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dislikes war more than warriors."
-Daniel James, Jr., military analyst
"It is better to be
broken jade than a rude, whole clay pot."
(Death before dishonor)
-Yuan Jinghao, Zhou Dynasty
"We are not about to
send American boys nine or ten thousand miles away from home to do what Asian
boys ought to be doing for themselves."
-Lyndon B. Johnson, Oct. 1964
purpose in Vietnam is to prevent the success of aggression. It is not conquest,
it is not empire, it is not foreign bases, it is not domination. It is, simply
put, just to prevent the forceful conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
"Peace is a
journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time."
- Lyndon B.
"Every man thinks
meanly of himself for not having been a soldier."
"We supplicate all
rulers not to remain deaf to the cry of mankind. Let them do everything in their
power to save peace. By so doing they will spare the world the horrors of a war
that would have disastrous consequences, such as nobody can foresee."
- Pope John XXIII
excited passions of hostile people are of themselves a powerful enemy, both the
general and his government should use their best efforts to allay them."
-Lieutenant General Antoine-Henri Baron de Jomini, 1838
"I have not
yet begun to fight."
- Captain John Paul Jones (aboard
the Bon Homme Richard)
Bon Homme fought the British ship, Serapis.
September 23, 1779
The Sarapis Captain asked if Capt. Jones wanted to surrender.
Jones yelled back, "I have not yet begun to fight!".
Jones fought one of the bloodiest engagements in
naval history as of that time. Jones
attacked in a daring maneuver and lashed his Bonhomme Richard, a rebuilt
French merchant ship renamed in honor of Benjamin Franklin, to the 44-gun
Royal Navy frigate Serapis, a larger warship, and proceeded to slug it out
at point-blank range with Serapis in close combat. Although his own vessel
was burning and sinking, Jones would not accept the British captain's demand
for surrender, which issued after two of Bonhomme Richard's cannon exploded,
replying instead, "Sir, I have not yet begun to fight." More than three
hours later, Serapis struck her colors and Jones took over her command. And
Jones' own ship, the Bonhomme Richard? She sank.
"I wish to
have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in
- John Paul Jones (later
adopted by the US Navy's Special Boat Units)
is by no means enough that an officer be capable...He should be a gentleman of
liberal education, refined, manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense
of personal honor... No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his
attention, even if the reward be only one word of approval. Conversely, he
should not be blind to a single fault in any subordinate."
- John Paul Jones - 1775
of combat was a long, narrow, green-baize covered table. The weapons were words."
- Admiral C. Turner Joy