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Whoever can surprise well must conquer. John Paul Jones
Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private individuals. Joseph Heller
I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Metro. Charles de Gaulle
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. George Orwell
The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force. Thomas Jefferson
The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire. Joseph Sobran
Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value. Ferdinand Foch
Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat. Hermann Goering
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. Winston Churchill
War is mainly a catalogue of blunders. Winston Churchill
What are kings, when regiment is gone, but perfect shadows in a sunshine day? Christopher Marlowe
It is easier to stay out than get out. Mark Twain
The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth. Stonewall Jackson
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten. Calvin Coolidge
Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. Groucho Marx
Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder. Percy Bysshe Shelley
We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. George S. Patton
Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms. Groucho Marx
There has been a strong tradition in this country that it is not the function of the military to educate the public on political issues. J. William Fulbright
The army is the true nobility of our country. Napoleon Bonaparte
A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory. Friedrich Durrenmatt
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Voltaire
Neither the Army nor the Navy is of any protection, or very little protection, against aerial raids. Alexander Graham Bell
If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army. Frederick the Great
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. George S. Patton
Always do everything you ask of those you command. George S. Patton
Dictators must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces. Richard Perle
We are the most powerful nation on earth. No external power, no terrorist organization, can defeat us. But we can defeat ourselves by getting caught in a quagmire. George Soros
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. George Washington
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology. Rebecca West
The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars. William Westmoreland
The Army in Algeria is troubled by the recognition of its responsibility towards the men who are fighting and risking a useless sacrifice if the representatives of the nation are not determined to maintain Algeria as French. Raoul Salan
... when you have a draft you're more likely to go to war than if you have to pay for a volunteer army. A draft lowers the cost for the wealthy because the people who are important don't have their children going off and they're also not paying as much in taxes. James C. Miller III
Development is a lot cheaper than soldiers. Robert M. Gates
There was present no slave, no man freed from slavery, no low-born man, no man weakened by age for all were noble, all strong with the might of mature age, all sufficiently fit for any type of fighting, all of such fleetness that they scorned the speed of horsemen. Anonymous
Ideas can never be defeated by military force. They can only be defeated by better ideas. Barack Obama
It has become a sort of by-word among the common people here that the two Russian Generals who have conquered Napoleon and all his Marshalls are General Famine and Genera Frost.. John Quincy Adams
A nation with no equality, no solidarity, and no belief in its own cause is not a nation worth fighting for. It is not a nation that a young woman or a young man will kill and get killed for. Ari Shavit
In the Middle East, a nation whose youngsters are not willing to kill and get killed for it is a nation on borrowed time. It will not last long. Ari Shavit
Democracy in unequal agrarian societies tends not to last, as it alternates between populist demagogues attempting redistribution and the rich striking back with military coups. William Easterly
Arab leaders ... preach incessant hatred of Israel because the hatred justifies a powerful army, which also comes in handy to suppress political dissidents and preserve the autocrat's hold on power. William Easterly
As our commerce spreads, the flag of liberty will circle the globe and the highway of the ocean–carrying trade to all mankind–will be guided by the guns of the republic. And as their thunders salute the flag, benighted people will know the voice of liberty is speaking, at last, for them ... that civilization is dawning at last, for them. Albert J. Beveridge
The United States should be devoting a larger percentage of its vast resources to making the world safe for capitalism and democracy ... the proper role of an imperial America is to establish these institutions where they are lacking, if necessary ... by military force. Imposing democracy on all the world's "rogue states" would not push the U. S. Defense budget much above 5 percent of GDP... establishing the rule of law in such countries would pay a long run dividend as their trade revised and expanded. Niall Ferguson
... even political opponents of evil governments show little gratitude for American invasion to modernize them.. William Easterly
Be as terrible as the Hun. Wilhelm II
To the extent that we roiled the waters, if you will, we contributed to it. But we did not plot with the military, and there is a big distinction. Jack Devine
We can go to the American people on this issue of winning the war [against terrorism]. We can go to the country on this issue because they trust the Republican Party to do a better job of protecting and strengthening America's military might and thereby protecting America. Karl Rove
If the White House is politicizing the war, that's nothing short of despicable. For Karl Rove to politicize the issue is an affront to the integrity of the entire United States military. Terry McAuliffe
... force is the natural ally of superstition, and superstition knows it well. Goldwin Smith
If a nuclear power is willing to be bolder than another, it can take limited conventional actions without fear of major pushback. David Rothkopf
By linking these countries together in his 'axis of evil' speech, President Bush implied an identity between them not only in terms of their threat, but also in terms of the action necessary to deal with the threat. A lot of work will now need to be done to delink the three, and to show why military action against Iraq is so much more justified than against Iran and North Korea. Jack Straw
Personalist regimes mute factional differences the most .... Dictators usually retain the loyalty of elites through some combination of coercion, personal favors, and material rewards. Elites are frequently rotated or jailed to avoid factionalism. The military is usually a depersonalized instrument for the dictator's power, holding no sense of independent institutional identity. Divisions between so-called hard-liners and soft-liners are virtually non-existent... C. William Waldorf Jr.
Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons. Voltaire
I'm more afraid of some stupid accident. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
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Born a slave and now free Joined the Tenth Cavalry Anonymous
...If any shall be heard to swear, curse, or blaspheme the name of God, the Commander is strictly enjoined to punish them for every offence, by causing them to wear a wooden collar, or some other shameful badge of distinction, for so long time as he shall judge proper. If he be a commissioned officer, he shall forfeit one shilling for each offence, and a warrant or inferior officer six pence. He who is guilty of drunkenness, if a seaman, shall be put in irons until he is sober, but if an officer, he shall forfeit two days' pay.... Continental Congress
It is earnestly recommended to all officers and soldiers, diligently to attend Divine Service; and all officers and soldiers who shall behave indecently or irreverently at any place of Divine Worship, shall, if commissioned officers, be brought before a court-martial. there to be publicly and severely reprimanded by the President; if non-commissioned officers or soldiers, every person so offending, shall, for his first offence, forfeit One Sixth of a Dollar, to be deducted out of his next pay; for the second offence, he shall not only forfeit a like sum, but be confined for twenty-four hours, and for every like offence Continental Congress
That power which had both the purse and the sword, had the government of the whole country, and might extend its powers to any and to every object. Melancton Smith
We would express to your Excellency the just Resentment which we feel at the Indignities offered to our worthy fellow Citizens in Boston and the frequent Violations of private property by the Soldiers under your Command. These Enormities committed by a Standing Army, in our opinion, unlawfully posted there in a time of Peace, are irritating in the greatest Degree, and if not remedied will endanger the involving all America in the Horrors of a civil War! Your Situation Sir is extremely critical. A rupture between the Inhabitants of the Province over which you preside and the Troops under your Command would produce Consequences of the most serious Nature: A Wound which would never be healed! It would probably establish Animosities between Great Britain & the Colonies which time would never eradicate! Samuel Adams
I have been surprised, as often as I have reflected, and really cannot devise any reason, why the Assembly should be so much averse to established rules for the regulation of their forces, which long experience in established armies fully evinces the necessity of. And my surprise is yet increased, when I consider how cautiously worded the act of Parliament is, to preserve the rights and liberties of the people against the arbitrary proceedings of the military officers. George Washington
From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies Book of Numbers
The Hon. Continental Congress having been pleased to allow a Chaplain to each Regiment, with the pay of Thirty-three Dollars and one third per month--The Colonels or commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure Chaplains accordingly; persons of good Characters and exemplary lives--To see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them a suitable respect and attend carefully upon religious exercises. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger--The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavor so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country.... George Washington
Afford the native tribes of Africa the protection of British arms against the aggression of Her Majesty’s subjects. John Russel
It is said that this is a white man's war, and, therefore, let the white fight it out. I reject the conclusion because I cannot accept the premise. This is not a white man's war; it is the nation's war. It was declared by the representatives, not of the white people, but of all the people. It is a national and not a racial war. If you say this is a white man's war, then you are bound to accept the doctrine that this is a white man's country. If it is a white man's country then the black man has no place in it, and consequently no rights that a white man is bound to respect. This is God's country, and it belongs to the people in it, be they black or white, red or yellow. Henry Hugh Proctor
There are no militarist adventuristic groups in USSR as among dominating classes in certain other countries where dangerous talk of "third world war" is being encouraged by foul imperialists. True supporters of peace will find real and faithful ally in USSR. This does not mean that our concern for the maintenance of our Armed Forces will diminish. Our Government and Red Army leaders are doing everything to assure that our Army is second to no other Army as regards newest types of armament. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov
You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight. Barry Goldwater
Our military forces are an arm of government, just like the Department of Social Welfare, although probably less able to inflict widespread harm David Lange
Not the President, not me, and not the interior minister will allow weapons to be used against our own people Nikolai Tanayev
Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power. By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many bodies, is already shot to pieces Kurt Vonnegut
Where the German soldier stands, no other shall put his foot. Adolf Hitler
The seditious Bolivar has occupied Santa Fe, and the fateful result of that battle has placed at his disposition the whole kingdom and the immense resources of a very populated country, rich and abundant from which he will plunder what he needs to continue the war in these provinces because the insurgents have no rules or inhibitions Pablo Morillo y Morillo; Marques de La Puerta
I shall rejoice on the day that you come here with troops... This land has grave need for your presence. There are a thousand abuses and political factions; but the moment you arrive all will disappear. Now they are sending a commission to you to propose a crown. Receive it as the infamous proposition deserves; and try, without resorting to the methods of Europe, to bring an end to this miserable existence at the hands of factions. Maria Antonia Bolivar
Long ago I gave my word solemnly that I would not accept any rank or military or political position; for this reason I hope that Your Excellency will not compromise my honour before the people, and that you will not attribute my returning the appointment to excessive pride. Jose de San Martin
Military intervention for disarmament is the worst possible way to do it. There are times when perhaps that is the only alternative we have… in the case of the first Gulf war -- Desert Storm -- that it was the UN inspectors -- in the years after the war -- that destroyed far more weapons and far more effectively dismantled the programs for weapons of mass destruction, than that vast armada of military forces that was utilized in Desert Storm. And of course, when the UN inspectors did it -- when under UN supervision, the Iraqis destroyed these weapons themselves -- or the UN destroyed them with Iraqi cooperation -- you do not have the same kind of side effects and toxic release and other things that happened in some cases during the war. Trying to get rid of programs of concern and weapons of concern by violence is a very bad and dangerous way to do it. Greg Thielmann
Though the pen is mightier than the sword, the sword speaks louder and stronger at any given moment. Leonard Wibberley
Those who refuse to fight for Allah will be treated, along with their children, as unbelievers. Muhammad
Now I must defend with my blood the ideas that have come from my pen. Alexander Hamilton
The public use of a man's reason must be free at all times…. But I hear people clamor on all sides: Don't argue! The military officer says: Don't argue, drill! The tax collector: Don't argue, pay! The minister: Don't argue, believe! Immanuel Kant
I could not bear the obvious mistakes made during the maneuver, and afterwards I criticized the pasha bitterly in the presence of all his officers, even though in doing so I exceeded my authority and my rank. The pasha looked hurt, but did not bear me malice…My behavior may have been contrary to discipline. But if a person trained in Germany does not work at the art of command, what can we expect of those who have not had this advantage? Perhaps when they see that they are criticized by their juniors, our commanders will learn to do better. Kemal Ataturk
Most of them are military commanders, country notables and landowners, and educated people. It is inconceivable that such a group should incline to the theory of Communism. But if Western countries persist in applying unjust pressure, they may well throw themselves into Russia’s arms. Ahmet Izzet
The malignity and inhumanity of the Greek military authorities are undisguised. Arnold J. Toynbee
We must know our limitations and expend our lives only in the cause of our independence. Kemal Ataturk
Although we are very strong, we are pursuing a very calculating and moderate policy. We prefer a political solution and are managing the situation accordingly. Kemal Ataturk
I am not ordering you to fight for your country. I am ordering you to die for your country! Kemal Ataturk
... the refusal of the military to become involved in the reforms, their allergy to anything new, their contempt for human dignity, their arrogance and self-satisfaction, their favoritism, personal whims, elitism. Boris Yeltsin
Avenge Pearl Harbor! : Join the navy now! U. S. Navy
Serve those who served. Nurses are needed in veterans administration hospitals. Spencer Douglass Crockwell
I deserve removal because I did not stand up, when my army was not in condition for fighting, and resist to the last. Winfield Scott
There is now every indication that the whole force of ninety—four regiments called for by the President could be readily furnished by Illinois alone, and that the quota of six regiments assigned to Illinois could be obtained in Chicago almost at the tap of a drum. Chicago Tribune
Any Roman citizen may join the Army. Gaius Marius
A democracy is severely restricted in its use of armed forces as a weapon of peacetime foreign policy. It cannot manipulate them tactically on any extensive scale for the accomplishment of measures short of war. George F. Kennan
If … you do not perform your religious duty of fighting, then you will certainly commit a sin of neglecting your duty. Bhagavad Gita
We commit our lives to serving intangibles, swearing oaths to a piece of parchment or saluting an expanse of cloth decorated with stars and stripes. We understand symbolism because symbolism is what in large measure compiles us to do a job that might result in our demise. Robert Scales
Life is too short to permit of wasting any portion of it in discussion with…anyone whose conception of the underlying principles of military administration is so hazy that he can advocate such proposition seriously. A proposition of this kind would be regarded as remarkable if advanced by a state militiaman. Fred Ainsworth
You can’t undo a thousand years of history by sending military troops into a country. Brian Schweitzer
The Military shall be subordinate to the Civil authority Thomas Jefferson
Their armies [the Ottoman Turks] are encumbered with immense baggage, and their camp has all the conveniences of a town, with shops etc. for such was their ancient custom when they wandered with their hordes. William Eaton
42% of today’s army enlistees are ethnic or racial minorities. In the general population in the 18 to 24 year old age cohort, nearly 50% of the people…have had some exposure to college education. In that same age cohort in the U.S. military today…the percentage of people who’ve had some kind of exposure to college education is 6.5%. So the vast majority of our society…has, in effect, hired some of the least disadvantaged of their fellow citizens to conduct some of our most dangerous business. I think that is an unstable situation, and one that does threaten, in the long run, the health of our democracy. David M. Kennedy
Even military juntas want respect. Ethan Kapstein
In the drastic move from the serfdom to freedom, it is probably better for ex-slaves to be soldiers, and thus gradually learn to support themselves than to be thrown on the cold charities of the world without sympathy or assistance. George H. Thomas
Repression can only go up to a point. When it becomes too acute, the instruments of repression, namely the army and the police, have been proved time and time again in history to have turned their guns on their masters. Lee Kuan Yew
A liberal society cannot be defended by herbivores. We need carnivores to save us, but we had better make sure the meat-eaters hunt only on our orders. Michael Ignatieff
We're not going to spread democracy at the business end of a M16 held by a 23 year old Marine. Paul Hackett
In this kind of war a natural gap exists between the expectations of the of the politicians, of the public opinion, of the press and the real capacity of the armed forces to deliver. The gap is a characteristic of this kind of war. The gap is related the four dimensions: To the duration of the war; to the number of casualties; to the damage to the innocent civilians on the other side; and, what is more important, is the solution to the problem of the question of whether or not a decisive victory can or cannot be achieved. Giora Eiland
Every specific military operation does have a political dimension and every political initiative does have some security dimension. Giora Eiland
For politics to change … culture must change too --- and that takes much more than dispatching troops, holding elections, and writing constitutions. Lawrence E. Harrison
When states decide to use force to deal with broader threats to international peace and security, they need the unique legitimacy provided by the United Nations. Kofi Annan
There is a disturbing American tendency to overreact to certain ideological and military factors while overlooking issues of vastly greater relevance to our safety and well being. A civil insurrection in Santo Domingo or Vietnam is dramatic, but what is its significance compared with such quiet challenges as the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the surging of nationalism and social upheavals in the developing world, or the mounting crisis of hunger and population. George McGovern
Nature creates few men brave; industry and training makes many. Discipline in war counts more than fury. Niccolo Machiavelli
Technology alone rarely confers an insurmountable military edge. Even if a country figures out how to harness military power, it still needs the wisdom to know the capabilities and limitations of its war machine Max Boot
War is the most serious of the complicated relationships of humankind. Christiane Amanpour
This is not a place where the West can achieve victory. Homer Bigart
In the war of arms, women have been intransigent combatants. Their old roles of intriguing and spying have been reenacted. Millions of women have been devoting their energies for many years to feeding, clothing, and equipping with munitions the men who fight on land, from the air, on the seas, and beneath the seas. Without the enlistment of women by conscription or their voluntary support, these bitter international contests for military dominance could not have gone forward on such a scale to their fates in the morrow. As in the beginning of organized warfare, back in the aeons of unrecorded history, so in its latest forms the sanction of women is deemed essential to its terrific force. Mary Ritter Beard
Black Sabbath Anonymous
A member of either House who joins the armed forces, must in the main be his own judge as to what is proper and appropriate. No-one can restrain a member for doing his full duty as a member of the legislature, and he is under no reproach for doing so. Of course if he offers to take active military service and is accepted this must be some restraint upon his political activities, but how much is I think, for him to say. John Allsebrook Simon
There is no room in a soldiers' philosophy for thought, reason, or mercy. William Westmoreland
The army causes taxes, the taxes cause discontents, & the discontents are alleged to make an army necessary. William Pulteney
Praise in public; rebuke in private. Anonymous
The security of the army is very appealing to non-establishment Americans. George C. Wilson
Anybody who believes that we can democratize Iran, Iraq and Syria by military force is living in a fantasy world. John Brady Kiesling
The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of our island. William Blackstone
You can’t take military action in war without the support of government. Wesley Clark
A real man should die in front of the ranks, not hide behind a wall. Yuan Shao
Even military regimes must protect themselves from their own forces. Aaron Belkin
[Have] prayers said – for the people of Cuba suffering under Communist tyranny – in all U.S. military units which have significant numbers of Cuban refugees serving in the U.S. armed forces. Service chaplains and public information officers should team up on this, to assure the event is publicized widely. Cubans should be in the front ranks, where they will loom up in photographs. Defense, in collaboration with CIA, will assure that some photographs of troop units with Cubans in them are passed effectively to Cuban intelligence collectors, with a story of invasion plans sufficiently convincing to cause the Communist regime to begin an alert of the militia (including cane field workers). Edward G. Lansdale
When you fire, two marksmen must identify the sniper you fire at. You first fire to chip the cement or wood near him and scare him; and then you fire to wound him, and only as the last resort do you fire to kill him. Andrew O'Meara
O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that when you are asked to march forth in the Cause of Allah [i.e. Jihad] you cling heavily to the earth? Are you pleased with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter? But little is the enjoyment of the life of this world as compared with the Hereafter….If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people …. Those who believe in Allah and the Last Day would not ask your leave to be exempted from fighting with their properties and their lives Muhammad
The Congress may no more regulate the president's ability to detain and interrogate enemy combatants than it may regulate his ability to direct troop movements on the battlefield Jay S. Bybee
The thing that is wrong with the Uniform Code of Military Justice is that it is not uniformly applied Zsa Zsa Gershick
An insurgency is the most difficult to fight of all military activities. John Abizaid
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were Treated and Appreciated by their nation. George Washington
The army is a poor school for democracy. Pierre Trudeau
I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.... If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago. George Porter
I ask you, men of all classes, to come forward voluntarily, and take your share in the fight. George V
Today we have in this country the abuses of a military dictation without its unity of action and vigor of execution. John Fremont
Though the Military Service Act allowed exemption on grounds of conscience, it was regrettably vague in its definition of either "conscience" or "exemption"; and the decision as to whether a man had or had not a valid conscientious objection, and if he had, whether he was to be exempted from all forms of war service or from combatant service only, or something between the two, was left to local tribunals all over the country, who had no common standard or guidance, and generally - though not by any means invariably - took the view that every fit man ought to want to fight, and that anyone who did not was a coward, an idiot, or a pervert, or all three. Margaret Postgate Cole
To enable our country to organize more effectively its military resources in the present great struggle for the cause of civilization, I have, acting on the advice of my Ministers, deemed it necessary to enroll every able-bodied man between the ages of eighteen and forty-one George V
I am strongly of the opinion that the war ought not to have taken place and that we ought not to have become parties to it, but once in it the whole future of our nation is at stake and we have no choice but do the utmost we can to secure success. Charles Prestwich Scott
I was honestly willing to accept compulsory military service, provided that the voluntary system had first been tried out, and had failed to supply the men needed and who could still be spared from industry, and were numerically worth troubling about. Charles Prestwich Scott
In the military we plan for the worst case, because we have learned that if you do not, you will be surprised. Michael W. Hagee
We need to be able to make decisions even though part of the information that we have is incorrect and wrong. Michael W. Hagee
We are the nation’s force in readiness…. We are the nation’s expeditionary force. Michael W. Hagee
The only way to fight terrorism is to fight it, not to reward it…. When terror receives one victory, terror seeks other victories. Benjamin Netanyahu
I congratulate you on the liberation of our fellow citizens who were stranded on the coast of Tripoli and made prisoners of war. In a government bottomed on the will of all the life and liberty of every individual citizen become interesting to all. In the treaty, therefore, which has concluded our warfare with that State an article for the ransom of our citizens has been agreed to. An operation by land by a small band of our country-men and others, engaged for the occasion in conjunction with the troops of the ex-Bashaw of that country, gallantly conducted by our late consul, Eaton, and their successful enterprise on the city of Derne, contributed doubtless to the impression which produced peace, and the conclusion of this prevented opportunities of which the officers and men of our squadron destined for Tripoli would have availed themselves to emulate the acts of valor exhibited by their brethren in the attack of the last year. Reflecting with high satisfaction on the distinguished bravery displayed whenever occasions permitted it in the late Mediterranean service, I think it would be an useful encouragement as well as a just reward to make an opening for some present promotion by enlarging our peace establishment of captains and lieutenants. Thomas Jefferson
The small vessels authorized by Congress with a view to the Mediterranean service have been sent into that sea, and will be able more effectually to confine the Tripoline cruisers within their harbors and supersede the necessity of convoy to our commerce in that quarter. Thomas Jefferson
Unauthorized by the Constitution, without the sanction of Congress, to go beyond the line of defense, the vessel, being disabled from committing further hostilities, was liberated with its crew. The Legislature will doubtless consider whether, by authorizing measures of offense also, they will place our force on an equal footing with that of its adversaries. Thomas Jefferson
No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who’ve no retreat. John Gay
American soldiers must be turned into lambs and eating them is tolerated. Muammar Qaddafi
Any community's arm of force—military, police, security—needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity. Lois McMaster Bujold
Our Defense Department is the best in the world at winning wars and protecting the country. However on basic management, and fiscal activities, their grade would be a D…. The Pentagon is the last obstacle we have to overcome in order to audit the Defense Department. They are unauditable today. David Walker
As the Laws now stand, an old Officer, a Man who has often ventured his Life, and often spilt his Blood, in the Service of his Country, may be dismissed, and reduced, perhaps, to a starving Condition, at the arbitrary Will and Pleasure, perhaps at the Whim of a favourite Minister; so that by the present Establishment of our Army, the Reward of a Soldier seems not to depend upon the Services done to his Country, but upon the Services he does to those who happen to be the favourite Ministers at the Time William Pitt the Younger
As not infrequently happens in the affairs of war, it is easier to point out mistakes after they are committed, than to see and avoid them amid the difficulties and dangers by which the military commander is at the moment surrounded. Luther S. Dixon
He has the best political mind of all the generals I have. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only people in this country who should have guns are police officers and soldiers Allan Rock
Diplomacy without military capability is nothing more than prayer. Paul Nitze
History is littered by cases where veterans have destabilized society after feeling that they had been taken for fools. Anthony Principi
To oblige the great body of the yeomanry and of the other classes of the citizens to be under arms for the purpose of going through military exercises and evolutions, as often as might be necessary to acquire the degree of perfection which would entitle them to the character of a well regulated militia, would be a real grievance to the people and a serious public inconvenience and loss. Alexander Hamilton
Resolved unanimously that a well regulated militia, composed of gentlemen, freeholders, and other freemen, is the natural strength and only stable security of a free government … Maryland
Where there's no might there's no right. Portuguese Proverb
Peace with a cudgel in hand is war. Portuguese Proverb
In the event of a war for the defense of our nation and its liberties, there shall be a conscription of wealth as well as a conscription of men. National Union of Social Justice; Charles E. Coughlin
They should go a scalping with the whites—a barbarous method of war—introduced by the French, which we are obliged to follow in our own defense. Robert Dinwiddie
It is not about a war against a country, or a war against a religion but rather about the struggle against terrorist violence. As such I do not exclude the use of repressive police and military measures. Claudia Roth
Only 350,000 Serve in the Military, While the Internal Security Police Recently Hit the One-Million Mark Sa'd Al-Din Ibrahim
Perhaps we have acted too hastily. … it may have been unwise for us to send an army into Smyrna, but now that the army is there, it would be more unwise to withdraw it -- to do so would admit military failure and court political defeat. Eleutherios Venizelos
The lance has never blunted the pen, nor the pen the lance. Miguel de Cervantes
I killed a Spaniard with my own hand, like a jackrabbit. Theodore Roosevelt
I will have no criticism of my administration from you or any other officer of the Army. Theodore Roosevelt
Instead … of an augmentation of military force proportioned to our extension of frontier, I proposed a moderate enlargement of the capital employed in that commerce, as a more effectual, economical, and humane instrument for preserving peace and good neighborhood with them Thomas Jefferson
Counter-terrorism is not solely a military matter. Bruce Hoffman
Let’s use our brain power and not our fire power and we will get somewhere. Nouhad Mahmoud
For the remote contingency by which a national army must be always judged, namely, the contingency of war with a first class power, the Army is practically unprepared. Henry L. Stimson
…the War Department was…something that stood between the Army and Congress; that way to get legislation for the Army was no to try to educate Congress and the people to Army methods, but to educate the War Department to congressional methods. Johnson Hagwood
…the Army stood in need of talent as never before… the whole department is unscientifically managed, over officered and wastefully conducted. Nation
Against … attack the existing peacetime forces of the Army and Navy in the Hawaiian islands, including their necessary munitions and supplies, are believed to be adequate. The success of our defense against this form of attack will depend almost wholly upon our not being totally surprised by the enemy, and will require an efficient intelligence service, not only in the Hawaiian Islands but elsewhere. United States Army
It would be unwise to assume that we can defeat Germany by simply outproducing her. One hundred thousand airplanes would be of little value to us if these airplanes could not be used because of lack of trained personnel, lack of operating airdromes in the theater, and lack of shipping to maintain the air squadrons in the theater . . . . Wars are won on sound strategy implemented by well-trained forces which are adequately and effectively equipped. Leonard T. Gerow
Each man . . . shall serve for a training and service period of 12 consecutive months unless sooner discharged, except that whenever the Congress has declared that the national interest is imperiled, such 12-month period may be extended by the President to such time as may be necessary in the interests of national defense. United States
The nation's mere possession of military power ready for exertion provides visible support for the nation's expression of views on foreign affairs, and that often is enough to make the expression persuasive. Thus a foreign policy which has a respectable basis in justice and morality is strengthened if it has also a respectable basis in physical force. Mark Skinner Watson
The National Defense Act of 1916 left the United States with a General Staff of 19 officers, against Germany's 650. Mark Skinner Watson
When the Budget has once been approved by the President and transmitted to Congress, it is his budget estimate and no officer or official of the War Department would have any right to come up here and attempt to get a single dollar more than is contained in that estimate . K W. Walker
In many cases there is but one officer on duty with an entire battalion; this lack of officers has brought Regular Army training in the continental United States to a virtual standstill . . . correction is mandatory. Stocks of materiel were inadequate even for limited forces . . . and, such as they are, manifestly obsolescent. The secrets of our weakness are secrets only to our own people. Douglas MacArthur
The politician, himself oftentimes uninformed as to his country's history, frequently appeals to the ignorant and unthinking on the score of economy; . . . such demagogues are dangerous. John Joseph Pershing
An army is a nation; it is one of the vices of our age. Alfred de Villiers
An Army cannot preserve good order unless its soldiers have meat in their bellies, coats on their backs and shoes on their feet Duke of Marlborough; John Churchill
All military history records the triumphs of discipline and courage far more frequently than numbers and resources Robert E. Lee
We cannot afford to be idle, and though weaker than our opponents in men and military equipments, must endeavor to harass if we cannot destroy them. Robert E. Lee
If we cannot secure our needs for survival on the basis of law and justice, then we must be ready to secure them with army in our hands. Mihaly Karolyi
The governor, for the time being, shall be commander in chief of the militia, appoint and commission all officers in the same below the rank of general officers; all general officers shall be appointed and commissioned by Congress. United States Congress
The truth is that the fall of Napoleon is the hardest blow that our taxing system ever felt. It is now impossible to make people believe that immense fleets and armies are necessary. William Cobbett
As so often before on the courage and determination of British men and women serving our country the fate of many nations rest. Tony Blair
Those of you who are in public life have a right to be here at this celebration today only if you are prepared to do your part in building up the Navy of the present. Theodore Roosevelt
The Pentagon has a long tradition of dialing up the threat to get more dollars at budget time. John Pike
When soldiers advance without authority, who can halt them? Nathanael Greene
One mediocre general is better than two good ones. Napoleon Bonaparte
In the international world, when General Electric walks into the room, the Sixth Fleet walks in behind them. Jeff Faux
I gave my life for freedom--This I know; For those who bade me fight had told me so. W. N. Ewer
There is always going to be dissention between the Pentagon and Congress. John Warner
In the long run sea power will be no match for air power. Joseph Goebbels
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. Hindu Proverb
… to the strongest Alexander III
This battle will decide who will rule Asia. Alexander III
We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years … and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home … to live our own lives in peace. But there comes a time when soft power or talking with evil will not work where, unfortunately, hard power is the only thing that works. Colin Powell
Forgiveness is up to God. I just hope we hurry up the meeting. And that’s the way I feel about him, really. Norman Schwarzkopf
Tombstone Bonus Anonymous
A decision that the Geneva conventions do not apply to the conflict in Afghanistan in which our armed forces are engaged deprives our troops there of any claim to the protection of the conventions in the event they are captured William Taft IV
A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of "direct" expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic--negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether is be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demogogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy United States Army
Intelligence involves analysis of raw reports, not merely their enumeration or weighing them by the pound. Analysis, in turn, involves finding independent means of corroborating the reports. Richard A. Clarke
Okay, here’s what we’re gonna do. We are not running away with our tail between our legs. I’ve already heard from Congress and that’s what they all want to do, get out tomorrow. We’re staying. We are also not gonna flatten Mogadishu to prove we are the big badass superpower. Everybody in the world knows we could do that. We don’t have to prove that to anybody. We are going to send in more troops, with tanks and aircraft and anything else they need. We are going to show force. And we are going to keep delivering the food. If anybody fucks with us, we will respond, massively. And we are going to get the U.N. to finally show up and take over. Tell Boutros he has six months to do that, not one day more. Then…then we will leave. Bill Clinton
I want you all to understand that we are at war and we will stay as war until this is done. Nothing else matters. Everything is available for the pursuit of this war. Any barriers in your way, they’re gone. Any money you need, you have it. This is our only agenda. George W. Bush
Failure to subject the project, especially in its latter frenzied stages, to a cold and objective appraisal by the best operating talent available, particularly by those not involved in the operation Failure to advise the president, at an appropriate time, that success had become dubious and to recommend that the operation be therefore canceled Failure to recognize that the project had become overt and that the military effort had become too large to be handled by the agency alone Lyman B. Kirkpatrick Jr.
The Agency became so wrapped up in the military operation that it failed to appraise the chances of success realistically. Furthermore, it failed to keep the national policymakers adequately and realistically informed of the conditions considered essential for success. Lyman B. Kirkpatrick Jr.
While our superpower military is stunningly effective, it is also stunningly expensive. Peter G. Peterson
You do not need to be in a position of power. You need only be in a position to influence those in power. Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
In matters of business deal only with the commander of the army, column, or party in which you serve. Never give orders to anyone at all, and reserve your directions or advice for the C.O., however great the temptation (for efficiency’s sake). Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
The state is not a supernatural being; it is the organised host of politicians, leaders and officials backed by armed force Anton Pannekoek
In today’s America the working class is paid to fight wars that the powerful would never risk. Richard Rodriguez
Insurgencies have a way of going on for a long time historically. Paul Bremer
Majority rule is not the norm for solving issues or problems. United States Army
Right now some future general is lying in his crib trying to get his big toe in his mouth. Such was probably the case of our guest of honor tonight. Mark Twain
I want to ask him, Why did you kill my son? What did he die for? Cindy Sheehan
Politicians tend to fear their militaries, which often crave foreign enemies and will overthrow civilian governments that do not share their goals. John M. Owens IV
To prepare for a disaster, practice the worst case scenario. We don’t usually do that. Russel Honore
A disaster like a hurricane is like a football game. You are going to lose the first quarter. There is no way you will win that quarter. The question is how ugly you will lose that quarter. Then you go into the second quarter – the search and rescue. Russel Honore
Some people were breaking in to get food for their families. They were in survivor mode. Don’t confuse that with a guy carting off a 64 inch television set and looting…. The test is take the mirror and put it in front of your face and ask what would you do. Russel Honore
In a disaster you have to have speed. In order to have speed, you have to have trust. And in order to have trust, you have to have people organized and planning before the disaster. Russel Honore
One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. George Orwell Blair
If we in Congress cannot in time of war regulate the behavior of our troops, then we have no power. Lindsey Graham
On the battlefield, there is no distinction between upper and lower class. Bhutan Proverb
If you go into a country, then you’re going to have to do something about it, and that is hard–harder than invading. George P. Shultz
I have no more gifts for politics than a cow has for fox hunting, and I’m not interested in it… personally I’ve never voted and do not intend to. George S. Patton
This plan is subject to change without notice as all plans are. George S. Patton
It is the style of an office seeker rather than that of a soldier. George S. Patton
Human rights are being exalted over victory. George S. Patton
There are a lot of starry eyed State Department boys busting to raise the standard of living of Arabs who should be all killed off… no State Department people should be permitted in a theater of war, nor at the peace treaty George S. Patton
As a result of this war, I’ve had… changes of heart -- I believe in female nurses. George S. Patton
I hate to change leaders in battle, but the new leader is better than a timid one. George S. Patton
The United States normally punishes war crimes as such only if their committed by enemy nationals. United States Army
Keep a separate American Army. Woodrow Wilson
A war initiated by faulty intelligence should not to complicated by a premature pull out of our troops. John Murtha
I am religiously persuaded that the duration of the War and the greatest part of the misfortunes and perplexities we have hitherto experienced, are chiefly to be attributed to the System of temporary enlistments. Had we in the commencement raised an Army for the War, such as was within the reach of the Abilities of these States to raise and maintain we should not have suffered those military Checks which have so frequently shaken our cause, nor should we have incurred such enormous expenditures as have destroyed our paper Currency and with it all public credit. A moderate compact force on a permanent establishment capable of acquiring the discipline essential to military operations would have been able to make head against the enemy without comparison better than the throngs of Militia. George Washington
Let me conjure you, in the name of our common Country, as you value your own sacred honor, as you respect the rights of humanity, and as you regard the Military and National character of America, to express your utmost horror and detestation of the Man who wishes, under any specious pretences, to overturn the liberties of our Country, and who wickedly at- tempts to open the flood Gates of Civil discord, and deluge our rising Empire in Blood. You will defeat the insidious designs of our Enemies, who are compelled to resort from open force to secret Artifice. You will give one more distinguished proof of unexampled patriotism and patient virtue, rising superior to the pressure of the most complicated sufferings; And you will, by the dignity of your Conduct, afford occasion for Posterity to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, "had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining. George Washington
The accumulated hardships under which the army had so long labored made their situation intolerable, and called aloud for immediate redress. An application to the supreme authority of America was thought a salutary measure, and the improbability of obtaining relief from the States individually, after the treatment the Massachusetts line had experienced from their State, rendered it absolutely indispensable. Samuel Shaw
You pick out the big men! I’ll make them brave!” Pyrrhus
No oppressive taxes. No expensive kings. No compulsory military service. No knouts or dungeons. Anonymous
Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God. Anonymous
Never draw your dirk when a blow will do it. Anonymous
No navy, no nation. Anonymous
A country may be conquered from the back of a horse but may not be ruled therefrom. Anonymous
Backstage Boss of the Pentagon Anonymous
Americans, while from this eminence, scenes of luxuriant fertility, of flourishing commerce, and the abodes of social happiness, meet your view, forget not those who by their exertions have secured to you these blessings Anonymous
Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here we lie obedient to their laws. Anonymous
Immortals Anonymous
Join the Army, see the world, meet interesting people—and kill them. Anonymous
Night Witches Anonymous
Rich men’s money for poor men’s blood. Anonymous
Spare the bows and arrows for they are of no force against an armed man [one with a gun.] Anonymous
The winds and seas are Britain's wide domain, And not a sail, but by permission, spreads. Anonymous
Rodent Exterminators Anonymous
To Avoid the Draft Anonymous
[The army is] in a state of licentiousness which must render it formidable to everyone but the enemy. Ralph Abercromby
Nothing can destroy democracy in America faster than a political-military crisis. David Abshire
With all due respect, Mr. President, the Joint Chiefs of Staff don't know what they're talking about. Dean Acheson
What is the purpose of our might if we do not use it for good. Gary Ackerman
The military should be kept in strict subordination to the civil power. John Quincy Adams
One sailor will do us more good than two soldiers. A navy is our natural and only defense. John Adams
Soldiers quartered in a populous town will always occasion two mobs where they prevent one. They are wretched conservators of the peace. John Adams
They worry one another like mastiffs, scrambling for rank and pay like apes for nuts. John Adams
Your commission constitutes you commander of all the forces … you are vested with full power and authority to act as you shall think for the good and welfare of the service. John Adams
We may look up to armies for our defense, but virtue is our best security. It is not possible that any State should long remain free, where virtue is not supremely honored. Samuel Adams
What's the point of having this superb military your always talking about if we can’t use it? Madeleine Albright
Unless you’re prepared to use force, it’s very difficult to deal with a person who understands only force. Madeleine Albright
We are talking about using military force, but we are not talking about war. I think that is an important distinction. Madeleine Albright
The framework of a democratic army has been established by President Truman’s Executive Order. Sadie Tanner Alexander
I, Alfonso, King of the Portuguese, with the consent of all my people, so that it may be remembered by future generations, do provide by this protocol of confirmation that the Franks who shall remain with me in the siege of the city of Lisbon shall have and take into their power and possession the goods of whatever kind belonging to the enemy and that I and my men shall have no part whatever of them. The Franks shall freely have the ransom money from the enemy prisoners Alfonso I
The Imperial [military] forces exist as moral entities. They defend not only Japan’s territorial needs, but also the enterprising spirit of the state and its everlasting nature, which is coeval with heaven and earth. Sadao Araki
The litmus test of democracy is the subordination of military power to civilian authority … Oscar Arias
What we need in our countries is a good police force with a civilian mentality and some cheap light arms, not an army that needs to maintain its power with sophisticated weapons Oscar Arias
These Egyptians, Cyprians, Cilicians, and Pamphylians, who are counted in the number of your subject-allies, of how little service are they to you! Artemisia
Spare your ships, and do not risk a battle; for these people are as much superior to your people in seamanship, as men to women. What so great need is there for you to incur hazard at sea? Are you not master of Athens, for which you did undertake your expedition? Is not Hellas subject to you? Not a soul now resists your advance. They who once resisted, were handled even as they deserved. Artemisia
Frankly, we don't have the resources to go everywhere and do everything. Leslie Aspin
The military in all these struggling democracies is an important player. They can take over the leadership or determine the leadership. Leslie Aspin
The Army will hear nothing of politics from me, and in return I expect to hear nothing of politics from the Army. Herbert Henry Asquith
Turkey is squeezed between the mosque and the barracks. Cetin Atlan
There was no need to send Negro troops to Cuba …. It is criminal. Atlanta Constitution
The military cannot be indifferent to its succession. Ibrahim Babangida
You've got to exact some cost from the people who are sending these drugs into our country. William Bennett
This is, I say, a new kind of knighthood and one unknown to the ages gone by. It ceaselessly wages a twofold war both against flesh and blood and against a spiritual army of evil in the heavens Bernard of Clairvaux
The great questions of the day are not to be decided by speeches and majorities ... but by iron and blood. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Black people should not be forced to fight in the military service to defend a racist government that does not protect us. Black Panther Party
We will protect ourselves from the force and violence of the racist police and the racist military, by whatever means necessary. Black Panther Party
You give us the mission, we can get ‘em. We’ll rout ’em out. When we’re through with them, they will have flies walking across their eyeballs. Cofer Black
Europeans do not see that American power, which they resent, maintains their ability to be weak, to have shrunken defense budgets, minimal military capability beyond the borders of the EU, a relatively stagnant economy, and a general attitude of indulgent but righteous lassitude. Conrad Black
There is danger in this action. But there is greater danger in inaction. Tony Blair
Soldiers, you are naked, unfed; the government owes you much but has given you nothing. The patience and courage that you have shown among these rocks are admirable; but it brings you no glory—not a glimmer falls upon you. I will lead you into the most fertile plains in the world. Rich provinces, great cities will be in your power; there you will find honor, glory and riches. Napoleon Bonaparte
And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. Book of Chronicles
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. Omar N. Bradley
Our technology has already outstripped our ability to control it. Omar N. Bradley
The Army is not out to make any social reforms. The Army will put men of different races in different companies. It will change that policy when the Nation as a whole changes it. Omar N. Bradley
I don’t see why a gay person can serve openly in the White House and not be able to serve openly in the military. William W. Bradley
Far beyond the bounds of human decency …. soldiers ought not be asked to defend a Constitution indifferent to their essential human dignity. William J. Brennan, Jr.
To have the same commander in chief demand that our soldiers die for their country when he does not guarantee the protection of their civil rights at home is extraordinarily disappointing. H. H. Brookins
Men do not take good iron to make nails or good men to make soldiers. Pearl S. Buck
In the American South, German prisoners of war got better treatment than Black GIs. Gail Buckley
A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind. Lois McMaster Bujold
Any community's arm of force—military, police, security - needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. Lois McMaster Bujold
Very near the heart of all foreign affairs is the relationship between policy and military power. McGeorge Bundy
A surgical operation is bloody, messy and never fun. McGeorge Bundy
I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military. William S. Burroughs
Our military is meant to fight and win war. George W. Bush
We’ve got to accept that we’re going to lose people in this deal. How many, I don’t know. Could be a lot. George W. Bush
God is ordinarily for the big battalions against the little ones. Roger Bussy-Rabutin
Don't mess with me. I've got tanks. Kim Campbell
We cannot ask our soldiers to be courageous if our politicians are not. Robert Carey
The only way to make budget cuts is to bring down force structure. Frank Carlucci
We were having problems with the War Powers Act, so I hesitate to use the term war. Frank Carlucci
The number killed I cannot say. It was a perfect butchery. Kit Carson
I could have been very popular if I had launched a military attack on Iran but I chose patience. Jimmy Carter
The stationing of U. S. troops abroad on a permanent basis in foreign military installations is the kind of thing that should not be done without the approval of the Senate. Clifford P. Case
As Secretary of Defense I have to be cautious and prudent. Dick Cheney
The mission of our military is to fight and win wars. Dick Cheney
We’re a democracy and we’re defended by volunteers. Dick Cheney
The military strength and resources of the State must be reserved for its own defense and protection exclusively … Martin Chittendon
It is lawful for Christian men, at the commandment of the Magistrate, to wear weapons and serve in wars. Church of England
Very few wars have been won by mere numbers alone. Quality, willpower, geographical advantages, natural and financial resources, the command of the sea, and above all a cause that rouses the spontaneous surgings of the human spirit… Winston Churchill
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash. Winston Churchill
You may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman, or the most audacious soldier. Put them at a table together—what do you get? The sum of their fears. Winston Churchill
Law stands mute in the midst of arms Marcus Tullius Cicero
Predicting the number of casualties is an impossibility. Wesley Clark
The Pentagon is always going to be the last to want to intervene. It is up to the civilians to tell us what they want to do and we’ll figure out how to do it. Wesley Clark
I thought the Navy at times resembled a Southern plantation that had somehow escaped the Civil War. Blacks swabbed the decks, shined shoes, did the cooking, washed the dishes, and served the food. Virtually no other jobs were open to them. Clark M. Clifford
Chemical and biological weaponry will be one of the grave threats to the world. Bill Clinton
Force should never be the first answer, but sometimes it is the only answer. Bill Clinton
No government really rooted in parliamentary democracy should have the power to make its citizens fight and die in a war they may oppose, a war which even possibly may be wrong … Bill Clinton
Diplomacy and force are two sides of the same coin. Bill Clinton
The military can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Bill Clinton
This country's policies should be heavily biased in favor of non-discrimination. Bill Clinton
Modern power depends on money and guns. And we have the most of both. Roger Cohen
We can always find money for what the military wants. Henry Steele Commager
We have a military policy instead of an energy policy. Barry Commoner
Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken Albert Jay Cook
I am short a cheekbone and an ear but am able to whip all hell yet. John Corse
The only difficulty I had in declaring war arose from the incompetency of the men to whom the principle management of it was to be given. William H. Crawford
This is a military phthisis not a war … small skirmishes in which we are always facing the enemy with inferior numbers … There is no fundamental plan in this campaign … We are ready for any sacrifice in order to save the honor of the army and the prestige of the monarchy. Francesco Crispi
The concept of military readiness is well understood, but readiness for what happens after the fighting stops is just as important. Chester A. Crocker
The people have a right to know—no, a duty to know—what the army is doing in our name. Walter Cronkite
We shall give the idlers and the men not effectively employed the choice between military service and effective employment. Every man in the draft age at least must work or fight. Enoch H. Crowder
It’s very difficult to stay alert indefinitely. William J. Crowe Jr.
The military always asks for more [appropriations] than it gets. William J. Crowe Jr.
The military market is based on human folly, not normal market precepts. Human folly goes up and down, but it always exists. It's depths have never been plumbed. Sam Cummings
This nation [Canada], without any hesitation or doubt, is capable and even expected by the less fortunate of this globe to lead the less developed counties beyond self-interest, strategic advantages, and isolationism, and raise their sights to the realm of the pre-eminence of humanism and freedom. Romeo Dallaire
Government should not deny to any of its citizens that which it gives to other citizens. Alphonse D'Amato
The military is afraid to get into this war [on drugs] because it's a tough one. Alphonse D'Amato
Perhaps in combat overseas, we [Blacks] would have more freedom and respect than we had experienced at home. Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
I thought his genius was military, but that as a party manager, he would not succeed. He did not know the arts of the politician and would not practice them if understood, and he did know those of war. Varina Davis
No worker has any business to enlist in the capitalist class war (World War I) or fight a capitalist class battle. It is our duty to enlist in our own war and fight our own battle. Eugene V. Debs
They have the troops; we only have the arguments. Theophile Delcasse
Let the slaves and free colored people be called into service and formed into a liberating army … Frederick Douglass
We must have a Secretary of Defense who will manage, and not be managed, by the Pentagon. Michael Dukakis
General, you do the praying for this army, and I'll do the cussin'. Jubal Anderson Early
Our military is trained to kill our enemies in foreign lands, not to do civilian law enforcement within our country. Chet Edwards
I got where I did [in the military] by knowing how to hide my ego and hide my intelligence. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Well, I’ll be darned. When you put on a uniform there are certain inhibitions which you accept. Dwight D. Eisenhower
There is a cancer problem in the whole body that only surfaced in Guantanamo Bay. Steven Emerson
Raising or keeping a standing army within the kingdom in time of peace, unless it be with consent of Parliament, is against law. England
The raising or keeping a standing army within the kingdom in time of peace, unless it be with consent of Parliament, is against law England
The ideal weapons system is built in 435 congressional districts, and it doesn't matter whether it works or not. Alain C. Enthoven
Intelligence, like any other aspect of national security, has to be under civilian control. Fritz Ermath
There has been a great deal of talk about the preservation of the people’s rights, but the Army constitutes not the least important part of the people. Erich von Falkenhayn
There is no military government on earth that does not have human rights abuses. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
The gladiators always look for additional ways to demonstrate their skill. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
If this country ever had a military of the poor, it no longer does. Richard Fernandez
The army is the only power to preserve the [Soviet] Union. Valentin Filatov
... to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty.... Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia in order to raise an army upon their ruins. Elbridge Gerry
Every minute hundreds of thousands of people die all over the world … so the deaths of tens of thousands of human beings, even if they are our own compatriots, represent really very little. Vo Nguyen Giap
I believe in peace through strength. I would prefer to rely on the military rather than diplomats to protect our homes. Newt Gingrich
War! War! War! I fear it will swallow up everything good and useful. William E. Gladstone
We can live without butter, but not without arms. One cannot shoot with butter, but with guns. Joseph Goebbels
You dare not—at least I hope you dare not—attempt a conscription to fill the ranks of your regular army. Robert Henry Goldsborough
I don't think any man or woman should have to tell his entire history in order to enlist in the military. Barry Goldwater
The military didn't want blacks in integrated units, or women, and now it doesn't want gays. Barry Goldwater
Before they got through with this thing, everybody got in the act.... They ordered over 7,000 medals to be awarded for an action that probably would have required 1,200 or 1,500 people. Barry Goldwater
While you are eating, drinking and resting on good beds, we and those with us, both soldiers and servants, are watching by night and day, endeavoring to quell the movements of this false Mahdi Charles George Chinese Gordon; Muhammad Ahmad
This is the first step on the odious ground of conscription—a plan sir, which never will and never ought to be submitted to by this country while it retains one idea of civil freedom. Christopher Gore
The Turkish Army will not allow itself to be bound hand and foot by democracy and human rights. Ahmet Gorekci
We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. Nathanael Greene
Americans are fine with the use of force as long as nobody gets hurt. Jeff Greenfield
I don't run a democracy. I train troops to defend democracy. Alfred M. Gray Jr.
The highest military authority cannot be divided. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
War! As soon as possible! Now! We need a voice to lead us without equivocation: Communism must be destroyed. Robert W. Grow
There is always a perception on the part of the military that ... organizations voicing dissent are communist fronts. Venencio Guarduce
If you're a gay activist, the chances are you're not going to join the Marine Corps. Barney Frank
If you contemplate some enterprise against the enemy, the commissary must scrape together all the beer and brandy that can be found so that the army does not lack either … Frederick II
The sky does not rest more firmly on the shoulders of Atlas than the Prussian State does on the Prussian army. Frederick II
Wars ruin armies. Frederick William I
Everything I accomplished during these two campaigns was done in spite of the ministry Joseph-Simon Gallieni
To march a file of soldiers into the Representative Hall of a State ... will not be tolerated by the American people. James A. Garfield
You should never trust the experts. If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil; 3rd Marques Salisbury
You must be ruthless, relentless, and remorseless! Sack the lot! Lord Fisher
Members of Congress should do a little penance after such a virtuous vote for the soldiers of the regular army. John F. Fitzgerald
I succeeded in staying out of the military during the Vietnam War, and I would never assume the right to tell others to do a “duty” that I shirked. Thomas Fleming
And so that these young men, soldiers and seamen alike, may ever fiercer be and impetuous when they do battle with the enemy, so shall they be given a barrel or two of beer. Henrick Flemming
The military mind always imagines that the next war will be on the same lines as the last. Ferdinand Foch
As long as we can outproduce the world, can control the sea and can strike inland with the atomic bomb, we can assume certain risks otherwise unacceptable in an effort to restore world trade, to restore the balance of power —military power—and to eliminate some of the conditions which breed war. James Forrestal
Military men predominated and gave no thought to the larger situation. They knew how to advance but not how to retreat. Hirohito
Nothing is going the way it was supposed to. Hirohito
Organs of military command and political organs should try not to interfere on their respective spheres. Hirohito
Organs of military command and political organs should try not to interfere on their respective spheres. Hirohito
Our military men placed too much weight on spirit and forgot about science. Hirohito
Generals know nothing about the economics of war. Adolf Hitler
In general our officers are humane. But in some cases they have carried on your warfare with a mixture of American ingenuity and Castilian cruelty. George Frisbie Hoar
The thing the Pentagon should be seeking is success, not avoiding failure. Richard Holbrooke
Because we in the military worship your majesty as a living god, it is extremely difficult in military command to treat your majesty as only a human. Shigeru Honjo
The army and the government needs a dictator. Joseph Hooker
Every nation must have some degree of military organization, even among the most peaceful peoples. The possession of armament however, no matter how necessary, breeds suspicion, fear, counter-armament and hate. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
The possession of highly developed armed forces by small nations is disastrous in all its consequences. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
When our army is composed of a mere handful of men, and our treasury empty so that it cannot provide for this gallant handful; when an enemy … is battling against our shores … when everything is at stake,—surely such is not the moment for parsimonious feelings in raising taxes … Samuel Hopkins
Hell's Angels Howard Hughes
Every man among you is a free will volunteer. Not one has been invited. No more typical are made of free man who ever marched to meet an enemy. Sam Hughes
Conscription may have been good for the country, but it damned near killed the country. Richard Hull
I was wrong to expose myself to disaster and dishonor … I was lucky to escape … I shall leave here to sacrifice my position and my life in order to make the truth known. Gustave Humbert
The public was entirely free of the great danger and expense of a standing army. David Hume
Without a militia, it is in vain to think that any free government will ever have security or stability. David Hume
Troops that can advance no farther must, at any price, hold on to the ground they have conquered and die on the spot rather than give way. Joseph Joffre
Woe to them ... that trust in chariots! Book of Isaiah
Considering standing armies as dangerous to free governments in time of peace, I shall not seek to enlarge our present establishment, nor disregard that salutary lesson of political experience which teaches that the military should be held subordinate to the civil power. Andrew Jackson
Every soldier in our army feels that Israel must be wiped off the map. Salah Jadid
Remember always the good reputation of your family and the opinion of people in your birthplace. Do not shame yourself by being taken prisoner alive; die so as not to leave behind a soiled name. Japan
He [the President] may be reelected from four years to four years for life …. Once in office, and possessing the military force of the union, without either the aid or check of a council, he would not be easily dethroned. Thomas Jefferson
The acquisition of Canada this year … will be a mere matter of marching and will give us experience for the attack on Halifax the next, and the final expulsion of England from the American continent. Thomas Jefferson
It is nonsense to talk of regulars [enlisted army troops.] They are not to be had among a people so easy and happy at home as ours. We might as well rely on calling down an army of angels from heaven. Thomas Jefferson
… a degeneracy of representation in the great council of America .… Many members of it are no doubt men in every respect, fit for the trust, but this cannot be said of it as a body. Folly, caprice a want of foresight, comprehension and dignity, characterize the general tenor of their actions…. Their conduct with respect to the army especially is feeble indecisive and improvident Alexander Hamilton
Any great power—especially a great one suddenly deprived of its traditional adversary—faces the perennial dilemma of showing a reasonable return on its costly military investments. Andrew J. Bacevich
Desert Storm seemingly reversed one of the principal lessons of Vietnam—namely that excessive reliance on technology in war is a recipe for disaster. Andrew J. Bacevich
Time and again, attempts by machine-age armies to impose their will on irregular forces supported by a sympathetic population failed. Andrew J. Bacevich
No American witnessing the way that President George W. Bush and his generals have bungled the Iraq war can deny that our leaders, civilian and military alike, will have to get a lot smarter if the U.S. armed services are to persuade the Islamic world to embrace the blessings of democracy. Andrew J. Bacevich
I think a weakened, fragmented, chaotic Iraq, which could happen if this isn’t done carefully, is more dangerous in the long run than a contained Saddam is now. Anthony Zinni
I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders. I believe the role of the military is to fight and win war and therefore prevent war from happening in the first place George W. Bush
General Franks sometimes makes assertions that are wildly inaccurate, but he offers them with great certitude Thomas E. Ricks
We must take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plans, and confront the worst threats before they emerge. If we wait for threats to fully materialize we will have waited too long. George W. Bush
Light at the end of the tunnel? We don’t even have a tunnel. These generals don’t even know where the tunnel is. Lyndon B. Johnson
For all I know, our navy was shooting at whales out there. Lyndon B. Johnson
My generals are always right about other people’s wars and wrong about our own. Lyndon B. Johnson
An honorable peace is and always was my first wish! I can take no delight in the effusion of human blood; but, if this war should continue, I wash to have the most active part in it. John Paul Jones
The definition of superpower cannot mean only military might anymore. Barbara Jordan
Present asymmetrical advantages to the enemy before he presents asymmetrical advantages to you. John Jumper
It is easier to find false witness against the civilian than anyone willing to speak the truth against the interest and honor of the soldier. Decimus Junius Juvenal
Who is to guard the guards themselves? Quis custodiet ipsos Custodes? Decimus Junius Juvenal
There will be plenty of fighting in the coming years and in a magnitude far beyond this. Prepare yourself. Arthur MacArthur
Just as we protect California, so shall we protect Japan. Douglas MacArthur
Negroes are not qualified to be integrated within his command. When I find them qualified, they will be integrated. Douglas MacArthur
The trouble with you, Eisenhower, is that you're too small minded. Douglas MacArthur
No wall exists, however thick, that artillery cannot destroy. Niccolo Machiavelli
Peacekeeping sometime requires killing to do the job properly.. Lewis MacKenzie
You must get clear of the navy yards; if you do not put them down, they will put you down ou must get clear of the navy yards; if you do not put them down, they will put you down. Nathaniel Macon
Proofs multiply daily of the difficulty of obtaining regulars, and of the fluctuating resources of the militia. High bounties and short enlistments, however objectionable, will alone fill the ranks, and then too in moderate number. James Madison
Those who are to conduct a war cannot in the nature of things, be proper and safe judges of whether a war ought to be commenced, continued or concluded. James Madison
A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. James Madison
The military rarely errs on the side of openness. Daniel Maffei
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; ... And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. John Gillespie Magee
Once secrecy becomes sacrosanct, it invites abuse. Mike Mansfield
We cannot hope to substitute armed power for the kind of political and economic social changes that offer the best resistance to Communism. If the necessary reforms have not been forthcoming over the past seven years to stop Communist subversion and rebellion, then I do not see how American combat troops can do it today. Mike Mansfield
The inhabitants … are savage and warlike and take such pleasure in war and conflict that one who loses his life in battle is regarded as happy beyond all others. For those who depart from this life by a natural death, they assault with insults, as degenerate and cowardly. Ammianus Marcellinus
That war will never be won militarily. Robert Kennedy
This system of military conscription … is not only inconsistent with the provisions and spirit of the Constitution, but also with all the principles of civil liberty. Jeremiah Mason
... always supporting his [a fellow Mason's] military fame and political preferment in opposition to another. Freemasonry
If your sons must be torn from you by conscription, consign them to the care of God; but let there be no volunteers except for defensive war. Massachusetts House of Representatives
One Japanese soldier is worth ten Chinese. Yosuke Matsuoka
Ministers [government officials] in the conduct of war … assume that war having been declared, the sole duty and anxiety of Ministers should consist in supporting generals and armies in the field. Herbert Maxwell
In politics ... retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons. Mary McCarthy
If I save this Army now, I tell you plainly that I owe no thanks to you or any other persons in Washington. You have done your best to sacrifice this army. George B. McClellan
Military technology is like a continuing chess game, with no final move. David McCurdy
The United States Government has blood on its hands. Cynthia McKinney
The military caste did not originate as a party of patriots, but as a party of bandits. H. L. Mencken
In modern societies, all things, even in the military department of affairs, are decided, not by individual effort, but by the combined operations of numbers; John Stuart Mill
The main occupation of society has changed from fighting to business, from military to industrial life. John Stuart Mill
Those who were not taught to fight, have naturally inclined in favor of any other mode of settling differences rather than that of fighting. John Stuart Mill
What we depend upon in a political leader is the fact that if necessary he will kill for us…. If he is not willing to shed blood we are afraid of him. He must protect us. Arthur Miller
The States must and will take care of themselves; and they will preserve the resources of the States for the defense of the States. Morris S. Miller
Soldierly duty of obedience has its limit. Helmuth James von Moltke
Congress have a right by the Constitution to raise regular armies, and no restraint is imposed on the exercise of it …. It would be absurd to suppose that Congress could not carry this power into effect otherwise than be accepting the voluntary service of individuals. James Monroe
An empire founded by arms, must likewise have arms for its support. Charles de Montesquieu
The bottom line is that we have a more representative sample of middle America in the volunteer force in 1990 than can be achieved in any draft. G. V. Montgomery
The threat is there, and we get paid to tell Americans it is there. Thomas Moorer
Prepare against them whatever force you are able to muster, and horses ready for battle, striking fear into God's enemy and your enemy, and others beyond them unknown to you but known to God... Muhammad
Statistics tell us that 10 percent of the population is homosexual. Since we in the Conservative party are representative of the population, there are at least 20 gays in this room. Am I wrong? … Are you ready to deprive these people of their rights? Brian Mulroney
American soldiers and marines are good diplomats in their own right. Carl Mundy
Everyone follows the chief. This is a very disciplined army we have. Pervez Musharraf
The great mass of 18-year olds ... are given no choice.... The older generation immolates the younger, on the alter of Moloch ]. What God, centuries ago, forbade Abraham to do even to his own son,—"Lay not thy hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him" [Genesis 22:12]—this we do by decree to the entire youth of a nation. A. J. Muste
The draft is the corollary of militarism and militarism spells death to democracy. Robert M. La Follette
One of the most constant laws of history is … immediately [if] any one class becomes preponderant—nobles, clergy, army, or the people—it speedily tends to enslave others. Gustave Le Bon
All great careers are carved out by the sword. Homer Lea
It is well that war is so terrible—we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee
What my country needs is a safety valve for her surplus energies …. Establishing a Belgian colony in Africa will not only develop our country’s commercial interests but to raise the morale of the army and raise the merchant navy which we lack …. It is time that Belgium takes her part in the great work of civilization, following in the footsteps of England. Leopold II
Think not, if you once enter on this career, that it can be limited to the Jew. What is my cast today, if you yield to this injustice, may tomorrow be that of the Roman Catholic or the Unitarian; the Presbyterian or the Methodist; the Episcopalian or the Baptist. There is but one safeguard; that is to be found in an honest, whole hearted, inflexible support of the wise, the just, the impartial guarantee of the Constitution. Uriah Phillips Levy
You can't dig coal with bayonets. John L. Lewis
Both Republicans and Democrats want to use our children as cannon fodder in order to police the world. Libertarian Party
Diplomacy, when matched by force, can achieve our objectives. Joseph I. Lieberman
I can make a brigadier general in five minutes, but it's not so easy to replace 110 horses. Abraham Lincoln
There can be no army without men. Men can be had only voluntarily, or involuntarily. We have ceased to obtain them voluntarily; and to obtain them involuntarily is the draft - the conscription. Abraham Lincoln
Doesn't it strike you as queer that I, who couldn't cut the head off a chicken, and who was sick at the sight of blood, should be cast into the middle of a great war, with blood flowing all about me. Abraham Lincoln
My belief is that the permanent estimate of what a general does in the field is fixed by the "cloud of witnesses" who have been with him in the field; and that, relying on these, he who has been right needs not to fear. Abraham Lincoln
I who am not a specially brave man have had to sustain the sinking courage of these professional fighters in critical times. When it was proposed to station [Gen. Henry W.] Halleck here in general command, he insisted, to use his own language, on the appointment of a general-in-chief who should be held responsible for results. We appointed him and all went well enough until [John] Pope's death, when he broke down—nerve and pluck all gone—and has ever since evaded all possible responsibility—little more since then than a first-rate clerk. Abraham Lincoln
I would employee all colored men as laborers, but would not promise to make soldiers of them Abraham Lincoln
If I had 50,000 additional troops here now, I believe I could substantially close the [civil] war in two weeks. Abraham Lincoln
Military glory—the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood. Abraham Lincoln
The strength of the rebellion [the Confederacy] is in its military, its army. That army dominates all the country and all the people within its range. Abraham Lincoln
The true rule for the military is to seize such property as is needed for military uses and reasons, and let the rest alone. Abraham Lincoln
I may in an emergency do things on military grounds which cannot be done constitutionally by Congress. Abraham Lincoln
I can assure you that this flag will be returned to this brigade in a free Havana. John F. Kennedy
My power comes from the military. Kim Jong Il
The biggest hawks have never been in service. Larry L. King
Be very careful of military action. You will be judged by how it ends—not by how it begins. Henry A. Kissinger
Our military structure and tactics have been designed more to protect the service interest than the national interest. Lawrence Korb
We couldn't go to war without them, and we couldn't win without them. Lawrence Korb
A nation is a superpower not just because of its military strength. Charles Krulack
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Fighting men are the city's fortress. Alcaeus
The Americans are not in control of anything – they don’t even control themselves! Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf
National sovereignty should be supported by financial independence. The only power that will propel us to this goal is the economy. No matter how mighty they are, political and military victories cannot endure unless they are crowned by economic triumphs. Kemal Ataturk
Following the military triumph we accomplished by bayonets, weapons and blood, we shall strive to win victories in such fields as culture, scholarship, science, and economics, … the enduring benefits of victories depend only on the existence of an army of education. Kemal Ataturk
We (we!) drop leaflets on the Argentine troops besieged in Port Stanley [during the Falklands War], urging them to lay down their arms. Were such leaflets dropped on our troops we would consider them contemptible and ludicrous; our leaflets are represented as a great humanitarian gesture. Alan Bennett
If a military mission has no guide who knows the inside information of the opponents, it will likely have to retreat half of the way. Chinese Proverb
It is a bad practice to put people who are good at military affairs in civil service positions. Chinese Proverb
The key to winning a battle is to not burden the general population with military expenses Chinese Proverb
I have incorporated a company of which I am President which will be known as Cody Military College International Academy of Rough Riders William Frederick Cody
Poverty fills armies, mans navies. Daniel Defoe
I tell you slavery is over, and shall never return again. We have now 200,000 of our men well drilled in arms and used to warfare, and I tell you it is with you and them that slavery shall not come back again, and if you are determined it will not return again. Martin Delany
Will President Polk accept one or more regiments of colored soldiers for the great Southern War? Surely, according to Southern doctrine, they are the only persons adapted to that climate? We should like to have an answer from some of the President's friends, we care not of what politics. Martin Delany
The national honor of my country will be redeemed by steel, not gold! William Eaton
If then they cry to their God against us, in truth, though they do not bear arms, yet they fight against us, because they assail us with their curses. Ethelfrid
We Blacks have a long history of serving as cannon fodder for interests that are not our own. Mark P. Fancher
An absolute and unconditional defeat of Japan is the essential ingredient for a lasting peace in the Orient. Only complete military disaster and stinging defeat and colossal losses will prove to the people that the military machine is vincible and that their fanatical leadership has taken them the way to disaster. Bonner F. Fellers
Anger without power is folly. German Proverb
The Red Army really does seem to be of very little military worth. Joseph Goebbels
The navy of England may be divided into three sorts, of which the one serveth for the wars, the other for burden, and the third for fishermen which get their living by fishing on the sea. How many of the first order are maintained within the realm it passeth my cunning to express William Harrison
Remember that everybody signed up as fast as they could in World War I because they thought the war would be over by Christmas. Chris Hedges
The Socialist Party of the United States is unilaterally opposed to the system of exploitation and class rule which is upheld and strengthened by military power. Morris Hillquit; Socialist Party
There shall be one War Chief for each Nation and their duties shall be to carry messages for their Lords and to take up the arms of war in case of emergency. They shall not participate in the proceedings of the Confederate Council Iroquois Nation
In the military you do not get points for creativity. You get points for obedience. Jesse Jackson
A superpower, however, is only as good as the forces through which it exercises that power. John Keegan
When soldiers break the law in a combat situation the commanding officer can hold them accountable, but he cannot do so if military contractors break the law. Carl Levin
Men, or squads of men, who commit hostilities, whether by fighting, or inroads for destruction or plunder, or by raids of any kind, without commission, without being part and portion of the organized hostile army, and without sharing continuously in the war, but who do so with intermitting returns to their homes and avocations, or with the occasional assumption of the semblance of peaceful pursuits, divesting themselves of the character or appearance of soldiers - such men, or squads of men, are not public enemies, and, therefore, if captured, are not entitled to the privileges of prisoners of war, but shall be treated summarily as highway robbers or pirates. Francis Lieber
You ought to be made to fight. We need regiments of such men as you. Abraham Lincoln
If King Hussein appealed to us for aid and protection, we should be obliged to send American soldiers to Arabia … in order to protect his independence against the assaults of the Wahabis. Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
From a military point of view it was a complete success Jose Luiz Lopes da Silva
I am the prince of those who follow the religion of Jesus Christ, as you are of those who obey the laws of Muhammad. Your power inspires me with no fear. How should it? I who make the Muslims in Spain tremble! Louis IX; Louis Capet
You have but one method to avoid the tempest that threatens you. Receive priests, who will teach you the Christian religion, embrace it, and adore the Cross; otherwise I will pursue you everywhere, and God shall decide whether you or I be master of Egypt. Louis IX; Louis Capet
When they had despoiled all the country near to Damascus, they advanced to Jerusalem, took it by storm, and put all the Christians to the sword. The women and girls, having suffered every insult from a brutal disorderly soldiery, were loaded with chains. They destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulcher; and when they found nothing among the living, to glut their rage, they opened the tombs of the Christians, took out the bodies, and burnt them. Makrisi
The Arms used by the Indians in War were formerly a Bow and Arrow with a Stone Axe and Mallet, but now they get from our People Guns, Swords, Iron Axes and Mallets. John Megapolensis
This is the most horrible idea I have heard of, and anyone who shall venture, dare, hazard, make bold and have the audacity to propose it will not be safe from my dagger. August Ferdinand Mobius
Mr. [Jefferson] Davis was kindness personified and told me to go home and tell my parents that as soon as the Government established a naval school I should have one of the first appointments. I left the presence of the great man crestfallen and convinced that the Confederacy was doomed. I had come to fight, not to go to school. Had I not just left the greatest naval school in the world to avoid getting an education? And here the best they could offer me was a place in some makeshift academy that was to be erected in the future. I felt that I had been deceived and badly treated, and I mentally comforted myself with the assurance that I knew more about drill and tactics than the whole mob of civilian generals and colonels who thronged the capitol's corridors James Morris Morgan
The Apache Indian, superior in strength to the Mexican, [has] gradually extirpated every trace of civilization, and roamed uninterrupted and unmolested, sole possessor of what was once a thriving and populous Spanish province. Sylvester Mowry
Are you ignorant that we know the use of arms, and that we inherit the valor of our ancestors? No one has ever attacked us without feeling our superiority. Recollect the conquests we have made from the Christians; we have driven them from the lands they possessed; their strongest towns have fallen under our blows. Nedjm-Eddin
And whereas the ministers of the gospel are, by their profession, dedicated to the service of God and the care of souls, and ought not to be diverted from the great duties of their function; therefore, no minister of the gospel, or priest of any denomination whatsoever, shall, at any time hereafter, under any presence or description whatever, be eligible to, or capable of holding, any civil or military office or place within this State. New York State
The governor shall continue in office three years, and shall, by virtue of his office, be general and commander-in-chief of all the militia, and admiral of the navy of this State New York State
Spend most of the day reading fascisti pamphlets. They certainly have turned the whole country into an army. From cradle to grave one is cast in the mould of fascismo and there can be no escape…. It is certainly a socialist experiment in that it destroys individuality. It also destroys liberty. Harold Nicolson
Thou seaman-prince! thy men are paid: The scat on Gotlanders is laid; Young man or old To our seamen bold Must pay, to save his head: The Yngling princes fled, Eysvssel people bled; Who can't defend the wealth they have Must die, or share with the rover brave Ottar Svarte
Infantry, Artillery, Aviation--all that we have--are yours to dispose of as you will. . . . I have come to say to you that the American people would be proud to be engaged in the greatest battle in history. John Joseph Pershing
Because tyrants never stop worrying about the loyalty of their militaries, they often establish ruling-party militias to act as personal guarantors of their safety in the event of assassination or coup attempts. Samantha Power
Nobody wants to go to war, but the burden of service cannot fall only on volunteers who, are attracted to the military for financial reasons. Charles B. Rangel
I am a combat leader. As such I am responsible for everything that is done in my unit. I just wish that our civilian leaders would accept the same kind of responsibility. Paul Rieckhoff
When you send men and women off to war, you were engaging them in politics. ;, .d. politics;, .d. war;, .d. military;, When you send men and women off to war, you were engaging them in politics. Paul Rieckhoff
Rough Riders Theodore Roosevelt
Learning has freed more men than all the armies in human history. Carl T. Rowan Jr.
Each time a foe is defeated in one corner of the world, another appears elsewhere. Donald Rumsfeld
It’s less important to have unanimity than it is making the right decisions and doing the right thing, even though at the outset it might be loathsome. Donald Rumsfeld
Drafted soldiers are far more likely to die in combat than long-service professionals. Military leaders know from painful experience that it takes years to produce a fully competent combat soldier. Robert Scales Jr.
Jehovah's Witnesses are a dangerous organization. They are dangerous from a political point of view. They view all governments as products of Satan. They do not acknowledge armies, regarding them also as a product of Satan; they refuse to carry out any military service Shenouda III
Followers vie keenly with each others as to who shall rank first with his chiefs, the chiefs as to who shall have the most numerous and the bravest followers. It is an honor as well as a source of strength to be thus always surrounded by a large body of picked youths; it is an ornament in peace and a defense in war. Cornelius Tacitus
Though the object of being a Great Power is to be able to fight a Great War, the only way of remaining a Great Power is not to fight one. Alan Taylor
What to do with Mr. Prima Donna, Brass hat, Five Star MacArthur . He's worse than the Cabots and the Lodges—they at least talked with one another before they told God what to do. Mc tells God right off. It is a very great pity we have to have Stuffed Shirts like that in key positions …. Don't see how a country can produce such men as Robert E. Lee, John Pershing, Eisenhower, Bradley and at the same time produce Custers, Pattons and McArthurs Harry S Truman
Whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully make or convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States, or to promote the success of its enemies, or shall willfully make or convey false reports, or false statements, or say or do anything with intent to obstruct the sale by the United States of bonds . . . or the making of loans by or to the United States, or whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully cause . . . or incite . . . insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or shall willfully obstruct . . . the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, and whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States, or the Constitution of the United States, or the military or naval forces of the United States, or the flag … or the uniform of the Army or Navy of the United States, or any language intended to bring the form of government . . . or the Constitution … or the military or naval forces … or the flag … of the United States into contempt, scorn, contumely, or disrepute … or shall willfully display the flag of any foreign enemy, or shall willfully … urge, incite, or advocate any curtailment of production in this country of any thing or things … necessary or essential to the prosecution of the war … and whoever shall willfully advocate, teach, defend, or suggest the doing of any of the acts or things in this section enumerated and whoever shall by word or act support or favor the cause of any country with which the United States is at war or by word or act oppose the cause of the United States therein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both United States
It zonked me for three days. I kept falling down and the people at the lab assigned someone to follow me around with a mattress Van Murray Sim
When once the whole body of the good people find that the military interest and capacity is their own, … and that in this posture they are most properly sovereign, … they will presently see a necessity of continuing ever one with their army, raised and maintained by them for the promoting this cause against the common enemy Henry Vane
Once the standing army and their governors shall also find that, by setting and keeping up themselves in a divided interest from the rest of the body of honest men, they withhold from themselves those contributions in all voluntary and cheerful assistances, by the affections and prayers, by the persons and purses of the good party, to the weakening themselves thereby, as to any vigorous support from them, in the times of most imminent danger Henry Vane
That the people have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State: and as standing armies, in the time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; and that the military should be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by the civil power Vermont
That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people trained to arms, is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies in time of peace should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Ginni Rometty
No military tactic is unreasonable if it can further destroy enemy morale and quickly. Wolfram von Richthofen
The Army, as usual, are without Pay; and a great part of the Soldiery without Shirts; and tho' the patience of them is equally threadbare, the States seem perfectly indifferent to their cries. George Washington
Issue the orders Sir, and I will lay siege to Hell! Anthony Wayne
Sing it as we used to sing it, fifty thousand strong, While we were marching through Georgia. Henry Clay Work
Somebody's screwed up, and it should be evident to everybody that somebody screwed up…. We should change course. The current course is taking us over Niagara Falls. Anthony Zinni
Action must begin in the developing world itself. These countries do not lack financial resources. What they lack is political courage. We need to ask the leaders of the Third World, and ask them bluntly, why they insist on spending $130 billion each year on the military when even a quarter of this expenditure can finance their entire essential social agenda. And we must ask them why they insist on having six soldiers for every one doctor when their people are dying of ordinary diseases, from internal disintegration, not from external aggression, from many threats to human security, not any threats to territorial security. Mahbub ul-Haq
Any diminishment of the government forces stationed here endangers the safety of the state, for the militia are not & cannot for some time be made efficient as the Want of Arms & munitions of War, are sources of great embarrassment. William Charles Cole Claiborne
The militiaman is best employed at his plough Harmanus Bleecker
I expect to be told that the militia of the country is its natural bulwark, and would be at all times equal to the national defense. This doctrine, in substance, had like to have lost us our independence. . . . The facts which, from our own experience, forbid a reliance of this kind, are too recent to permit us to be dupes of such a suggestion Alexander Hamilton
The people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State; and as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up. And the military should be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by the civil power. Pennsylvania
The military power shall always be held in exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it. Massachusetts
The people have a right to keep and bear arms. Massachusetts
The States neglect their Militia now, and the more they are consolidated into one nation, the less each will rely on its own interior provisions for its safety. . . . The Discipline of the Militia is evidently a National concern, and ought to be provided for in the National Constitution. James Madison
Militia are difficult to be collected and almost impossible to be kept in the field. . . . Nothing short of a regular military force will answer. Edmund Jenings Randolph
No Dependence can be put on the Militia for a continuance in Camp, or Regularity and Discipline during the short time they may stay George Washington
I have tried every Method I Could think of to procure Arms for our Men, they really are not to be had in these Governments. George Washington
The militia is filled with Children, Apprentices and Men of Low Rank . . . as everyone who could pay a small Fine, thought it beneath them to appear on Muster. Timothy Pickering
Don't wait for someone to tell you what to do. Develop an innovative solution and work as a team to make it happen. Alexander V. Suvorov
He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation Thomas Jefferson
I think myself under the necessity of informing your Honor, of the odd behaviour of the few Militia that were marched hither from Fairfax, Culpeper, and Prince William counties. Many of them unarmed, and all without ammunition or provision. Those of Culpeper behaved particularly ill: Out of the hundred that were draughted, seventy-odd arrived here; of which only twenty-five were tolerably armed. I proposed to the unarm’d, that as they came from home (at least with a shew) of serving their country; and as they were, from the want of arms, incapacitated to defend themselves, much less to annoy the enemy, or afford any protection to the Inhabitants George Washington
The People there are very Skilful in the use of Fire-Arms, being all their Lives accustom’d to shoot in the Woods. This, together with a little exercising would soon make the Militia little inferior to Regular Troops. Robert Beverly
On the East Coast, men might fear a standing army; in the West, they clamored for one that could protect them Stephen Ambrose
The sixteen battleships, representative of the noble traditions of American justice, come to our shores as heralds of peace Kokumin Shimbun
The Japanese Napoleon Anonymous
With this plan we will conquer Korea and China as easily as a man rolls up a piece of matting and carries it under his arm. Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Another point of extraordinary importance is that, in all the history of Japan since the beginning, the country ‘has never once felt the shame of foreign conquest.’ Ernest Wilson Clement
It would be a Pearl Harbor type of attack. Robert Kennedy
The President has authorized certain commanders of Unified and Specified Commands to expend nuclear weapons in defense of the United States, its territories, possessions, and forces when the urgency of time and circumstances clearly does not permit a specific decision of the President, or other person authorized to act in his stead. Joint Chiefs of Staff
Current war plans call for the defense of Quemoy and Matsu by nuclear strikes deep into China …. The United States does not have a politically feasible capability to defend Quemoy and Matsu. I question whether, in the event of an attack on Quemoy and Matsu, we should or will run the very grave risk of general nuclear war attendant on our present military planning. Gerard C. Smith
Our landings … have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops …. The troops, the air, and the navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Divide our forces to arouse the masses, concentrate our forces to deal with the enemy. The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue. To extend stable base areas, employ the policy of advancing in waves; when pursued by a powerful enemy, employ the policy of circling around. Arouse the largest numbers of the masses in the shortest possible time and by the best possible methods. Mao Zedong
We can not have peace and prosperity in Asia with any single country trying to dominate the region. He Ya-Fei
in all cases and at all times the military ought to be under strict subordination to and governed by the civil power Delaware
That a well regulated militia is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free government …. standing armies are dangerous to liberty Delaware
Nor can any man that is conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms in any case be justly compelled thereto if he will pay such equivalent. Delaware
If there's an air raid during the parade and there are dead and wounded, they must be quickly removed and the parade allowed to go on. Joseph Stalin
Be prudent in your use of military force to achieve any laudable objective. Barry McCaffrey
Unless we get entitlement costs under control, Social Security will inevitably square off against national security. Robert Hormats
A man who could not serve in the trenches of France might nonetheless serve in the financial trenches at home…. William Gibbs McAdoo
God has given man no sharper spur to victory than contempt of death. Hannibal
Nothing can be more entirely inefficient than the militia under the existing organization … Without arms, in nine cases out of ten badly officered, they merely comply with the letter of the law, and repair to their colors, not from the elevated feeling of duty to their country, . . . but to avail themselves of an indulgence, without restraint, in all the immoralities of legalized misrule. John Goddard Watmough
We congratulate the people of this commonwealth warmly and heartily upon their emancipation from mock military duty. Hezekiah Niles
It is useless to try so frequently and unsuccessfully, attempt upon attempt, to instruct the great mass of people in the art of war James Brown Ray
This relic of antiquity . . . is now distinguished only by its absurdity and its gross deflection of public morals. . . . It is worse than useless. . . .We hope that our Legislature will soon put an end to this ridiculous farce. New Haven Herald
Many people opposed the very institution of the militia. Temperance proponents objected to the excessive drinking that accompanied musters; peace advocates hated the militarism, no matter how pathetic; merchants and farmers resented the lost time and taxes; labor groups resented the expense of buying guns, flints, and ammunition; others found no utility in the institution now that the United States was not threatened by any external foe. Even in the absence of foreign enemies, some opponents feared that the existence of the militia could encourage a democratic government to declare an unnecessary war. Michael A. Bellesiles
so many militia-men . . . are not skilled in the use of the Rifle or Musket Charles K. Gardner
… undisciplined, badly armed, miserably provided and worse commanded.”,,,,, Sumner could see no way of implementing a command agreement except by using force, which meant using militia against militia William H. Sumner
Bragg has been defeated at Chattanooga with great loss-abandoned Look Out Mountain and fell back we don't know where. The worst news of the war for us here. It looks as if we are to be exterminated. I now anticipate nothing better James Henry Hammond
These are terrible times. All our young in the Armies, not [any] men left to suppress a Negro insurrection …. As yet I have not sold a lock of Cotton James Henry Hammond
The Socialists are no fomenters of strikes; they know too well that a strike is a two-edged weapon, wounding the proletariat more deeply and more grievously than the capitalist. But, when the strike is declared, they take their part in the fight. They organize and assist the workers, protecting them against the snares of the police and the brutality of the military, and giving them such moral and material support as is in their power Paul Lafargue
One must always shoot; always shoot, general. Nicholas II
Executors need to be involved in the planning Donald Rumsfeld
… sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal acts Antonio M. Taguba
We don’t want to break what isn’t broken trying to fix what is. Jim Talent
Don't think we've ever convinced the American people that it's not in our interest to be isolationists. Our tendency for the first century, maybe century-and-a-half of our existence was to be isolationists, to hide behind the two mighty oceans, to become self-sufficient, and to follow Washington's caution not to become involved in foreign entanglements and alliances. Anthony Zinni
It's important that the American society and the American military not get far apart…I think the people have to understand their military and make a clear decision as to what they want it to be Anthony Zinni
it's no longer sufficient just to be militarily proficient. You really need to understand dimensions beyond the military dimensions. You need to understand politics and economics. And you need to understand cultures. There aren't pure military operations anymore, as such. It's become very diluted. And you need to understand those other dimensions clearly Anthony Zinni
The media is like the terrain and weather. It is a fact; it's nothing you can change. You have to learn to deal with it. And it isn't bad or good, it's just there. I don't think we should put limits on the press, unless it's for security reasons or for reasons of risk in the case of an operation. We value freedom of the press. It's something we are fighting for. It's part of the constitutional rights that we swear our allegiance to. We just have to accept it and learn to deal with it in a right way, and give and take. Anthony Zinni
We find ourselves in places in the world where our interests require, maybe, limited application of force, involved in strange missions, missions difficult to define and state criteria and exit strategies. So it's much more difficult now. It's not that clear. Anthony Zinni
You can't just answer everything with the application of force. By the time you have to apply force, there's already been a failure, and you're trying to pull your chestnuts out in the worst possible way Anthony Zinni
The only legitimate object which States should endeavor to accomplish during war is to weaken the military forces of the enemy Anonymous
Why should fortune have made the Huns victorious over so many nations unless it where to prepare them for the joy of this conflict? Attila
There is a necessity of instant re-enforcement for your army…. Those slaves only who might volunteer to fight for their freedom, should be at once sent to the trenches….Opponents claimed that this would disband the army by reason of the violent aversion of the troops to have negroes in the field with them …. If we could get from the army an expression of its desire to be re-enforced by such negroes as for the boon of freedom will volunteer to go to the front, the measure will pass without further delay, and we may yet be able to give you such a force as will enable you to assume the offensive. Judah P. Benjamin
It was horribly impressive – the banners, the processional, the atmosphere of virility and enthusiasm and the cheers that greeted Mosley’s ridicule of the democratic system. The audience consisted of young toughs from the shops and the banks and that type of ageing ex-serviceman who has pathetically retained his military rank from the war. Robert Bernays
If the English should land on our soil, I shall have them arrested Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
In most covert operations … particularly those that have a large paramilitary component, the planning for later stages is very incomplete. The outcome of the first stages of the operation is usually so difficult to predict that it wouldn't have seemed sensible to have planned the later stages. One can plan the first phases, but not what happens next Richard M. Bissell Jr.
With terrorism becoming the increasing tactic of choice, the military component would become a smaller component of our national security system. Charles G. Boyd
Leaflet operations should be expanded to obtain maximum practicable psychological effect on the North Vietnamese population. McGeorge Bundy
Delivering up the Negroes to their former masters would be delivering them up—some to execution and others to punishments which would in my own opinion be a dishonorable violation of the public faith Guy Carleton
[Military] events are proof that success is not due simply to general causes. Particular factors can often be decisive—details known only to those who were on the spot. There can also be moral factors which never come to light; while issues can be decided by chances and incidents so minute as to figure in histories simply as anecdotes Carl von Clausewitz
In war everything is uncertain, and calculations have to be made with variable quantities …. all military action is intertwined with psychological forces and effects. Carl von Clausewitz
All those who may be disposed to emigrate from the United States will with their families be received on board his Majesty’s ships or vessels of war or at the military ports that may be established upon or near the coast of the U. S. where they will have their choice of either entering his Majesty’s sea or land forces, or of being sent as Free Settlers to the British possessions in North America or the West Indies where they will meet all due encouragement Alexander. Cochrane; William Balhetchet
The free negroes who have served faithfully in the army … may be re-enlisted therein, but no others Continental Congress
The only institution like the United States Navy is the Roman Catholic Church. You write something bad about them and they excommunicate you. Thomas J. Fleming
Colonel Laurens … is on his way to South Carolina, on a project which I think, in the present situation of affairs there, is a very good one, and deserves every kind of support and encouragement. This is, to raise two, three, or four battalions of negroes, with the assistance of the government of that State, by contributions from the owners, in proportion to the number they possess …. I have not the least doubt, that the negroes will make very excellent soldiers with proper management: and I will venture to pronounce, that they cannot be put in better hands than those of Mr. Laurens. Alexander Hamilton
Coups usually follow national humiliation. Victor Davis Hanson
Slavery made the Negro as dependent upon the intelligence and foresight of his master as a soldier upon the will of his commander Kelly Miller
We are poor with all the wealth and commerce of the entire universe, and soon, on account of having solders, we shall have nothing but soldiers, and we will become like the Tartars. Charles de Montesquieu
In the choice of these captains not those that are the boldest and most enterprising are esteemed the best; but those rather, who are steady and sedate; prudent in conduct, and skillful in command. Nor is it so much required, that they should be at all times eager to begin the combat, and throw themselves precipitately into action Polybius
It is not without good reason that two captains are assigned to every company. For as it always is uncertain, what will be the conduct of an officer, or to what accidents he may be exposed; and, as in the affairs of war, there is no room for pretext or excuse; this method is contrived, that the company may not upon any occasion be destitute of a leader. When the captains therefore both are present, he that was first chosen leads the right, and the other the left of the company. And when either of them is absent, he that remains takes the conduct of the whole. Polybius
The Carthaginians employ foreign mercenaries; and that on the contrary the Roman armies are composed of citizens, and of the people of the country. Now in this respect the government of Rome is greatly preferable to that of Carthage. For while the Carthaginians entrust the preservation of their liberty to the care of venal troops; the Romans place all their confidence in their own bravery, and in the assistance of their allies. From hence it happens, that the Romans, though at first defeated, are always able to renew the war; and that the Carthaginian armies never are repaired without great difficulty. Polybius
For Our Country Rhode Island Negro Regiment
Hereafter in the enlistment of men in the Army... no distinction whatsoever shall be made on account of race or color Robert Smalls
Don spare helmets; take up weapons, and guard the camp. Tamerlane
[As I am] informed that numbers of free negroes are desirous of enlisting, he gives leave to the recruiting officers to entertain them, and [will] lay the matter before the Congress, who, [I] doubts not, will approve of it George Washington
Neither negroes, boys unable to bear arms, nor old men unfit to endure the fatigues of the campaign, are to be enlisted George Washington
North Korea has enough chemical weapons to kill everyone in South Korea. Yi Ch'ung-guk
At a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility; at worst, lying, incompetence and corruption. Anthony Zinni
Our military knows how to invade and conquer a country, but we do not know how to run one. Jim Winkler
The emotions suppressed during the long, tense period of global warfare were released by peace, and erupted into a tornado-like explosion of violent feelings, abusive criticism of the military, and aggressive pressures on Congress for fundamental reforms in the court-martial system. Robert J. White
Do not know what to do. I will remain passive until I hear from you. I do not believe calling out the militia will avail anything towards restoring peace, unless they were called out in such force as to fight the Mormons & drive them from the country. This would satisfy this people, but I cannot agree to it. I hold myself ready to execute, as far as I can go, any order from you, and wish you to advise the Commander-in-Chief as to the situation of the upper country. Perhaps a visit from him would have some effect in allaying the excitement Hiram G. Parks
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt that he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us. Dick Cheney
We have to go in and win this war quickly, and then be prepared to help stabilize Iraq over an indefinite period, five to ten years, at a minimum, I believe, using a large fraction of American forces. This is a major undertaking that likely would require a total of 150,000 troops and could stay above 100,000 for several years Michael O'Hanlon
The U.S. military will be stepping into a morass. Iraq presents as unpromising a breeding ground for democracy as any in the world. It has never really known democracy or even legitimate, centralized rule for any great duration. Alina Romanowski
Someone should tell the president that U.S. forces would need to be in Iraq for two to five years, and they will not have an easy time there. Amtzia Baram
If you guys don’t go through the enemy in six weeks, we’ll disown you. But then the hard work begins... We have lit a fuse, and we don’t know what’s at the other end- a nuke, a hand grenade, or a dud? Anthony Zinni
Occupying Iraq will be the most daunting and complex task that the U.S. and the international community will have undertaken since the end of World War II Anonymous
There should be a phased down-sizing to avoid dumping 1.4 million men into a shattered economy. Anonymous
The possibility of the United States winning the war and losing the peace is real and serious Conrad C. Crane
Thinking about the war now and the occupation later is not an acceptable solution. Conrad C. Crane
In a highly diverse and fragmented society like Iraq, the military...is one of the few national institutions that stresses national unity as an important principle. Tot ear apart the army in the war’s aftermath could lead to the destruction of one of the only forces for unity within the society. Conrad C. Crane
I have picked up this vibe that...you’re going to have this massive strike with massed weapons, and basically that’s going to be it, and we just clean up the battlefield after that. Norman Schwarzkopf
I would hope that we have in place the adequate resources to become an army of occupation because you’re going to walk into chaos Norman Schwarzkopf
My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we are giving you is facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence. We have first-hand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails. Our conservative estimate is that Iraq today has a stockpile of between one hundred and five hundred tons of chemical weapons agent...He remains determined to acquire nuclear weapons. Colin Powell
They wanted to disavow the Powell doctrine Richard L. Armitage
We’d continue to pay them. Using army allows us not to demobilize it immediately and put a lot of unemployed people on the street. Jay Garner
Within 120 days, we’ll win this war and get all U.S. troops out of the country, except 30,000 Lawrence Di Rita
History will judge the war against Iraq not by the brilliance of its military execution, but by the effectiveness of the post-hostilities activities Jay Garner
I don’t see why it would take more troops to occupy the country than to take down the regime. Paul Wolfowitz
We’re not going to need as many people to do peacekeeping as we needed to fight the war. Paul Wolfowitz
Democracies that have achieved military victory ought to refrain from seeking revenge. Fred C. Ikle
There are some who feel that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: Bring ‘em on. We’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation. George W. Bush
I regret that on my arrival in Mesopotamia I was too much occupied with military matters, and too ill-informed regarding the political problem….[We had] a scratch and somewhat incongruous team of administrators with the majority possessing little exact knowledge of the people they were called upon to monitor James Aylmer Lowthorpe Haldane
Most of Iraq is calm and progress on the road to democracy and freedom not experienced in decades continues...only in isolated areas are there still attacks. Anonymous
The United States Army had become reliant on firepower and technological superiority in its history of annihilating enemy forces...The concept that success in counterinsurgency consisted of separating the insurgents from popular support never took hold. The U.S. Army proceeded with its historical role of destroying the enemy army –p even if it had a hard time finding it. John Nagl
The Party and the masses have to be placed on a war footing, criticizing the Nationalists by means of a machine gun Mao Zedong
Opinions should not be allowed to become conclusions Mao Zedong
Big armies have always brought, not peace, but war which has ended in a hate that in due course brings another war. J. Reuben Clark
Military force is not the first option, but it is there if needed. Richard Myers
In order to have defense here at home, we have to have offense in Iraq and Iran. Richard Myers
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. Noah Webster
I do not want to lead an army of mercenaries. William Westmoreland
They serve so that we don't have to. They offer to give up their lives so that we can be free. It is, remarkably, their gift to us. And all they ask for in return is that we never send them into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary. Will they ever trust us again? Michael Moore
The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. Maximilien Robespierre
Where is it written in the Constitution, in what article or section is it contained, that you may take children from their parents and parents from their children, and compel them to fight the battles of any war in which the folly and wickedness of the government may engage itself? …. A free government with an uncontrolled power of military conscription is the most ridiculous and abominable contradiction and nonsense that ever entered into the heads of men. Daniel Webster
If the people are not convinced that the Free World is in mortal danger it would be impossible for Congress to vote the vast sums now being spent to avert danger. With the support of public opinion, as marshaled by the press, we are off to a good start. It is our Job --- yours and mine --- to keep our people convinced that the only way to keep disaster away from our shores is to build up America's might. Charles E. Wilson
What chiefly governs the military budget is the need to spend enormous sums of money in a useless way. The allegedly powerful Pentagon is simply a receptacle for wasteful expenditure, just as a city dump is the receptacle for the refuse of a city. Walter Karp
You can always hear the people who are willing to sacrifice somebody else's life. They're plenty loud and they talk all the time. You can find them in churches and schools and newspapers and legislatures and congress. That's their business. They sound wonderful. Death before dishonor. This ground sanctified by blood. These men who died so gloriously. They shall not have died in vain. Our noble dead. Dalton Trumbo
I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people Henry A. Kissinger
Death’s Head Hussars Death’s Hussars Anonymous
I maintain that the civil authorities are under obligation to compel the people to send their children to school. ... If the government can compel such citizens as are fit for military service to bear spear and rifle, to mount ramparts, and perform other martial duties in time of war, how much more has it a right to compel the people to send their children to school? Martin Luther
We need to do a very professional and robust job of advising the Iraqi military. I mean robust with a complete staff to advise the Iraqi battalion as professionally as possible. Then I want to equip them very well---just like we are. Not with the second class equipment we give them…. And I would jump-start the economy … do what FDR did, employ the youth with a CCC type organization…. Then give each Iraqi citizen a portion of the oil revenue personally, just like we do in Alaska. Separate the regional government into 3 areas, Shiite, Sunni and Kurd… If we don’t do that we are finished. Jay Garner
I’ll make it easy on you Jerry. I’m going home. Jay Garner
It is impolite to criticize your host; it is militarily stupid to criticize your allies. United States Army
For his failures, Rumsfeld must go! Paul D. Eaton
You can’t report on something that you don’t know about. Lucy Dalglish
I favor extermination of the Japanese in toto. Paul V. McNutt
The fire bombing of the cities of Japan have been one of the most ruthless and barbaric killings of non-combatants in all history. Bonner F. Fellers
There must be some kind of factory in every town. That is the only way to break German morale. Franklin D. Roosevelt
In fighting with Japanese savages all previously accepted rules of warfare must be abandoned William Daniel Leahy
When sinking ships there shall be complete destruction of the crews of the enemy's ships. Japan
The best war is the one that doesn’t have to be fought, and the best military is the one capable and versatile enough to deter the next war in the first place. Wesley Clark
Don't ever, ever go to war unless you can describe and create a more desirable end state. And doing so takes a whole lot more than just the use of force. Wesley Clark
Now that Washington once again has a tangible adversary -- variously described as ‘freedom-hating terrorists,’ ‘Salafist jihadis,’ or ‘Islamofascists’ -- U.S. leaders have convinced the American public that foreign policy is an ‘us-versus-them’ contact sport in which the primary tactics are military and coercive Chester A. Crocker
The United States Military did not adopt the Stars and Stripes for a flag to fight under till 1850. The first war in which the Stars and Stripes was flown unofficially by some troops was during the Mexican War. Marc Leepson
President Eisenhower is two faced and has no guts. Louis Armstrong
There is no need to fear Russia's actions, they are not aggressive... They are aimed at maintaining balance in the world order, and are extremely important for maintaining peace and security globally. Vladimir Putin
The question in my mind then is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many. Dick Cheney
The Negro Marines are no longer on trial. They are Marines, period Alexander A. Vandegrift
Arise Americans. Your country and liberty are in danger. Anonymous
The war is over. The Chinese are not coming … The Third Division will be back in Fort Benning for Christmas Dinner. Douglas MacArthur
The army’s resistance bordered on criminal negligence. United States Congress
Generals make plans. Plans go wrong. And soldiers die. Ken Burns
Lincoln left the bulk of the nominations for presidential as well as for subordinate offices to his political friends and advisors. The military forces as well as the civilian establishment were exploited freely, and political generals were notoriously numerous. With more offices at his disposal than any president up to that time, … Lincoln appears to have used — or permitted the use of — the appointing power at his command as deliberately as they could have been used for practical, and usually partisan, political purposes. Paul P. Van Riper
If the United States were attacked by rockets from one of our neighboring countries, we would be a lot tougher on them than Israel has been on the Palestinians. When we were attacked, we sent an army abroad and took over Afghanistan from the Taliban. Newt Gingrich
I don’t see how our country can produce such men as Robert E. Lee, John J Pershing, Eisenhower and Bradley and at the same time produce Custers, Pattons, and MacArthurs. Harry S Truman
Big bomb dropped on Hiroshima 5 August at 7:15 PM Washington time. First reports indicate complete success which was even more conspicuous than earlier test. Henry L. Stimson
Uniformed defeatists Winston Churchill
Any time you are in a position of command, your views are colored by your desire for success of the mission. Wesley Clark
A monarch is at all times that of an enemy of the people," acting by force, fear, corruption, and delusion through his three human instruments, the soldier, the lawyer, and the priest, to produce in all times and at all places the greatest infelicity of the greatest number. Jeremy Bentham
I have agreed with General Houston for an armistice until matters can be so regulated that the war will cease forever Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
The Army has become an insupportable burden to the nation; until the military are permanently deprived of their usurped power, it is vain to look for any real improvements in the civil administration. Chu Chi-chien
The arrogance of those in charge of the Pentagon and in Baghdad was as limitless as their ignorance … Rashid Khalidi
Violence of the state is sublimated—it takes a very dull form. Norman Mailer
A bureau that benefits a well organized interest group will fare better in getting the sinews for administration than a bureau whose benefits are diffused over unorganized consumers or whose function is to restrain rather than to confer benefits. James W. Fessler II
It takes more than a trained army … it takes an institutionalized army. Hamid Karzai
Fewness of people, is real poverty; and a Nation wherein are Eight Millions of people, are more than twice as rich as the same scope of Land wherein are but Four William Petty
These same people that tolerate the real violence of war don't want to see the result of it on the nightly news. Unlike the rest of the world, our news coverage of this war remains sanitized, without a glimpse of the blood and gore inflicted upon our soldiers or the women and children in Iraq. Violence as a concept, an abstraction – it's very strange Tim Robbins
Green Flags are flying throughout the city, marking high moral and strong Islamic spirit, and Mujahedin are seen praying in groups on the charred streets of Muslim Grozny. Many held their Qur'an along with their personal weapons. The words of Allah-hu-Akbar in Arabic are seen written in some visible areas by some Mujahedin arriving from other countries. Several Mujahedin of the Martyrdom unit wore distinct black bands around their heads, they vowed resistance to the end Armed Islamic Movement
After all, it is not nice going to war with one’s equal or possible superior in strength – so different from those delightful “military operations” which consist in “potting”, savages with an amount of danger just sufficient to give a zest to the sport …But then the special line the skill of our ablest and most valiant generals takes is that of “thrashing a cannibal.” Thrashing a Cossack is a different sort of thing. E. Belfort Bax
Meanwhile “our” troops during the past month, have been again at their congenial occupation of slaughtering native children and burning villages E. Belfort Bax
Women have always been in combat. We had women who won the Silver Star in World War II. Jim Webb
Tainted evidence often comes from torture. Jim Webb
There should be a 5% tax break for people who served in the military…. We are developing a class divide in military, service. Very few people who have brought us this war have served in the military and very view of their children have served. Jim Webb
The military has to think in terms of worst case scenarios. In a sense, they have to play the pessimist. Robert D. Kaplan
When the economies of countries grow, their militaries generally do as well. Robert D. Kaplan
Unless the military of a fledgling democracy becomes Westernized, there democracy will not long last. Robert D. Kaplan
Unquestionably a military government, established as the permanent government for the State, would not be a republican government, and it would be the duty of Congress to overthrow it. But the law of Rhode Island evidently contemplated no such government. It was intended merely for the crisis, and to meet the peril in which the existing government was placed by the armed resistance to its authority. It was so understood and construed by the State authorities. And unquestionably a State may use its military power to put down an armed insurrection too strong to be controlled by the civil authority. The power is essential to the existence of every government, essential to the preservation of order and free institutions, and is as necessary to the States of this Union as to any other government. The State itself must determine what degree of three the crisis demands. Roger B. Taney
It was a state of war; and the established government resorted to the rights and usages of war to maintain itself, and to overcome the unlawful opposition. And in that state of things the officers engaged in its military service might lawfully arrest any one who, from the information before them, they had reasonable grounds to believe was engaged in the insurrection, and might order a house to be entered and searched, where there were reasonable grounds for supposing he might be there concealed. Without the power to do this, martial law and the military array of the government would be mere parade, and rather encourage attack than repel it. Roger B. Taney
If the authority which the Constitution has confided to the judiciary department ... may ... be usurped by the military power, at its discretion, the people of the United States are no longer living under a government of laws, but every citizen holds life, liberty, and property at the will and pleasure of the army officer in whose military district he may happen to be found. Roger B. Taney
The president ... cannot suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, nor authorize a military officer to do it…. a military officer has no right to arrest and detain a person not subject to the rules and articles of war ... except in aid of the judicial authority, and subject to its control Roger B. Taney
We considered that the strike district was in a state of actual warfare and we acted according to the procedure of the United States Army in time of war …. during the state of insurrection which prevailed, the constitution of the state of West Virginia was suspended by the acts of those men who were burning, killing and destroying property. We believed that to perpetuate the state of West Virginia and restore the constitution we had to use extreme measures. Charles Morgan
It is true that we are ignorant of the art of war. Yet we know when it is wise or prudent to declare it. Michel de L'Hopital
It will plow under every fourth American boy. Burton K. Wheeler
The tragic truth is that this falls somewhere between screw-up and cover-up. Tom Davis
Captains and subalterns in the militia shall be elected by those person in their respective company districts subject to military duty. Majors shall be elected by the captains and subalterns of the battalion. Colonels shall be elected by the majors, captains and subalterns of the regiment. Brigadier-generals shall be elected by the commissioned officers of their respective brigades. Ohio
The force that we went to war with after 9-11 was a force designed for the Cold War. We have much different needs today. Richard Myers
Is military occupation likely to be the midwife of democracy? Eva Bellin
Not only military leaders are sometimes guilty of designing a war as if it were a bridge that only spans half a river, civilian leaders may initiate military campaigns without being troubled by the fact that they have no plan to bring their war to a close. Fred Charles Ikle
The military should be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Vermont
Standing armies, in the time of peace, are dangerous to liberty Vermont
Soldiers will fight for our independence and the honor of the Volk. My cause is the cause of my Volk. Frederick William I
Christianity may have restrained the martial ardor of the Teutons for a time, but it did not destroy it; now that the restraining talisman, the cross, has rotted away, the old frenzied madness will break out again. Heinrich Heine
Holding out the olive branch in one hand and displaying in the other than the means of offensive operations Robert Smith
Repel force by force Thomas Jefferson
We’re here to preserve democracy, not to practice it. Michael Schiffer
I am the army. You can negotiate with me. I represent the army. I represent the people. Pervez Musharraf
The verdict is for the trumpeter swan and against the army. The army will have to find another nesting place. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Where a centurion deserts, in the face of the enemy, and returns home, he shall be beheaded. Visgoths
In the Pentagon there is a surplus of bathrooms. Why? Because in the 1950s, there were separate bathrooms for white and colored people … in the Pentagon. Tim Russert
I don’t think our troops ought to be used for what’s called nation-building. I think our troops ought to be used to fight and win war. George W. Bush
Many inhabitants both of the town and country, are daily abused and insulted, by the troops. The devotion of God’s people, in their worshipping assemblies, is frequently interrupted, and marks of the utmost contempt are cast upon religion itself. Bodies of troops from time to time march into the country, with a view … to alarm, terrify, or awe the inhabitants to a submission. Jonas Clark
I can’t join the military. It would be impractical for me to go abroad. But if I can put a stranglehold on their finances, it assists our President in the War on Terrorism. Deena Burnett
This really vital and sensitive military installation has been wrecked – more thoroughly than any Soviet saboteur could have dreamed of doing it… [through] the process of witch-hunting, sheer bigotry, cowardice, race prejudice and sheer incompetence. Walter Mills
There appears to be almost no way in which the deployment of military force . . . could be brought rationally to bear upon the decision of any of the political, economic, emotional or philosophical issues by which men still remain divided. Walter Millis
… the army disease Anonymous
I don't know whether the appointment be a matter of condolement or congratulation John Armstrong Jr.
There is never a military solution to any problem. Lakhdar Brahimi
There is never any military solution to any problem. Even when you have total victory you still have to go in and talk to people. Lakhdar Brahimi
I swear or affirm (as the case may be) to be true to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and to serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever; and to observe and obey the Orders of the Continental Congress and the Orders of the General, and officers set over me by them Continental Congress
This is an administration that has gotten 600 Americans killed by not telling the truth. I don’t see why anyone would believe any of the political ads. Howard Dean
Every Souldier shall present such prisoners as are taken, to their Captaine immediately at their returne to the Campe, and none shall either kill them, or license them to depart, without commandement or leave from the Generall, or other head Officer thereunto appointed, upon paine of being disarmed, and banished [from] the Campe Robert Dudley
No time can be more vainely spent, then that which is consumed in unlawfull games, besides the breeding of much contention and quarrelles:…. no private Souldiour or inferiour Officer shall play at Dice and Cards, nor any other unlawfull games, upon paine of two dayes imprisonment for the first time, and for after committing the like, to bee further punished by the judges discretion. Robert Dudley
Furthermore her Maiestie wylleth and commaundeth all maner her officers, … or Capitaynes of Castles upon the seas, and al other havying any office in Port townes or places of landyng, that they shall foorth with, as they wyll aunswere at their uttermost peryll, to do theyr uttermost in their jurisdictions to enquire, lay wayte, and thereby apprehende al maner of persons that do haunt the seas with any kynde of vessels armed, beying not an apparaunt merchaunt Elizabeth I
Excessive bail hath been required of persons committed in criminal cases, to elude the benefit of laws made for the liberty of the subjects. … violating the freedom of election of members to serve in Parliament raising and keeping a standing army within this kingdom in time of peace, without consent of Parliament, and quartering soldiers contrary to law … levying money for and to the use of the crown, by pretense of prerogative, for other time and in other manner than the same was granted by Parliament. England
The deplorable state of the Commisary and Quarter Master's Departments, and the entire Deficiency of Magazines, to supply the Southern Army, obliges me to request General Huger to be the Bearer of this Letter. His Zeal for the Public Service, anticipates my Wish, that he would be my Advocate with your Excellency and the Executive Power of the State, to supply our wants, by immediately establishing Magazines of Provisions and Forage, and properly organizing the Quarter Master General's Departments. Without these Things done, our Army is like a dead whale upon the Sea Shore — a monstrous Carcass without Life or Motion. Horatio Gates
Nobody hates a war more than soldiers who have been through it. Chris Hedges
Sometimes there is no substitute for military action. Jon Kyl
I will mercilessly punish anyone attempting a pogrom. Nestor Ivanovich Makhno
It is a pity that pogroms take place, but they uphold the morale of the army Symon Petliura
It is time for you to understand that the peaceful Jewish population, their children and women the same as ourselves have been oppressed and deprived of national freedom. They can not be alienated from us, they have of old been always with us and they have shared with us their joys and sorrows. The gallant army which brings brotherhood, equality, and freedom to all peoples of the Ukraine should not be lending an ear to various adventurers and provocateurs who long for human blood. Likewise, the Army should not be a party to bringing a hard lot on the Jews. Whoever is guilty of permitting such a heavy crime is a traitor and enemy of the country and must be thrust out of human society. Symon Petliura
We announce, declare, ordain, and will that all the strongholds, either towns or castles, which are in the interior of our realm or provinces of the same, not situated in places of importance either for frontier defense or other considerations of weight, shall be razed and demolished; even ancient walls shall be destroyed so far as it shall be deemed necessary for the well-being and repose of our subjects and the security of this state, so that our said subjects henceforth need not fear that the said places will cause them any inconvenience, and so that we shall be freed from the expense of supporting garrisons in them Armand Jean du Plessis; Cardinal Richelieu
We regard the maintenance of a large standing army of mercenaries, known as the Pinkerton system, as a menace to our liberties, and we demand its abolition. Populist Party
If George or his successors want to play violent games, someone could just bring them a set of plastic army men and they could have at it all day in the West Wing. Let them live out their fantasies of death and dominion with toys rather than the real world Lew Rockwell; Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
We lay a mortgage on every unborn child for a hundred and more years to come. Mortgage his brain, his brawn, and every pulse of his heart in order to pay the debt, to buy the material to slaughter the men of our country. And that is not all, the greatest crime of war is the crime against the unborn. Read what they are doing. They are calling out every man, every young man, and every virile man from seventeen to forty-five or fifty years old; they are calling them out. All the splendid scientific force and energy of the splendid virile manhood are being called out to be food for the cannon, and they are leaving behind the degenerate, defective imbecile, the unfit, the criminals, the diseased to be the fathers of children yet to be born. Anna Howard Shaw
In taking the offensive I have to select that season when I can catch the fiends; and if a village is attacked and women and children killed, the responsibility is not with the soldiers, but with the people whose crimes necessitated the attack. Philip Henry Sheridan
I will back you with my whole authority... I will say nothing and do nothing to restrain our troops from doing what they deem proper on the spot, and will allow no mere vague general charges of cruelty and inhumanity to tie their hands, but will use all the powers confided to me to the end that these Indians, the enemies of our race and of our civilization, shall not again be able to begin and... carry out their barbarous warfare. William Tecumseh Sherman
it shall not be lawful to employ any part of the Army of the United States, as a posse comitatus, or otherwise, for the purpose of executing the laws, except in such cases and under such circumstances as such employment of said force may be expressly authorized by the Constitution or by act of Congress; and no money appropriated by this act shall be used to pay any of the expenses incurred in the employment of any troops in violation of this section… United States Congress
We found that we had captured, with the Philippines, an opium problem Hamilton Wright
What in the hell do you think they are doing down in the Eighth Naval District? They are pulling the flag down. Felix Edward Hebert
Base closings [are] the most atrocious waste of money I have ever seen in my life. Felix Edward Hebert
Thomas is direct from Washington clothed with the fullest authority to commission officers to take charge of negro companies and Regiments. Uncle Abe [Lincoln] has at last sensibly concluded to arm the darkey and let him fight. They are not to be placed by the side of the white soldier but is to be organized into companies regiments and Brigades by themselves with white officers. This is considered the master stroke of policy and has produced a most cheering and beneficial result among the soldiers they received it with shouts and acclamations of applause. Some of the darkies with their families are to cultivate the plantations here while others are to act the soldier and keep [items] back the guerillas. I think the slavery question which has puzzled our fathers for 50 years is now being solved. Jacob Bruner
Hath a lion ever feared jackals? Hath any one ever seen the light of the firefly in bright sunshine? What availeth a drop of water in comparison with the ocean? Gobind Singh Sahib Ji
the question of the State's accession should be settled by a reference to the people. Meanwhile, in response to your Highness's appeal for military aid, action has been taken today to send troops of the Indian Army to Kashmir to help your own forces to defend your territory and to protect the lives, property and honor of your people. Louis Mountbatten
The main mission for which the Military Organization is responsible is: The overthrow of the godless regimes and their replacement with an Islamic regime. Al Qaida
It is necessarily requisite to the peoples defense, that they be fore-armed. Now to be fore-armed is to be furnished with Soldiers, Armies, Ships, Forts and Monies, before the danger be instant; for the listing of Soldiers, and taking up of Arms after a blow is given, is too late at least, if not impossible. Thomas Hobbes
By act of Congress, male officers are gentlemen, but by act of God, we are ladies. We don’t have to be little mini-men and try to be masculine and use obscene language to come across. I can take you and flip you on the floor and put your arms behind your back and you’ll never move again, without your ever knowing that I can do it. Sherian Grace Cadoria
I have been up to see the [Confederate] Congress, and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving. Robert E. Lee
The culminating manifestation of naval force in the history of the world. Winston Churchill
It was, and is, an illusion, however, to think that the English would have treated us any better, and have allowed our economic growth to have proceeded unchecked if we had had no fleet. Alfred von Tirpitz
Without sea-power Germany's position in the world resembled a mollusk without a shell Alfred von Tirpitz
There is not a ship in our navy that can defend us against a first class enemy. Grover Cleveland
The Constitution calls for civilian control of the military and I am a civilian. Donald Rumsfeld
They (Black marines of the Turkish Navy) are from the class of freed slaves or slaves abandoned by merchants unable to sell them. There are always many such at Tripoli. …. They are in exactly the same position with respect to pay, quarters, rations, and clothing as the other Turkish marines, and will equally receive their discharge at the expiration of the allotted term of service. They are in short on the books of the navy. Anonymous
The keeping a standing army in these colonies, in times of peace, without the consent of the legislature of that colony, in which such army is kept, is against law. Continental Congress
When our vital interests are challenged, or the will and conscience of the international community is defied, we will act; with peaceful diplomacy whenever possible, with force when necessary. Bill Clinton
America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone Martin Treptow
If American lives must end, and American treasure be spilled, in countries we barely know, that is the price that change has demanded of conviction and of our enduring covenant. Lyndon B. Johnson
Only a United States that is strong and immensely productive can help defend freedom in our world Dwight D. Eisenhower
The military budget got out of control and the tax cuts were helping the wealthy …. President Reagan was less and less interested in what I had to say David Stockman
A military government may make a nation great, but it cannot make them free. Fisher Ames
A militia law requiring all men, or with very few exceptions besides cases of conscience, to be provided with arms and ammunition, to be trained at certain seasons, and requiring counties, towns, or other small districts to be provided with public stocks of ammunition...is always a wise institution, and, in the present circumstances of our country, indispensable. John Adams
France has accepted large numbers of blacks into its army. It has given them the same political rights as the whites. Thus it can happen that black officers command whites. Blacks and Moroccans fought against Germany in the World War. After the war, blacks raped German women and girls in the Rhineland. Germans — never forget that! Germany
War strategy is always unique. It is like a chess game. The pieces are always the same but each game is unique Wesley Clark
War is a fevered god who takes alike maiden and king and clod.... Hilda Doolittle; Sylvania Penn
He who wars, walks in a mist, through which the keenest eyes cannot always discern the right path. William Francis Patrick Napier
Another hand thy sword shall wield, Another hand the standard wave, Till from the trumpet's mouth is pealed The blast of triumph o'er thy grave. William Cullen Bryant
Wealth governs this country, and wealth uses military violence to control the rest of the world as best it can. Ramsey Clark
America has been an empire ever since Theodore Roosevelt. Andrew Paolo Napolitano
In our town meetings, and in our school district meetings, wealthy and substantial men oppose the grant of $15 to a school library, and of $30 for both library and apparatus; while at West Point they spend $50 in a single lesson at target firing, and the government keeps a hundred horses, and grooms and blacksmiths to take care of them, as an indispensable part of the apparatus of the academy. The pupils of our Normal schools, who are preparing to become teachers, must maintain themselves; the cadets at the academy receive $28 a month, during their entire term, as a compensation for being educated at the public expense. Horace Mann
I should be willing to risk all I have upon making, within six months, better troops in this department, than you can find in the United States army…. The value of the negro to us, at this moment, is in his enthusiasm, which far exceeds that of the white; in his cheerfulness, which is to be seen everywhere, North & South, especially under privation; in his capacity to bear hardships, and in his capacity for discipline. You can discipline colored troops in half the time that you can white. The negro gives his whole attention to the work, and takes a pride in it. They want to enlist. They do not feel themselves to be soldiers, until they get the muskets. They never feel sure of it, because they have been told so many times that they were enlisting for soldiers, and found themselves laborers…. two-thirds of them would prefer being soldiers to being laborers. George L. Stearns
I know it is no use for us now to discuss this–war is on us. We are Enemies, still private friends. In the one Capacity I will do you all the harm I can, yet on the other if here. you may have as of old my last Cent, my last shirt and pants, You ask of me of your negroes. and I will immediately ascertain if they be under my Military Control and I will moreover see that they are one and all told what is true of all– ‘Boys if you want to go to your master, Go– You are free to choose, You must now think for yourselves. Your Master has seceded from his Parent Government and you have seceded from him–both wrong by law–but both exercising an undoubted natural Right to rebel, If your boys want to go, I will enable them to go, but I won’t advise, persuade or force them–‘ William Tecumseh Sherman
We’re here to preserve democracy, not to practice it. Michael Schiffer
We must let our young men know that they owe some responsibility to this country. James Wadsworth
This embattled shore, portal of freedom, is forever hallowed by the ideas, valor and sacrifice of our fellow countrymen. Anonymous
I made the decision when I was promoted to colonel that I would no longer vote in national elections because I feel that its my job to serve the Commander in Chief. Ray Odierno
The time has come to recognize that the U.S. will continue to exercise unprecedented power in a world where international rules are still unreliable and where security and advancing of the free democratic order still depend significantly on the possession and use of military might. Stephen Harper
The Basiji must understand that he is a soldier of God for whom it is not so much the outcome of the conflict as the mere participation in it that provides fulfillment and gratification Ruhollah Khomeini
I am certainly willing to fight for America as well as vote, but I shall fight just the way you did in the Civil War—at the end of a goose quill pen Susan B. Anthony
Overruling the Joint Chiefs of staff, overruling the State Department, overruling the CIA, President Reagan Authorized providing Stinger Missiles to the Mujahedeen Afghanis. Charles N. Wilson
Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined Patrick Henry
As long as I am president, we will maintain the greatest fighting force that the world has ever known. Barack Obama
You need a place that will be the holy grail of Army professionalism. Norman Schwarzkopf
No Commander of any Cruiser … shall be allowed to take any person of whatever Nation or denomination out of any Vessel belonging to the United States of North America in order to Examine them or under presence of making them confess any thing desired; neither shall they inflict any corporal punishment or any way else molest them. Joseph Donaldson Jr.
It is fundamentally wrong—and cowardly—in a democratic society to claim that those who stand between us and a potential enemy should be risking their lives simply because they are ‘following the marketplace’ and the military is their ‘best deal’. Jim Webb
The military capabilities of the United States need to be kept comfortably superior to those of present and potential enemies. But they should be measured relatively, against those enemies’ capabilities, and not against the limit of what is technologically possible or based on some vague urge to have more. Richard K. Betts
Our army is really an imperial army…. We used to wonder why British imperialists went to Iraq and Afghanistan. Andrew J. Bacevich
America’s military bases around the world are centers of stability in unstable regions. Strobe Talbott
Historically, the common denominator of successful counterinsurgency operations is that only an uncompromising military approach works—not winning hearts and minds nor a negotiated compromise… military sticks are much more important than civilian carrots. Ralph Peters
Hope is not a strategy. John McCain
The Confederates (The Iroquois Indian Confederacy) were as celebrated for their eloquence, as for their military skill and political wisdom. Popular, or free governments have, in all ages, been the congenial soil of oratory. And it is, indeed, all important in institutions merely advisory; where persuasion must supply the place of coercion; where there is no magistrate to execute, no military to compel; and where the only sanction of law is the controlling power of public opinion. DeWitt Clinton
I do not like wars. They have uncertain outcomes. Elizabeth I
Today, Americans of all races stand side by side in Vietnam and Berlin. They died side by side in Korea. Surely they can work and eat and travel side by side in their own country. Lyndon B. Johnson
The only good Indian is a dead Indian. Philip Henry Sheridan
May no young man ever be faced with the choice between violating his conscience by cooperating in competitive mass slaughter or separating himself from those who, endeavoring to save liberty, democracy, humanity, can find no better way to conscript young men to kill. Emily Greene Balch
Just a fraction of what is expended so obscenely on defense budgets would make the difference in enabling God’s children to fill their stomachs, be educated, and be given a chance to lead fulfilled and happy lives. Desmond Tutu
I don’t have any respect to men who send women out to do their fighting for them. Phyllis Schafly
In the age when the atom has been split, the moon encircled, diseases conquered, is disarmament so difficult a matter that it must remain a distant dream? To answer, yes, is to despair for the future of mankind. Philip Noel-Baker
Irregular war is far more intellectual than a bayonet charge. Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people. James Madison
Dear rulers ... I maintain that the civil authorities are under obligation to compel the people to send their children to school. ... If the government can compel such citizens as are fit for military service to bear spear and rifle, to mount ramparts, and perform other martial duties in time of war, how much more has it a right to compel the people to send their children to school… Martin Luther
I am always in front, and in time of battle am never behind. Genghis Khan
A military leader often faces a situation he has to deal with, but because it is his duty, no court can try him. Albert Kesselring
A doctrine is something that pins you down to a given mode of conduct and dozens of situations which you cannot foresee, which is a great mistake in principle George F. Kennan
All that is required for this enlightenment is freedom; and particularly the least harmful of all that may be called freedom, namely, the freedom for man to make public use of his reason in all matters. But I hear people clamor on all sides: Don't argue! The officer says: Don't argue, drill! The tax collector: Don't argue, pay! The pastor: Don't argue, believe! The public use of a man's reason must be free at all times, and this alone can bring enlightenment among men... Immanuel Kant
I knew that if ever I was in a tight place, you would come for me, if alive. William Tecumseh Sherman
A Constitutional provision limiting the size of our army is a good idea, but we must also include a provision that no enemy may attack us with a larger army George Washington
“Exit Strategy” means trying to get out without looking too bad. Angelo M. Codevilla
God is always on the side of the big battalions Voltaire
Money is always to be found when men are to be sent to the frontiers to be destroyed: when the object is to preserve them, it is no longer so Voltaire
The IDF and its soldiers are obligated to protect human dignity. Every human being is of value regardless of his or her origin, religion, nationality, gender, status or position. Israel
Quantrill crossed the Arkansas river near the Creek Agency and killed eight men (Creeks). One of them shot a little boy and killed him. Some of the Creeks who were along returned today and brought this news. I have always been opposed to killing women and children although our enemies have done it, yet I shall always protest against any acts of that kind. Stand Watie
To secure a thorough military education it is deemed essential that officers should enter upon the study of their profession at an early period of life and have elementary instruction in a military school. Jefferson Davis
When you start a military intervention, you do not know what will happen even in the next hour Gerard Araud
The mission of this corps will be, as it has always been, based on complete self-sacrifice for the regeneration of the fatherland. Guiseppe Garibaldi
No minister of the gospel, or priest of any denomination whatsoever, shall, at any time hereafter, under any presence or description whatever, be eligible to, or capable of holding, any civil or military office or place within this State. New York State
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' “Chuck him out, the brute!” But it's “Saviour of 'is country” when the guns begin to shoot. Rudyard Kipling
The speed with which armies collapse, bureaucracies abdicate, and social structures dissolve once the autocrat is removed frequently surprises American Policy makers. Jeane Kirkpatrick
If you receive a military order you must obey. That is where the big difference between a military and a political order comes in. One can sabotage a political order but to disobey a military command is treason. Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist
Get me a military man who can’t quit until I say he can quit. Theodore Roosevelt
By experience you should be well aware that in the Indies trade has to be pursued and maintained under the protection of one's own arms and that the weapons must be financed through the profits so earned by trade. In short, trade without war or war without trade cannot be maintained. Jan Pietersz Coen
To a great extent, it is our money that is funding some of the problems with which we must cope. David Petraeus
Our clothing and our armor ought to be of such a kind that men of mature experience will not say that we have spent too much on them, nor younger men say we have spent too little. Louis IX
There is no reason for Egypt to be under martial law. Ahmed Zewail
Does the absence of the word “male” before “citizen” in the law that allowed us to enlist sailors, mean that we could enlist women? Josephus Daniels
Military people have a heavy investment in rules against torture, not only because we want to protect our own POWs from reciprocal brutalities … but also because war is so terrible that it desperately requires any limits anyone can agree on, any gesture toward dignity, any mitigation suggesting civilized scruple. There isn’t even persuasive evidence that torture makes its victims tell their secrets, instead of saying whatever we want to hear. John Leonard
I can do whatever is necessary to protect the United States. Geraldine Ferraro
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There can be no army without men. Men can be had voluntarily or involuntarily. We have ceased to obtain them voluntarily: and to obtain them involuntarily, is the draft—the conscription. Abraham Lincoln
All able bodied male citizens … are hereby declared to be the National Forces. United States Congress
Manhood suffrage means manhood obligation for service in peace and war Leonard Wood
Though it has been said … that a Standing-Army is necessary for the dignity and safety of America, yet freedom revolts at the idea, when … Despot, may draw out his dragoons to suppress the murmurs of a few, who may yet cherish those sublime principles …. Standing armies have been the nursery of vice and the bane of liberty from the Roman legions to the establishment of the artful Ximenes, and from the ruin of the Cortes of Spain, to the planting of the British cohorts in the capitals of America. Mercy Otis Warren
Whereas the enemy [American Revolutionists] have adopted a practice of enrolling Negroes among their troops, I do hereby give Notice that all Negroes taken in Arms or upon any military Duty shall be purchased for the public service at a stated price; the money to be paid to the captors. But I do most strictly forbid any Person to sell or claim right over any Negroes the property of a Rebel who may take refuge with any part of this Army. And I do promise to every Negro who shall desert the Rebel Standard full Security to follow within the Lines any occupation which he may think proper Henry Clinton
The Militia have refused to turn out when there has been the greatest want of their Assistance. Nathanael Greene
’Tis time we should get rid of an error which the experience of all mankind has exploded, and which our own experience had dearly taught us to reject. We have frequently heard the behavior of the Militia extolled . . . by visionary Men whose credulity easily swallowed every vague story in support of a favorite Hypothesis. America has been almost amused out of her liberties. I solemnly declare I never was witness to a single instance that can countenance an opinion of Militia or raw troops being fit for the real business of fighting. George Washington
A distinction is kept up between the civil and military which it is for the happiness of both to obliterate. Thomas Jefferson
U. S. troops keep European markets open to us. If those troops weren't there, those markets would probably be more difficult to access. Alexander Haig
Let every free layman, who holds chattels or rent to the value of 16 marks, have hauberk, a helmet, a shield, and a lance. Henry II
Shall we be defenseless America, a weak and harmless nation, or shall we be defensive America, the fear and dread of all nations? Felix Edward Hebert
An officer fit for duty who at this crisis would abandon his post to electioneer for a seat in Congress ought to be scalped. Rutherford B. Hayes
In view of the well known facts that the sale and use in the Army of the United States of intoxicating liquors is the cause of such demoralization among both men and officers, and that such sale and use give rise to a very large proportion of the cases before general and garrison courts martial, involving great expense and serious injury to the service, it is therefore directed that the Secretary of War take suitable steps, as far as practicable consistent with vested rights, to prevent the sale of intoxicating liquors (as a beverage) at the camps, forts, and other posts of the army. Rutherford B. Hayes
[President Dwight D.] Eisenhower had been around generals enough to know how unbelievably dumb the lot of them are. Wayne L. Hays
There can be no liberty where the military is not subordinate to the civil power. James Duane; John Jay; John Alsop; Lewis Morris
In 1963, we were told that we were winning the war. In 1964, we were told we were winning the war. In 1964, we were told the corner was being turned. In 1965, we were told the enemy was being brought to its knees. In 1966, 1967, and now again in 1968, we hear the same hollow claims of programs and victory. For the fact is that the enemy is bolder than ever the war is getting wider every month. Only a few months ago we were told that 65 percent of the population was secure. Now we know that even the American Embassy is not secure Eugene McCarthy
The Republican party is the peace party because we understand the enemy We seek peace for everyone in this land and this world The Republican party, this party of peace through strength, has no clearer message. Peace has no greater hope Barry Goldwater
American forces there could probably be cut by at least one-third if NATO commanders had the power to use nuclear weapons on their own initiative in an emergency. Barry Goldwater
To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target Ashleigh Brilliant
Your military is hard-wired to approach everything with a can do attitude. Therefore reviewing and questioning us is helpful. James Mattis
We have a nation with great wealth, willing to spend its money freely for the procurement of arms and munitions of war and supplies of all kinds. Nevertheless, no one can fail to see that there has been in the past, in the administration of the army, something which was out of joint. It is not necessary for me to go into the specification of details; for every one of us knows that whenever an exigency has come, confusion has come Elihu Root
Women’s Death Battalion Anonymous
I will not be the first American President who lost a war! Lyndon B. Johnson
The establishment of a naval academy, furnishing the means of theoretic instruction to the youths who devote their lives to the service of their country upon the ocean, still solicits the sanction of the Legislature. Practical seamanship and the art of navigation may be acquired on the cruises of the squadrons which from time to time are dispatched to distant seas, but a competent knowledge even of the art of ship building, the higher mathematics, and astronomy; the literature which can place our officers on a level of polished education with the officers of other maritime nations; the knowledge of the laws, municipal and national, which in their intercourse with foreign states and their governments are continually called into operation, and, above all, that acquaintance with the principles of honor and justice, with the higher obligations of morals and of general laws, human and divine, which constitutes the great distinction between the warrior-patriot and the licensed robber and pirate -- these can be systematically taught and eminently acquired only in a permanent school, stationed upon the shore and provided with the teachers, the instruments, and the books conversant with and adapted to the communication of the principles of these respective sciences to the youthful and inquiring mind John Quincy Adams
It were, indeed, a vain and dangerous illusion to believe that in the present or probable condition of human society a commerce so extensive and so rich as ours could exist and be pursued in safety without the continual support of a military marine -- the only arm by which the power of this Confederacy can be estimated or felt by foreign nations, and the only standing military force which can never be dangerous to our own liberties at home. John Quincy Adams
The portion of the naval force of the Union in actual service has been chiefly employed on three stations -- the Mediterranean, the coasts of South America bordering on the Pacific Ocean, and the West Indies John Quincy Adams
The Military Academy at West Point … recommends itself more and more to the patronage of the nation, and the numbers of meritorious officers which it forms and introduces to the public service furnishes the means of multiplying the undertakings of the public improvements to which their acquirements at that institution are peculiarly adapted. John Quincy Adams
Pennsylvania is soon to participate in a profoundly solemn and historic departure from precedent when, for the first time in our Republic, there will be registration for peace-time conscription on Wednesday, October 16th, between the hours of 7 A. M. and 9 P. M. This date, designated as Registration Day by authority of the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, and set by the President's Proclamation… is one of the most significant days in the annals of our Commonwealth and our Nation. All male persons in the United States, with the few exceptions which already have been made clear, who have attained the twenty-first anniversary of the day of their birth and who have not attained the thirty-sixth anniversary of the day of their birth, are required to present themselves and submit to registration for compulsory military service. Never before has America, through the Congress of the United States, found it necessary to take such a step. The impact and consequences of Registration Day make it an historic event to all of our people. Every family is affected. All means available must be used to apprise everyone everywhere of what must be done to complete the registration properly, accurately and fully. Arthur H. James
Don’t swear; fight! Theodore Roosevelt
There has been in many quarters severe criticism of the conduct of the war with Spain. Charges of criminal neglect of the soldiers in camp and field and hospital and in transports have been so persistent that, whether true or false, they have made a deep impression upon the country. It is my earnest desire that you shall thoroughly investigate these charges, and make the fullest examination of the administration of the War Department in all of its branches, with the view to establishing the truth or falsity of these accusations. I put upon you no limit to the scope of your investigation. Of all departments connected with the army I invite the closest scrutiny and examination, and shall afford every facility for the most searching inquiry. The records of the War Department and the assistance of its officers shall be subject to your call. William McKinley
Blessed is that country whose soldiers fight for it and are willing to give the best they have, the best that any man has, their own lives, to preserve it, because they love it. Such an army the United States has always commanded in every crisis of its history. William McKinley
The citizens of the United States residing in the Argentine Confederation, and the citizens of the Argentine Confederation residing in the United States, shall be exempted from all compulsory military service whatsoever, whether by sea or by land, and from all forced loans, requisitions or military exactions; and they shall not be compelled, under any pretext whatever, to pay any ordinary charges, requisitions or taxes, greater than those that are paid by native Citizens of the contracting parties respectively. Argentina; United States
We now have a literary movement. it is not very important; it will be followed by a political movement, that will not be very important; then must come a military movement, that will be important indeed Standish James O'Grady
As an improvement in our military establishment, it will deserve the consideration of Congress whether a corps of invalids might not be so organized and employed as at once to aid in the support of meritorious individuals excluded by age or infirmities from the existing establishment, and to procure to the public the benefit of their stationary services and of their exemplary discipline. James Madison
I am constrained to advert to the refusal of the governors of Maine and Connecticut to furnish the required detachments of militia toward the defense of the maritime frontier…. It is obvious that if the authority of the United States to call into service and command the militia for the public defense can be thus frustrated, even in a state of declared war and of course under apprehensions of invasion preceding war, they are not one nation. James Madison
There has never been a military commander in history who didn’t want more men for a longer time … David Petraeus
Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy. Henry A. Kissinger
We now live not in an economic order or a political order, but in a political economy that is closely linked with military institutions and decisions. C. Wright Mills
Maybe anti-US feeling has gone up in the army. But actually there is in the country a whole lot of anger over the way it happened and the humiliation suffered, and it is inevitably reflected in the army Jehangir Karamat
Our veterans have been fighting abroad for our freedom; the last thing they should have to do is fight for a job at home. Barack Obama
The position of General Banks leaves his position exposed. You are hereby directed by the President to immediately attack … Abraham Lincoln
Our Pentagon has a reputation for not telling the truth. Michael Moore
We'll eat grass, but we'll make a nuclear bomb. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Have you ever seen a man darning socks? So therefore a woman cannot be a combat pilot. Ezer Weizman
Wherever there's injustice, oppression, and suffering, America will show up six months late and bomb the country next to where it's happening. P. J. O'Rourke
Are you willing to serve in the United States armed forces of the United States and serve wherever assigned …. Forswear any allegiance or obedience to Japan or the Japanese Emperor? Selective Service System
Empires can only decline when other nations decline and make way for them. Niall Ferguson
The dark side of our modern technological age is that more and more killing power is getting into the hands of fewer and fewer individuals. Max Boot
Morris Notes Anonymous
There is such a hostility against the military by the Congress that the nation does not deserve the loyalty of any officer. Alexander Hamilton
The rapid decay of our currency, the extinction of public spirit, the increasing rapacity of the times, the want of harmony in our council, the declining zeal of the people, the discontents and distresses of the officers of the army, and, I may add, the prevailing security and insensibility to danger are symptoms, in my eye, of a most alarming nature. George Washington
Unless a capital change takes place soon, it will be impossible for me to maintain our posts and keep the army from dispersing George Washington
We send our peacekeepers off to some disputed zone, full of local intrigue and power blocs and uncertainty and danger, and they are supposed to save lives not with their weapons, but through their competence and their character. And they do it. Romeo LeBlanc
I regard the principle of conscription … as a flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom, democratic liberty and Christian teaching.... I cannot consistently, with self respect, do other than I have, namely, to deliberately violate an act which seems to me to be a denial of everything which ideally and in practice I hold sacred. Roger Nash Baldwin
If survival calls for the bearing of arms, bear them you must. But the most important part of the challenge is for you to find another means that does not come with the killing of your fellow man. Rod Serling
The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. Maximilien Robespierre
The Constitution … provides the courts with relatively few tools to superintend military and foreign policy decisions, especially during warfare. Aberto Gonzales
No free government was ever founded, or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defense of the state...such area well-regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen... Richard Henry Lee
If I accept the job, you will still interfere. I don’t want to fall out with you, as I believe that you are the right man to save the nation at the head of the army. Husseyn Rauf Orbay
Where ever you have the historical development of Islamic societies, you have the introduction of slave soldiers. Reuel Marc Gerecht
Military capability, viewed in terms of the history of its own development, has constantly been found wanting. Renewal and regeneration of military capability seems to be an indispensable part of the military doctrine, conceived to address what turns out inevitably to be the insatiable need of fear. For every level of fear addressed through a military strategy or state of readiness, a further threat comes to be conceived for which further military capability is sought. Sari Nusseibeh
We have to deal with it diplomatically if we can, militarily if we must. Richard A. Gephardt
We should aim at the establishment of a unified military and defense strategy. I do not see much virtue or wisdom in our separate efforts to build up or maintain vast military forces for self-defense which, in any case, would be ineffective in any major attack upon our separate states. If we examine this problem realistically, we should be able to ask ourselves this pertinent question: which single state in Africa today can protect its sovereignty against an imperialist aggressor?....The survival of free Africa, the extending independence of this continent, and the development towards that bright future on which our hopes and endeavors are pinned, depend upon political unity. Kwame Nkrumah
I wear the uniform I wear to provide options when asked. Martin E. Dempsey
Superior technical achievements — used correctly both strategically and tactically — can beat any quantity numerically many times stronger yet technically inferior. Adolf Galland
This country is already, in effect, an arsenal for the democratic Allies Robert E. Sherwood
Today Chile is a country subjected by its Armed Forces to a regime similar to those that appeared in fascist occupied Europe. The country is under state of siege, all the cities under curfews, there are military tribunals established under the military code that like those established during times of war allow no appeal. There are mass arrest of the population and pogroms against foreigners, etc. The Chilean Armed Forces has declared war against the Chilean People… Miguel Enriquez
The future of the Navy is in the skies. Isoroku Yamamoto
Wherever we can multiply our forces and our civilizational efforts, absorbing other elements, no law can prohibit us from doing so, as such actions are our duty. Roman Dmowski
In relations with other nations, there is neither right nor wrong; there is only strength and weakness. Roman Dmowski
I never actively engaged in politics, never made speeches. Politics is a whore. It's too high for me. Just as I don't understand American politics, so I don't understand German politics. The only interest in politics is to get to know how to lead a life under the most favorable circumstances. Josef Sepp Dietrich
Admiral General Gingrich Colbert King
Land has lost its original strategic value; military forces are no longer employed primarily to conquer land, but to ensure stable economic, energy and information flows, which constitute the true resources, along with the natural resource Corrado Maria Daclon
I am a Hawk! Felix Edward Hebert
Preparedness has never caused a war, nor has unpreparedness ever prevented one Florence Prag Kahn
There's no need to fear or hope, but only to look for new weapons Gilles Deleuze
The United States is at present so demoralized and so corrupted that, like France and England, it need not be taken into consideration as a military adversary. Richard Walther Darré
We do not realize this but during the Civil War, the largest navy of the world was operated by the U. S. Army—7000 vessels. Stephen R. Wise
We are not under the command of the military. They are under ours as a Congress. William Pitt Fessenden
Congress’ duty to the voters requires it to monitor how military appropriations are spent and to investigate the army’s failures if it was not willing to investigate itself. What are we to do? Sit idle during all the period that the [Civil] war is in progress? William Pitt Fessenden
War is best left to the Generals. I believe in letting the military authorities manage the army. If they manage it badly, we shall make a bad matter worse by tampering and interfering. Lafayette S. Foster
A democracy ought to have a democratic navy. Ernest Joseph King
I wish I could believe that Ancient War History justifies the indefinite prolongation of this war. The Jingos define it as 'an enormous quarrel between incompatible spirits and destinies, in which one or the other must succumb'. But the men who write these manifestos do not truly know what useless suffering the war inflicts...And the Army is dumb. The Army goes on with its bitter tasks. The ruling classes do all the talking. And their words convince no one but the crowds who are their dupes. The soldiers who return home seem stunned by the things they have endured...If only they would speak out and throw their medals in the faces of their masters; and ask their women why it thrills them to know that they, the dauntless warriors, have shed the blood of Germans. Siegfried Sassoon
Full integration of the Negro into the armed forces without segregation. Abolition of quotas by race in the medical corps, nurse corps, technical and all other branches of the services. Anonymous
The Negro wants a revision of the concept of race and of racism. Discriminations in industry, labor unions, education, the Jim Crow pattern for the Army and Navy are based upon fascist racism …. There will have to be education on the subject of race. We shall have to learn that the doctrine of racism has no scientific foundations . . . Charles Wesley
We are "sheep in the midst of wolves," and nothing but the military arm of the Government prevents us and all the truly loyal white men from being driven from the land of our birth. Anonymous
Although we have been held as slaves, and denied all recognition as a constituent of your nationality for almost the entire period of the duration of your Government, and that by your permission we have been denied either home or country, and deprived of the dearest rights of human nature: yet when you and our immediate oppressors met in deadly conflict upon the field of battle -the one to destroy and the other to save your Government and nationality, we, with scarce an exception, in our inmost souls espoused your cause, and watched, and prayed, and waited, and labored for your success. When the contest waxed long, and the result hung doubtfully, you appealed to us for help, and how well we answered is written in the rosters of the two hundred thousand colored troops now enrolled in your service Anonymous
An enduring peace cannot be achieved without a strong America-- strong in the social and economic sense as well as in the military sense. Franklin D. Roosevelt
In oligarchies, militarism has leaped forward, while in those nations which have retained democracy militarism has waned. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We have misunderstood, misread, misplanned and mismanaged our honorable intentions in Iraq with an arrogant self-delusion reminiscent of Vietnam. Chuck Hagel
If we enjoy the benefits of peace, it is only because we have an excellent armed force and a fine socialist economy. Let us exert all efforts so that our further development may be strong and mighty, so that our numerous enemies may think well and long before they decide to attack our country, and so that if they attack, they will quickly regret it. Kliment Yefremovich Voroshilov
I was taught in the sixth grade that we had a standing army of just over a hundred thousand men and that the generals had nothing to say about what was done in Washington. I was taught to be proud of that and to pity Europe for having more than a million men under arms and spending all their money on airplanes and tanks. I simply never unlearned junior civics. I still believe in it. I got a very good grade. Kurt Vonnegut
Command is often not what you do but the way you do it…. one can't command sitting on one's ass in the rear. Christopher Vokes
Generals do not always run wars the way they would like to, nor the troops under them. Christopher Vokes
The soldier's lot is the most melancholy relic of barbarism (next to capital punishment) that lingers on among mankind. Alfred de Vigny
War isn't civilized. War is failure. It's the ultimate result of a breakdown in public policy, and soldiers are the machines that handle that breakdown. In warfare, you're taught to do whatever you have to, to stay alive. Jesse Ventura
It is all very well to be cautious, but if we are too cautious we will miss our opportunity. Yoshijiro Umezu
Any officer fit for duty who at this crisis would abandon his post to electioneer for a seat in Congress, ought to be scalped. Rutherford B. Hayes
Rise! ye gallant youth of Britain, Gather to your country's call, On your hearts her name is written, Rise to help her, one and all! Martin Farquhar Tupper
Money was the crux. Raising money to pay the cost of war was to cause more damage to 14th century society than the physical destruction of war itself. Barbara Tuchman
There is a rank due to the United States among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure the peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war. George Washington
No sir, anybody who went out and got into the front line trenches to fight for liberty was a goddamn fool and the guy who got him there was a liar. Dalton Trumbo
We need more people with military background [in the conservation field]. The big problem is that the wildlife organizations hate to be seen as militaristic. But people in the United States don't understand the nasty people [poachers] you're dealing with. You have to deal with them in like manner. Nir Kalron

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