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    I think there really is no shortcut to sovereignty.
    — Paul Bremer
    [Insurgents] pose no strategic threat to the United States or to the Coalition Forces.
    — Paul Bremer
    I think the Iraqi people have shown extraordinary patience and courage in the last few months. They have really put a political system on the way to success, to a real democracy here.
    — Paul Bremer
    You know, the country is basically peaceful.
    — Paul Bremer
    These people hate the United States, not for what we do, but for who we are and what we are.
    — Paul Bremer
    tags: people  hate 
     
    We dominate the scene and we will continue to impose our will on this country.
    — Paul Bremer
    As long as we're here, we are the occupying power. It's a very ugly word, but it's true.
    — Paul Bremer
    tags: power  true 
     
    We're going to be on the ground in Iraq as soldiers and citizens for years. We're going to be running a colony almost.
    — Paul Bremer
    tags: running  year 
     
    I hope they're going to learn, and as a result of our response, that it isn't going to work. They're not going to change our life, they're not going to have us throw out our Constitution, and they're not going to chase us out of the Middle East.
    — Paul Bremer
    tags: work  learn  hope 
     
    I think we Americans, of all people, understand the importance of a good, legal, constitutional framework as the basis of political life.
    — Paul Bremer
    Iraq is a better place, absolutely worth it.
    — Paul Bremer
    tags: worth 
     
    While it's very hard to know exactly how to measure public opinion there, because there's no really good polling, the fact of the matter is, in all of the polls I've seen, the vast majority of the Iraqis prefer to be free and are pleased that the coalition freed them.
    — Paul Bremer
    tags: facts  opinion  majority 
     
    I think what we've learned is that the terrorist threat is serious, but it shifts. You cannot make a single person the sole focus of your counterterrorism.
    — Paul Bremer
    tags: people  focus 
     
    If you look back today over the last 25 years, it is a fact that we have had a progressive degeneration of our intelligence community in general; in particular in the field of human intelligence.
    — Paul Bremer
    When the new wave of terrorism came on the modern world, which is the late 1960s, early 1970s, I think we spent about a decade, the United States and our allies, trying to figure out how to deal with it.
    — Paul Bremer
    tags: world  terrorism 
     
    There are 40,000 Iraqi police on duty around the country. If they detect an attack about to happen, the police are the ones who are supposed to stop it.
    — Paul Bremer
    We try very quickly to show that we are not at war with the Iraqi people. We're trying to deal with the people who are indeed themselves at war with the Iraqi people.
    — Paul Bremer
    tags: people  war 
     
    The loss of innocent life is a tragedy for anyone involved in it, but the numbers are really very low.
    — Paul Bremer
    tags: loss  tragedy 
     
    We've thrown out Saddam and Saddam, dead or alive, is finished in Iraq.
    — Paul Bremer
    Saddam spent 35 years stealing and wasting money, and all of these systems are very fragile and brittle, and you try to fix one thing and something else gets in trouble.
    — Paul Bremer
    tags: money  year 
     
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