Noticed this item in Slate today, regarding the Senate testimony of Richard Armitage, who's been nominated to be No. 2 in the State Department:
But give Armitrage credit for one line that, if original, should get him a Bartlett's entry--his reference to diplomacy as "saying 'Nice doggy, nice doggy' until you can find a big stick."
Now, the quote definitely isn't original -- I've been seeing it in e-mail forwards for years -- but I did a search on the Web, and found it attributed to both Wynn Catlin (no idea who that is) and Will Rogers. Also, some versions had "rock" instead of "stick".