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Americans are big boys.
by Nguyen Cao Ky

Americans are big boys.
You can talk them into almost anything.
Just sit with them for half an hour over a bottle of
whiskey and be a nice guy.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

We all know that in war the political and military
factors have to complement each other.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

From its inception, South Vietnam was only considered
to be an outpost in the war against communism.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

During the Fifties, political and military activities
in Vietnam were heavily influenced by the French,
who as recent colonial masters, made all-important decisions.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

 

After the 1954 Geneva international conference,
Vietnam was divided into two parts.
On paper, North and South Vietnam were twin countries born at the same moment.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

By fighting a limited, defensive war,
America permitted the enemy to endlessly re-supply their field armies.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

If the war has faded into history, democracy's defeat
in Vietnam has left deep marks in the consciousness of both nations.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

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Through leadership of the fight against French colonialism,
Ho Chi Minh had made a name for himself in the international political arena.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

The way Americans understand and treat other peoples
almost guarantees that the world will suffer more trouble.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

By the mid-sixties, the United States had poured more
than half a million troops into South Vietnam.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

And then when they picked me as premiere,
I don't think I feel, you know, different.
For me, the position mean responsibility,
but that's all.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

I have been blessed often by Buddha,
but equally by America.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

I never staged a coup.
They picked me up.
Like I say, they forced me to become premier,
maybe hoping that by that way, they send me to the electric chair.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

After Watergate, America was a ship without a rudder.
Vietnam was left to its own devices,
drifting along towards its fate.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

If Americans knew how to deal with other people,
they could bring peace to the world.
Alas, they have not learned enough yet.
The true American feels that he is 100 percent welcome anywhere he goes.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

South Vietnam had to be built from scratch and,
from the very beginning, depended far too much on the Western superpowers.
As in the case of a person on public welfare,
this dependency, which became greater with each day,
was quite difficult to shake.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live
today than any other building that has gone remotely
by the name of architecture in our history.
- Russell Lynes

Americans want action for their money.
They are fascinated by its self-reproducing qualities if it's put to work.
- Paula Nelson

Americans are the only people in the world known to
me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their
college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
- Paul Fussell

And so, my fellow Americans,
ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy

Americans no longer look to government for economic security;
rather,
they look to their portfolios.
- Bill Owens

People are stunned to hear that one company has data
files on 185 million Americans.
- Ralph Nader

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,
hardworking, honest Americans.
It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity.
But then, we elected them.
- Lily Tomlin

It's easy for Americans to forget that the food they
eat doesn't magically appear on a supermarket shelf.
- Christopher Dodd

Americans love to fight.
All real Americans love the sting of battle.
- George S. Patton

About 60 percent of the oil consumed daily by Americans
is used for transportation,
and about 45 percent is used for passenger cars and light trucks.
- Sherwood Boehlert

Despite what many Americans think, most Soviets do
not yearn for capitalism or Western-style democracy.
- Dan Rather

Americans are in a cycle of fear which leads to people
not wanting to spend and not wanting to make investments,
and that leads to more fear.
We'll break out of it.
It takes time.
- Warren Buffett

The federal government has a responsibility to protect
all Americans from potential terrorist attack.
- Bob Etheridge

Right after the tragedy, President Bush asked Americans
to get on with their lives and we did.
- Jane D. Hull

In my childhood, America was like a religion.
Then, real-life Americans abruptly entered my life -
in jeeps -
and upset all my dreams.
- Sergio Leone

Wherever I have gone in this country,
I have found Americans.
- Alf Landon

Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reason,
and not just to mingle with the right people.
- Sarah Palin

Not only must Americans admire Israel,
there can be no doubt that we have an interest in,
and special responsibility for, that valiant nation.
- George Ball

Sports and entertainment have always been windows of
opportunity for African Americans,
when other doors were closed.
- Lynn Swann

Americans were told repeatedly by President Bush and
Vice President Cheney that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
None were ever found.
- John Olver

It's been a hard time to celebrate, to come out with a smile.
But I'm an American.
Naomi asked me to come out to support other Americans,
and here I am.
- Angie Everhart

We stand strong together - as Americans -
many cultures,
races and faiths, but one nation under God.
- Bob Taft

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost
certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
- Alan Dundes

There was no race - but to the extent that there was an arms competition,
it was almost entirely on the Soviet side,
first to catch up and then to surpass the Americans.
- Herman Kahn

Every month that we do not have an economic recovery
package 500 million Americans lose their jobs.
- Nancy Pelosi

Americans don't want cowboys to be gay.
- Larry McMurtry

These are challenging times for all Americans.
We face the specter of war abroad and a steady stream
of bad economic news at home.
- Robert Matsui

The challenges African-Americans are facing today are
rooted in the system of slavery.
- Charles Rangel

It is a paradox that far too few Americans participate
in the wonderful ritual of democracy that we call Election Day.
- Brad Henry

I think one of the political problems we have in this
country is the perspective that all soccer moms think alike,
all African-Americans think alike.
- Anne Northup

We as Americans of Latin descent are just as American
as anyone else of any other descent.
- Esai Morales

Moderates shouldn't be nervous about Newt because he has a vision,
he's laid it forward.
He's fundamentally leading us in the way that middle
class Americans want to go.
- Pete du Pont

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.
- Gerald R. Ford

It is a mystery why any Americans would support the concept of the EU.
- Phyllis Schlafly

Americans work a long away ahead of themselves because
of the size of the place.
To make any impact at all you have to promote yourself
with live performances ages before a release.
- James Taylor

As much as everyone wants to downplay racism,
it exists.
There's a great mistrust among some African-Americans of white people.
- Steve Mitchell

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers.
This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated
thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
- Albert Einstein

I think Americans want to believe in this country again.
- Carol Moseley Braun

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals.
The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Buddhism has become a socially recognized religious
philosophy for Americans,
whereas it used to be considered an exotic religion.
- Thurston Moore

If ignorance paid dividends, most Americans could make
a fortune out of what they don't know about economics.
- Luther H. Hodges

Americans have different ways of saying things.
They say 'elevator', we say 'lift'...
they say 'President', we say 'stupid psychopathic git.
- Alexei Sayle

Businesses should no longer be allowed to depress wages
by hiring illegal labor and then falsely claim that
Americans don't want to do the jobs.
- Dana Rohrabacher

Some 70 percent of Americans donated to Katrina victims.
- Billy Tauzin

Americans appreciate the way our friends around the
world are sticking by us,
and we all hope for their continued support in what's
going to be some very trying times.
- Joe Lando

The United Nations is a place for prostitution under the feet of Americans.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Absolutely committed to spending the rest of my life
as a spokesman for the rights of European Americans.
- David Duke

Americans are a decade behind Canada when it comes
to sex education and understanding their bodies.
- Sue Johanson

It is not new or unusual for the real Americans,
meaning those immigrants who came to America a little bit longer ago,
to fear the outsiders, the pretenders,
the newcomers.
- Luis Gutierrez

I was in Europe and it was at this stage that I fell
in love with Americans in uniform.
And I continue to have that love affair.
- Madeleine Albright

We talk about freedoms for African-Americans but unless
you have more than one option politically,
how free are you?
- Lynn Swann

This is not about being liberal.
This is not about being conservative.
This is about making sure our government works for all Americans.
- Francine Busby

These funds will ensure that ports will be able to
pay for adequate security measures to protect all Americans
against terrorist attacks from our seaports.
- Bobby Scott

The main purpose of Social Security is to redistribute wealth,
to make an increasingly large number of Americans dependent
on government for their basic needs in their retirement years.
- Neal Boortz

Americans of all ages deserve quality end-of-life medical care.
- Bill Nelson


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