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John Pilger Quotes and Sayings

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

The censorship is such on television in the U.S.
that films like mine don't stand a chance.
- John Pilger

Orwell is almost our litmus test.
Some of his satirical writing looks like reality these days.
- John Pilger

We have an extreme rightwing government in this country,
although it's called the Labour government.
- John Pilger

 

Official truths are often powerful illusions.
- John Pilger

I grew up in Sydney in a very political household,
where we were all for the underdog.
- John Pilger

It's very clear that the Bush Administration is out of control.
It contains some truly dangerous people.
- John Pilger

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I'm absolutely convinced of that.
Israel is the representative of the United States in that part of the world.
Its policies are so integrated with American policies
that they use the same language.
- John Pilger

Classic nineteenth century European imperialists believed
they were literally on a mission.
I don't believe that the imperialists these days have
that same sense of public service.
They are simply pirates.
- John Pilger

Not all the Americans in Iraq are those who torture and murder,
or course they're not, I don't know how many are doing it,
I know it is systematic throughout the United States
military I think that's been revealed.
- John Pilger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any of these Vietnam vets that have been there and know the deal,
they don't feel that any Hollywood endeavor about the
Vietnam era has ever gotten it right yet.
- Sam Elliott

In 2003, Congress authorized the construction of a
visitor center for the Vietnam Memorial to help provide
information and educate the public about the memorial and the Vietnam War.
- Dennis Cardoza

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

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

The Vietnam War was happening, but Lubbock was...
They put a pinch on it.
- Bob Livingston

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

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

The US military still blames the media for stories
and images that turned the American public against the war in Vietnam.
- Bruce Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Had there been a reporter along with Lieutenant Calley
when he massacred those people in Vietnam,
I think that probably wouldn't have happened.
- Bob Schieffer

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

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

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

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

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

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

I had a lot of fun in Cambodia, much more so in Cambodia than Vietnam.
- Ed Bradley

Vietnam was what we had instead of happy childhoods.
- Michael Herr

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

I got my head bashed in at a demonstration against the Vietnam War.
Police were losing control because they were up against
a world they really didn't understand.
- Terry Gilliam

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

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

It's a weird scene.
You win a few baseball games and all of a sudden you're
surrounded by reporters and TV men with cameras asking
you about Vietnam and race relations.
- Vida Blue

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

I did three tours in Vietnam.
I guess a total of about almost two years.
- Morley Safer

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

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

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

After four or five different wars, I grew weary of that work,
partly because in an open war, open to coverage,
as Vietnam was, it's not that difficult,
really.
- Morley Safer

Everybody respects the Vietnam Veterans of America.
- R. Lee Ermey

I was too young for Korea and too old for Vietnam.
- Stephen Ambrose

When I was building the Vietnam Memorial,
I never once asked the veterans what it was like in the war,
because from my point of view, you don't pry into other people's business.
- Maya Lin


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