"I was an intelligence officer, not a policy-maker."
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."Cofer Black on Albert Einstein
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."Cofer Black on Albert Einstein
"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."Cofer Black on Albert Einstein
"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them."Cofer Black on Albert Einstein
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."Cofer Black on Albert Einstein
"We worked to develop our own operations to advance U.S. counterterrorism objectives by penetrating terrorist safe havens and collecting intelligence that would inform policy and enable our own operations."
"The plan we developed to deal with al Qaeda depended on developing sources of human and technical intelligence that could give us insights into his plans at the tactical level. This is easy to say but hard to accomplish."
"Al Qaeda is not the organization now that it was before. It is under stress organizationally. Its leadership spends more time trying to figure out how to keep from getting caught than they do trying to launch operations."