Richard Armitage was the 13th United States Deputy Secretary of State, serving from 2001 to 2005. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and then after the fall of Saigon moved to Washington D.C. to work as a consultant for the United States Department of Defense, which sent him to Tehran and Bangkok.
Throughout the late 70s and early 80s, Armitage worked as an aide and foreign policy advisor to politicians including Senator Bob Dole and President-elect Ronald Reagan. When Reagan was elected, Armitage was appointed to the Department of Defense. In the 1990s, Armitage worked in the private sector before being confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State with the election of George W. Bush in 2001. He left the post in 2005.
Armitage was educated at the United States Naval Academy. He is an avid bodybuilder, and speaks many languages, including Vietnamese.
Question: What are you best known for?
Richard Armitage: Perhaps in the last administration – that is the first Bush administration – perhaps the resolution of the very neuralgic situation which existed between India and Pakistan. That’s on the good side. We resolved that peacefully. On the bad side, I certainly was known as someone who inadvertently leaked the name of a CIA agent and caused quite a bit of trouble; though I’m pleased to say the advice of my father – that is “Always tell the truth” – is what I did there. Hence I was … I was not found witting of any crime.
Recorded on: 9/14/07