Inspirational Quotes from Robert D. Kaplan

If you travel around America you see different sections of highways donated by this or that person, and that’s a slow beginning of what may end up being a situation common in the Third World: some sections of highways in wealthy areas are beautifully maintained and other parts are just dirt-strewn potholes.

Robert D. Kaplan

The United States is not overdeployed or overextended with deployments in 150 countries on any given year. On any given week we have about 65 deployments.

Robert D. Kaplan

If you look at the history of the U.S., we were an empire long before we were a nation.

Robert D. Kaplan

Terrorism can go anywhere where there is not strong government, or government that cannot control its hinterlands.

Robert D. Kaplan

It is a cliche these days to observe that the United States now possesses a global empire – different from Britain’s and Rome’s but an empire nonetheless.

Robert D. Kaplan

It is development, not poverty, that causes upheaval and terrorism.

Robert D. Kaplan

The more dynamic the capitalistic expansion, the greater the disparity. It is from the disparity that we are going to get all the political upheaval for the next few years.

Robert D. Kaplan

What happened on September 11th is at least, theoretically, small stuff compared to what can happen.

Robert D. Kaplan

The most important thing I learned as a foreign correspondent in about 80 countries is that it takes a very shallow knowledge of history to think that there are solutions to most problems.

Robert D. Kaplan

Given the level of anti-Americanism in the world, given the level of frustration with the United States throughout the Muslim world, you’ve got a homegrown attack or you have a nuclear explosion in the air that is not a test somewhere. Those are still the biggest threats out there.

Robert D. Kaplan

A lot of the changes are so gradual that they don’t even qualify as news, or even as interesting: they’re so mundane that we just take them for granted. But history shows that it’s the mundane changes that are more important than the dramatic ‘newsworthy’ events.

Robert D. Kaplan

Americans are opting out of public venues like the playground and the sidewalk for private venues like the healthclub and the mall. We’re living our lives inside one form of corporation or another.

Robert D. Kaplan

We talk a lot about individual rights, but in fact Americans are very willing to give up our individual rights if it means our property values will be protected, and so on.

Robert D. Kaplan

The Cold War went on for so long that it bred a kind of worldwide military establishment. Even when budgets went down in the early and mid-nineties, it didn’t really affect it.

Robert D. Kaplan

When you talk about aiding this country against that country or about fighting terrorism, when you actually take that decision and strip it down, it always comes down to one person in the field giving specialized training to somebody else in the field.

Robert D. Kaplan

Media organizations are global. They may be based in the U.S., but they’re essentially global.

Robert D. Kaplan

The first thing to recognize not just about Afghanistan but about any poor undeveloped country is that as big as it looks on the map, it’s much bigger when you’re there.

Robert D. Kaplan

Wherever you have weakening states and turmoil, you will have a fertile petri dish for terrorism.

Robert D. Kaplan

What Americans can’t face is that one of the reasons that the Russians and the Chinese were so impressed with us during the Cold War was the fact that Nixon and Kissinger went on bombing despite public reaction.

Robert D. Kaplan