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bush is interested in otto von bismarck

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  • Greg Cannon
    here s an excerpt from an article about historian paul kennedy s thoughts on nush s second term. after the excerpt i will add some neat quotes from bismarck.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7, 2005
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      here's an excerpt from an article about historian paul
      kennedy's thoughts on nush's second term. after the
      excerpt i will add some neat quotes from bismarck.


      But the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History
      said there is evidence now that Bush plans to adopt a
      more reserved, conciliatory approach to ensure he is
      not labeled an over-reacher in the history books.

      Kennedy said Bush had quizzed fellow Yale professor
      John Gaddis on his book-length study of 18th century
      German leader Otto von Bismarck during the scholar�s
      visit to the White House in August, showing particular
      interest in Bismarck�s transformation from imperial
      expansionist to pacifying diplomat.

      The renowned German statesman, after waging a series
      of successful wars against Denmark, Austria and France
      from 1862 to 1871, sought to avert conflict during the
      second phase of his leadership.

      ``This (interest in Bismarck�s transformation) causes
      me to think that Bush might be more moderate than some
      of us fear,�� Kennedy explained. ``He might be more
      moderate and international because he is thinking of
      his place in history.��


      A journalist is a man who has missed his calling.
      -Otto Von Bismark

      To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not
      watch them in the making.
      -Otto Von Bismark

      Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration
      of war one observes the rules of politeness.
      -Otto Von Bismarck

      People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a
      war, or before an election.
      -Otto Von Bismarck

      The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
      -Otto Von Bismarck

      The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with
      -Otto Von Bismarck

      When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
      -Otto Von Bismarck

      Never believe anything in politics until it has been
      officially denied.
      -Otto Von Bismarck

      You can do everything with bayonets, but you are not
      able to sit on them.
      -Otto Von Bismarck

      When you say that you agree to a thing in principle,
      you mean that you have not the slightest intention of
      carrying it out.
      -Otto von Bismarck

      Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a
      soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard
      before starting a war.
      -Otto Von Bismark (who started several wars)
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