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The Vietnam memorial is a masterpiece.
by William Westmoreland

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

War is fear cloaked in courage.
- William Westmoreland

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

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

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

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

We had the best food any battlefield ever had.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

I was proud of the youths who opposed the war in Vietnam
because they were my babies.
- Benjamin Spock

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

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

I remember the day I found out my draft status.
I was really floored and kind of staggered around in a daze.
It just hadn't occurred to me that I could end up in Vietnam.
- Parker Stevenson

My film is not a movie; it's not about Vietnam.
It is Vietnam.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Senator Albert Gore Sr. was one of the first outspoken critics of the Vietnam War.
- Peter Jennings

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

This is the voice of Vietnam Broadcasting from Hanoi,
capitol of the Democratic republic of Vietnam.
- Hanoi Hannah

George W. had a plan.
He arranged to join the Air National Guard in Texas,
which meant he would not be sent to Vietnam.
- Peter Jennings

I was not able to stop or slow down the Vietnam War.
- Mike Mansfield

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

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

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

Back in the old Corp, we weren't training those privates
to infiltrate into the peacetime Marine Corp.
We were training those privates to go to Vietnam.
- R. Lee Ermey

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

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

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

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

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

I would not trade you a billion dollars for the kids
I led to combat in Vietnam or in fact any of the Marines
that I served with for a quarter of a century.
- Oliver North

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

Some people think my father was a spy,
because of working for that government agency in Vietnam,
but he can't find his car keys, much less keep a national secret.
- Lauren Graham

We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski

I'd like President Bush to think maybe there's another way to think,
that maybe Kissinger was wrong when he says we had
to go in there because he was wrong about Vietnam.
- F. Murray Abraham

Emmy Lou Harris introduced me to the work of the Vietnam
Veterans of America foundation and the Campaign for a Land Mine Free World.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter

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

It's not right to say that our loss in Vietnam turned out to be a gain.
But lessons were learned.
And they were the right lessons.
- Tom Clancy

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

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

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

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

I was so opposed to the war in Vietnam that I initially
refused President Nixon's urgings for me to go there.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

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

The American invasion did not succeed in Vietnam,
and will never succeed in Iraq.
- Mohammed Aldouri

My mind-set is Munich.
Most of my generation's is Vietnam.
- Madeleine Albright

Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression
of others has increased in Vietnam.
There is not, and there will not be,
a mindless escalation.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

As Bill Clinton said so eloquently at the convention,
during Vietnam there was a chance to serve;
there was a chance not to serve.
- Mark Shields

I remember being a kid and the Vietnam War was huge
and looking at Watergate.
- David Cross

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

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


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