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When the soldiers came home from Vietnam,
by William Westmoreland

When the soldiers came home from Vietnam,
there were no parades, no celebrations.
So they built the Vietnam Memorial for themselves.
- William Westmoreland

The military don't start wars.
Politicians start wars.
- William Westmoreland

I do not believe that the men who served in uniform
in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve.
It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
- William Westmoreland

I don't take criticism lying down.
- William Westmoreland

 

Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship.
Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
- William Westmoreland

President Johnson did not want the Vietnam War to broaden.
He wanted the North Vietnamese to leave their brothers in the South alone.
- William Westmoreland

My wife was my greatest asset.
I didn't marry her until after World War II,
but she has complemented me in every job I've ever had.
- William Westmoreland

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Militarily, we succeeded in Vietnam.
We won every engagement we were involved in out there.
- William Westmoreland

We had the best food any battlefield ever had.
- William Westmoreland

I was participating in my own lynching,
but the problem was I didn't know what I was being lynched for.
- William Westmoreland

I've made this statement many times:
If I would have to do it over again,
I would have made known the forthcoming Tet Offensive.
- William Westmoreland

Television is an instrument which can paralyze this country.
- William Westmoreland

By the end of the summer of 1973 I thought it was virtually
impossible for South Vietnam to survive.
How in the heck could they?
- William Westmoreland

We were succeeding.
When you looked at specifics, this became a war of attrition.
We were winning.
- William Westmoreland

When I took command in Vietnam, I gave great emphasis
to food and medical care -
and to the mail.
- William Westmoreland

The last man in the world who should have been criticized
was the American soldier.
They should have criticized me.
- William Westmoreland

The military lead turbulent lives, but they are people like everybody else.
- William Westmoreland

Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
- William Westmoreland

As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of
the potency of public opinion -
and I worried about it.
- William Westmoreland

I don't think I have been loved by my troops,
but I think I have been respected.
- William Westmoreland

War is fear cloaked in courage.
- William Westmoreland

It's the first war we've ever fought on the television
screen and the first war that our country ever fought
where the media had full reign.
- William Westmoreland

The Vietnam memorial is a masterpiece.
The names of the dead are listed there,
chronologically.
Just the names.
- William Westmoreland

It became very clear that Hanoi was in effect strategically
running the Viet Cong operation.
- William Westmoreland

We moved in to help the Vietnamese defend their country
and confront the Viet Cong.
- William Westmoreland

In the end, we lost IndoChina to the communists.
But we did not lose Southeast Asia.
- William Westmoreland

I haven't yet figured out how I was made first captain,
because I was not an outstanding student.
I was an adequate student.
- William Westmoreland

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast
possession of definition.
- Eli Khamarov

The Wedding March always reminds me of the music
played when soldiers go into battle.
- Heinrich Heine

Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.
- Euripides

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

Ministers regularly meet soldiers that have returned
from operational tours to hear about their experiences,
including those who have recovered from their injuries.
- Geoff Hoon

Our soldiers and their families are benefiting.
They deserve good, quality housing and they need it.
- Jim Walsh

Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only
friends won by good deeds,
merit, and honesty.
- Sallust

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as
soldiers are for finishing it...
You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.
- Will Rogers

Washington has thrown their soldiers on the fire.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

So the whole of war, when you look at it is probably
run by professional soldiers,
and the rest of them are just recruits,
or people who are just forced to join the army.
- Gerald Scarfe

In 1917 - as we have seen, - Italy suffered a great reverse,
losing 200,000 soldiers and immense supplies.
- Kelly Miller

God has given such brave soldiers to this Crown that,
if they do not frighten our neighbours,
at least they prevent us from being frightened by them.
- Elizabeth I

With courage and character, American soldiers continue
to put themselves on the line to defend our freedom,
and so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
- Dan Lipinski

Soldiers and peasants lived together on friendly terms;
they knew each other and their everyday routines,
and trusted each other; they shook their heads together over the war.
- Ernst Toller

The Syrian regime is helping the insurgency in Iraq
and allowing all kinds of militants to come in and out,
and go to Iraq to attack random soldiers and innocent people.
- Walid Jumblatt

Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty.
Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace.
Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.
- Lin Yutang

The connection between dress and war is not far to seek;
your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
- Virginia Woolf

This war is being played in the realm of public opinion
and has dire consequences for our soldiers in Iraq,
the future of our country, and freedom around the world.
- John Doolittle

It wasn't a new idea.
During the war against the French we had this kind
of broadcast for the French soldiers.
- Hanoi Hannah

Were British protesters, armed with little more than
a frisbee and a bag of plastic toy soldiers,
really in danger of being shot by the US military in Gloucestershire?
- Mark Thomas

There was a military police brigade with over 3,400
soldiers getting ready to go home because their mission -
prisoner-of-war operations -
was finished.
- Janis Karpinski

Toy Soldiers was my introduction to film.
I certainly didn't think I was doing art by any stretch of the imagination.
- Tim Robbins

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
- Douglas MacArthur

If our soldiers are not overburdened with money,
it is not because they have a distaste for riches;
if their lives are not unduly long,
it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.
- Sun Tzu

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.
- Charles Spurgeon

The great actors we had came from the actor-manager theaters.
Not only did they create a team, they were the generals
working with the soldiers.
- Steven Berkoff

We are all happy when U.S.
soldiers are killed week in and week out.
The killing of U.S.
soldiers in Iraq is legitimate and obligatory.
- Walid Jumblatt

No country in history ever sent mothers of toddlers
off to fight enemy soldiers until the United States
did this in the Iraq war.
- Phyllis Schlafly

Artists like cats; soldiers like dogs.
- Desmond Morris

Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin they think of firelit homes,
clean beds, and wives.
- Siegfried Sassoon

The whole idea that the rescue was staged or the soldiers were shooting blanks,
that's just obvious stuff.
Why would you do that in the middle of a war? It's just crazy.
- Jessica Lynch

The Roman legions were formed in the first instance of citizen soldiers,
who yet had been made to submit to a rigid discipline,
and to feel that in that submission lay their strength.
- Goldwin Smith

The gigantic Gaul derided the Roman soldiers as a band of pigmies.
- John Lothrop Motley

I want you to give all these chiefs of the soldiers
here to understand that we are for peace,
and that we have made peace, that we may not be mistaken by them for enemies.
- Black Kettle

These soldiers deserve a better defense secretary than the one we have.
- Bill Kristol

Firefighters are indispensable foot soldiers here at home.
- Christopher Dodd

A few regular troops from old France,
weakened by hunger and sickness, who,
when fresh, were unable to withstand the British soldiers,
are their general's chief dependence.
- James Wolfe

U.S.
soldiers, with whom I now have more than a passing acquaintance,
joke that they track my movements in order to know
where they will be deployed next.
- Christiane Amanpour

We're quickly moving to the point where we will have
no military bases in the Northeast,
and this undermines support for the military.
We are a nation of citizen soldiers.
- Rob Simmons

They may not be conscripted against their will as the
foot soldiers in a federal crusade.
- John Paul Stevens

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it,
and while our soldiers can stand and fight,
I can stand and feed and nurse them.
- Clara Barton

The more a general is accustomed to place heavy demands on his soldiers,
the more he can depend on their response.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Spending time with America's soldiers is always inspiring.
- John Boehner


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