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  • The most fundamental paradox is that if we're never to use force, we must be prepared to use it and to use it successfully. We Americans don't want war and we don't start fights. We don't maintain a strong military force to conquer or coerce others. The purpose of our military is simple and straightforward: we want to prevent war.

    Strong   Military   War  
    "The uncommon wisdom of Ronald Reagan: a portrait in his own words".
  • I hadn't yet realised that learning to be a staff officer is something like learning to milk a cow. The novelty soon wears off, and the job becomes burdensome, and smelly. As a boy I learned the hard way that if you demonstrated skill at milking a cow, somebody would keep you milking one. It's the same way being a good staff officer.

    Jobs   Military   Boys  
  • ...a private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war.

    "A failure in generalship". May 1, 2007.
  • Helmut Lang does a lot of very military-influenced things. You have to find the designer that suits your body the best, and he works for me.

    Military   Doe   Body  
  • I went to Jerusalem, the dead sea, it was just amazing. Because what we see in the TV, I'm sorry to say it, I don't want to insult nobody, but a lot of the image that we see from the middle east in Canada - It's sad to say but it's always bad stuff. I was thinking coming here it would be a lot of military, security, everybody would be a little more on the edge, but I see it's amazing. It feels a little bit similar to Miami.

  • In war, numbers alone confer no advantage. Do not advance relying on sheer military power.

    Art   Military   War  
    Sun Tzu, Shang Yang (1997). “The Art of War”, p.41, Wordsworth Editions
  • I became a soldier, not because I had a military vocation initially, but because it was the only way that that young, poor-class child from the provinces could go to the center of the country: through baseball, which was my dream.

    Interview with Ted Koppel, September 16, 2005.
  • I am encouraged President Obama now says he will fulfill his constitutional obligation to seek authorization for any potential military action in Syria. This is the most important decision any President or any Senator must make, and it deserves vigorous debate

    FaceBook post by Rand Paul from Aug 31, 2013
  • Military activities (are) not a role for the United States. There needs to be a number of steps that Maliki and his government must take to demonstrate that he is committed to an inclusive Iraq, something he has not done up to date.

    Military   Iraq   Numbers  
  • I've always been homeschooled, so doing it on set is kind of the same thing. My mom makes it very interactive - we'll get a book on chocolate and learn how to make it, or she will buy antique items. I love military history, the mechanics and strategy of it.

    Mom   Military   Book  
    "A Day Out With The Middle Kids". Interview with Ingela Ratledge, February 8, 2012.
  • One cannot make command decisions simply by assessing the tactical situation and going ahead with whatever course of action will do the most harm to the enemy with a minimum of death and damage to your own men and materiel. Modern warfare has become very complex, especially during the last century. Wars are won not by a simple series of battles won, but by a complex interrelationship among military victory, economic pressures, logistic maneuvering, access to the enemy’s information, political postures—dozens, literally dozens of factors.

    Military   War   Men  
  • I grew up in Cuba under a strong, military, oppressive dictatorship. So as a teenager, I found myself involved in a revolution. I remember during that time, a young, charismatic leader rose up, talking about 'hope' and 'change'. His name was Fidel Castro.

    "Geraldo Rivera: A Cruz Missile Aimed At Nueva America?" by Geraldo Rivera, October 18, 2013.
  • I saw that publishing all over the world was deeply constrained by self-censorship, economics and political censorship, while the military-industrial complex was growing at a tremendous rate, and the amount of information that it was collecting about all of us vastly exceeded the public imagination.

  • Revolutionary war is an antitoxin which not only eliminates the enemy's poison but also purges us of our own filth.

    Military   War   Enemy  
    Zedong Mao, Stuart Schram (2015). “Mao's Road to Power: Revolutionary Writings, 1912-49: V. 6: New Stage (August 1937-1938): Revolutionary Writings, 1912-49”, p.336, Routledge
  • Thus far the chief purpose of our military establishment has been to win wars. From now on its chief purpose must be to avert them. It can have almost no other useful purpose.

    Military   War   Winning  
    Bernard Brodie (1978). “The Development of Nuclear Strategy”, University of California LA Center for
  • It [the intelligence service] concludes that Iraq has chemical and biological weapons, that Saddam has continued to produce them, that he has existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons, which could be activated within 45 minutes, including against his own Shia population; and that he is actively trying to acquire nuclear weapons capability.

  • To be deeply committed to negotiations, to be opposed to a particular war or military action, is not only considered unpatriotic, it also casts serious doubt on one's manhood.

    Military   War   Doubt  
    Myriam Miedzian (2002). “Boys Will Be Boys: Breaking the Link Between Masculinity and Violence”, p.71, Lantern Books
  • As Americans, we have shown ourselves to have the greatest military on the face of the planet, but we are not so very good at anticipating threats and appreciating just how difficult it is to build up stable democracies, to make the investments and sustainable development that we must as a nation if we are to attack the root causes of these sorts of instability.

    The CBS Democratic debate, November 15, 2015.
  • The inside of the Pentagon is an incredible place and a dramatic set. We do [travel] outside, but the inside workings of the civilian oversight of the military inside the Pentagon is really about as exciting as anything you ever want to deal with. It is really amazing.

  • Without supplies no army is brave.

    Military   War   Army  
  • The population becomes the internal enemy. Any sign of life, of protest, or even mere doubt, is a dangerous challenge from the standpoint of military doctrine and national security. So complicated mechanisms of prevention adn punishment have been developed ... To operate effectively, the repression must appear arbitrary. Apart from breathing, any human activity can constitute a crime ... State terrorism aims to paralyze the population with fear.

  • By the accusation of liberal bias ... the institutions that conservatives revere - the military, corporate America, organized religion, and the powerful conservative groups themselves - will be able to escape scrutiny and increase their influence.

  • Today, the media dictatorship is becoming a substitute to military dictatorship. The big economic groups are using the media and decide who can speak, who the good guy is and who the bad guy is.

    Military   Media   Guy  
  • If we come to a minefield, our infantry attacks exactly as it were not there.

    Said to General Eisenhower in 1945. "Russia: The People and the Power". Book by Robert G. Kaiser, p. 207, 1976.
  • We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values of restraint and empathy, not on military might.

  • We have to have armies! We have to have military power! We have to have police forces, whether it's police in a great city or police in an international scale to keep those madmen from taking over the world and robbing the world of its liberties.

    Military   Army   Power  
  • Today, we have a powerful military that serves as a deterrent, but the enemy we have today is not like World War II, where you sign a piece of paper and the war is over. Today they're not in uniform. In my time we knew what the enemy looked like, we knew his weapons systems and such. Today, your cab driver may be the person, you have no idea. I don't know how we got into this fix, but we're there.

    Powerful   Military   War  
  • Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

    Art   Military   Reading  
    Winston Churchill (1961). “The Unwritten Alliance: Speeches 1953 to 1959”
  • A lot of the stars were actually in the military and they were really strong characters.

    Strong   Stars   Military  
  • We only went to the moon for military reasons. The space enthusiasts of the day kept saying, "Oh, we're on the moon; we should be on Mars in ten years." That's if it was driven by exploration, but it's never been driven by exploration.

    Military   Moon   Years  
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