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Americans, particularly after World War II,
by Neil Sheehan

Americans, particularly after World War II,
tended to romanticize war because in World War II our
cause was the cause of humanity,
and our soldiers brought home glory and victory,
and thank God that they did.
But it led us to romanticize it to some extent.
- Neil Sheehan

We thought that whatever we wanted to do was right and good,
simply because we were Americans, and we would succeed
at it because we were Americans.
- Neil Sheehan

I never got away from the war.
Not because I was obsessed with it in those years,
but because it was the event of my generation and I
started out covering it so I stayed with it.
- Neil Sheehan

The unthinkable occurred: two communist countries went to war with each other.
- Neil Sheehan

 

These men were wrongfully rejected, the veterans.
The fighting man should never have been blamed for Vietnam.
- Neil Sheehan

We had a military and political leadership at that
period which was genuinely deluded.
- Neil Sheehan

Just because you put higher-octane gasoline in your
car doesn't mean you can break the speed limit.
The speed limit's still 65.
- Neil Sheehan

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I went to Vietnam; it was my first assignment as a reporter for the UPI,
and I never could get away from the war.
- Neil Sheehan

People talked to me in a way I think they would not
have talked to somebody who hadn't shared the experience;
they gave me their papers,
they gave me their diaries.
I found people constantly opening up to me.
And I think they did because I had shared that experience with them.
- Neil Sheehan

The destruction of civilian hamlets,
the killing and the wounding of civilians,
became vastly greater than it had been before,
and it was very upsetting; but I still couldn't bring
myself to understand that the policy itself was wrong.
- Neil Sheehan

You remember all those phrases about how "these people" -
Asians -
don't value human life like we do.
Well if you spend any time around them,
you discover that they love their children just as much as we love ours.
That is certainly true of the Vietnamese.
- Neil Sheehan

I think you have to remember that Americans saw their
purpose as so innately good that they could excuse
the pain they would inflict on others to carry out those purposes.
Because the purposes were so good, they would justify
this pain we were inflicting on other people.
- Neil Sheehan

World War II had been such a tremendous success story
for this country that the political and military leadership
began to assume that they would prevail simply because of who they were.
We were like the British at the turn of the 19th century.
- Neil Sheehan

We wanted to see this country win the war just as much as those advisors did.
We felt we would help to do that by reporting the truth.
And so there was the moral outrage over this general
and the ambassador in Saigon who kept denying the truth we would see.
- Neil Sheehan

At least I'm at peace with myself.
I have done my best to write a book about what really
happened there and why it happened and it's done,
it's published.
I won't write another book on Vietnam.
- Neil Sheehan

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

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

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

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

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

Part of the American dream is to live long and die young.
Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.
- Douglas MacArthur

All I want to do is make sure that art is available
to all Americans in a participatory way,
whether you engage in the art process yourself or you're an audience member.
- Jane Alexander

Yes, many immigrants cherish the value of choice and
opportunity and the value of education more than 7th
or 8th generation Americans.
- Malcolm Wallop

The Peace Corps would give thousands of young Americans
a chance to see at first hand the conditions in remote areas of the world.
- Sargent Shriver

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just
signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever.
The bombing begins in five minutes.
- Ronald Reagan

Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental
improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of
keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.
- Ernest Dimnet

You may be sure that the Americans will commit all
the stupidities they can think of,
plus some that are beyond imagination.
- Charles de Gaulle

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.
- Ambrose Bierce

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

In times of war, it is often best to look to our history
to see how past generations of Americans dealt with
the loss of their countrymen in just causes.
- Virginia Foxx

Let us heed the voice of the people and recognize their common sense.
If we do not, we not only blaspheme our political heritage,
we ignore the common ties that bind all Americans.
- Barbara Jordan

Unless we make education a priority,
an entire generation of Americans could miss out on the American dream.
- Blanche Lincoln

Indeed, I think most Americans now know that in 1935
when Social Security was created,
there were some 42 Americans working for every American
collecting retirement benefits.
- John Shadegg

Americans will respect your beliefs if you just keep them private.
- Bill O'Reilly

Americans also don't need to be taught how to give.
We don't need to be taught how to take care of each
other or how to be charitable.
- Glenn Beck

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

I love Caribbean food.
It's a great melting pot of so many cultures including the Native Americans.
- Bob Greene

The alternative minimum tax was designed to prevent
the very wealthiest Americans from overusing certain
tax benefits to avoid most of their tax burden.
- Richard Neal

Too many of my constituents, like many other hard working
Americans across the country,
are suffering unnecessarily due to our flawed health care system.
- John Conyers

We have work to do, and Tuesday Americans sent Washington a clear message -
get the job done.
- Rahm Emanuel

We won't just automatically click our heels and follow the Americans.
- John Howard

Americans are xenophobic, they will believe their own
people rather than the adversary,
even a friendly enemy voice.
- Hanoi Hannah

This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The crusades of Vietnam and Watergate seemed like a good idea at the time,
even a noble one, not only to the press but perhaps
to a majority of Americans.
- Howard Fineman

Manufacturers employ more than 14 million Americans
doing what Americans do best,
making things, building things, transforming raw materials into finished products.
- John Engler

Tobacco exports should be expanded aggressively because
Americans are smoking less.
- Dan Quayle

To Americans, English manners are far more frightening than none at all.
- Randall Jarrell

I wouldn't make an anti-American film.
I'm one of the most pro-American foreigners I know.
I love America and Americans.
- Michael Caine

The ability of Americans to toss off oppressive characters
is the most rewarding aspect,
to me, of U.S.
history.
- Norman Corwin

Financial literacy is an issue that should command
our attention because many Americans are not adequately
organizing finances for their education,
healthcare and retirement.
- Ron Lewis

You are Americans.
You love this country.
Together we are entrusted with the principles that
represent mankind's greatest political and social achievement.
- Paul Tsongas

Americans never quit.
- Douglas MacArthur

A poll earlier this year showed that 42 per cent of
Americans believe we're in the End Times.
- Andrew Denton

Americans are inclined to see the world and foreign
affairs in black and white.
- Richard Kerry

Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for.
We've been so busy damning ourselves for years.
We've done it all, and yet we don't take credit for it.
- Ray Bradbury

He is not someone who went off to play in Europe and
only a few Americans follow.
He has the potential to be on magazine covers and more newspaper coverage.
- Lamar Hunt

In a single moment, we witnessed the worst of human behavior.
And in the next, the very best of human behavior.
And even more, we witnessed the tremendous spirit of Americans.
- Jane D. Hull

The president felt that it was important to send an
ordinary citizen to experience the excitement of space
travel as a representative for all Americans.
- Christa McAuliffe

So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many,
many years, and then President Clinton lied about a relationship,
and everyone was surprised!
A little naive, I feel!
- Eddie Izzard

Americans are blessed with great plenty;
we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation
to assist those who are suffering from poverty,
disease, war and famine.
- Adam Schiff

Obesity among young Americans is a serious problem
that can have serious ramifications in the long run.
- Virginia Foxx

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

More important is the fact that embryonic stem cell
research could lead to new treatments and cures for
the many Americans afflicted with life-threatening
and debilitating diseases.
- Ron Kind

As polarized as we have been, we Americans are locked
in a cultural war for the soul of our country.
- Patrick Buchanan

All Americans need a sense of place.
That's what makes our physical surroundings worth caring about.
- Ed McMahon

I'm fighting so I can die a martyr and go to heaven to meet God.
Our fight now is against the Americans.
- Osama bin Laden

The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed
of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt


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