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Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship.
by 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

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

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

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

 

War is fear cloaked in courage.
- William Westmoreland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake.
- Stephen Ambrose

Vietnam was as much a laboratory experiment as a war.
- John Pilger

John Kerry's service did not end in Vietnam.
It began there.
- Max Cleland

Now we have a problem in making our power credible,
and Vietnam is the place.
- John F. Kennedy

I think Operation Smile is in more than 22 countries,
mostly Third World.
It just happened that my schedule opened up at the
time they were heading to Vietnam.
- Roma Downey

Because the GIs were sent massively to South Vietnam,
maybe it's a good idea to have a broadcast for them.
- Hanoi Hannah

We should bomb Vietnam back into the stone age.
- Curtis Lemay

Fonda was neither wrong nor unconscionable in what
she said and did in North Vietnam.
- Tom Hayden

He's a novice, but he's had these - he's experienced
in leadership in tight circumstances.
He started - he dropped the first bomb,
led the first air strike into North Vietnam.
- James Stockdale

I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it.
I learned that patriotism includes protest,
not just military service.
- John F. Kerry

I was caught up in the hysteria during the Vietnam era,
which was brought about through Marxist propaganda
underlying the so-called peace movement.
- Jon Voight

Because our homeland and very survival are once more at stake,
the American people can't afford to treat this new
war against terrorism like they did Vietnam.
- David Hackworth

But despite their heroic acts, the Vietnam Veterans
of America continued to struggle to establish a combat
badge in honor of these brave pilots and medics.
- Tim Holden

Nixon did have a secret plan, and I knew that it involved
making threats of nuclear war to North Vietnam.
- Daniel Ellsberg

It's shades of Vietnam again, folks:
body counts.
- Seymour Hersh

But although Australia was also involved in the Vietnam conflict,
I can remember my dad telling us that if we were in Australia,
we wouldn't be drafted until we were 20.
- Mel Gibson

I wanted to have the opportunity to travel to Vietnam and Sydney,
and have the chance to work there.
- Brendan Fraser

The brave men who died in Vietnam, more than 100% of which were black,
were the ultimate sacrifice.
- Marion Berry

I remember serving in Vietnam in that war,
and many of us at the major Lieutenant Colonel,
colonel level were frustrated that no one in the U.S.
wanted to debate it that way.
- William Odom

Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world.
It's not the home-run hitters.
- Willie Stargell

My opposition to the Vietnam War.
I was the first Hollywood actor to speak out against it.
- Robert Vaughn

When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and
have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Millions also perished in the Chinese camps,
and there have been terrible genocides in Cambodia and Vietnam.
- Jean-Marie Le Pen

Back then when Chomsky and Herman wrote,
the left, myself among them, all knew that something
terrible was happening in Vietnam,
though most now claim to remember otherwise.
- James Donald

So one important lesson of Vietnam is,
the first casualty of an unwise and unjust war are
the American troops called on to fight it.
Their service should be honored.
- Paul Begala

I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I could have ended the war in a month.
I could have made North Vietnam look like a mud puddle.
- Barry Goldwater

I'm not a pacifist.
I was very much for the war against Hitler and I also
supported the intervention in Korea,
but in this war we went in there to steal Vietnam.
- Benjamin Spock

Certainly the Australians were buried in Korea.
But I think that from Vietnam on, all the killed were
brought home to America or to Australia,
in our case.
- Peter Scott

It seems to me the American people never really forgave
the Democrats for being right about Vietnam.
- Paul Begala

South Vietnam faces total defeat, and soon.
- William Colby

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

I learned a lot from Vietnam veterans,
especially as some of them turned against their own war.
- Robert Jay Lifton

There have been two popular subjects for poetry in the last few decades:
the Vietnam War and AIDS,
about both of which almost all of us have felt deeply.
- Thom Gunn

I have been to several wars to draw.
I went to Vietnam.
And made drawings in Vietnam during that period of the war there,
and found that to be a very very sad situation.
- Gerald Scarfe

What are we blaming? Is this Vietnam? We made a movie,
it didn't make much money.
I'm gonna be really happy if somebody watches it in
10 years' time and really enjoys it.
- Kevin Costner

I always felt more emotionally attached to Cambodia than I did to Vietnam.
- Ed Bradley

I went to Kent State basically to avoid going to Vietnam,
I had no idea what I was doing in the world.
I was lost, and trying not to get into a fight every day.
- Mark Mothersbaugh

Neither Johnson nor his party nor the government as
a whole were willing to raise,
train, equip, and then send Vietnam sufficient manpower to do the job.
- Stephen Ambrose

Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room.
Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America -
not on the battlefields of Vietnam.
- Marshall McLuhan

One of the greatest casualties
of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society...
shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The people who were against the Vietnam War thought
I was attacking the Army.
The guys in the Army thought I was representing their experiences.
I was on both sides, and I survived.
- Mort Walker

All the wrong people remember Vietnam.
I think all the people who remember it should forget it,
and all the people who forgot it should remember it.
- Michael Herr


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