"I'm assuming you're really going to keep your mouth shut on this subject?"
HENRY KISSINGER, U.S. Secretary of State under Gerald Ford, talking to his staff in 1975 about the U.S. government's prior knowledge of Indonesia's plan to invade East Timor that December, according to newly declassified memos

"Sir, they have an obligation to try to stop it."
GENERAL PETER PACE, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, correcting Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's assertion at a press conference that troops witnessing prisoner abuse had no obligation to physically stop the abuse, only to report...

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