Pete Hoekstra Quotes

  • Europe and the United States are better off extending a helping hand to those who know best rather than dictating to them an unfamiliar future.
  • Consumer accountability drives quality and efficiency.
  • The danger of having the military take over intelligence is that the military has a very different perspective on the world.
  • Demanding an end to partisan bickering on foreign policy is not an unrealistic requirement.
  • I'm not OK with clergy, students, and those of different opinions chanting and swearing, but it is their constitutional right.
  • Good governance requires working toward common ground. It isn't easy.
  • Illicit weapons have always been available to those who can afford them, but they have not generally been the latest state-of-the-art equipment, which requires experience and expertise to use.
  • ISIS has stated that it intends to infiltrate the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the barbaric ISIS terrorists, using their families as cover.
  • The policies and laws executed by the grand mufti in Libya, the long-term agenda in the short-lived Morsi government in Egypt, and by ISIS in its ideal Islamist Ummah are incompatible with the Constitution, period.
  • Libya is a huge disaster.
  • Where the West has intervened in African domestic affairs, such as it did in Libya 2011, the country became a cradle of extremism that exports weapons, jihadists, and ideology to the rest of Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.
  • We can find common ground in agreeing that politics have no room in foreign policy.
  • Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead.
  • Sports are trivial compared to matters of war and peace, but some parallels apply.
  • Accepting Syrian refugees into the United States is an emotional issue.
  • Yes, Gaddafi was a ruthless dictator and supporter of terrorism during his 40-year reign in Libya, but he had become an ally of the United States in the fight against radical jihadism after 9/11.
  • Hard work, years of sacrifice, and dedication are necessary to succeed in the real world. Snowden's most notable accomplishment was lying about his military service, his experience, and education to procure a job with the NSA in the first place.
  • Choices abound in the free market. Choice creates real and immediate accountability.
  • I've got a lot of respect for Mike Hayden.
  • Just as sports teams recognize the potentially game-changing benefit of calling time-outs, failing to do so in matters of warfare is a surefire way to continue losing.
  • I think cleaning house at the CIA needed to happen.