Notable Quotes about Sec. Eagleburger

Statements by notable public figures on the passing of Sec. Eagleburger:

President Barack Obama:

“A statesman who devoted his life to the security of our nation and to strengthening our ties with allies and partners”… (who) “helped our nation navigate the pivotal days during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.” “Our nation is grateful for Secretary Eagleburger’s lifetime of service.” (1, 2, 3)

President George H.W. Bush:

“One of the most capable and respected diplomats our foreign service ever produced, and I will be ever grateful for his wise, no-nonsense counsel during those four years of historic change in our world.  During one of the tensest moments of the Gulf War, when Saddam Hussein began attacking Israel with Scud missiles trying cynically and cruelly to bait them into the conflict, we sent Larry to Israel to preserve our coalition. It was an inordinately complex and sensitive task, and his performance was nothing short of heroic.” (Source)

Sec. of State Hillary Clinton:

“Larry believed in the strength of America’s values, and he fought for them around the world.  He was outspoken, but always the consummate diplomat. Even in retirement, Larry remained a staunch advocate for the causes he believed in. He never stopped caring, contributing, and speaking out.” (Source; also, see a May 2011 State Department event attended by both Sec. Clinton and Sec. Eagleburger here; June 21 update: Read transcript of Sec. Clinton’s remarks at Sec. Eagleburger’s funeral here; UPDATE: See full video of service below)
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Sec. of Defense Robert Gates:

“A supremely talented diplomat and public servant. And very funny. I will miss him very much.” (Source)

Congressman Robert Hurt (VA-5)

“Secretary Eagleburger was a dedicated public servant and diplomat who played a critical role in the defense and security of our country and was a strong advocate for our American way of life. As a resident of Albemarle County, the people of the 5th District and our nation will be forever grateful for Secretary Eagleburger’s tireless devotion to our country. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family during this difficult time.” (Source)

Former Sec. of State James Baker:

“A legend in the U.S. Foreign Service, a consummate professional who served his country expertly and with great dignity as a selfless diplomat… (he was) superb at divining trouble and heading it off. That’s why he became the first Foreign Service officer in history to rise to deputy secretary of state and later to secretary of state. Simply stated, Larry Eagleburger was as good as they come – loyal, hard-working and intelligent, a trifecta for an American diplomat.” (Source)

Former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger:

“He was a close friend, a great public servant and the best kind of Foreign Service officer.  He had a tremendous sense of humor, which helped bring a sense of proportion to diplomacy.” (Source)

Christopher Hill, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of state for East Asia

“For many of us in the U.S. Foreign Service, Lawrence Eagleburger, who died early this month, was a larger-than-life figure who left an indelible mark on our lives. Eagleburger, who served and later often closely advised a string of U.S. presidents from John F. Kennedy to George H.W. Bush — and was briefly secretary of state — went after every tough issue there was.

“His courage was matched only by his determination and humor. He wouldn’t so much vanquish his adversaries as make them melt in his presence. It was appropriate that he was the only Foreign Service officer to become secretary of state. Had he been appointed in late 1992 for longer than the interregnum between the Bush and Clinton administrations, he arguably would have been the best secretary of state the U.S. ever had.”  (Continue)

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Lawrence S. Eagleburger passes away

On June 4, 2011, Lawrence Eagleburger passed away.

Details from Mr. Eagleburger’s family to be forthcoming.

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This is the upcoming Eagleburger blog, “Diplomatic Dispatches.”

It will feature the thoughts of former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, and a close collection of his friends, on urgent matters affecting U.S. domestic and foreign policy.

Stay tuned for coming developments!

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Sec. Eagleburger’s recent TV appearances

August 23, 2010: “Your World with Neil Cavuto”

Iran unveils its deadly new weapons
Excerpt: (coming)

August 16, 2010: “The Kudlow Report”
How Israel will respond to Iran’s nuclear weapons program
“We should have done something about this years ago, and Israel is eventually going to have to take care of it, but Amb. Bolton is moving too fast.”

August 13, 2010: “Your World with Neil Cavuto”
Russia helps Iran fire up its first nuclear plant
Excerpt: “There’s going to come a time when someone’s going to use one of these things, there’s going to be a real blowup, and we’re going to be asked how we let this go on for so long.”

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Amb. Michael Oren at 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival

In July 2010, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, was interviewed at the Aspen Ideas Festival.  The event’s organizers describe it as “a discussion of some of the significant ideas and issues that touch all parts of our society as found in the arts, science, culture, religion, philosophy, economics, and politics.”

Demonstrating both sharp wit and a mature sense of humor, Oren, a historian by training, engaged in this broad-spectrum, hour-long dialogue of issues with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. Don’t miss Oren’s hard-hitting response at the end to allegations that Israel has a habit of failing to show proper “restraint” in its response to acts of terrorism perpetrated against it.

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Time capsule: Benjamin Netanyahu in 1978 on Israeli-Palestinian peace

In 1978, Benjamin Netanyahu (referring to himself Benjamin Nitay) was interviewed on the 1978 U.S. TV show “The Advocate.”  Also questioning Netanyahu is Palestinian activist Fouad Ajami, now a professor at Johns Hopkins University.

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