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Dean Acheson

Geburtstag: 11. April 1893
Todesdatum: 12. Oktober 1971

Dean Gooderham Acheson war ein US-amerikanischer Politiker und von 1949 bis 1953 Außenminister der Vereinigten Staaten. Wikipedia

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„a "mixture of frustration and progress is the daily grind of foreign affairs."“

—  Dean Acheson, buch Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1969), Principles

„Vietnam was worse than immoral — it was a mistake.“

—  Dean Acheson

Reported in Alistair Cooke, Letter from America: 1946-2004 (2004), page 378.

„I must plead guilty as any of escaping into immediate busywork to keep from the far harder task of peering into a dim future, which, of course, should be one of a diplomat's main duties.“

—  Dean Acheson, buch Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1969), State Department Management, Leadership Perspectives

„Unfortunately, the hyperbole of the inaugural outran the provisions of the budget.“

—  Dean Acheson, buch Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1969), Budget Perspectives

„Among the roles the Budget Bureau (now OMB) was that of constant critic and improver of administration in the federal executive branch. In my day this work had fallen to the products of graduate schools in civil administration. Their ideas…seemed to me theoretical nonsense.“

—  Dean Acheson, buch Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1969), State Department Management, Leadership Perspectives

„No change (Marshall replacing former SecDef. Louis Johnson, who, soon after he resigned, was diagnosed with a fatal "brain malady") could have been more welcome to me. It brought only one embarrassment. The General (Marshall) insisted, overruling every protest of mine, in meticulously observing the protocol involved in my being the senior Cabinet officer. Never would he go through a door before me, or walk anywhere but on my left; he would go around an automobile to enter it after me and sit on the left; in meetings he would insist on my speaking before him. To be treated so by a revered and beloved former chief was a harrowing experience. But the result in government was, I think, unique in the history of the Republic. For the first time and perhaps, though I am not sure, the last, the Secretaries of State and Defense, with their top advisors, met with the Chiefs of Staff in their map room and discussed common problems together. At one of these meetings General Bradley and I made a treaty, thereafter scrupulously observed. The phrases 'from a military point of view' and 'from a political point of view' were excluded from our talks. No such dichotomy existed. Each of us had our tactical and strategic problems, but they were interconnected, not separate.“

—  Dean Acheson, buch Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1969), State Department Management, Leadership Perspectives

„The position of the United States had undergone a drastic change; the purpose and capabilities of the State Department had not.“

—  Dean Acheson, buch Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1969), Principles

„Only immediate assertion of leadership by the United States could prevent war in the next decade…The President and the Secretary of State must shock the country into a realization of its peril…“

—  Dean Acheson, buch Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1969), Truman Doctrine, Cold War

„The qualities which produce the dogged, unbeatable courage of the British, personified at the time by Winston Churchill, can appear in other settings as stubbornness bordering on stupidity.“

—  Dean Acheson, buch Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1969), Principles

„The conclusion was…unpalatable to believers in American omnipotence, to whom every goal unattained is explicable only by incompetence or treason.“

—  Dean Acheson, buch Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1969), Principles

„In response, Acheson wrote to "tell a tale of large conceptions, great achievements…Its hero is the American people."“

—  Dean Acheson, buch Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (1969), Purpose of the Book

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