„I didn't advocate invasion…I wasn't asked.“

Responding to George Stephanopoulos about whether he would have advocated an invasion of Iraq if he had known that no weapons of mass destruction would be found there, ABC News This Week, November 20, 2005 http://mediamatters.org/items/200511230004
2000s

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Donald Rumsfeld5
US-amerikanischer Politiker 1932

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„I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.“

—  Ayn Rand Russian-American novelist and philosopher 1905 - 1982

Introducing Objectivism. The Objectivist Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 8. August, 1962. p. 35.

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Thomas Henry Huxley Foto

„I do not advocate burning your ship to get rid of the cockroaches.“

—  Thomas Henry Huxley English biologist and comparative anatomist 1825 - 1895

Said in reference to those who wished to abolish all religious teaching, rather than freeing state education from Church controls, in Critiques and Addresses (1873) p. 90
1870s

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„I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

An abridged version is inscribed on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/quotations-jefferson-memorial as follows:
I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.
1810s, Letter to H. Tompkinson (AKA Samuel Kercheval) (1816)
Kontext: I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. It is this preposterous idea which has lately deluged Europe in blood. Their monarchs, instead of wisely yielding to the gradual change of circumstances, of favoring progressive accommodation to progressive improvement, have clung to old abuses, entrenched themselves behind steady habits, and obliged their subjects to seek through blood and violence rash and ruinous innovations, which, had they been referred to the peaceful deliberations and collected wisdom of the nation, would have been put into acceptable and salutary forms. Let us follow no such examples, nor weakly believe that one generation is not as capable as another of taking care of itself, and of ordering its own affairs.

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„I feel ashamed for all those in the government and in parliament who refuse to stop the Islamic invasion.“

—  Geert Wilders Dutch politician 1963

As quoted in Content and Meaning of National Law in the Context of Transnational Law, edited by Henricus Joseph Snijders & Stefan Vogenauer, page 31, footnote (translation by Rick Lawson)
2000s

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„“The intelligent have been overwhelmed by the dull. Is that not an invasion?”
“More, I would say, of a self-betrayal.”“

—  Brian W. Aldiss British science fiction author 1925 - 2017

“Man on Bridge” p. 83 (originally published in New Writings in SF 1, 1964)
Short fiction, Who Can Replace a Man? (1965)

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„Iraq is an unjust war. I thought then, and I think now, that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and unjust. And I think the premises on which it was launched were false.“

—  Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924

News conference at the Baptist World Alliance's centenary conference in Birmingham, England (30 July 2005), as quoted in "Carter: Iraq War is 'Unjust'" in FOX News (30 July 2005) http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,164229,00.html
Post-Presidency

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„I won't be running for office again. But I'll continue to advocate, write and teach.“

—  Mark J. Green American lawyer 1945

As quoted in "Saving Air America" at TruthDig (2 April 2007) http://www.truthdig.com/podcast/item/saving_air_america

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„I hope the fact-checkers are turning up the volume and really working hard. Donald supported the invasion of Iraq.“

—  Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947

Presidential campaign (April 12, 2015 – 2016), First presidential debate (September 26, 2016)

„I break away from all conventions that do not lead to my earthly success and happiness.
I raise up in stern invasion the standard of the strong!“

—  Anton LaVey, buch Satanische Bibel

Book I, Section I
The Satanic Bible (1969)
Kontext: In this arid wilderness of steel and stone I raise up my voice that you may hear. To the East and to the West I beckon. To the North and to the South I show a sign proclaiming: Death to the weakling, wealth to the strong!
Open your eyes that you may see, Oh men of mildewed minds, and listen to me ye bewildered millions!
For I stand forth to challenge the wisdom of the world; to interrogate the "laws" of man and of "God"!
I request reason for your golden rule and ask the why and wherefore of your ten commandments.
Before none of your printed idols do I bend in acquiescence, and he who saith "thou shalt" to me is my mortal foe!
I dip my forefinger in the watery blood of your impotent mad redeemer, and write over his thorn-torn brow: The TRUE prince of evil — the king of slaves!
No hoary falsehood shall be a truth to me; no stifling dogma shall encramp my pen!
I break away from all conventions that do not lead to my earthly success and happiness.
I raise up in stern invasion the standard of the strong!
I gaze into the glassy eye of your fearsome Jehovah, and pluck him by the beard; I uplift a broad-axe, and split open his worm-eaten skull!
I blast out the ghastly contents of philosophically whited sepulchers and laugh with sardonic wrath!

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„If there were an Economist's Creed, it would surely contain the affirmations 'I understand the Principle of Comparative Advantage' and 'I advocate Free Trade“

—  Paul Krugman, Is Free Trade Passé?

"Is Free Trade Passé?", The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Autumn, 1987)

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„Among the people who knew a great deal about the hydrogen bomb, I was the only advocate of it. And that is, I think, my contribution.“

—  Edward Teller Hungarian-American nuclear physicist 1908 - 2003

On the creation of the hydrogen bomb, in Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Kontext: At the end of the war, most people wanted to stop. I didn't. Because here was more knowledge. And in the coming uncertain period, with a dangerous man like Stalin around, and our incomplete knowledge, I felt that more knowledge is necessary. Among the people who knew a great deal about the hydrogen bomb, I was the only advocate of it. And that is, I think, my contribution. Not that I invented it, others would have — and others in the Soviet Union did. But I was the one person who put knowledge, and the availability of knowledge, above everything else.

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