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Lawrence Eagleburger
62nd United States Secretary of State
In office
December 8, 1992 â€“ January 20, 1993
Acting: August 23, 1992 – December 8, 1992
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by James Baker
Succeeded by Warren Christopher
United States Deputy Secretary of State
In office
January 20, 1989 â€“ December 8, 1992
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by John C. Whitehead
Succeeded by Clifton R. Wharton, Jr.
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
In office
February 11, 1982 â€“ May 1, 1984
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Walter J. Stoessel, Jr.
Succeeded by Michael Armacost
United States Ambassador to Yugoslavia
In office
June 21, 1977 â€“ January 24, 1981
President Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Laurence Silberman
Succeeded by David Anderson
Personal details
Born Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger
(1930-08-01)August 1, 1930
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died June 4, 2011(2011-06-04) (aged 80)
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.[1]
Cause of death Pneumonia
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marlene Ann Heinemann (m. 1966; her death 2010)
Children

Lawrence Scott
Lawrence Andrew
Lawrence Jason

[2]

Education

University of Wisconsin (B.A., M.A.)

Profession Political analyst
Religion Lutheran[citation needed]
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1952–1954
Rank First Lieutenant

My own view of this, by the way, is, if the war on terrorism is successful over time, in its own way it's going to box Saddam in in a way that's going to make it much more difficult for him to maintain his power, and that he's going to become increasingly isolated. I think that's going to take time.
Lawrence Eagleburger
What is more important is that Foreign Service Officers understand business, about the needs of U.S. business and how to help U.S. companies make the right connections abroad.
Lawrence Eagleburger
And beyond that, the next issue is how do we guarantee one of these weapons, not necessarily this missile, but nuclear weapons ends up in the hands of Al Qaeda or some other terrorist group.
Lawrence Eagleburger
What I can't quite see at this stage is that the evidence, even to the president, seems to be that clear. And if it is that clear, I can't understand why we are not capable of convincing our closest allies that given that evidence, they ought to join us in this effort.
Lawrence Eagleburger
The question is not really about a shift to the economic cone where officers are writing about the balance of payments and the need for economic stabilization.
Lawrence Eagleburger
Some day, somebody is going to have to start talking about what happens to us all a decade from now if we let these North Koreans and the Iranians go forward with their nuclear weapons program.
Lawrence Eagleburger
The point is, once they have a missile that can hit the United States, we are now back in the kind of game we used to worry about with the Soviet Union, only the Soviet Union was more mature about this whole thing than I think the North Koreans will be.
Lawrence Eagleburger
The fact of the matter is that if we were going to do anything about Gaddafi, it should have been at the beginning. And by fooling around like this as long as we have, we have wasted an opportunity that would have gotten rid of him.
Lawrence Eagleburger
My father was somewhat to the right of Genghis Khan.
There are a lot of other terrorist targets we ought to be focusing on. Well, there is Syria, for example, which is pumping through – because of Iran, is pumping weapons on into Hezbollah and so forth – which is then producing a lot of agony in Palestine and in Israel. We ought to be doing a bit to try to stop that.
Lawrence Eagleburger
We have to spend a lot more time training people to be good advocates of U.S. business.
Lawrence Eagleburger
There is a natural partnership between State and Commerce, and the American business community to work together to educate the United States about marketing overseas.
Lawrence Eagleburger
There's Hezbollah, there's Hamas, there is a whole range of terrorist targets out there related to Palestine and to Israel that we ought to be trying to deal with. And there's a great deal of targets in the Philippines, Indonesia. You name it, there are a number of places where there are targets that we ought to be trying to deal with.
Lawrence Eagleburger
In the best of all worlds everyone in the Embassy is doing something to assist U.S. exports.
Lawrence Eagleburger
Now there is a cultural change under way in the Foreign Service.
We must advertise to U.S. business that we are there, that our attitude has changed, and that we care. When we are asked to help, we have to perform and provide the right advice.
Lawrence Eagleburger
There are sometimes problems for which there is no immediate solution, and there are sometimes problems for which there is no solution.
Lawrence Eagleburger
That said, there is a tendency to help the large industrial conglomerate more quickly than the small company you have never heard of. That is something in the culture we are trying to change.
Lawrence Eagleburger
I think what he's – what he believes, and he may be correct, I don't know, that we have some intelligence information that leads us to know some things about what's going on in Iraq that we haven't revealed to others.
Lawrence Eagleburger
Small- and medium-sized companies do not know what we have to offer and that needs to be changed. We must react just as strenuously on their behalf as we do for larger companies.
Lawrence Eagleburger
My point here is I think international pressures of our acting unilaterally again are going to be such that the administration will say, well, we just can't take this on now.
Lawrence Eagleburger
The question really is how do we get Embassy Officers into the minds of the American business community. That is a much more difficult task than understanding a statistical matrix.
Lawrence Eagleburger
In a time of constrained resources we will have to shift emphasis. but not necessarily from the traditional Political Officer to the traditional Economic Officer.
Lawrence Eagleburger
The consequence of a world full of nuclear powers to me is so incomprehensible in terms of the dangers that that implies.
Lawrence Eagleburger
I believe that sooner or later we're going to have to deal with Saddam Hussein, because of his general reputation, because of what I'm convinced he's done with regard to terrorism and the support thereof. But I'm not at all sure I believe that it has to be right now.
Lawrence Eagleburger
Any Ambassador or Foreign Service Officer who has his or her head screwed on right knows that the U.S. position in the world is far more dependent on our ability to compete in world markets.
Lawrence Eagleburger
If we had made it clear from the very beginning that we were not going to tolerate another nuclear power on the face of the earth, and had done it in Korea, where we could have accomplished it militarily, if necessary, I would put a stop to it and would have put a stop to it there.
Lawrence Eagleburger
The whole nuclear thing is a terrible mess and it's hard for me to understand why it is that we, the United States, seem to be the only ones that are really particularly concerned about it and prepared to do something.
Lawrence Eagleburger
One nuclear war is going to be the last nuclear – the last war, frankly, if it really gets out of hand. And I just don't think we ought to be prepared to accept that sort of thing.
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