James Addison Baker III
U.S. State Department photo (ca. 1990)
Born: 28 April 1930, Houston, Texas
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- I understand personally that it is frustrating to lose presidential elections by narrow margins. permalink
- My view is that you don't just talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies, as well. And the diplomacy involves talking to your enemies. You don't reward your enemies necessarily, by talking to them if you're tough and you know what you're doing. You don't appease them. Talking to an enemy is not, in my view, appeasement. I made 15 trips to Syria in 1990-1991 at a time when Syria was on the list of countries who are state sponsors of terrorism. And the 16th trip, guess what? Lo and behold, Syria changed 25 years of policy and agreed for the first time in history to come sit at the table with Israel, which is what Israel wanted at the time. And, thereby, implicitly recognized Israel's right to exist. Now, all I'm saying is that would never have happened if we hadn't been sufficiently dedicated that we were going to keep at it. permalink
Hannity & Colmes on Fox News (5 October 2006)
- Never let the other fellow set the agenda. permalink
- She will be successful depending upon how seamless she is with her president and how they operate together and how he protects her back. And vice versa, how he formulates foreign policy, she picks up on that formulation, and she implements it. permalink
on Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State on Meet the Press (23 November 2008)
- Sometimes an active policy is best advanced by doing nothing until the right time — or never. permalink
- Sometimes you move publicly, sometimes privately. Sometimes quietly, sometimes at the top of your voice. permalink
- The need is tremendous, and it's unrealistic to think that one charitable fund is going to be able to fill the need. I think it's unrealistic that all of them together will be able to fill the need. permalink
after Hurricane Ike, Houston Chronicle (23 November 2008)
- This is what happens, when, for the first time in modern history, a candidate resorts to lawsuits to try to overturn the outcome of an election for president. permalink
- When you have energy companies like Shell and British Petroleum, both of which are perhaps represented in this room, saying there is a problem with excess carbon dioxide emission, I think we ought to listen. permalink
- You don't need to know who's playing on the White House tennis court to be a good president. permalink
- You know you're out of power when your limousine is yellow and your driver speaks Farsi. permalink
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