weak defense." - Ralph Nader

"Remember, it is the president's constitutional duty to provide a strong national defense. Don't insert politics into national security. Listen to your ground commanders. They know better than anyone what our military's needs are. Have somebody strong at home who can provide you with needed support 'off the battle field.'" - Ryan Zinke

"The question is always how you get the number of troops needed. They do not have to be coalition forces. We also have to expand the training program for the Afghan National Army and the national police, in particular. and Defense Secretary Robert Gates has already announced support for a significant increase in the Afghan army." - David Petraeus

"There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea." - Percy Williams Bridgman

"Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense." - Steve Landesberg

"I see neither bravery nor sacrifice in destroying life or property, for offense or defense." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Nothing true can be said about God from a posture of defense." - Marilynne Robinson

"National Defense A strong USA defense brought down the Soviet Union. It was Ronald Reagan - first in a speech at Notre Dame University in May 1981, then his 'Evil Empire' speech of March 1983 - who most eloquently declared communism's imminent demise. Reagan was right. And even Soviet officials attribute Ronald Reagan's rhetoric and foreign policy to bringing down that 'evil empire.' By Christmas Day, 1990, the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Liberals wished it were other things." - Rush Limbaugh

"Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence." - George William Curtis

"The biggest stories in 2005 were the national disasters" - Geraldo Rivera

"We would rather starve than sell our national honor." - Indira Gandhi

"Laughter brings the swelling down on our national psyche." - Stephen Colbert

"The national park is the best idea America ever had." - James Bryce

"We now have a national reputation for corruption." - Chris Redfern

"Saw Washington Monument. Phallic. Appalling. A national catastrophe." - Arnold Bennett

"Our biggest national security crisis is Barack Obama" - John Bolton

"I have not seen the National League enough to know." - Joe Maddon

"I'm still technically employed by the National Broadcasting Company." - Tina Fey

"I think that bloody old National nearly killed me." - Laurence Olivier

"Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children." - Walt Disney

"The National Education Association is the al-Qaida of education." - Ilana Mercer

"I love going to galleries, particularly the National Portrait Gallery." - Mark Gatiss

"Glaciers are almost gone from Glacier National Park." - Donella Meadows

"Not reading poetry amounts to a national pastime here." - Phyllis Mcginley

"Mayors of New York are almost automatically national figures." - Stephen Kinzer

"I don't know if I'm a national education figure." - Jeb Bush

"I would say national security is work in progress." - Jeb Bush

"'National Security' is the root password to the Constitution." - Phil Karn

"Violence as a way of gaining power... is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security..." - Alfred Adler

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert Humphrey

"The spinning wheel means national consciousness and a contribution by every individual to a definite constructive national work." - Mahatma Gandhi

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert H Humphrey

"The point is that Hillary Clinton is running on all these ideas. She's gonna do this and she gonna do that. She's gonna fix this. She's got a massive new economic plan that's not gonna add a penny to the national debt, while Donald Trump's will add 20 trillion to the national debt. What she does, she always pivots and goes back to the Children's Defense Fund. "Well, I started working in the 1970s for women and children, Children's Defense Fund." That's magic and you're not supposed to question nothing further after that." - Rush Limbaugh

"The artificial primacy of defense among our national priorities is a constant unearned windfall for some, but it's privation for the rest of America; it steals from what we could be and can do. In Econ 101, they teach that the big-picture fight over national priorities is guns versus butter. Now it's butter versus margarine-guns get a pass. Overall, we're weaker for it, and at enormous cost." - Rachel Maddow

"Taking somebody's money without permission is stealing, unless you work for the IRS; then it's taxation. Killing people en masse is homicidal mania, unless you work for the Army; then it's National Defense. Spying on your neighbors is invasion of privacy, unless you work for the FBI; then it's National Security. Running a whorehouse makes you a pimp and poisoning people makes you a murderer, unless you work for the CIA; then it's counter-intelligence." - Robert Anton Wilson

"You know, I know, all of us know that the time factor is the vital consideration - and vital is the correct meaning of the term - of our national defense program; that we must never be caught in the same situation we found ourselves in 1917." - George C Marshall

"Our national defense will be consolidated and no imperialist will be allowed to invade our territory again. Our People's armed forces must be maintained and developed with the brave and steeled People's Liberation Army as their foundation. We will have not only a powerful army but also a powerful air force and a powerful navy." - Mao Zedong

"General welfare is a general condition - maybe sound currency is general welfare, maybe markets, maybe judicial system, maybe a national defense, but this is specific welfare. This justifies the whole welfare state - the military industrial complex, the welfare to foreigners, the welfare state that imprisons our people and impoverishes our people and gives us our recession." - Ron Paul

"I think Barcelona and the Spanish national team have been good for soccer because there are a lot of teams that come up playing from the back : with the goalie, the defense, moving up a defender to midfield, playing attacking soccer. I think fans want to see that. They want to see beautiful soccer, a spectacle, and Barcelona does that." - Xavi

"But if our nation goes over a financial Niagara, we won't have much strength and, eventually, we won't have peace. We are currently borrowing the entire defense budget from foreign investors. Within a few years, we will be spending more on interest payments than on national security. That is not, as our military friends say, a 'robust strategy." - Mitch Daniels

"If our nation goes over a financial Niagara, we won't have much strength and, eventually, we won't have peace. We are currently borrowing the entire defense budget from foreign investors. Within a few years, we will be spending more on interest payments than on national security. That is not, as our military friends say, a 'robust strategy." - Mitch Daniels

"It's not easy being a green conservative, but if we conservatives want to be true to our principles we have to move in that direction. It is morally right. It is religiously correct. It is economically prudent. It strengthens national defense. And it makes a better world for our children, and our children's children." - Rod Dreher

"Protestantism as such is a better defender of the interests of Germanism, in so far as this is grounded in its genesis and later tradition; it fails, however, in the moment when this defense of national interests must take place in a province which is either absent from the general line of its ideological world and traditional development, or is for some reason rejected." - Adolf Hitler

"National Review once opined, many years ago, that, every year, the Nobel peace prize should go to the U.S. secretary of defense: The American military is the number-one guarantor of peace in the world. But maybe something like a Nobel freedom prize would be a more appropriate award for Reagan than a peace prize." - Jay Nordlinger

"We've always known that Democrats are anti-war, and we've always known that we can't really count on them when it comes to national defense. But we have finally seen with whom they will go to war: the American people who disagree with them." - Rush Limbaugh

"As the duties of superintending the national defense and of securing the public peace against foreign or domestic violence involve a provision for casualties and dangers to which no possible limits can be assigned, the power of making that provision ought to know no other bounds than the exigencies of the nation and the resources of the community." - Alexander Hamilton

"The programs supported by the International Affairs Budget are as essential to our national security as defense programs. Development and diplomacy protect our nation by addressing the root causes of terrorism and conflict. But it's not just about security. By building new markets overseas for American products, the International Affairs Budget creates jobs and boosts the economy here at home." - Tom Ridge

"I'm a committed Republican. I believe very strongly in individual liberty. I tend not to think much in terms of group politics. I really am a kind of small government person and I'm most certainly a fiscal conservative and strong on national defense." - Condoleezza Rice



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