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The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. Sun Tzu
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
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
The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it. Winston Churchill
There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles the Second. But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough. Martin Amis
Uncommon valor was a common virtue. Chester W. Nimitz
What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in. David Lloyd George
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 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
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
Dictators must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces. Richard Perle
I have considered the pension list of the republic a roll of honor. Grover Cleveland
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology. Rebecca West
... 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
Be as terrible as the Hun. Wilhelm II
Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons. Voltaire
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
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
We must reduce as far as possible our establishment in Germany; for the residence of large numbers of representatives of a victor nation in a devastated conquered area is never a helpful factor, particularly when their living standards are as conspicuously different as are those of Americans in Germany. George F. Kennan
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
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
Seek six or eight generals in France (who nowadays haven’t even got anything to eat), bring them here, and you would see how all operations and events would change. Let us recognize our ignorance and let us not allow our pride to push us into the abyss Jose de San Martin
Those who refuse to fight for Allah will be treated, along with their children, as unbelievers. Muhammad
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
A nation must be strong in spirit, knowledge, science and morals. Military strength comes last…Today it is not enough to have arms in hand in order to take one’s place in the world. Kemal Ataturk
There is not a bird that flies by without our knowledge. Kemal Ataturk
Our national aims can be realized only by military means. The matter needs no further elaboration or interpretation. Ali Fethi Okyar
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
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
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
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
We're not going to spread democracy at the business end of a M16 held by a 23 year old Marine. Paul Hackett
Every specific military operation does have a political dimension and every political initiative does have some security dimension. Giora Eiland
Nature creates few men brave; industry and training makes many. Discipline in war counts more than fury. Niccolo Machiavelli
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
We disarm ourselves by making weapons so expensive. George C. Wilson
The security of the army is very appealing to non-establishment Americans. George C. Wilson
You can’t take military action in war without the support of government. Wesley Clark
Not having attained our aim and continuing to live is cowardice. Yamamoto Tsunetomo Jocho
Atheists in foxholes, some say they are myths, Creations of the mind who just don't exist. Yet, they answered the call to defend, with great pride. With reason their watchword, they bled and they died. Alice Cleveland
Even military regimes must protect themselves from their own forces. Aaron Belkin
I think you should appreciate the limits of military action in Iraq during next few months without a favourable political situation. Forces from India can secure Basra, but cannot, in my opinion, advance northwards unless the co-operation of the local population and tribes is fully secured. Archibald Percival Wavell
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 thing that is wrong with the Uniform Code of Military Justice is that it is not uniformly applied Zsa Zsa Gershick
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 ask you, men of all classes, to come forward voluntarily, and take your share in the fight. George V
Had Custer carried out the orders he got from General Terry the commands would have formed a junction exactly at the village, and have captured the whole outfit of teepees, etc., but Custer disobeyed orders from the fact of not wanting any other command - or body to have a finger in the pie - and thereby lost his life. Frederick Benteen
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 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
Lord Kitchener and Mr. Asquith have both repeatedly assured the public that the response to the appeal for recruits have been highly gratifying and has exceeded all expectations. What the conscriptionists want, however, is not recruits, but a system of conscription that will bring the whole male working-class population under the military control of the ruling classes. Independent Labour Party
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 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
Suppose, Sir, the Soldiers of our Army were all such as had served a Campaign or two against a publick Enemy; is it from hence to be inferred, that they must for ever after live idly, and be maintained at the Expense of their Country William Pitt the Younger
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
History is littered by cases where veterans have destabilized society after feeling that they had been taken for fools. Anthony Principi
We're here for the duration and we're not going to starve. We're going to keep ourselves a simon-pure veteran's organization. If the Bonus is paid it will relieve to a large extent the deplorable economic condition. Walter W. Waters
The camp contains radicals. There are Negroes and many whites with Jewish looking features. United States Army
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
The soldiers were trained to strap explosives onto their bodies and throw themselves under the American tanks that were expected in the invasion of Japan. We were a military hospital and were required to so train medical orderlies. Shuntaro Hida
A well-regulated militia was not just a groups of citizens who took up arms. The militia was regulated and controlled by the states …. Militias were used to suppress rebellions, not to foment them. Saul Cornell
The founding fathers used the well regulated militias to suppress rebellions. Saul Cornell
Where there's no might there's no right. 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
The poor taxpayer may wipe his shoes on a $3 doormat when he goes home, but not the Navy. It is, damn the cost, full feet ahead on a doormat you would be ashamed to get muddy. William Proxmire
I will have no criticism of my administration from you or any other officer of the Army. Theodore Roosevelt
It seems to me worth while for this Government to try whether it will not work on a large enough scale to be of use in the event of war. Theodore Roosevelt
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
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
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
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
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
When soldiers advance without authority, who can halt them? Nathanael Greene
The foreigners who have settled in Russia shall not be drafted against their will into the military or the civil service during their entire stay here. Catherine II
Your sacrifices have made this country what it is. Peter Pace
The soldier then is, no matter in what light we examine his position, a ‘hired assassin’ – his first duty, he is told, is to ‘obey’. To obey whom? His superior officers, who in turn must obey the Government. When the mandate goes forth, ‘Kill’, he must kill and dare not ask the reason why. The government under whose orders he serves may have been elected to power on some question of internal administration … but as soon as it is in power it has the right to launch all the military and naval forces … James Connolly
I have resolved to return the destiny of our country to our soldiers. Adolf Hitler
Tombstone Bonus Anonymous
Some guy invents the bow and arrow and he’s ahead for a little while until some guy invents the shield that catches all the arrows. Bill Clinton
The Soviet Union is making missiles like sausages. Nikita Khrushchev
I must dissent from those who advise a general levy and arming of the slaves for the duty of soldiers. Until our white population shall prove insufficient for the armies we require and can afford to keep in the field, to employ as a soldier the negro … would scarcely be deemed wise or advantageous by any, and this is the question now before us. But should the alternative ever be presented of subjugation or of the employment of the slave as a soldier, there seems no reason to doubt what should then be our decision. Abraham Lincoln
While our superpower military is stunningly effective, it is also stunningly expensive. Peter G. Peterson
The soldier does not fire upon the soldier. Hans von Seekt
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
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
On the battlefield, there is no distinction between upper and lower class. Bhutan Proverb
We must have universal military training because the one hope for a peaceful world is a powerful America… with adequate means to instantly check aggressors. George S. Patton
Officers who fail to correct errors or to praise excellence are valueless in peace and dangerous misfits in war. George S. Patton
I hate to change leaders in battle, but the new leader is better than a timid one. George S. Patton
We like things to happen very quickly; it’s our lifestyle. David E. Grange
Keep a separate American Army. Woodrow Wilson
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
I am convinced our System of temporary enlistments has prolonged the War and encouraged the enemy to persevere. Baffled while we had an Army in the field, they have been constantly looking forward to the period of its reduction, as the period to our opposition, and the season of their successes. They have flattered themselves with more than the event has justified; for they believed when one Army expired, we should not be able to raise another: undeceived however in this expectation by experience, they still remained convinced, and to me evidently on good grounds, that we must ultimately sink under a system which increases our expense beyond calculation, enfeebles all our measures, affords the most inviting opportunities to the enemy, and wearies and disgusts the people.] George Washington
At Philadelphia and all my journey through the Country, I endeavored to impress upon those in power the necessity of sending clothing and supplies of every kind immediately to this Army. But poverty was urged as a plea or bar to every application. They all promised fair; but I fear will do but little: ability is wanting with some and inclination with others. Public credit is so totally lost, that private people will not give their aid, though they see themselves involved in one common ruin. Nathanael Greene
You pick out the big men! I’ll make them brave!” Pyrrhus
A country may be conquered from the back of a horse but may not be ruled therefrom. Anonymous
Cost What It May. The Nation Must Be Saved Anonymous
Don't Wait To Be Drafted 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
the troops to march out ... arms to be piled by Word of Command from their own officers ... and free passage granted to the Army to Great Britain. Anonymous
God and a soldier, all men do adore In time of war, and not before When the war is over, and all things righted God is forgotten, and the soldier slighted. Anonymous
The P. L. I.— invincible in peace, invisible in war. Anonymous
Is this a Popular War, Why Conscription? Anonymous
Join the Army, see the world, meet interesting people—and kill them. Anonymous
Night Witches Anonymous
Attention! All Males between the ages of 21 and 30 years, both inclusive, must personally appear at the polling place in the Election District in which they reside, on June 5th, 1917 .... No excuse for failure to register will be accepted. Anonymous
Over-paid Over-fed And over here. 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
... standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty ... Anonymous
To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan. 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
Taxpayers are burdened with so-called defense spending that is used not for defense, but to create or hold jobs in someone's congressional district, or to continue to pile up profits for an arms manufacturer. James G. Abourezk
The firmest security of peace is the preparation during peace of the defenses of war. John Quincy Adams
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
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
A standing army, however necessary it may be at some times, is always dangerous to the liberties of the people. Soldiers are apt to consider themselves as a body distinct from the rest of the citizens ... They soon become attached to their officers and disposed to yield implicit obedience to their commands. Samuel Adams
What's the point of having this superb military your always talking about if we can’t use it? Madeleine Albright
I will not steal a victory. Alexander III
If I were President I would veto arms sales to countries we damn well know our going to shoot our ass the minute our backs are turned. Jason Alexander
The framework of a democratic army has been established by President Truman’s Executive Order. Sadie Tanner Alexander
I ain’t got no quarrel with the Viet Cong. No Viet Cong ever called me nigger. Muhammad Ali; Cassius
It almost seems an institutional phenomenon that [military weapons] projects start with gross underestimates by both Government and the contractor. James Ambrose
Dispatch received. By what route shall I send? John Albion Andrew
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
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
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. Aristotle
Once genocide is under way, it is unlikely that anything but military force will end the horror. Yael S. Aronoff
The military in all these struggling democracies is an important player. They can take over the leadership or determine the leadership. Leslie Aspin
This is not a fix; it's a prayer. 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
There's more pork barrel than strategic need to the Galaxy. Howard Atherton
Turkey is squeezed between the mosque and the barracks. Cetin Atlan
The military cannot be indifferent to its succession. Ibrahim Babangida
Full service connected disability and medical care [for veterans] ought to be absolutely inviolate and is. Steve Bartlett
There were the giants, great of stature and expert in war.... They perished because they had no wisdom; they perished through their own foolishness. Wisdom of Ben Sira
Conscription is the cemetery where every vestige of your liberty is to be buried. Alexander Berkman
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
Constantinople is not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
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
Nothing ... ought to more guarded against in a free state than making the military power ... a body too distinct from the people. William Blackstone
If Mr. Roosevelt can do what he likes without consulting Congress, and we give him our boys, God alone knows what he will do with them. Frances Payne Bolton
The defense budget has become a jobs program. Robert Borosage
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
Universal suffrage, furloughs and whiskey have ruined us. Braxton Bragg
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.
An army is not a deliberative body. It is the executive arm. Its law is that of obedience. David J. Brewer
The government has the right to the military service of all its able-bodied citizens. David J. Brewer
Veterans of this nation are special. Their benefits were earned on the battlefield. Jesse Brown
I have alreddy given Two cousins to the war, & I stand reddy to sacrifiss my wife's brother ruther'n not to see the rebellion krusht. And if wuss comes to wuss, I'll shed ev'ry drop of blud my able-bodid relashuns has got. Charles Ferrar Browne; Artemus
Men do not take good iron to make nails or good men to make soldiers. Pearl S. Buck
A surgical operation is bloody, messy and never fun. McGeorge Bundy
A nuclear exchange confined to military targets seems more possible, not less, when both sides have a sure second strike capability. Then you might have a more stable balance of terror. McGeorge Bundy
I have a premonition which sounds like utter folly, and yet it will not leave me: the military state will become one vast factory. Jacob Christopher Burckhardt
The first time I raised the issue [of rigged weapons tests], my job was eliminated. James Burton
I don’t like genocide, but I would not commit our troops [to stop it.] George W. Bush
Our military is meant to fight and win war. George W. Bush
Competitive strategies is a concept or philosophy that's as American as apple pie. George W. Bush
You've got as much right to lobby here as any steel corporation. Smedley Butler
The Old Guard dies and never surrenders. La Vieille Garde meurt et ne se rend pas. Pierre Cambronne
Don't mess with me. I've got tanks. Kim Campbell
With Freedom's lion-banner Britannia rules the waves. Thomas Campbell
The sacred spell of the invincibility of the British navy was broken George Canning
Why turn this country into an armed camp? Arthur Capper
The only way to make budget cuts is to bring down force structure. Frank Carlucci
The number killed I cannot say. It was a perfect butchery. Kit Carson
The purchase of unnecessary military hardware is undoubtedly the most wasteful element in American government. 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
The cost overrun [for the C-5A] here is so much smaller as a percentage of what we expected it to be when we let the contract, that it is a great improvement. Robert Charles
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
Navies have been and always will be engines of power, employed in projects of ambition and war. Langdon Cheves
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
[Describing the French army:] the poop of the French nation. Winston Churchill
Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival. 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
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
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
The world's greatest makers of swords can become the greatest makers of plowshares. Bill Clinton
We will not leave the men and the women who helped to win the cold war out in the cold. Bill Clinton
We have neglected to develop an offensive capability in chemical war and have no defense worthy of the name.... In biological warfare we have neither an offensive nor a defensive capability. Cecil Coggins
We can always find money for what the military wants. Henry Steele Commager
Leading an uninstructed people to war is to throw them away. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken Albert Jay Cook
We have never practiced the policy of competitive armaments. Calvin Coolidge
He defeated the Americans with great slaughter. Charles Cornwallis
I am short a cheekbone and an ear but am able to whip all hell yet. John Corse
General [Zachary] Taylor never surrenders. Thomas L. Crittenden
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 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
How much of this junk shall we buy? Josephus Daniels
Perhaps in combat overseas, we [Blacks] would have more freedom and respect than we had experienced at home. Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
Damn it all, the business of an army is to win the way, not quibble around with a lot of cheap buying. Hell and Marih! We weren't trying to keep a set of books, we were trying to win a war. Charles G. Dawes
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
You are fit for something better than ... cannon fodder. Eugene V. Debs
They bum-rapped me for being a patriot. I'm happy to be a patriot. Lawrence DiPrima
I wasn't a hero. I just got shot. Bob Dole
Let the slaves and free colored people be called into service and formed into a liberating army … Frederick Douglass
The volunteer system must be replaced … Let us not be blind to the realities … The day we could put guns into the hands of citizen soldiers, teach the manual of arms and send them to match their spirit and brawn against an enemy has passed. Hugh Drum
The volunteer system must be replaced … Let us not be blind to the realities … The day we could put guns into the hands of citizen soldiers, teach the manual of arms and send them to match their spirit and brawn against an enemy has passed. Hugh Drum
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
I can be no party to this wicked violation of the laws of the country, and to this war upon the liberties of a free people. You can get no troops from North Carolina. John Ellis
When our young officers come back from the army, on a forty days' furlough, they find apathy and opposition in the cities. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 Founding Fathers were not foolish enough to place the command of American troops engaged in combat operations in a Congress of the United States which is now composed of 100 Senators and 435 Representatives. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
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
Damn the torpedoes [i.e. mines]. Full speed ahead! David G. Farragut
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
In principle, military law is subject to the Constitution, but take free speech for example. A military officer can be convicted for uttering contemptuous words about the President. Eugene Fidell
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
No state, without being soon exhausted, can maintain above the hundredth part of its members in arms and idleness. Edward Gibbon
We're coming, Father Abraham, three hundred thousand more We leave our homes and firesides with bleeding hearts and sore Since poverty has been our crime, we bow to thy decree; We are the poor and have no wealth to purchase liberty. James Sloan Gibbons
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
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
I question the Constitutional authority of the President to conscript unwilling Americans and send them abroad without a declaration of war by the Congress. Henry B. Gonzalez
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 trouble with military rule is that every colonel or general is soon full of ambition. The navy takes over today and the army tomorrow. Yakubu Gowon
We have now ended the 6th day of very hard fighting. The result at this time is very much in our favor. But our losses have been heavy as well as those of the enemy. I think the loss of the enemy must be greater; we have taken over 4,000 prisoners in battle, whilst he has taken from us but few except stragglers. I am now sending back to Belle Plaine all my wagons for a fresh supply of provisions and ammunition, and propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer. Ulysses S. Grant
The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike at him as hard as you can, and keep moving on. Ulysses S. Grant
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
The person to protect is the American taxpayer. We deserve to be protected, not Lockheed. Martha Griffiths
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
Possession by an American citizen of the rights and privileges that constitute citizenship imposes correlative obligations, of which the most indispensable may well be "to take his place in the ranks of the army of his country and risk the chance of being shot down in its defense. Felix Frankfurter
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
Mad is he? Then I hope he will bite some of my other generals. George II
You must be ruthless, relentless, and remorseless! Sack the lot! Lord Fisher
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
The military mind always imagines that the next war will be on the same lines as the last. Ferdinand Foch
Military men predominated and gave no thought to the larger situation. They knew how to advance but not how to retreat. Hirohito
Organs of military command and political organs should try not to interfere on their respective spheres. Hirohito
The soldier may die; the deserter must die. 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
Get down, you fool! Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
A glorious death is his Who for his country falls. Homer
The army and the government needs a dictator. Joseph Hooker
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
The situation is extraordinary. It is militarism run stark mad. Unless someone acting for you can bring about a different understanding there is some day to be an awful cataclysm. Edward Mandell House
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
The soldier going down and the cause of freedom never dies—immortality is his. Sam Hughes
The American flag is too precious to endanger. [The draft was extended.] Cordell Hull
Conscription may have been good for the country, but it damned near killed the country. Richard Hull
Without a militia, it is in vain to think that any free government will ever have security or stability. David Hume
... a threat to American education .... [Colleges would become] educational hobo jungles. Robert M. Hutchins
It seems to me intolerable to allow private people to use public capital in order to make a guaranteed profit for themselves .... If private citizens won’t supply munitions of war at a reasonable profit and take pot luck with the rest of the citizens in the matter of taxation, then the government ought to build its own plants and conscript the necessary managers to run them. Harold L. Ickes
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
Our soldiers in combat should have the same insurance policies that the Congress has. Jesse 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
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
The Frenchman is never at his best unless he is permitted a little personal initiative. He becomes impatient at constant command. Joseph Joffre
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
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
The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. They are necessary symbols. They protect what we cherish. But they are witnesses to human folly. Lyndon B. Johnson
God was on the Roman side. Josephus
Be strong, and of good courage. Book of Joshua
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
We have the worst-equipped army in the world … our people don’t give a damn. They’re too busy making money. Douglas MacArthur
The Japanese will not be opposed to America keeping Okinawa because the Okinowans are not Japanese. Douglas MacArthur
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
A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. James Madison
An armed and trained militia is the firmest bulwark of republics—that without standing armies their liberty can never be in danger, nor with large ones safe. James Madison
No person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service. 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
Kentucky will furnish no troops for the wicked purpose of subduing her sister Southern States. Beriah Magoffin
We possess the most powerful air weapons in the Middle East. Our bombers, armed with missiles, our modern fighters—are capable of destroying Israel’s airfields and planes. We have no fear… Muhammad Sidqi Mahmud
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
B-2 or not B-2. That is the question. Edward Markey
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. George Mason
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
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
Military men are the scourges of the earth. Guy de Maupassant
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
Killing, and nothing else, is what the army is for, and the only thing it can properly build is killers and killees. Milton Sanford Mayer
A man's best gift to his country—his life's blood. William McKinley
I must have money to get ready for war. I am doing everything possible to prevent war but it must come, and we are not prepared. William McKinley
The military caste did not originate as a party of patriots, but as a party of bandits. H. L. Mencken
… utterly subversive to the interest of the military establishment. Nelson A. Miles
I can stand by no longer and see these disgusting performances by the Navy and War Departments at the expense of the lives of our people, and the delusion of the American public. Billy Mitchell
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
The commander ought to lead every important movement. 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
Far, dearer, the grave or the prison, Illumed by one patriot name, Than the trophies of all who have risen On liberty's ruins to fame. Thomas Moore
The threat is there, and we get paid to tell Americans it is there. Thomas Moorer
Some members of congress have dealt so long with the military and with the defense contractors that they begin to think they are without faults. William S. Moorhead
Whosoever would not take up arms in the defense of their country, but would fight against it, were put to death. Book of Mormon
Soldiers know what war is like. That's why so many of them turn out to be peacemakers. Bruce Morton
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
... we might better reexamine the reasons for entering the war than abolish volunteers and substitute for them men dragged into the ranks by draft. Robert M. La Follette
Incompetency, criminal negligence, and almost treasonable administration of national defense. Fiorello H. La Guardia
You must bear constantly in mind not to hazard unnecessarily your command ... but be content to accomplish all the good you can, without feeling it necessary to obtain all that might be desired. Robert E. Lee
There is so much crap [waste] going on over there [the Pentagon], I could run the Navy Department on the cost-of-living increases alone. John Lehman
We confused the warriors with the war. Thomas Lewis
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and orphan —to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. Abraham Lincoln
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
I shall at all times be ready to recognize the paramount claims of the soldiers of the nation in the disposition of public trusts [patronage]. 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
Our political jurisdiction does not reach a latitude so low as to favor the multiplication of the elephant. Abraham Lincoln
The desertion of the army is now the most serious evil we have to encounter. Abraham Lincoln
Dear Madam: I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I can not refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the alter of freedom. 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
England shall not be driven from the proud pre-eminence which the blood and treasure of her sons have attained for her among nations, by a piece of striped bunting [the American flag] flying at the mastheads of a few fir-built frigates, manned by a handful of bastards and outlaws. London Evening Star
A hostile airship hovering over London … could inflict enormous damage. London Times
They talk about conscription as being a democratic institution. Yes; so is a cemetery. Meyer London
The biggest hawks have never been in service. Larry L. King
Our military structure and tactics have been designed more to protect the service interest than the national interest. Lawrence Korb
The best soldiers are not warlike 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
Some made the ultimate sacrifice. The rest of us were lucky. Bob Dole
We Blacks have a long history of serving as cannon fodder for interests that are not our own. Mark P. Fancher
I’m no hero. Hero’s don’t return from war. Survivors do. Bob Feller
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
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
You ought to be made to fight. We need regiments of such men as you. Abraham Lincoln
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
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
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
Rough Riders Theodore Roosevelt
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.
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
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 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
To an active external commerce the protection of a naval force is indispensable ... it is in our own experience that the most sincere neutrality is not a sufficient guard against the depredations of nations at war. To secure respect to a neutral flag requires a naval force organized and ready to vindicate it from insult or aggression. This may even prevent the necessity of going to war by discouraging belligerent powers from committing such violations of the rights of the neutral party as may, first or last, leave no other option…. These considerations invite the United States to look to the means, and to set about the gradual creation of a navy. George Washington
I wasn’t highly decorated. The highly decorated men are dead. Charles Yoder
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
The century that just ended was the bloodiest ever recorded. Enormous sacrifices were required of our youth to preserve our free way of life. But because they were willing to make those sacrifices, our survival as a nation and as a free people is no longer threatened. Democracy and private enterprise, though not without their faults, have prevailed over the collectivist ideologies that threatened us with destruction. Colin Powell
The militiaman is best employed at his plough Harmanus Bleecker
As soldiers the militia are not worth their rations Ebenezer Huntington
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
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
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
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
The sixteen battleships, representative of the noble traditions of American justice, come to our shores as heralds of peace Kokumin Shimbun
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
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
The militia system, … has no hold upon the affections of our citizens. Noah Noble
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
For fifteen or twenty years, the militia trainings have been mostly a farce, nothing but an exhibition of rags, caps, and broomsticks. And with the exception of a few . . . volunteer companies, the militia are not to be relied on. James Fowler Simmons
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
… 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
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
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
The free negroes who have served faithfully in the army … may be re-enlisted therein, but no others Continental Congress
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
For Our Country Rhode Island Negro Regiment
Neither negroes, boys unable to bear arms, nor old men unfit to endure the fatigues of the campaign, are to be enlisted George Washington
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
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
There should be a phased down-sizing to avoid dumping 1.4 million men into a shattered economy. Anonymous
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 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
Militaries, like all big organizations, tend to do what they know how to do rather than what they might need to do differently to address the situation they face Thomas E. Ricks
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 Principle aim of physical education is military heroism Tse-Tung Mao
Military force is not the first option, but it is there if needed. Richard Myers
I do not want to lead an army of mercenaries. William Westmoreland
Would you rather lead an army of slaves? Milton Friedman
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
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
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
Death’s Head Hussars Death’s Hussars Anonymous
It is impolite to criticize your host; it is militarily stupid to criticize your allies. United States Army
You can’t report on something that you don’t know about. Lucy Dalglish
When sinking ships there shall be complete destruction of the crews of the enemy's ships. Japan
The army’s resistance bordered on criminal negligence. United States Congress
Any time you are in a position of command, your views are colored by your desire for success of the mission. Wesley Clark
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
It takes more than a trained army … it takes an institutionalized army. Hamid Karzai
Women have always been in combat. We had women who won the Silver Star in World War II. Jim Webb
I have never met a woman … whom I would trust with combat leadership…. The Naval Academy is a horny woman’s dream. 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
Unless the military of a fledgling democracy becomes Westernized, there democracy will not long last. Robert D. Kaplan
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
Martial law ... destroys every guarantee of the Constitution. David Davis
The tragic truth is that this falls somewhere between screw-up and cover-up. Tom Davis
… in time of peace armies are dangerous to liberty …. the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it. Massachusetts
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
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
We’re here to preserve democracy, not to practice it. Michael Schiffer
Where a centurion deserts, in the face of the enemy, and returns home, he shall be beheaded. Visgoths
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
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
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
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
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
Sometimes there is no substitute for military action. Jon Kyl
Once my Homestead papers are filed on a piece of land you can hold it as well as me if I am called away and if I am called [dead] before you, you can homestead 160 acres and hold it for the law says soldiers’ widows and orphans can have the same right as the soldier himself, even the guardian; for a soldiers’ orphan can take a piece for the orphan as well as the soldier himself; some are doing so at this time so you see Uncle Sam has been mindful of those who stood by the country in her hour of Peril by providing in a great measure for those who were ever nearest & dearest to us. Uriah W. Oblinger
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
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
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
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
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
The culminating manifestation of naval force in the history of the world. Winston Churchill
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 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
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
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
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
During the battle of Uhud, Muhammed was desperate to push men into battle.  He promised paradise for those who would martyr themselves, prompting a young man who was eating dates to throw them away and rush to his death. Book of Muslim
We must let our young men know that they owe some responsibility to this country. James Wadsworth
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
The maintenance of naval supremacy is our foundation not only of the empire but of our freedom and our lives. Winston Churchill
I made a cold calculation that I wasn’t going to waste time on a futile struggle. John Bolton
Part of ending any war responsibly is to support those who fought it Barack Obama
You need a place that will be the holy grail of Army professionalism. Norman Schwarzkopf
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
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
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
Latin American countries have lavished money on its armies when they should have been lavishing it on their children. Oscar Arias
Costa Rica was the first country in history to abolish its army and declare peace with the world. It’s children have never known military service. They have never seen the shadow of an armored helicopter or the tracks of a tank. And since the abolition of its armed forces 62 years ago, Costa Rica has never suffered a Coup. Oscar Arias
If they turn on their radars we're going to blow up their goddamn SAMs (surface-to- air missiles). They know we own their country. We own their airspace…We dictate the way they live and talk. And that’s what’s great about America right now. It’s a good thing, especially when there’s a lot of oil out there we need. William R. Looney III
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
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
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
We were not prepared intellectually. Those of us in the national security field still carried the baggage of the Cold War. We thought in concepts of coalition warfare and the Warsaw Pact. When we thought of terrorism, we thought only of state-sponsored terrorism, which is why the immediate reaction of many in our government agencies after 9/11 was: Which state did it? … We had failed to grasp, for a variety of reasons, the new phenomenon that had emerged in the world. This was not state-sponsored terrorism. This was religious war. .... This was the emergence of a transnational enemy driven by religious fervor and fanaticism. Our enemy is not terrorism. Our enemy is violent, Islamic fundamentalism. John F. Lehman
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
Commonwealth has a right to the service of all its citizens. James Monroe
Another Chance to Avoid the Draft 400 Dollar Bounty 7th Indiana Cavalry Indiana
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
Victory was long doubtful; and had the North Carolina Militia done their duty it was certain. They had the most advantageous position I ever saw, and left it without making scarcely the shadow of opposition. Their General and field Officers exerted themselves but the Men would not stand. Many threw away their Arms and fled with utmost precipitation; even before a gun was fired at them. Nathanael Greene
The Pennsylvania line have been for some time much dissatisfied, on Monday last they turned out in number about 1200 declaring they would serve no longer unless their grievances were redressed, as they had not received either Pay, Clothing, or Provisions a Riot had ensued in which an Officer was killed and four wounded The Insurgents had five or six wounded. They collected the Artillery Stores, Wagons, provisions & Marched out of Camp… Oliver De Lancey
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
Ethiopian Division Anonymous
In Memory Of/ The Most Brilliant Soldier Of The Continental Army/ Who Was Desperately Wounded/ On This Spot, The Sally Port Of/ Burgoyne's Great (Western) Redoubt/ 7th October 1777,/ Winning For His Countrymen/ The Decisive Battle Of The/ American Revolution/ And For Himself The Rank Of Major General. Anonymous
A distinction is kept up between the civil and military which it is for the happiness of both to obliterate. Thomas Jefferson
The only way to have a volunteer army is to draft them. Felix Edward Hebert
Strategy must dominate tactics, not the other way around. Yehoshafat Harkabi
There can be no liberty where the military is not subordinate to the civil power. James Duane; John Jay; John Alsop; Lewis Morris
To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target Ashleigh Brilliant
Veterans should not have to fight for the benefits that they have already earned. Barack Obama
Your military is hard-wired to approach everything with a can do attitude. Therefore reviewing and questioning us is helpful. James Mattis
Women’s Death Battalion Anonymous
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
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
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
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
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
Have you ever seen a man darning socks? So therefore a woman cannot be a combat pilot. Ezer Weizman
The postwar (WWII) GI Bill of Rights--and the enthusiastic response to it on the part of America's veterans--signaled the shift to the knowledge society. Future historians may consider it the most important event of the twentieth century. Peter Drucker
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
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
1. Don't forget nothing. 2. Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute's warning. 3. When you're on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first. 4. Tell the truth about what you see and do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don't never lie to a Ranger or officer. 5. Don't never take a chance you don't have to. 6. When we're on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can't go through two men. 7. If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it's hard to track us. 8. When we march, we keep moving til dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us. 9. When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps. 10. If we take prisoners, we keep 'em separate til we have had time to examine them, so they can't cook up a story between 'em. 11. Don't ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you won't be ambushed. 12. No matter whether we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout 20 yards ahead, twenty yards on each flank and twenty yards in the rear, so the main body can't be surprised and wiped out. 13. Every night you'll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force. 14. Don't sit down to eat without posting sentries. 15. Don't sleep beyond dawn. Dawn's when the French and Indians attack. 16. Don't cross a river by a regular ford. 17. If somebody's trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you. 18. Don't stand up when the enemy's coming against you. Kneel down. Hide behind a tree. 19. Let the enemy come till he's almost close enough to touch. Then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet. Robert Rogers
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
You needn't kill everyone to complete the job... We instituted Civil Affairs, which provides development for 70% of the population while we kill 30%.. Hector Alejandro Gramajo Morales
Where ever you have the historical development of Islamic societies, you have the introduction of slave soldiers. Reuel Marc Gerecht
Superior technical achievements — used correctly both strategically and tactically — can beat any quantity numerically many times stronger yet technically inferior. Adolf Galland
Arsenal of Democracy Jean Monnet
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
Preparedness has never caused a war, nor has unpreparedness ever prevented one Florence Prag Kahn
I believe there is still room for tradition in society, even as we race forward toward the 21st century. A tradition we must keep alive is the setting aside of a single day each year to honor the veterans of this Nation. And this day should remain the same, and should not be changed around to suit some arbitrary holiday schedule. Dominick Vincent Daniels
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 are not under the command of the military. They are under ours as a Congress. William Pitt Fessenden
A democracy ought to have a democratic navy. Ernest Joseph King
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
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
Generals do not always run wars the way they would like to, nor the troops under them. Christopher Vokes
It is all very well to be cautious, but if we are too cautious we will miss our opportunity. Yoshijiro Umezu
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
The United States Navy has kept the sea lanes open for the entire world. Raymond Mabus
It is natural that I should bear entire responsibility for the war in general, and, needless to say, I am prepared to do so. Consequently, now that the war has been lost, it is presumably necessary that I be judged so that the circumstances of the time can be clarified and the future peace of the world be assured. Therefore, with respect to my trial, it is my intention to speak frankly, according to my recollection, even though when the vanquished stands before the victor, who has over him the power of life and death, he may be apt to toady and flatter. I mean to pay considerable attention to this in my actions, and say to the end that what is true is true and what is false is false. To shade one's words in flattery to the point of untruthfulness would falsify the trial and do incalculable harm to the nation, and great care must be taken to avoid this Hideki Tojo
In America, conscription is unknown; men are enlisted for payment. Compulsory recruitment is so alien to the ideas and so foreign to the customs of the people of the United States that I doubt whether they would ever dare to introduce it into their law. Alexis de Tocqueville
Swift and powerful transition to the attack—the lightning sword of retribution — that is the most brilliant part of the defense. Carl von Clausewitz
To conquer by sheer force is becoming harder and harder every day. Defensive is getting continuously the advantage of offensive, as we progress in the satanic science of destruction. Nikola Tesla
… a few years hence, it will be possible for nations to fight without armies, ships or guns, by weapons far more terrible, to the destructive action and range of which there is virtually no limit. Any city, at a distance, whatsoever, from the enemy, can be destroyed by him and no power on earth can stop him from doing so. Nikola Tesla
Hard training - easy combat; easy training - hard combat. Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov
No battle can be won in the study... Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov
If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. Sun Tzu
Why not grant a moratorium to those who sustain this Nation in time of peace and fight its battles in time of war? John Elliott Rankin
Heavy vehicles and equipment from donor funded infrastructure projects are occasionally diverted for the use of the Army, especially during times of major military offensives Muttukrishna Sarvananthan
The professional soldier in a Muslim army, pursuing the goals of a Muslim state, CANNOT become 'professional' if in all his activities he does not take on 'the color of Allah'. The non-military citizen of a Muslim state must, likewise, be aware of the kind of soldier that his country must produce… Muhammad Zia ul-Haq
All of you young people who served in the war. You are a lost generation... You have no respect for anything. You drink yourselves to death. Gertrude Stein
The Pope! How many divisions does he have? Joseph Stalin
Don’t let the cat out of the bag. English Proverb or Saying
Sire, have pity on the Spanish infantry, which, for lack of pay and out of sheer starvation, is scouring the low country round, plundering the peasantry in mere need of food. These disorders I cannot repress, much less can I punish them, for necessity has no law. William of Orange
I do not want to criticize while my soldiers are still bleeding and dying in Iraq Eric Shinseki
It is time to realize that neither socialism, nor friendship, nor good-neighborliness, nor respect can be produced by bayonets, tanks or blood Eduard Shevardnadze
The survival of this country depends upon letting the world know we have the power and the ability to use it if the occasion demands. Forrest Percival Sherman
A man goes and fights for his country, gets his inside gassed out, and loses his job, and all they give him is the privilege of marching past the Cenotaph once a year and paying four shillings in the pound income-tax. Dorothy L. Sayers
The best way of preventing the army from confiscating power for itself and for itself alone is to make this power shared by the Voltaic people from the outset. That's what we are aiming for. Thomas Sankara
… perhaps it might be right and proper to suggest that the underlying issue here is not about failure of our Army. Perhaps the issue might be that no institutional effort can make up for trying over the past 10 years to fight too many wars with too few soldiers? Robert H. Scales
When you start off with them being the bad guys and you being the good guys, once you've made that one decision, you don't have to think anymore, if you're in the military. From that point on, anything goes. From that point on, you're capable of anything, even atrocities. Because you've made a decision a long time ago that you're on the right side. You don't keep questioning, questioning, questioning Howard Zinn
The failures of the past will mean more sacrifices. John McCain
Tragedies ensure in wars. And we’ve seen it in every war. That’s why those who have known war hate it the most. John McCain
Vindicate the injured honor of our navy and revive the drooping spirits of the nation. Paul Hamilton
Sage and hero, side by side, Building for their sons the State Which they shall rule with pride Ralph Waldo Emerson
Multitudes of your countrymen, who, since the draft began to be talked of, have passed through Salt Lake, flying westward from the crime of their brothers' blood…. They are honest, peaceful people. You call them ‘Copperheads’ I believe. But they are real, true, good men. We find them. very truth-seeking, remarkably open to conviction. Many of them have stayed with us. Thus the Lord makes the wrath of man to praise Him. The Abolitionists—the same people who interfered with our institutions, and drove us out into the wilderness—interfered with the Southern institutions till they broke up the Union. But it’s all coining out right, a great deal better than we could have arranged it for ourselves. The men who flee from Abolitionist oppression come out here to our ark of refuge, and people the asylum of God's chosen. You'll all be out here before long. Your Union's gone forever. Fighting only makes matters worse. When your country has become a desolation, we, the saints whom you cast out, will forget all your sins against us, and give you a home. Brigham Young
They [slaves] constitute a military resource, and being such, that they should not be turned over to the enemy is too plain to discuss. Edwin M. Stanton
The defense industry understands that the military budgets will continue to be cut until a new threat comes along. Loren B. Thompson
Thanks to Penicillin, he will come home. Anonymous
They are pretty good officers now, and after a while they will make excellent soldiers too. They only need reducing to the ranks. J. E. B. Stuart
Our ideas of the life and business of a soldier were drawn chiefly from the adventures of Ivanhoe and Charles O'Malley, two worthies with whose personal history almost every man in the army was familiar. The men who volunteered went to war of their own accord, and were wholly unaccustomed to acting on any other than their own motion…. Their officers were of themselves, chosen by election, and subject, by custom, to enforced resignation upon petition of the men…. There was one sort of rank, however, which was both maintained and respected from the first, namely, that of social life. The line of demarkation between gentry and common people … rests … upon an indeterminate something or other, known as family. To come of a good family is a patent of nobility, and there is no other way whatever by which any man or any woman can find a passage into the charmed circle. George Cary Eggleston
They were certainly not soldiers. They were as ignorant of the alphabet of obedience as their officers were of the art of commanding. And yet they acquitted themselves reasonably well, a fact which can be explained only by reference to the causes of their insubordination in camp. These men were the people of the South, and the war was their own; wherefore they fought to win it of their own accord, and not at all because their officers commanded them to do so. Their personal spirit and their intelligence were their sole elements of strength. Death has few terrors for such men, as compared with dishonor, and so they needed no officers at all, and no discipline, to insure their personal good conduct on the field of battle. The same elements of character, too, made them accept hardship with the utmost cheerfulness… George Cary Eggleston
Wherever a class or profession possesses more than its numerical share of power, it has usually less than its proportion of physical vigor. This is easily shown from the vast body of evidence collected during our Civil War. In the volume containing the medical statistics of the Provost Marshal General's Bureau, we have the tabulated reports of about 600,000 persons subject to draft, and of about 500,000 recruits, substitutes, and drafted men; showing the precise physical condition of more than a million men. It appears that, out of the whole number examined, rather more than 257 in each 1000 were found unfit for military service. It is curious to see how generally the physical power among these men is in inverse ratio to the social and political prominence of the class they represent. Out of 1000 unskilled laborers, for instance, only 348 are physically disqualified; among tanners, only 216; among iron-workers, 189. On the other hand, among lawyers, 544 out of 1000 are disqualified; among journalists, 740; among clergymen, 954. Thomas Wentworth Higginson
1. Resolved that if any Major or Brigadier General shall drink more than one quart of whiskey, or get drunk more than once in 24 hours he shall be publickly reprimanded at the head of his division or brigade. 2. Resolved that in all battles and skirmishes the Major & Brigadier Generals shall not be more than 500 yards in the rear of their respective divisions or brigades upon pain of being tried & punished at the discretion of a court martial. Benjamin Rush
… the always unfortunate general is always a culpable one Benjamin Rush
There are nearly as many officers as men in our army. Every Regiment has a Surgeon with one or two mates. Each of these (officers--Surgeons & mates) has a Servant drawn from the ranks to attend them who is always exempted on this acct. from camp & field duty. I have been told the General [Washington]. has forbidden it a hundred times in GENERAL ORDERS. But the evil continues, & no wonder, for Officers ride up to his quarters with soldiers behind them in the capacity of servants. Benjamin Rush
I have heard several officers who have served under General Gates compare his army to a well regulated family. The same gentlemen have compared General Washington's imitation of an army to an unformed mob. Look at the characters of both! The one on the pinnacle of military glory--exulting in the success of schemes planned with wisdom, & executed with vigor and bravery--and above all see a country saved by their exertions. See the other outgeneraled and twice beaten--obliged to witness the march of a body of men only half their number thro' 140 miles of a thick settled country--forced to give up a city the capitol of a state & after all outwitted by the same army in a retreat. Benjamin Rush
An officer in Howe's army told me they executed ONLY two men in the last year. Their discipline prevents crimes. OUR WANT of it creates them. We have had 20 executions in the last year, & our army is not a bit the better for them. If Howe should lie still, desertions, sickness, accidental deaths & executions would waste our whole army in one year. Benjamin Rush
Some people blame him [General Thomas Conway] for calling some of OUR GENERALS cowards & drunkards in public company. But these things are proof of his integrity, and should raise him in the opinion of every friend of America. Benjamin Rush
There is the utmost order & contentment in their [the British] hospitals. The wounded whom we brought off from the field were not half so well treated as those whom we left in General Howe's hands. Our Officers and Soldiers spoke with gratitude and affection of their Surgeons. An orderly man was allotted to every ten of our wounded, and British Officers called every morning upon our officers to know whether their Surgeons did their duty. Benjamin Rush
The instinct of humanity revolts against the employment of woman as a soldier on the battlefield. No civilized man would wish to lay this duty upon her; no civilized woman would wish to assume it. Lyman Abbott
In Washington the semantics of the military muted the reality of war for the civilian policy-makers. In quiet, air-conditioned, thick-carpeted rooms, such terms as 'systematic pressure,' 'armed reconnaissance,' 'targets of opportunity,' and even 'body count' seemed to breed a sort of games-theory detachment. James Thomson
The war is going to end because we're gonna have such a political and financial havoc here with the devaluation of our dollar, because we just can't keep affording it. This is usually how empires end, by spending too much money maintaining their empire. We're in 130 countries, we have 700 bases around the world, and it's going to come to an end. I want it to come to an end more gracefully and peacefully, follow the constitution, and follow a more sensible foreign policy. Ronald E. Paul
The draft should be called slavery, involuntary servitude. Ronald E. Paul
We don't want yellow cowards in this Army. They should be killed off like rats. If not, they will go home after this war and breed more cowards. The brave men will breed more brave men. Kill off the Goddamned cowards and we will have a nation of brave men. George S. Patton
I don't know what you think you're trying to do, but the krauts ought to pin a medal on you for helping them mess up discipline for us. George S. Patton
The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. Horrid mischief would ensue were one-half the world deprived of the use of them; Thomas Paine
I can be no party to this wicked violation of the laws of the country and to thstqis war upon the liberties of a free people. You can get no troops from North Carolina John Willis Ellis
The goal was for the men to see each other, to give the troops and idea of their own strength, to infuse espirit de corps. George B. McClellan
Not a regiment was properly encamped, not a single avenue of approach guarded. All was chaos, and the streets, hotels, and barrooms were filled with drunken officers and men absent from their regiments without leave—a perfect pandemonium. George B. McClellan
One percent of our country is fighting to protect the other 99 percent. Michelle Obama
I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. We have definitely adopted the position at the Peace Conference of arguing in favour of the retention of gas as a permanent method of warfare. It is sheer affectation to lacerate a man with the poisonous fragment of a bursting shell and to boggle at making his eyes water by means of lachrymatory gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes. Winston Churchill
Soldiering … is the coward's art of attacking mercilessly when you are strong, and keeping out of harm's way when you are weak. That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms George Bernard Shaw
The loss of so many officers, the Queen is certain, proceeds from their wearing a blue coat whilst the men are in scarlet; the Austrians lost a great proportion of officers in Italy from a similar difference of dress. Queen Victoria
When Nature gives a young man no other utilizable faculty, she must be understood as intending him for a soldier. Nathaniel Hawthorne
At no great distance from the Minnesota lay the strangest-looking craft I ever saw. It was a platform of iron, so nearly on a level with the water that the swash of the waves broke over it, under the impulse of a very moderate breeze; and on this platform was raised a circular structure, likewise of iron, and rather broad and capacious, but of no great height. It could not be called a vessel at all; it was a machine,—and I have seen one of somewhat similar appearance employed in cleaning out the docks; or, for lack of a better similitude, it looked like a gigantic rat-trap. It was ugly, questionable, suspicious, evidently mischievous,—nay, I will allow myself to call it devilish; for this was the new war-fiend, destined, along with others of the same breed, to annihilate whole navies and batter down old supremacies…. A storm of cannon shots damages them no more than a handful of dried peas. We saw the shot marks made by the great artillery of the Merrimack on the outer casing of the iron tower; they were about the breadth and depth of shallow saucers, almost imperceptible dents, with no corresponding bulge on the interior surface…. Nothing, however, can exceed the confidence of the officers in this new craft. It was pleasant to see their benign exultation in her powers of mischief, and the delight with which they exhibited the circumvolutory movement of the tower, the quick thrusting forth of the immense guns to deliver their ponderous missiles and then the immediate recoil, and the security behind the closed port-holes. Nathaniel Hawthorne
The most formidable weapon in the hands of slave-insurgents is always this blind panic they create, and the wild exaggerations which follow. The worst being possible, everyone takes the worst for granted. Thomas Wentworth Higginson
… you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time. Donald Rumsfeld
The future navy will have two kinds of ships: Submarines and targets. Hyman Rickover
Standing armies are the oppressive instruments for governing the people. Daniel Webster
So many minority youths had volunteered...that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like myself Tom DeLay
It is an American tradition that a standing army is a standing menace to liberty; in Jefferson's presidency the army was reduced to 3,000 men. It is American tradition that we keep out of the affairs of other nations. It is American practice that we meddle with the affairs of everybody else from the West to the East Indies, from Russia to Japan; and to do it we have a standing army of 83,251 men. Voltairine de Cleyre
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 resources. Corrado Maria Daclon
I don’t think that we should ever apply our military power unilaterally…. If we cannot persuade like-minded, friendly nations of the wisdom of our policy, then maybe we should rethink the policy. Robert McNamara
The Military Industrial Complex. President Eisenhower had it wrong. It’s the Military Industrial Congressional Complex. Robert McNamara
The military establishment is an instrument – not a shaper – of national policy. Its members – as free Americans – are entitled to their views on the issues of the day, and they have every right to try to make their views effective through the ballot. They do NOT have the right, however, to use the military establishment to advance partisan concepts or alter the decisions of the elected representatives of the people. Robert McNamara
The military establishment is an instrument – not a shaper – of national policy. Its members – as free Americans – are entitled to their views on the issues of the day, and they have every right to try to make their views effective through the ballot. They do NOT have the right, however, to use the military establishment to advance partisan concepts or alter the decisions of the elected representatives of the people. Robert McNamara
The military thinks about weapons the way women think about perfume. Robert McNamara
I have a very firm limitation in mind, but I don’t think the Joint Chiefs do. I know they don’t. Robert McNamara
I’ll be quite frank. I don’t think that there is a military problem here … This is a domestic political problem. Robert McNamara
The unfortunate soldiers were in want of everything; they had neither coats, hats, shirts, nor shoes, their feet and legs froze till they became black, and it was often necessary to amputate them Marquis de Lafayette
For a soldier I enlisted, to grow great in fame. And be shot at for sixpence a day. Charles Dibdin
Trust in God and keep your powder dry. Oliver Cromwell
We must ensure that our troops are ready when called upon, that they are fully capable of fighting, and that they must win every war Xi Jinping
Only our own corruption can destroy us and cause our armed forces to be defeated without fighting. Liu Yuan
… there is not anything, amongst civil affairs, more subject to error than the right valuation and true judgment concerning the power and forces of an estate…. Walled towns, stored arsenals and armouries, goodly races of horses, chariots of war, elephants, ordnance, artillery, and the like, all this is but a sheep in a lion’s skin, except the breed and disposition of the people be stout and warlike. Francis Bacon
People say that the government should be doing this Yeah, but the government is not doing this. So we do. Arnold Fisher
As long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of the most exalted characters. Edward Gibbon
All the armed prophets have conquered, all the unarmed have perished. Niccolo Machiavelli
The good general makes good soldiers. Ancient Roman Proverb
America must always be the world's paramount military power John Kerry
Pakistan's military and intelligence services have, for decades, used religious parties for recruits. Benazir Bhutto
My spirit is so defeated that I do not feel strong enough to command a single soldier. My presumptuousness made me believe that my desire to achieve and my ardent zeal for the fatherland would supply the talents I lacked to command Simon Bolivar
You can have no idea of the spirit which animates our military officers. They are no longer the men you knew. They are men who have fought for years and believe themselves superior; and yet they are humiliated and impoverished, with no hope of enjoying the fruits of the work of their lances. They are often resolute llaneros, ignorant men who think themselves superior to those of greater accomplishments. Even I, who have always been at their head, cannot say of what they might be capable. I treat them with the greatest consideration, but it doesn’t seem to inspire them with the spirit which ought to exist among comrades and fellow citizens. Believe me... we are over a volcano about to erupt. I fear peace even more than I fear war. Simon Bolivar
The habitual relationships built through exercises and training is our biggest guarantor of access in time of need, over time, can develop into habitual use of certain facilities by deployed US forces with the eventual goal of being guaranteed use in a crisis, or permission to preposition logistics stocks and other critical material in strategic forward locations. Thomas Boulton Fargo
Military brothels were necessary to maintain discipline and order during WWII Toru Hashimoto
More soldiers died last year by their own hand than at the hands of the enemy…. More than 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Sanjay Gupta
Our servicemen and women have been doing right by America for generations. And, as long as I am commander in chief, America’s going to do right by them. Barack Obama
We found enough fat in the Defense Department to send a truck of potato chips to the obese. Alan K. Simpson
We still have people out there who tolerate sexual harassment and sexual assault….This [Rape in the Army] is my most important priority. I am not kidding. I am not kidding. Ray Odierno
For a country that cherishes civilian democracy, we have a surprising affinity for strong men in uniform. Bill Keller
Our troops are owed a policy worthy of their sacrifice. John Kerry
All Indian men of that tribe are to be killed whenever and wherever you can find them…. If the Indians send in a flag of truce say to the bearer ... that you have been sent to punish them for their treachery and their crimes. That you have no power to make peace, that you are there to kill them wherever you can find them. James H. Carleton
It is to be lamented that Officers will not exercise more discretion and prudence when entrusted with the execution of an order which seems to invade the rights of a Citizen not perfectly conformable to the Laws. Nathanael Greene
For every one of my Black soldiers who may be murdered by their captors, two Rebel soldiers shall hang. Benjamin Franklin
Circumstances in my judgment are of sufficient urgency to render it necessary that the commanding General of this department should assume the administrative powers of the State. In order, therefore, to suppress disorders, maintain the public peace, and give security to the persons and property of loyal citizens, I do hereby extend and declare established martial law throughout the State of Missouri. John Fremont
It is with the deepest mortification the general commanding finds it necessary to reiterate his orders for the preservation of the property of the inhabitants of the district occupied by the troops under his command.” “The troops must behave themselves with as much forbearance and propriety as if they were at their own homes. Irvin McDowell
The colored population is the great available and yet, unavailed of, force for restoring the Union. The bare sight of fifty thousand armed, and drilled black soldiers on the bank of the Mississippi, would end the rebellion at once. Abraham Lincoln
Where are they to get work, who is to feed them, clothe them, & house them? We cannot now give tents to our soldiers, and our wagon trains are now a horrible impediment, and if we are to take along & feed the negroes who flee to us for refuge, it will be an impossible task. You cannot solve this negro question in a day. William Tecumseh Sherman
Let us understand each other. I have come to you from the West, where we have always seen the backs of our enemies; from an army whose business it has been to seek the adversary and to beat him when he was found, whose policy has been attack and not defense. . . . Meantime, I desire you to dismiss from your minds certain phrases, which I am sorry to find so much in vogue amongst you. I hear constantly of ‘taking strong positions and holding them,’ of ‘lines of retreat,’ and of ‘bases of supplies.’ Let us discard such ideas. . . . Let us study the probable lines of retreat of our opponents, and leave our own to take care of themselves. Let us look before us, and not behind. Success and glory are in the advance, disaster and shame lurk in the rear. John Pope
For your kind expressions I am extremely grateful, but, on the other hand, I assure you that the nation is more indebted to you, and such as you, than to me. It is upon the brave hearts and strong arms of the people of the country that our reliance has been placed in support of free government and free institutions. Abraham Lincoln
Black Regiments Anonymous
When we in Israel talk about a surgical military operation, we think of a scalpel. You Americans think of a chisel and a 10 pound hammer. Ehud Barak
Is a military solution the only way to stop nations from doing bad things? Bennie Thompson
The mainstream of both the Republican and Democratic Parties are equally committed to militarism today. Andrew J. Bacevich
Not since June 1941 has the Russian military stood as perilously close to ruin as it does now. Alexey Arbatov
The B-29 engines have more bugs than the insect collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Curtis LeMay
I’d be hard pressed to say that any woman who serves in Afghanistan today or who’s served in Iraq over the last few years did so without facing the same risks as their male counterparts. Michael Glenn Mullen
It is time for the U. S. military to get over its hang-ups and acknowledge women’s rightful place on the battlefield…. There are physically fit, tough women who are suitable for combat, and weak and feeble men who are not. Megan H. MacKenzie
We do not allow the Army, Navy, Marines, and the Air Force to be a police force. History is replete with countries that allowed that to happen. Disaster is the result. Thomas Olstead
Our military should be granted some kind of insurance under the new Egyptian Constitution so that it is not under the whim of some president and it is not subject to parliamentary scrutiny. Mamdouh Shahin
There is no probability that we shall again be called upon to defend our Territory [the New Mexico Territory[ against hostile invasion. Kit Carson
If our economy is strong, that means the military will be strong. If our economy is weak, that weakens our military. Barack Obama
It undermines what this military stands for and it undermines what the Marine Corps stands for when sexual assault takes place within our units. And that’s why we are going to work together -- all of us --to stop these crimes of sexual assault, and uphold the honor and the integrity that defines the finest military on Earth. And that message is coming all the way from the top.. Barack Obama
Women have long found themselves grieving for the dead and caring for the wounded during and after war, but … as more and more women become war fighters themselves, they too face danger and see horrors, often with the added burden if sexual harassment and worse at the hands of their fellow warriors—burdens aggravated by official indifference. Lawrence David Freedman
…allies such as Bahrain are liable to use their American made weapons against their own people. Lawrence Korb
Because the United States now leads the world in arms deliveries by such a wide margin, Washington has little credibility when it chides other governments for transferring weapons to U. S. enemies. Lawrence Korb
Our magnificent cadre of military officers have the kind of performance at military procurement as our magnificent cadre of business executives would have if they did the fighting—terrible! Lewis D. Eigen
The Pentagon doesn’t need more money. What it needs desperately is a functional procurement system …. The result [of not having one] is not just ordinary waste, fraud and abuse … but also deep and lasting damage to the country’s ability to project power and wage war. Bret Stephens
It is inevitable that Japan will emerge as a major military power in the not too distant future. Henry A. Kissinger
From birth, Pakistan was saddled with a huge army it could not pay for and plenty of monsters to destroy. Husain Haqqani
We don’t need corporate generals. We need warrior generals…. Many of our military leaders are like car designers who have never driven a car….they go along to get along. David Hackworth
Civilian control of the military is an inviolable principle, which means that civilians should bear the chief responsibility when the military is misdirected. James Dobbins
Mr. Lincoln, give me back my 500,000 sons. Anonymous
About 179,000 African Americans served in the war. The bulk of them came from the slave states, probably 150,000 of them. Most of the time they served under white officers because that made it more palatable to the Union public. African Americans fought in 41 major battles and about 450 minor affairs. They did extremely well, certainly as well as white soldiers. Sixteen African Americans received medals of honor from the Army and seven received them from the navy and about 37,000 African Americans gave their lives during the course of the war. Joseph T. Glatthaar
We require our fighters to be ready hurricanes, on-call combat machines. We want them held easily in check, and we expect light-switch control over their aggression…. We vaguely hope their anger does not spill over, or come home. Neil Shea
The consequences of U. S. superiority is that its opponents, both state and non-state actors, will have little choice but to resort to guerilla tactics and urban warfare because they simply cannot confront U. S. forces head on.. Renee De Nevers
There goes a $300 man!!! Anonymous
I want you to take these great engines of force out onto the seas like adventurers enlisted for the elevation of the spirit of the human race. For that is the only distinction that America has. Woodrow Wilson
The real struggle in Pakistan is the systematic elimination of anyone who stands up to the country’s generals who have created a militarized Islamist state.! Farahnaz Ispahani
The People’s Army is not merely an organ for fighting; it is also an organ for the political advancement of the [Chinese Communist] party. Xi Jinping
More and more countries, mostly all countries, do not want large American forces on their soil. That’s a reality. We can live in the denial of that, but we are also living in the reality of that. James E. Cartwright
I sleep soundly. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence. Mikhail Kalashnikov
Arabs may have the oil, but we have the matches Ariel Sharon
Today, Israel lost the right to be called a Jewish State. Moshe Gafni
Weapons are only weapons if you’re willing to use them. Gary Brecher
… one of my soldiers can handle three Communist soldiers Ma Hongkui
Universal military training is the only truly democratic solution to the problem of [military] preparedness. John Purroy Mitchel
While a guy at home is sweating over his income tax and Victory garden, a dogface somewhere is getting great joy out of wiggling his little finger. He does it just to see it move and to prove to himself that he is still alive and able to move it. Bill Mauldin
… the infantry is the group in the army which gives more and gets less than anybody else. Bill Mauldin
I was proud indeed of the Services as they marched by in the rain. Everyone in fit condition, looking smart in spite of the weather. West Point, Annapolis, the Coast Guard School and the regular Army, Navy and Marines. These Services and the men who compose them deserve our gratitude and respect. They give service which can never be paid for in money. We pray that it may never be war service, but the world is not safe as yet from this spirit of madness and while the United States of America is the greatest peace loving nation in the world, her first line of defense, both in peace and in war are these men who belong to what are rightly termed the Services of the United States. Eleanor Roosevelt
It’s very important that the American people believe in us [the military]. Ray Odierno
For better providing and furnishing of Masts for our Royal Navy wee do hereby reserve to us Our Heires and Successors ALL trees of the diameter of 24 inches and upward of 12 inches from the ground, growing upon any soils or tracts of land within our said Province or Territory not heretofore granted to any private persons. We doe restrains forbid all persons whatsoever from felling, cutting or destroying any such trees without the the Royall Lycence from us Our Heires and Successors first had and obteyned upon penalty of Forfeiting One Hundred Pounds sterling unto Our Heires and Successors for every such Tree soe felled cult or destroyed without such Lycence. England
King’s Trees Pine Tree Riot England
a minute’s warning. Worchester County Convention
By the 21st century, the American military had come to think of itself in war-god-like terms, able to hurl unmatchable thunderbolts. Kevin Phillips
[I wonder] whether a case similar to ours is to be found: to wit, to maintain a post against the flower of the British troops for 6 months altogether, without powder, and at the end to have the army disbanded and raised within the same distance of the reinforced enemy. George Washington
[For gunpowder] we are so exceedingly destitute that our artillery will be of little use without a supply which is large and seasonable. What we have must be reserved for the small arms, and that managed with the utmost frugality. George Washington
Each colony, at their own expense, [shall] make such provision by armed vessels or otherwise, as their respective assemblies, conventions, or committees of safety shall judge expedient and suitable to their circumstances and situation for the protection of their harbors and navigation on their seacoasts, against all unlawful invasions, attacks from cutters and ships of war. Continental Congress
One active campaign, a smart action, and burning two or three their towns, will set everything to rights. John Pitcairn
… take measures immediately for raising 3,000 able-bodied Negroes. Continental Congress
Although the New York contingent abounded with officers, my curiosity has not yet been gratified by the sight of one private. Benjamin Hinman
Men who refrain from sexual acts are frequently stronger, owing to their conservation of energy. United States Army
None of the U. S. Navy’s current surface ships are powerful enough to navigate in the Arctic…. Russia owns 30 icebreakers, some nuclear powered. Canada has 13. Even South Korea and China which lack Arctic coastlines, own new icebreakers, The U. S. Coast Guard has only 3. 1 is inoperative. 1 … is on its last legs, and 1 is a floating research lab. Scott Borgerson
Bushnell’s machine is almost perfected for the destruction of the [British] fleet in Boston Harbor. Lewis John
Corps of Sappers and Miners George Washington
How many divisions does the Pope have. Pippin III
He who does something at the head of one Regiment, will eclipse him who does nothing at the head of a hundred. Abraham Lincoln
Every Army of liberation has a half-life beyond which it turns into an Army of occupation. David Petraeus
Less than one percent of our population is fighting our country’s wars, so the promises we make to our soldiers must be kept Rachel Maddow
… our record in predicting where we will use military force over the last 40 years has been perfect. We have never once gotten it right. Robert M. Gates
Our military plans for everything. Robert M. Gates
In Afghanistan and Iraq [the wars], the Pentagon saw little value in making acquisitions that would be irrelevant by the time they were ready. Ashton B. Carter
The officials responsible for acquisitions [at the Pentagon] are loathe to take risks, since they can be held personally accountable if something goes wrong. Ashton B. Carter
1971 … was the year when, for the very first time, the United States bailed out an industrial firm whose own financial management had driven it to the brink of extinction. The company was Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and the bailout was in the form of a loan guarantee worth $250 million. Barry Ritholtz
You are not stepchildren of Brown. On the contrary, you have been favored by a radical and, to many, unbelievable change in policy. ... You are students in Brown University; you have open to you all its educational facilities ... you are meeting regular curricular requirements Henry Merritt Wriston
America must get off a permanent war footing. Barack Obama
In a democracy you get the army that the people are willing to pay for. H. R. McMaster
I come from a town of 3 thousand people. If I didn't go someone else would have to go in my place. Al Gore
Political considerations can be taken into account only as long as they do not make demands that are militarily improper or impossible. Helmuth von Moltke
Any order that can be misunderstood, will be misunderstood Helmuth von Moltke
… from the dawn of history to the present time, men have paid the homage of their gratitude and admiration to the memory of those who nobly sacrifice their lives, that their fellow-men may live in safety and in honor. Edward Everett
Avoid the necessity of those overgrown Military establishments, which under any form of Government are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty. George Washington
War is the great auditor of military institutions. H. R. McMaster
This idea of weapons of mass extermination is utterly horrible and is something which no one with one spark of humanity can tolerate. I will not pretend to obey a government which is organizing a mass massacre of mankind. Bertrand Russell
You have to first handle the humanitarian crises and troops are very useful for doing that. Robin Renee Sanders
No one will involve the army in political processes! Mikael Harutyunyan
There is no point in hiding that before the war we mostly learned to attack, and did not pay enough attention to such an important maneuver as retreat. Now we have paid for this. It turned out that the commanders and the staff were not sufficiently prepared to prepare and execute the retreat maneuver. Now, in the second week of war, we had in fact to learn from the beginning the most difficult art - the art of the execution of retreat. Hovhannes Khachatury Bagramyan
What do you want to have me shot for, Semyon Mikhailovich? If you don't find me suitable as chief of the operations department, then give me a combat division. I am a commander; I can command a division. But what would be the advantage of having me shot? Hovhannes Khachatury Bagramyan
This is, after all, a desktop exercise. Actual wars do not go as you fellows imagine. Hideki Tojo
The political system must listen to the military. Jim Webb
The Pentagon … kills ideas that threaten its core programs more efficiently than it does any foreign enemy. David Rothkopf
A world in which advanced military robots are easily available is a world filled with an increasing numbers of modern militaries—a world that may face a higher risk if arms races and conflicts. Michael C. Horowitz
Human interaction in a complex environment is key to our [military] success in the future. Ray Odierno
The worst thing about being a drone pilot is that there is no intimate connection with what is happening in reality. Daniel Hale
Because of the development of infantry into the most powerful instrument of war, the Swiss, who were a fine type of infantrymen, became one of the greatest military and political forces in Europe…. the Continent was divided into fragments by feudalism and that no monarchical state had achieved its territorial unity. Under these circumstances, during the whole of the fifteenth century Switzerland was the most stable political element in Europe. Hugh Simons Gibson
You vote yes, you’re for our vets. You vote no, you’re against our vets. Mark Begich
You have your pens, Gentlemen, and I have my bayonets. You write with one and I will put the other to work. Auguste Frederic Louis Viesse de Marmont
The possession of biological weapons—or actions unambiguously designed to produce them—should be categorized as a crime against humanity. Richard Butler
Other things being equal, whether we have large or reduced armaments, the nation which is the strongest industrially is the best equipped for war, because the machine shop and the laboratory are becoming the two most important elements of military preparation. Tasker H. Bliss
They [the bankers and financiers] own the country and if they don't set the example of fighting for it, why should you? Eugene V. Debs
The concept of military necessity is seductively broad, and has a dangerous plasticity. Because they invariably have the visage of overriding importance, there is always a temptation to invoke security "necessities" to justify an encroachment upon civil liberties. For that reason, the military-security argument must be approached with a healthy skepticism. William J. Brennan, Jr.
The management structures in place to manage and monitor our contracts in Iraq have become subservient to the contractors themselves …. contractors saw themselves as above the law…. the contractors, instead of Department officials, are in command and in control. Jean C. Richter
Other countries were using drones before the United States was using them.. Ashton B. Carter
It would be a good occasion to begin a navy Thomas Jefferson
We ought to begin a naval power, if we mean to carry on our own commerce. Can we begin it on a more honorable occasion or with a weaker foe? Thomas Jefferson
Well Dr. Weizmann, we need 30 thousand tons of acetone. Can you make it?. Winston Churchill
Poison gas meant that the war could be brought to an end sooner and thus reduce the number of casualties. Fritz Haber
The day may not be far off when aerial operations with their devastation of enemy lands and destruction of industrial and populous centers on a vast scale may become the principle operation of the war, to which the older forms of military and naval operations may become secondary and subordinate. Jan Christiaan Smuts
... deployed on the sands of Saudi Arabia and facing possible extinction, are young men and women drawn, in the main, from the poorer families of our republic. John Kenneth Galbraith
It is not believed that a force of more than 400,000 can be secured or maintained by voluntary enlistments. An increase beyond that number would necessitate the simultaneous enactment of a selective service act. George C. Marshall
We cannot have a political club and call it an army. George C. Marshall
I can get billions of dollars with comparative ease, but when I get down to the practical proposition about personnel … all of those billions are futile unless you provide the highly trained personnel. George C. Marshall
There is no group today in America who view the possibilities of war with more horror, and consider the large appropriations involved with more reluctance than do the officers of the General Staff. There is no thought in our minds to seize upon the dilemma of this tragic world situation as an opportunity to aggrandize the Army. George C. Marshall
I regard a large standing army as an impossibility … because of the repugnance of our people toward a large standing force. George C. Marshall
My relief of mind would be tremendous if we just had too much of something besides patriotism and spirit. George C. Marshall
Though I speak as a soldier, I must deplore the dominating influence of the military George C. Marshall
I warn you not to accept military advice too easily. George C. Marshall
Mr. President, If you don’t do something and do it right away, I don’t know what is going to happen to this country. George C. Marshall
In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Americans, indeed all free men, remember that in the final choice a soldier's pack is not so heavy a burden as a prisoner's chains. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The necessary and wise subordination of the military to civil power will be best sustained when life-long professional soldiers abstain from seeking high political office. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars. Dwight D. Eisenhower
We have been compelled to create an armaments industry of vast proportions. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The way to cut the military budget is to go to the commanding officer of each military facility and tell him he will get another star if he cuts his budget, and we will be trampled in the stampede to save money. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Generals who can write always make me nervous. Benjamin C. Bradlee
In the beginning of the year 1776, the colonists were farmers, merchants, and mechanics; at its close, soldiers. David Ramsey
Our situation is truly distressing; the militias are dismayed, intractable, and impatient to return; great numbers of them have gone off, in some instances almost by whole regiments. With the deepest concern I am obliged to confess my want of confidence in the generality of the troops. I have more than once taken the liberty of mentioning this to congress. George Washington
I am persuaded that our liberties must be greatly hazarded, if not entirely lost, if their defense is left to any but a permanent standing army: I mean, one to exist during the war. George Washington
I would also recommend that the Marine Corps be merged in the artillery or infantry, as the best mode of curing the many defects in its organization. Andrew Jackson
When it comes to China’s relationship with foreign countries, it is of course better to have peace. But before we can have real peace, China must be ready to fight. If we give in to every demand, then the more we seek peace, the less likely we are going to get it. Cixi
Gordon’s men can defeat the bandits [rebels] but will not kill as many as possible, so my army has to be around to assist them. Li Hongzhang
Let those who have been robbers, now become knights. Odo of Chatillon-Sur-Marne
When you are Commander in Chief, you should keep all your options on the table. Leon Panetta
Quote A: I don’t think we need boots on the ground I don’t think that is an option worth consideration. Quote B: This idea that we’ll never have any boots on the ground to defeat them [ISIS] in Syria is fantasy. Lindsey Graham
It is dreadful to be condemned to inactivity in this war which I prepared and initiated. Helmuth von Moltke
In future battles, these primitives, for whom life counts so little and whose young blood flows so ardently, as if eager to be shed, will certainly attain the old “French Fury” and will invigorate it if necessary. Charles Emmanuel Marie Mangin
Men who abandon their units, if there be any such, are to be hunted down and immediately shot. Joseph Joffre
When these inventions of the devil work, then what they achieve is more than amazing; when they do not work, then they achieve less than nothing. Erici Von Falkenhayn
I think, sir, that these aeroplanes are going to spoil war. When they come over I can only tell my men to cover their heads with hay and make a noise like a mushroom! James Moncrieff Grierson
We are fortunate to have witnessed this remarkable event which is but a foretaste of a complete revolution in warfare. Erskine Childers
Conscription would amount to the sacrifice of nine-tenths of our moral case in this war. It would not only amount to an admission—wholly unjustified—that the heart of the country is not in the war…. It will change the basis of our participation. It will no longer be the war of the British people; it will be the war of the British governing classes. New Statesman
While young men stand ready to pay with their lives for the honor and interest of the American people, the son of wealthy Mr. [Henry] Ford sits at home in ignoble safety. Theodore Roosevelt
In defiance of all foes, this air force is invincible. Hermann Goering
We Americans treat our army like a mangy old dog. George C. Marshall
Who among us, except the President of the United States, really saw the magnitude of the job ahead, the awful mission of the United States in a world running berserk?. Donald Marr Nelson
The enemy usually makes your plans for you. Ulysses S. Grant
Armament is an important factor in war but not the decisive factor .... Man, not material, forms the decisive factor. Mao Zedong
The people's army is not merely an organ for fighting; it is also an organ for the political advancement of the party Mao Zedong
Without an army for the people, there is nothing for the people. Mao Zedong
In the 19th century, there were only [the] Army and Navy. In the 20th century, we got airpower as the third dimension of war. In the 21st century, cyber will be the fourth dimension of war. It's another kind of weapon and it is for unlimited range and is very high speed, and, in a very low signature. Amos Yadlin
There founding fathers not only wanted no military alliances, but they wanted no standing army. Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
If frontier wars there chance to arise, and if thereupon we shall fortify, yet will occasion the training up of our youth in the discipline of war and make a number fit for the service of the wars and for the defense of our people there and at home. Richard Hakluyt
We could create a Virginia cavalry regiment specifically for the sons of planters, youths whose indolence or education, has unfitted them for foot-service. Thomas Jefferson
In British tradition, the American elite expected the lower classes to fight their wars. Nancy Isenberg
Patriotism... bought and paid for is not patriotism. Calvin Coolidge
I told that dumb son-of-a-bitch not to go down there, I told him it was no place for the Chief of Staff. Dwight D. Eisenhower
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian military rotted away. In one of the most dramatic campaigns in world history, from 1988-1994, Moscow's armed forces shrank from 5 million to 1 million personnel. Dmitri Trenin
Moscow believes that using force constitutes strategic defense. Dmitri Trenin
The Russian Leadership Came to the conclusian that Western Expansion could only be reversed with an "iron fist". Sergey Karaganoy
Pain is weakness leaving the body, United States Marine Corps
These sailors are supposed to be very healthy. It’s not a normal situation. It is unbelievable that just in four or five years that these healthy sailors would become so sick. They gave their utmost efforts to help the Japanese people, I am no longer in government, but I couldn’t just let nothing be done. Junichiro Koizumi
Disarment ... is a continuing imperative. Dwight D. Eisenhower
We have been compelled to create an amaments industry of vast proportions. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I just met your Chiefs of Staff. They really know what they are doing, Donald Trump
The generals don’t know much because they’re not winning, Donald Trump
The Pentagon is the Poster Child for waste in Government. Fareed Zakaria
I need you to read more and drink less. Robert Nellor
There is no honor in denigrating a fellow marine in any way shape and form. Robert Nellor
'Forward, Gordons, the world is looking at you. Brave lads, give it to the beggars, exterminate the vermin--charge| William Dick-Cunyngham
The country rings around with loud alarms, And raw in the fields the rude militia swarms; Mouths without hands; maintained at vast expense, In peace a charge, in war a weak defense: Stout once a month they march, a blustering band, And ever, but in times of need, at hand. This was the morn when, issuing on the guard, Drawn up in rank and file they stood prepared Of seeming arms to make a short essay, Then hasten to be drunk, the business of the day. John Dryden
On the East Coast, men might fear a standing army; in the West, they clamored for one that could protect them. Stephen Ambrose
Military children don't make foreign policy but they live it. Kavitha Cordosa
Magazines and newspapers commonly took to celebrating the military valor of both Confederate and Union soldiers, as though bravery, rather than morality, were the chief quality to be commemorated. Joshua M. Zeitz
Hell these are Marines. Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima. Baghdad ain't shit. John F. Kelly
I shall not continue to suffer a hostile Prince on my boundaries, especially one who is practically a Prussian, not to say an Englishman, and who sells his subjects, Napoleon Bonaparte
The United States historicaly has had its military more closely connected with new technology than any other coutnry. Bill Gates
Autonomous weapons are the worst possiblity for an Aitificial Intelligence application. I don't even want a single gun to be automomous.... We should ahve laws against autonomous weapons. One of the major problems with autonomous weapons is that they become the enemy's arsenal when the software is hacked and that always happens sooner or later. D. Scott Phoenix
Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet. James Mattis
PowerPoint makes us stupid. James Mattis