Best Quotes About Military

You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight. -Barry Goldwater

The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution. -John F. Kennedy

My hope is that gays will be running the world, because then there would be no war. Just a greater emphasis on military apparel. -Roseanne Barr

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. -George Washington

Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up. -Dean Acheson

I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Metro. -Charles de Gaulle

I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new-one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general. -Barbara W. Tuchman

My job is to give the president and secretary of defense military advice before they know they need it. -John W. Vessey, Jr.

The Defense Department's plan to ban newspaper reporters from pool coverage of military operations is incredible. It reveals the administration to be out of touch with journalism, reality and the First Amendment. -Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

We don't thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank God we are efficient. -Golda Meir

My decision to register women confirms what is already obvious throughout our society-that women are now providing all types of skills in every profession. The military should be no exception. -Jimmy Carter

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military. -William S. Burroughs

I had examined myself pretty thoroughly and discovered that I was unfit for military service. -Joseph Heller

War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men. -Georges Clemenceau

There is no reason for anyone in this country, anyone except a police officer or a military person, to buy, to own, to have, to use a handgun… and the only way to do that is to change the Constitution. -Michael Gartner

He is neither a strategist nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general. Other than that he's a great military man. -Norman Schwarzkopf

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

If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe. -Lord Salisbury

War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans. -Niccolo Machiavelli

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. -John F. Kennedy

Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity. -Carl von Clausewitz

I don't think there's any reason on Earth why people should have access to automatic and semiautomatic weapons unless they're in the military or in the police. -John Howard

Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the U.S. military machine to turn. -John Stockwell

To avoid a military conflict, Saddam Hussein has no other choice than to leave the country. -Ari Fleischer

Short, successful military adventures are as effective as the Super Bowl in diverting people's attention from unpleasant truths. -John Stockwell

A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed. -John F. Kennedy

For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank. -Winston Churchill

A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end. -George S. Patton

We find that the Romans owed the conquest of the world to no other cause than continual military training, exact observance of discipline in their camps, and unwearied cultivation of the other arts of war. -Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

If we have reason to believe someone is preparing an attack against the U.S., has developed that capability, harbours those aspirations, then I think the U.S. is justified in dealing with that, if necessary, by military force. -Dick Cheney

We're in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country. -Ronald Reagan

Some in my party threaten to send a message that they don't know a just war when they see it, and more broadly that they're not prepared to use our military strength to protect our security and the cause of freedom. -Joe Lieberman

Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world. -Walter Bagehot

I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions. -Vaclav Havel

Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth. -George Santayana

We won't always have the strongest military. -Howard Dean

Like the old soldier of the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Goodbye. -Douglas MacArthur

The language of the younger generation has the brutality of the city and an assertion of threatening power at hand, not to come. It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent probably a lasting repudiation of empty courtesy and bureaucratic euphemism. -Elizabeth Hardwick

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. -Myriam Miedzian

I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service. -John F. Kerry

No candidate can win a presidential race advocating gay marriage and opposing the military action in Iraq. -Dick Morris

It's about time we all faced up to the truth. If we accept the radical homosexual agenda, be it in the military or in marriage or in other areas of our lives, we are utterly destroying the concept of family. -Alan Keyes

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. -Groucho Marx

The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars. -William Westmoreland

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. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value. -Ferdinand Foch

But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility. -Erwin Rommel

The plan was criticized by some retired military officers embedded in TV studios. But with every advance by our coalition forces, the wisdom of that plan becomes more apparent. -Dick Cheney

To win the cause we all believe in, the spread of true democracy all over the world, we need to win by example, not just with speeches but by example; not just with military might but by gaining the respect of the world. -Barbara Boxer

The world must know that America holds to the highest standards of military conduct and human rights protections. Anything less is unacceptable. -Barbara Mikulski

The men and women who serve in our military have won for us every hour we live in freedom, sometimes at the expense of the very hours of the lifetimes they had hoped to live. -Bob Riley

Surely no issue unites us more than our appreciation for our military personnel who are bringing aid to devastated countries, defending us against terrorism, and fighting to make a free election possible in Iraq. -Christine Gregoire

All soldiers who serve their country and put their lives at risk need to know that if something happens to them, their families will be well taken care of. That's the bond we have with our military men and women and their families. -Jeff Sessions

One of the things that makes our military the best in the world is the certain knowledge of each soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine that they can always count on their comrades should they need help – that they will never be abandoned. -Jon Kyl

Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large part to America 's leadership and the sacrifices of our military. -Bob Riley

When you combine the men and women deployed from our military installations with activated reservists and members of the National Guard, Georgia is contributing more personnel to the theatre than any other State in our Union. -Sonny Perdue

We have the largest economy and the strongest military in the world. Our core values of freedom and opportunity are ascendant around the globe. -Joe Lieberman

In this era of uncertainty and conflict, the United States – blessed with the world's strongest military, most ingenious economy, and most tolerant society – remains a model and leader to the world. -Joe Lieberman

While our nation faces many challenges that must be met regarding homeland security and our military readiness, it is imperative that we live within our means and wisely spend taxpayer dollars. -Mike Crapo

Ronald Reagan's vision of smaller government, less taxes, and a strong national defense has led to a prosperous America. As president, he rebuilt our military and reinvigorated our confidence in ourselves. -David Vitter

It is incumbent upon us to respond to the unique needs of military women and ensure they receive proper care during the first year following childbirth. -Susan Collins

I think in national security, the war in Iraq is troublesome and a difficult challenge, but our troops and the military leaders we have are managing that situation, although it continues to be very risky and very dangerous. -Thad Cochran

The highly motivated young people who comprise the backbone of our military force truly are taking their place as one of America's greatest generations. -Trent Lott

Today, our brave military men and women, just as those who have gone before them, stand on alert, securing freedom at home and guarding the innocent abroad. -Conrad Burns

The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment. -Judd Gregg

I submit that those who run the American military at the top, and those whose boots are on the ground and who run the machinery and equipment, are sending a signal: You asked us to do something. Give us some time and we will solve the problems and we will do it. -Pete Domenici

We are not utilizing the Iraqi oil for U.S. purposes. We are not asking that the Iraqi oil be used to pay our military expenses. We are asking only that the Iraqi oil be used to rebuild Iraq – that is, to rebuild Iraq for the Iraqi people. -Arlen Specter

Having committed ourselves to Iraq, we must prevail, and to prevail, we must fund all of the requirements for our military. We must do it adequately and promptly, and the administration is doing neither. -Jack Reed

We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military. -Smedley Butler

The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force. -Thomas Jefferson

I can't accept collective responsibility for the decision to commit Britain now to military action in Iraq without international agreement or domestic support. -Robin Cook

I do not believe in people owning guns. Guns should be owned only by the police and military. I am going to do everything I can to disarm this state. -Michael Dukakis

I did my military service from 1989 – 92 and I was never shot at or had to fire on anybody. I was very lucky. I was more involved in intelligence and counter-intelligence. -Oded Fehr

Dr. Rice's record on Iraq gives me great concern. In her public statements she clearly overstated and exaggerated the intelligence concerning Iraq before the war in order to support the President's decision to initiate military action against Iraq. -Carl Levin

Our military should spare no expense to ensure the safety of our troops, particularly as they confront a hostile insurgency and roadside bombs throughout Iraq. -Christopher Dodd

Across the country military families are facing dire financial circumstances due to longer than expected tours of duties. They are being penalized for their patriotism – no one should have to choose between doing right by their country and doing right by their families. -Evan Bayh

We need to ensure our men and women in uniform are equipped with the very best money can buy. We also have to make sure critical military technologies are developed in America and that the U.S. defense manufacturing base remains healthy and strong. -Joe Lieberman

The administration has a disturbing pattern of behavior when it comes to budgeting not only for the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan but also for military requirements not directly related to these conflicts. -Russ Feingold

The successful establishment of a buffer zone around Fort Carson will provide an example for other bases around the country as we seek to protect the training mission of the U.S. military while preserving critical habitats on our ranges. -Wayne Allard

It is a major sin to break a contract, especially in military situations. -John Walker Lindh

If military movies were automatically successful we'd make nothing but military movies. But seriously, patriotism is one thing that all Americans have in common. -Tommy Lee Jones

With freedom comes responsibility, and I can think of no responsibility greater than putting on a U.S military uniform and standing in the gap between an enemy threat and civilian life. -Zach Wamp

The issue is whether the ultimate civil authority of the United States can tolerate actions in contempt of constitutional lines of authority. Any lessening of civil power over military power must inevitably lead away from democracy. -Harold Russell

I have drawn a very close bond to all the military people. -Toby Keith

The American Army has supplied, assigned a very capable man to me, to help me, bring me to military justice. I don't think I need no civilians. All I want to do is clear myself with the American Army. -Robert Jenkins

When I got on the airplane in Indonesia coming to Japan, my intentions was to turn myself in to the military for the simple reason I would like to put my daughters with their mother, one thing. Another thing, I'd like to clear my conscience. -Robert Jenkins

It doesn't matter that Bush scares the hell out of me. What matters is that he scares the hell out of a lot of very important people in Washington who can't speak out, in the military, in the intelligence community. -Seymour Hersh

I was a pretty angry kid, and I got into military history largely as a way to vent my own anger. As I got older it narrowed down to a more specific focus on individual violence. I'm just trying to understand where it came from. -Caleb Carr

Many of our nation's great leaders began their careers at a service academy. I encourage anyone interested in a rewarding college experience or military career to apply as soon as possible. -Chris Cannon

Our nation must manage significant national security challenges over the next several years. We are already facing a potential conflict with Iraq, new challenges on the Korean peninsula, and key decisions in the president's plans to transform the military. -Duncan Hunter

I support allowing homosexuals to serve openly in our military and eliminating the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. -Ed Case

It is our responsibility as Americans to provide for the families of those who have died to defend our nation. Raising the military death benefit is not a Democrat or Republican issue – it is an American issue. -Brian Baird

Dictators must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces. -Richard Perle

What surprises me, what amazes me, is that it seems the military people were expecting to stumble on large quantities of gas, chemical weapons and biological weapons. -Hans Blix

I am convinced that military action will not prevent further acts of international terrorism against the United States. -Barbara Lee

Why if I had half a chance, I could make an entire movie using this stock footage. The story opens on these mysterious explosions. Nobody knows what's causing them, but it's upsetting all the buffalo. So, the military are called in to solve the mystery. -Ed Wood

George Bush, Dick Cheney, every one of the speakers praised John Kerry's war record. No one said he was unfit. They said he has terrible judgment, and that's his record as a senator. Nobody questioned his military record. -Peter T. King

I'm convinced my cockroaches have military training, I set off a roach bomb – they diffused it. -Jay London

We have no quarrel with America. We all know NATO is the strongest military machine in the world. We simply want them to stop being so busy with our country and worry about their own problems. -Slobodan Milosevic

This resemblance became clear in the Bush the father's visits to the region. He wound up being impressed by the royal and military regimes and envied them for staying decades in their positions and embezzling the nation's money with no supervision. -Osama bin Laden

Statistics have shown that mortality increases perceptibly in the military during wartime. -Alphonse Allais

Four or five frigates will do the business without any military force. -Lord North

What Canada has to do is to have a government connected to the priorities of the people of which it is elected to serve. Those priorities include ensuring medicare is sustainable, support for the military, and tax and justice systems that work. -Peter MacKay

It is considered a major sin to break a contract, if you agreed, especially with military situations. -John Walker Lindh

The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government. -James K. Polk

When an aggressor force continually launches attacks from a particular base of operations, it is sound military strategy to take the flight to the enemy. -Timothy McVeigh

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

A military coup needs a sacrifice and courage that you can't find in an army without morale. -Jalal Talabani

After this urgent protest against entering into battle at Gettysburg according to instructions – which protest is the first and only one I ever made during my entire military career – I ordered my line to advance and make the assault. -John B. Hood

Once a major military confrontation occurs, North Korea will definitely be annihilated. -Kim Young-sam

Any time the United States government turns over an American citizen, including military personnel, to the government of another country, it is in our nature to want to make sure that they receive the best treatment, the fairest treatment, and the most humane treatment. -Howard Baker

Were British protesters, armed with little more than a frisbee and a bag of plastic toy soldiers, really in danger of being shot by the US military in Gloucestershire? -Mark Thomas

If the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government. -Tommy Franks

Native Americans had only stone and wooden weapons and no animals that could be ridden. Those military advantages repeatedly enabled troops of a few dozen mounted Spaniards to defeat Indian armies numbering in the thousands. -Jared Diamond

White House and State Department foreign-policy experts are overwhelmingly directed towards military and diplomatic issues, not development issues. -Jeffrey Sachs

I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, and paint colors for those who see none. -Olivier Messiaen

I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers. -William Tecumseh Sherman

Our concept is not that America should operate alone or by itself in world affairs or in military affairs. -Douglas Feith

If you live in Israel and you see the way life is there and then you go abroad and see the way Israel is reported on, the way that Israel gets reported on night after night is simply pictures of bombings or military actions. -Douglas Feith

If the Soviet Union and the United States have not experienced direct military confrontations, on the other hand, they supported, armed and trained Africans, to fight other Africans. -Omar Bongo

Wherever I go for the military, they always call me Lt. Dan. They just can't help it. -Gary Sinise

Putting women in military combat is the cutting edge of the feminist goal to force us into an androgynous society. -Phyllis Schlafly

History offers no evidence for the proposition that the assignment of women to military combat jobs is the way to win wars, improve combat readiness, or promote national security. -Phyllis Schlafly

Right after 9/11 there was a magazine with a cover of kids, mostly 12-14 year-olds, who were being trained for military combat. I thought that this had just gone too far. -Eddie Bernice Johnson

How many Catholic schools do you think teach the students to question the authority of the Pope? Do you believe Christian schools teach students to question or challenge the authority of Jesus Christ? Do military schools teach the cadets to challenge the authority. -Neal Boortz

The war we are fighting today against terrorism is a multifaceted fight. We have to use every tool in our toolkit to wage this war – diplomacy, finance, intelligence, law enforcement, and of course, military power – and we are developing new tools as we go along. -Richard Armitage

As far as military necessity will permit, religiously respect the constitutional rights of all. -George B. McClellan

I think most Americans believe that although it's better not to use military force if you can avoid it, that the world simply doesn't provide us the luxury of giving away military force as an important tool of foreign policy. -Robert Kagan

I believe we can and should have it all. Lower deficits but higher spending. More peace with a bigger military that goes off and kills terrorists and whatnot. A cleaner environment without forcing SUVs off the road. -Craig Armstrong

I have always had a particular antagonism for the military. -Donna Leon

We ask them to remove the missiles deployed against Taiwan, give up their military threat, and instead let us together open the door to cross-Strait peaceful and stable dialogue and negotiations. -Chen Shui-bian

Also in the new constitution, we want to lower the voting age from 20 years to 18 years and also gradually implement a voluntary military service in replacement of the current compulsory military service. -Chen Shui-bian

Yes, there is a story about Agent Orange, and we knew that it harmed our troops and we knew how long it was to get the medical community to accept that, the military to accept it, the VA to accept it. -Christopher Shays

War is much too serious a thing to be left to military men. -Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

The more equality women have, the fairer, more civilized and tolerant society will be. Sexual equality is a lot more effective against terrorism than military strength. -Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

The decision to go to war is the most important decision that I can make as a representative in Congress. As a veteran, I see any potential military action first through the eyes of the young men and women who volunteered to wear the uniform and would carry out such a mission. -Mark Kirk

I was never able to convince myself that there was a cost-free alternative course, as from 1961, or that any of the different strategies since proposed, especially those involving stronger military action, would have made sense. -William P. Bundy

The fact is that a car used by Gerry Adams and myself during the course of the Mitchell review was bugged by elements within British military intelligence. -Martin McGuinness

The American people are going to judge the majority party here today. If they go out here and vote for this rule that allows this provision to be stricken, they are voting against the men and women in the military of our country. -Norm Dicks

So that in 1974, when I graduated as a lawyer, I figured I'm not going to be a lawyer under a military regime. -Ruben Blades

To say that you now trust the Russian military command and control system because some Russian general told you from the bottom of his heart that's the case, strikes me as most unrealistic. -William Odom

I've decided that the political context is such that the only way reform will finally come about in the Russian military is that the deterioration goes beyond the point to which these old generals can stand up there and resist it. -William Odom

Only those who are ideologically opposed to military programs think of the defense budget as the first and best place to get resources for social welfare needs. -Herman Kahn

Inasmuch as society cannot go on without discipline of some kind, men were constrained, in the absence of any other form of discipline, to turn to discipline of the military type. -Irving Babbitt

A military man can scarcely pride himself on having smitten a sleeping enemy; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten. -Isoroku Yamamoto

The attack and our response show just how vital Arizona's military bases are to the defense of our country. We need to do everything we can to protect them. -Jane D. Hull

I think we look to the military as something that protects our shores. -Jerry Bruckheimer

Our military thought that they couldn't get to Pearl Harbor, that it was too long a journey from Japan to get there, and they proved us wrong. -Jerry Bruckheimer

We need a very strong military to protect the freedoms we do have. -Jerry Bruckheimer

I think you also understand that one of the key things that's got to be done in Iraq is to build a mentality of understanding that the military needs to be subordinate to civilian control and respectful of its own people. -John Abizaid

Well, the reports are correct that we're conducting very robust military operations on the Afghan side of the border in areas where we think al-Qaida is operating and Taliban remnants are. -John Abizaid

You know as well as I do that counterinsurgency is a very nuanced type of military operation. -John Abizaid

All persons harboring or secreting the conspirators or aiding their concealment or escape, will be treated as accomplices in the murder of the President and shall be subject to trial before a military commission, and the punishment of death. -Edwin M. Stanton

In the light of the actual fighting that is now in progress, we have reached the point where the military considerations clearly outweigh the fiscal considerations. -Louis A. Johnson

I felt a little uncomfortable because, when I went in to the military, I was the main male vocalist they had and when I came out they had like two or three vocalists. Otis came in when I was in the military, too. -William Bell

When I came out of the military, I had a club in Memphis and I started using the The Bar Kays as my club band. They were still only in the middle school – but I'd take them on the road with me on the weekends, sometimes. -William Bell

That's the reason some schools of thinking don't rule out a destruction of the Chinese military potential before the situation grows worse than it is today. It's bad enough now. -Curtis LeMay

The highly skilled workers at Lima have enabled the plant to grow far beyond its original mission, now providing a wide variety of cutting-edge military vehicles and equipment to the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. -Michael Oxley

We had a military and political leadership at that period which was genuinely deluded. -Neil Sheehan

World War II had been such a tremendous success story for this country that the political and military leadership began to assume that they would prevail simply because of who they were. We were like the British at the turn of the 19th century. -Neil Sheehan

Our military commanders have said over and over again that a timetable for withdrawal sends the wrong message to our troops, but more importantly to our enemy. -Bill Shuster

Many of the vicious criminals held there have been caught on the battlefield fighting against American troops and shutting down Guantanamo Bay would just require the military to move them elsewhere. -Bill Shuster

If it wasn't for the military I probably would not have ever come to Bosnia for vacation. -Coolio

No military timetable should compel war when a successful outcome, namely a disarmed Iraq may be feasible without war, for example by allowing more time to the UN inspectors. -Douglas Hurd

And, so I set my goals on astronaut because, as a military aviator, it was, I considered that to be about the peak of a flying career. -Duane G. Carey

As to the war, while it is always thought rash to have any strong military convictions, I have always believed that if they would go straight to Sebastopol early in the season they would take it with little difficulty. -Francis W. Newman

We citizens don't need to know every detail of every military operation in this new kind of war. Nor should the media tell us and hence our enemy. -David Hackworth

Just this week, Syria broke off all relations with the United States military and the CIA. -Ed Markey

With no other security forces on hand, U.S. military was left to confront, almost alone, an Iraqi insurgency and a crime rate that grew worse throughout the year, waged in part by soldiers of the disbanded army and in part by criminals who were released from prison. -John Spratt

Democrats and Republicans alike support our military personnel. -John Spratt

Always expect the unexpected. Right around Thanksgiving, when the new Alex Cross will be out. It's called Four Blind Mice and it's a pretty amazing story about several murders inside the military. -James Patterson

We will work with industrial or Dept. Of Defence sponsorship as long as we keep our principals of openness firm we're proud to work with the military, and they respect that in turn. -Charles Vest

I visited the Chinese side last year. The Chinese are in a constant state of military readiness. They have all their nuclear weapons in the area, presumably trained on targets across the border. -Harrison Salisbury

We've built the largest empire in the history of the world. It's been done over the last 50 years since World War II with very little military might, actually. It's only in rare instances like Iraq where the military comes in as a last resort. -John Perkins

The Iraqi military are able to deploy these weapons within 45 minutes of a decision to do so. -John Scarlett

This was a report from a single source. It was an established and reliable line of reporting. It was quoted from a senior Iraqi military officer in a position to know this information. -John Scarlett

You could argue that war is always an irrational act, and yet many states enter into military conflict out of rational calculation or national interest or the stability or longevity of their regime. -William C. Kirby

They came out over the highway and they stopped and that's when Barney got out, with the binoculars to try and identify the craft. I mean, he'd been in the military in World War Two, he's puzzled. -Betty Hill

Putting together a counter- terrorism policy, it's very easy to look at law enforcement or defense, military action or stopping the money flows or whatever, but the really difficult part is integrating all aspects of the policy, and I think she put a lot of emphasis on that. -Lee H. Hamilton

U.S. officials and outside experts agree that China is undertaking a comprehensive modernization of its military. The Chinese military has gotten smaller but smarter. -Lee H. Hamilton

Normal military trade is undoubtedly part of the normal State-to-State relations. -Li Peng

During one or two summers, as well as part-time during the school year, I worked for a small Canadian company which developed electrical instruments for military planes. -Walter Kohn

I considered myself engaged in a war from Day One. And my objective was to force the federal government – the Kennedy administration at that time – into a position where they would have to use the United States military force to enforce my rights as a citizen. -James Meredith

The State of Israel has faced obstacles and challenges to its very survival, with conventional military attacks leading the way to suicide bombers who have killed innocent Israeli men, women, and children. -Jerry Costello

The military wants a system that protects its policies and privileges. -Benazir Bhutto

The military destabilised my government on politically motivated charges. -Benazir Bhutto

The U.S. military has done a phenomenal job of creating these facilities almost over-night and dealing with these sworn enemies of America with more respect and dignity than they ever would have considered according our officers had they captured any. -Charles Bass

The Cox Report documents a systematic, well-planned effort by the Chinese military at the highest levels to target and acquire technology for military modernization. -Charles Bass

The Cox Committee found that the Chinese military acquired many of the technologies over the past seven years, although many of them had been targeted for acquisition for more than a quarter century. -Charles Bass

Bin Laden is remarkably eager for Americans to know why he doesn't like us, what he intends to do about it and then following up and doing something about it in terms of military actions. -Michael Scheuer

And so, I was not a military test pilot, but as soon as NASA expressed an interest in flying scientists and people who were not military test pilots, that was an epiphany that just came like a stroke of lightning. -Story Musgrave

Leaving Iraq without military assistance during its transition, and before it is stable enough to ensure its own citizens' security, would pose a tremendous risk. We must complete our mission. -Doc Hastings

I know that military alliances and armament have been the reliance for peace for centuries, but they do not produce peace; and when war comes, as it inevitably does under such conditions, these armaments and alliances but intensify and broaden the conflict. -Frank B. Kellogg

The result is that you are now experiencing what we experienced in the war in Algeria: The Israeli government says that it is a victim of terrorist activity, but this activity is less visible than the military strikes. -Jean-Marie Le Pen

So when I got out of the military, I went back to school in biology, and earned a biology degree at the University of Texas, and then did some graduate work in it. -Elizabeth Moon

I grew up in a military family, and there's something about that military-style uniform, all cleaned up, a brutal control effort the military necessarily breeds. -Max Cannon

Our military is doing everything it can to equip Iraq's forces so our troops can come home as soon as possible, but we cannot leave until the job is done. -Mike Rogers

In our post-9/11 world, our Nation's military deserves, at least the same access to institutions of higher education that any other major employer might enjoy. -Mike Rogers

Indeed, one of the most successful and influential religious organizations in history, the Society of Jesus, was consciously modeled along military lines by its founder, Ignatius Loyola. -Robert Shea

And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of all mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God. -Salmon P. Chase

For me, it was kind of like going into the military or something. And anybody – any male – who has ever worked in a French kitchen knows what I am talking about when I say that. -Alton Brown

Well, you have a defence attache here, that's a step forward. Your Defence Minister has been here, our defence people have exchanges with you. So friendly relations at the military level are already in existence. -Sellapan Ramanathan

Since the events of September 11, we've rightfully changed our military strategy so we're now taking the fight to those individuals who aim to do us harm, rather than waiting for another atrocious attack to happen. -Jim Gerlach

One only has to look at the performance of the economy to understand how it shapes the perspective of America's youth about military service. -John M. McHugh

Throughout the history of our young nation, we have seen our military go bravely into battle, armed with courage and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. -John M. McHugh

In fact, the U.S. military has bent over backwards to respect the religious beliefs of some very dangerous fanatics who want to kill us. -Linda Chavez

Where journalists have gotten themselves in trouble over the last few decades is that their skepticism often extends only to American officials, the U.S. military and Republican politicians. -Linda Chavez

This enemy of peace in the world today is unlike any we have seen in the past, and our military is learning from, and building on, previous successes while carrying peace and freedom into the future. -Mark Kennedy

I've been giving free money seminars for the troops at Walter Reed Hospital and one of the Iraqi War Vets realized that the military wouldn't pay for the dental work he needed. -Matthew Lesko

We must maintain strong defenses, military and spiritual. -Prescott Bush

Every one of our greatest national treasures, our liberty, enterprise, vitality, wealth, military power, global authority, flow from a surprising source: our ability to give thanks. -Tony Snow

The Roswell incident, for instance, had over three hundred witnesses – some describing the bodies, some the craft, some the military procedures. Were they all perpetuating their own lives in a myth? -Dwight Schultz

We can all be proud of our men and women in the military who are following their orders, carrying out their missions and sacrificing so much to give the Iraqi people a chance for a more peaceful and prosperous future. -Ron Kind

Promoting a record on a major label is like running a minor military campaign. -Robyn Hitchcock

The American people have no control over what the military does. We have no say in American foreign policy. -Aaron McGruder

And I have to tell you as a grandmother, I worry about the fact that my grandchildren are going to be paying for all the spending, including military spending, that has gone on and the tax cuts that have come through. -Geraldine Ferraro

The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued in the terms of its material wealth or military power, but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals – its philosophers, its poets and its artists. -Herbert Read

We want to look at how we would respond because, as hard as we work to prevent terrorist attacks here North America, if we have a catastrophic terrorist attack, it is the military that is going to have to go in at the request of civilian authorities. -Paul Cellucci

So we are disappointed that some of our closest allies, including Canada, have not agreed with us on the urgent need for this military action against Iraq. -Paul Cellucci

But Canada remains a crucial partner in this global war on terrorism, and we are grateful for that. Canadian naval vessels, aircraft and military personnel continue anti-terrorist operations in the Persian Gulf. -Paul Cellucci

War is murder. And the military preparations now being made for a potential major confrontation are aimed at collective murder. In a nuclear age the victims would be numbered by the millions. This naked truth must be faced. -Alva Myrdal

If bin Laden is in fact publicly killed, then the US military will find itself standing around with its hands in its pockets, wondering what's supposed to come next. -Bruce Sterling

I'm an entertainer in the military-entertainment complex. -Bruce Sterling

If politics and business fail us, of course the military will be called in. In the developing world, the massive and repeated ecological disasters are quite commonly met by the military. -Bruce Sterling

President Kennedy was willing to go to war. He was not a coward. The man had been in war and so had Ken O'Donnell. He was ready to protect this nation, but he was not ready for a military solution just because it was being rammed down his throat. -Kevin Costner

I thought what the military was doing was unconstitutional. -Fred Korematsu

To the person that deals in visualizations, I suppose there is something rather exciting about a whole set of people – they all going symmetrically, up or down, in a military sort of precision. -Leo Ornstein

At their core, Americans all want the same basic things: a quality education for their children, a good job so they can provide for their families, healthcare and affordable prescription drugs, security during retirement, a strongly equipped military and national security. -Ruben Hinojosa

My first few films were institutional comedies, and you're on pretty safe ground when you're dealing with an institution that vast numbers of people have experienced: college, summer camp, the military, the country club. -Harold Ramis

Sometimes I sit down to dinner with people and I realize there is a massive military machine surrounding us, trying to kill the people I'm having dinner with. -Rachel Corrie

The Secret Service is a strange group. They don't really have a leader. It's not set up like a military. Each one is supposed to be able to act like a leader when something comes up. -Val Kilmer

The War on Drugs employs millions – politicians, bureaucrats, policemen, and now the military – that probably couldn't find a place for their dubious talents in a free market, unless they were to sell pencils from a tin cup on street corners. -L. Neil Smith

We supported the contras. We're not against all opposition to government, or all paramilitary operations. -Chris Matthews

Indeed, there are so many prejudices against everyday middle-class values on college campuses, and serving in the military and being pro-American just seems to be one of them. -Jack Kingston

We negotiated with the Honduran government the establishment of a regional military training center, for training central American forces, but the primary motivation for doing that was to be able to bolster the quality, improve the quality of the El Salvadoran fighting forces. -John Negroponte

And while national military forces have historically resisted the full participation of women soldiers, female talent has found plenty of scope in revolutionary and terrorist groups around the planet. -Katherine Dunn

Even a pacifist should admire the military virtues. -John Keegan

During the Fifties, political and military activities in Vietnam were heavily influenced by the French, who as recent colonial masters, made all-important decisions. -Nguyen Cao Ky

Washington's defeat in 1754 was followed by active military preparations on both sides. -Albert Bushnell Hart

But if you're going to go out on a military unit, you've got to allow yourself to be under the control of the commander because you really could put the troops in danger. -Bob Schieffer

Meanwhile, our young men and women whose economic circumstances make military service a viable career choice are dying bravely in a war with no end in sight. -Charles B. Rangel

We all know that in war the political and military factors have to complement each other. -Nguyen Cao Ky

I believe that detente was having almost the opposite effect of what was intended. What was intended was to sort of end the contest for power and to stop Soviet expansion, especially by military means and the military build-up, the military contest. -Jeane Kirkpatrick

At the beginning, Lincoln was so inexperienced he had reverence for military expertise, not realizing that there wasn't any military expertise, that the most anybody had commanded up to that point had been somebody, some troops in the Mexican War, and it had been years ago. -David Herbert Donald

Your Guardians of Freedom is a new program that enables unit commanders and Airmen to quickly communicate with people affected by and interested in the mobilization and deployment of military people. -Michael C. Burgess

Israel is now sustaining a war for its own existence. A nation defending its citizens against terrorist bombings and a military and diplomatic onslaught by an array of Arab foes is practicing survival, not genocide. -Jack Schwartz

The situation in the West Bank and Gaza involves a military occupation amid urban guerrilla warfare, analogous to the British security measures in Northern Island, that hopefully will end with a cease-fire. -Jack Schwartz

When Arab apologists wring their hands over an Israeli military incursion, they never mention what the Israelis are reacting to, or else diminish and distort it. -Jack Schwartz

We worked on solving the problem of voice communications in a noisy military environment. We established military codes that are highly audible and invented selection tests for personnel who had a superior ability to recognize sound in a noisy background. -M. H. Abrams

We ought to recognize that we have an offensive responsibility to take the war to the terrorists where they are. That responsibility has waned in the last year as military and intelligence resources were withdrawn from Afghanistan and Pakistan to be used in Iraq. -Bob Graham

Though there is growing division among the Ukrainian military ranks as to loyalty in this revolution, the possibility of violence looms over the entire situation. -Bob Schaffer

Able Danger was a top-secret military planning operation, established in '99 by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to identify cells of al-Qaida worldwide and to take out al Qaida terrorists. They identified five cells worldwide, one of them in Brooklyn. -Curt Weldon

A military life has ever comported with my inclination. -George Stoneman

Fourth, we might have declared an embargo against the shipping from American ports of any merchandise to either one of these governments that persisted in maintaining its military zone. -George William Norris

We were in the Arabian Desert for nine months. And I was having the time of my life. It could have been an archeological expedition, a military expedition. -Peter O'Toole

I have two brothers buried in the military cemetery in Texas. I don't want to see any more of that. -F. Murray Abraham

As costly as it was in the lives of our men and women in uniform, in military assets, and in esteem and pride, Pearl Harbor was a watershed moment for America. -Joe Baca

Most people associate command and control leadership with the military. -Margaret J. Wheatley

The British were indeed very far superior to the Americans in every respect necessary to military operations, except the revivified courage and resolution, the result of sudden success after despair. -Mercy Otis Warren

If the military might of Germany and Japan are ultimately to be crushed, the United Nations, one and all, must definitely and urgently strive toward a total war effort. -William Lyon Mackenzie King

All governments in all wars have used all the means at their disposal to put their own motives, decisions and actions, and the actions of their military forces, in the best possible light. -Bruce Jackson

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

JAG is an acronym for the Judge Advocate General, which is the judicial system of the military. -Catherine Bell

And the program was developed in large part by behavioral scientists who were working with the military, who do everything they possibly can to measure a soldier's stress levels to see how they're doing physically and emotionally, as they go through this program. -Jane Mayer

I mean, the people who run Guantanamo, the military, pretty much dismiss complaints by the detainees because they say that they're all created as part of a political process to sort of fake complaints and get public support. -Jane Mayer

The military is trying very hard right now to put a better face on Guantanamo, and I think they actually have tried to rid some of the extreme versions of abuse that we have read about. -Jane Mayer

I am committed to ensure that our intelligence community, law enforcement, medical professionals, and military have the information and funding needed to protect the American people from threats at home and abroad. -Leonard Boswell

Our nation's military and law enforcement personal work hard to protect us. We must thank them for their continued vigilance. Without their sacrifice we would less capable of protecting our nation. -Leonard Boswell

No state, furthermore, unless it has aggressive military designs such as those which consumed Nazi leaders in the thirties, is likely to divert to defense any more of its resources and wealth and energy than seems necessary. -Lester B. Pearson

We had training camp for a week, and we used the actual military drills of that period. We didn't have to work out much after hours, because going up and down hills all day was a good workout in itself. -Tom Berenger

The arms race is worse than it ever was, the dumping of creation down a military rat hole is worse than it ever was, the wars across the earth are worse than they ever were. -Daniel Berrigan

A military road led from this point to Fort Leavenworth, and for many miles the farms and cabins of the Delawares were scattered at short intervals on either hand. -Francis Parkman

Even military ministers have no more than a certain amount of control. It is customary that they have the right and the power to participate, from a political and military point of view, in the planning of actual operations. -Hideki Tojo

Therefore, if one were to consider that there was virtually no possibility of success through the US-Japan negotiations, the military and economic pressures would only force Japan into further crisis if time were allowed to pass in vain. -Hideki Tojo

If you ask me to summarise our mission, I would put it this way: We were a military regime that sought to lay the foundations for freedom and liberty in a complex society. -Ibrahim Babangida

When distrust exists between governments, when there is a danger of war, they will not be willing to disarm even when logic indicates that disarmament would not affect military security at all. -Ludwig Quidde

Thus, if armaments were curtailed without a secure peace and all countries disarmed proportionately, military security would have been in no way affected. -Ludwig Quidde

So long as peace is not attained by law (so argue the advocates of armaments) the military protection of a country must not be undermined, and until such is the case disarmament is impossible. -Ludwig Quidde

I was put in the Air Corps. I was never educated to serve in the military, but soon my activities in the American Air Corps became very interesting to me. -Leon Askin

The proportion between the velocity with which men or animals move, and the weights they carry, is a matter of considerable importance, particularly in military affairs. -Charles Babbage

Incendiary capitalism is carrying its out evil works more dangerously than ever, and is doing so in the increasingly dangerous neighborhood of the powder kegs that are the great European military powers. -Karl Liebknecht

The law increasing and organizing the military establishment of the United States has been nearly carried into effect, and the Army has been extensively and usefully employed during the past season. -Martin Van Buren

I therefore declare, that if you wish any remission of the taxation which falls upon the homes of the people of England and Wales, you can only find it by reducing the great military establishments, and diminishing the money paid to fighting men in time of peace. -Richard Cobden

There was no place at all for me in my father's military world. -Gloria Swanson

The reason is that a military defeat of Britain will bring about the disintegration of the British Empire. This would not be of any benefit to Germany. -Franz Halder

When their city was occupied by the Gauls, and the Romans, who were besieged in the Capitol, had made military engines from the hair of the women, they dedicated a temple to the Bald Venus. -Lactantius

Throughout this evolution from left to right, Beard always detested war. Hence his writings were slanted to show that the military side of history was insignificant or a mere reflection of economic forces. -Samuel E. Morison

Surrounded by military airplanes and warships from the world's most civilized and developed nations, we have been denied permission by friendly governments, for reasons of security, to land anywhere, but in the tiny, and still neutral, Republic of Djibouti. -Thor Heyerdahl

Several studies, and a number of public statements by senior military and political personalities, testify that – except for disputes between the present nuclear states – all military conflicts, as well as threats to peace, can be dealt with using conventional weapons. -Joseph Rotblat

The decision to use the atom bomb on Japanese cities, and the consequent buildup of enormous nuclear arsenals, was made by governments, on the basis of political and military perceptions. -Joseph Rotblat

We have every interest in seeing that the military use of nuclear power will be contained. -Joschka Fischer

We got involved in the Rwanda peace process for the simple reason that there was a decision which was taken by the Security Council, because the troops were in Uganda, and we decided to have a military presence. -Boutros Boutros-Ghali

The later it gets the more disturbed the city becomes. I go with Albert through the streets. Men are standing in groups at every corner. Rumours are flying. It is said that the military have already fired on a procession of demonstrating workers. -Erich Maria Remarque

My trophy value exceeded my military usefulness. -Lord Mountbatten

The military has been tremendously important in the past during catastrophes and in protecting the population. But it shouldn't become an auxiliary police force. -Otto Schily

I am one of the million or more male residents of the United Kingdom, who a year ago had no special yearning towards military life, but who joined the army after war was declared. -Patrick MacGill

But apart from the military measures, security measures, of course, Afghanistan needs great help for building up its social life, its economic life. It has become a very poor country, neglected for many years. -Bulent Ecevit

I suggested that we had experience in helping other countries build their military forces, and we would be willing and happy to do the same for Afghanistan, together with the United States. -Bulent Ecevit

In the recent years there have been criticisms levelled against Japan suggesting that she should offer more military forces to the United Nations forces and thereby play a more active role in the keeping and restoration of peace in various parts of the world. -Kenzaburo Oe

Nevertheless, I do know that we are part of a danger zone, we have military operations in Afghanistan and we're training the Iraqi police force. The terrorists also have us in their sights. -Otto Schily

We can no longer apply the classic criteria to clearly determine whether and when we should use military force. We are waging war in Afghanistan, for example, but it's an asymmetrical war where the enemies are criminals instead of soldiers. -Otto Schily

I was selected to be an astronaut on a military program called the Manned Orbiting Laboratory back in '67. That program got cancelled in '69 and NASA ended up taking half of us. -Robert Crippen

At the end of our NASA careers, no one had a place for us in the military. -Wally Schirra

The news of the open military help to Franco from Hitler and Mussolini, and the heroic resistance of the people of Madrid, Barcelona and the big cities fired a widespread wish to help the Republic and its people. -Bill Alexander

On completion of my military service, I went back to the factory and to the trade union. -Leon Jouhaux

And as a child I was filled with passionate admiration for acts of civic courage I had seen performed by an elderly military doctor, who was a friend of my family. -Rene Cassin

Be a military flier or be in a band; those were the two hippest things I could imagine. -Nick Lowe

There is some sign that North Korea is changing recently. There is ongoing successful negotiation to have a military talk to Pyongyang, which has been stopped for seven years. -Kim Dae Jung

We have increasingly fewer and fewer journalists who have any military experience and understand what life is like in the military and in combat. -Jim Lehrer

We do a hard fantasy as well as hard science fiction, and I think I probably single-handedly recreated military science fiction. It was dead before I started working in it. -Jerry Pournelle

There are a lot of things that have to be considered in National. The military aspect of it is only one of them. I'm confident that President Bush will have all of those things laid out for him before he makes the decision. -Hugh Shelton

On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind. -Dan Lipinski

I played the organ when I went to military school, when I was 10. They had a huge organ, the second-largest pipe organ in New York State. I loved all the buttons and the gadgets. I've always been a gadget man. -Stephen Sondheim

We have the Troops to Teachers program, which encourages retired military individuals to go into teaching. -Ralph Regula

Fiji had experienced the ordeal of two military coups. -Kamisese Mara

People do still cheer for the President. And some of the military audiences are more likely to cheer than others. I have seen him speak lately in front of groups like Freedom House, where the applause was a long time coming. -Gwen Ifill

Cults, or related social movements such as the Taliban in Afghanistan, result in massive military expenses. -Keith Henson

On Saturday afternoons, there was a film, of course, and then we did about four shows between the films. And I would do a tap dance, a little military tap. -Barbara Cook

The war was declared over – the end of major combat operations – in May 2003. Release procedures got under way immediately; reducing the population from 8,000 to just over 300, of course, requires fewer military police soldiers. -Janis Karpinski

There was a military police brigade with over 3,400 soldiers getting ready to go home because their mission – prisoner-of-war operations – was finished. -Janis Karpinski

I knew how many MPs I had assigned to the brigade, how many military prison operations I would be running, but we needed to evaluate how many criminal prison operations we could support. -Janis Karpinski

That policy was abandoned very quickly, and the military police were tagged with the responsibility of conducting training, which they did. We were not equipped or set up with personnel to recruit new Iraqi guards. -Janis Karpinski

In November, they transferred control of Abu Ghraib to the military intelligence command completely; it was, after all, the center for interrogations for Iraq. -Janis Karpinski

The day after the prison was transferred to the military intelligence command, they had an entire battalion – 1,200, 1,500 soldiers – arrive at Abu Ghraib just for force protection alone. -Janis Karpinski

Nor should the U.S. military be forced to remain in Iraq essentially as an army for one side of a civil war. -Peter DeFazio

To the contrary, I believe the U.S. military has already done all that has been asked of them. Saddam Hussein is on trial. The threat from alleged weapons of mass destruction programs in Iraq has been neutralized. -Peter DeFazio

The U.S. must renounce any U.S. interest in constructing permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq. -Peter DeFazio

It is not in the interest of the German people or in the interest of world peace that Germany should become a pawn or a partner in a military struggle for power between the East and the West. -James F. Byrnes

Each family of the United States military now attends to their loved ones funeral with a wrenching worry that it will be met possibly with a protest or a demonstration. -Steve Buyer

More than 48 million men and women have served America well and faithfully in military uniform. -Steve Buyer

North Carolina, particularly the 8th District, has long played a key role in our Nation's military forces. -Robin Hayes

Requiring military hospitals to perform elective abortions exposes the physicians, the nurses, the military personnel to move against their own personal convictions of life in many cases. -Rick Renzi

While the CDC is focusing on how our enemies could attack us, our military is focused on who may attack us. -John Linder

The real peril of war lies not in military defeat. It lies in war itself, whether we win or lose. -John T. Flynn

In view of China's growing military strength and intentions, the best way to safeguard Asia's permanent peace and prosperity is to have all Asian countries join forces with other democratic countries in the world to form a global community of democracies. -Jim Costa

As I have been saying for more than a year now, turning this vital mission over to the Iraqi people as soon as possible should remain a topic of debate for Congress while relying on our military commanders to set up the timetable. -Howard Coble

I had been involved in U.S. intelligence in Berlin, Germany, while in the military and had worked with a contact with the Central Intelligence Agency office there. -George J. Mitchell

There are, of course, all sorts of other unpleasant regimes outside the walls as well – the military dictators of Latin America and the apartheid regime of South Africa. -Barbara Amiel

The People's Republic of China has not yet reached the military might of the Soviet Empire. It requires a little more time and a little more infusion of Western aid, loans, technology and the hard currency of our tourists. -Barbara Amiel

Also a great part of Polish industry proved to have existed only to support the Soviet military industry, and it became superfluous and incapable of being transformed into anything else. We did not foresee that or the magnitude of these phenomena. -Andrzej Wajda

The two things that could have been better is number one, to get major military force into the community almost immediately to make sure that there was law and order. Number two, we had enough helicopters to airlift food into the centers of population and those places. -Warren Rudman

The president's very right about one thing: When you have a disaster of that scale, whether it be natural or a terrorist attack, there's only one part of our entire government, state or local, that is equipped to handle it, and that's the U.S. military. -Warren Rudman

Developments in information technology and globalised media mean that the most powerful military in the history of the world can lose a war, not on the battlefield of dust and blood, but on the battlefield of world opinion. -Timothy Garton Ash

Then I have a head mounted display which actually was designed for the military to do synchronized building entries and that's looking down at my hands, so projected on the big screen behind me, you can see my hands as I'm putting the tracks together. -Thomas Dolby

My mother gave me a push. If I hadn't had her, maybe I wouldn't have had the push. If I hadn't gone to military school, maybe I wouldn't have decided to get with the program. Maybe I'd be running a bulldozer, rather than going on and doing something more. -Sam Donaldson

My mother did all she could to control me, but at age 14 she sent me to a military school. -Sam Donaldson

And from a military school which taught me that to fit into society, you can't just do anything you damn well please because it will suit you. And that it's much better to be with the winners than it is with the losers. -Sam Donaldson

This experience actually means the very opposite: the largest military power was unable to stop such a sensitive attack and will be unable to rule out such a possibility in the future. Precisely this is the background to the United States' military interventions. -Ulrich Beck

Neither science, nor the politics in power, nor the mass media, nor business, nor the law nor even the military are in a position to define or control risks rationally. -Ulrich Beck

Our neighbor Canada has 2,200 troops serving in Afghanistan. Canada has also assumed responsibility for the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar, which was originally established by our own military. -Tom Lantos

Insurgents have capitalized on popular resentment and anger towards the United States and the Iraqi government to build their own political, financial and military support, and the faith of Iraqi citizens in their new government has been severely undermined. -Tom Lantos

To honor our national promise to our veterans, we must continue to improve services for our men and women in uniform today and provide long overdue benefits for the veterans and military retirees who have already served. -Solomon Ortiz

It matters not what your individual position is on either war we are currently prosecuting – in Iraq or Afghanistan – certainly we can all agree protesting at military funerals is a cruel and unnecessary hardship on our military families during their most difficult hour. -Solomon Ortiz

As a former veteran, I understand the needs of veterans, and have been clear – we will work together, stand together with the Administration, but we will also question their policies when they shortchange veterans and military retirees. -Solomon Ortiz

Triumphant science and technology are only at the threshold of man's command over sources of energy so stupendous that, if used for military purposes, they can wipe out our entire civilization. -Cordell Hull

For years, European leaders have pointed out that Europe is an economic giant, but a military pygmy. -Lord Robertson

According to recent opinion polls, a large majority of Iraqis believe that the U.S. military has no intention to leave Iraq, and that it would stay even is asked by the Iraqi government to leave. -John Conyers

For when we talk about the spreading power and influence of globalization, aren't we really referring to the spreading economic and military might of the US? -Fredric Jameson

We must continue to ensure law enforcement has the necessary tools to combat terrorism here at home. We must also work with our allies and provide our military with the weapons and protective gear they need to defeat terrorism abroad. -Timothy Murphy

Along the borders to Ethiopia and Somalia, anarchy reigns, the police and military have retreated quite some distance. -Richard Leakey

It is a grave matter to enter a war, without adequate military preparation; it may prove fatal to come into peace, without moral and religious preparation. -Louis Finkelstein

When you are covering a life-or-death struggle, as British reporters were in 1940, it is legitimate and right to go along with military censorship, and in fact in situations like that there wouldn't be any press without the censorship. -Kate Adie

The military's own report says that one-third of deaths and casualties could have been avoided if proper body armor and vehicle armor had been provided from the start of the war. -John Olver

It is vital that Iraq and the United States together send the clearest possible signal that those who commit acts of violence against American military forces and American civilians will not be rewarded with amnesty. -Ike Skelton

During the 2000 election, the current administration told our military, help is on the way. That is clearly not the case. The administration has failed to request the funds needed for the defense of this Nation. We must give the Army what it needs. -Ike Skelton

If public opinion still endorses military action that's one thing, but if they wait maybe it will not. So it's not only impatience, but there are several other factors. -Hans Blix

I found it peculiar that those who wanted to take military action could – with 100 per cent certainty – know that the weapons existed and turn out to have zero knowledge of where they were. -Hans Blix

In 1916 I was discharged from military service, or rather, given a sort of leave of absence on the understanding that I might be recalled within a few months. And so I was a free man, at least for a while. -George Grosz

But, as you have intimated, I am among those who would be very wary of any military action in the light of Saddam Hussein's willingness to allow the weapons inspectors to go in. -George Carey

The U.S. needs to control the Middle East, the gateway to Asia. It already has military installations in Uzbekistan. -Jose Saramago

I always ask two questions: How many countries have military bases in the United States? And in how many countries does the United States not have military bases? -Jose Saramago

Can you imagine what Bush would say if someone like Hugo Chavez asked him for a little piece of land to install a military base, and he only wanted to plant a Venezuelan flag there? -Jose Saramago

I'm going to vote in support of the president of the United States in keeping the troops in Iraq until the president and our military is convinced that the mission is complete. -John Culberson

All military and most commercial aircraft use our designs that process power from jet engines. -Amar Bose

It is the duty of our men to enroll themselves in the national services. We need all our manpower for defence. For the military and… we need a quarter of a million men. -Eamon de Valera

The economic and social problems would tend to become, like the military situation, more and more difficult as time went on and we became more and more isolated. -Eamon de Valera

I am proud that the Republican Party stands for strong support for the military, and I am sure we will consistently support our men and women serving in dangerous places around the world and their families. -John Shimkus

Our embedded reporters during the war agreed to guidelines established by the military. -Jim Walton

All of us who are convinced that our military needs all the support the government and public will provide are pleased that he will have his chance to do just that. -Alex Morrison

However, I think, first of all, that what's happening in Sierra Leone is going to have the great influence on those governments who will be asked to provide forces to the Congo. Second, of course, the Security Council has no professional military advice organized in any way. -Alex Morrison

I do believe that the United Nations needs to have more exacting, more enhanced professional standards for the military peacekeepers that are deployed. -Alex Morrison

I think there has to be greater heed paid by the Security Council members to military advice. -Alex Morrison

The Halifax area has long played a major role in Canada's military operations, being the port of departure for convoys, naval task forces and army units over the past 100 years or so. -Alex Morrison

What's crucial is that the IRA produce a credible statement that paramilitary and criminality activity is a thing of the past. That they are committed to a future which is exclusively peaceful and democratic. -Peter Hain

I have been accused of being a traitor, and I have been accused of not supporting the military. Nothing could be further from the truth. -Martin Sheen

No, no, I never despair, because George Bush is not running the universe. He may be running the United States, he may be running the military, he may be running even the world, but he is not running the universe, he is not running the human heart. -Martin Sheen

This Administration has led us into an area without vision. Bush has no clear understanding of what is being asked of the citizens, and the military is under his direction. -Martin Sheen

Carl took on the military-industrial complex. He campaigned around the world for an end to the production of weapons of mass destruction. To him it was a perversion of science. -Ann Druyan

We won the war, but we are losing the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. It is past time for a new approach, one that relies on accountability, responsibility, and phasing down the scope of our military commitment. -Earl Blumenauer

An overstretched military undermines homeland security and our ability to meet threats around the world. -Ellen Tauscher

Getting our military back on stable footing won't happen overnight. We must start this process now, since future engagements are likely and allies are scarce. -Ellen Tauscher

I'm against the draft. I believe we should have a professional military; it might be smaller, but it would be more effective. -Jesse Ventura

Today, only 2 percent of the people know the name of someone serving in uniform. That means 2 percent of your listeners can actually conjure up the image of someone wearing the uniform of the military of the United States. -Oliver North

Emancipation came to the colored race in America as a war measure. It was an act of military necessity. Manifestly it would have come without war, in the slower process of humanitarian reform and social enlightenment. -Wendell Willkie

The military lead turbulent lives, but they are people like everybody else. -William Westmoreland

The simple answer is I'd just be a guy trying to feed my family, like everybody else. The complicated answer is, I think I'd be in some sort of military or government world of some sort. -Antoine Fuqua

Bush's war in Iraq has done untold damage to the United States. It has impaired our military power and undermined the morale of our armed forces. Our troops were trained to project overwhelming power. They were not trained for occupation duties. -George Soros

I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the War is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it. -Siegfried Sassoon

Mr. Speaker, we are a blessed Nation. We have not suffered another attack on our soil since September 11, and we are grateful. We have killed or captured dozens of members of al Qaeda and the Taliban. Our military and intelligence forces are working both hard and smart. -Marsha Blackburn

We do thank our men and women in uniform. And I thank them. I thank this House today that approved a bill that will allow for a pay raise for our military. We are grateful for that and for the actions of this body. -Marsha Blackburn

From a viable economy to the full funding of Headstart, from a clean environment to true equality for women, from a strong military to a commitment to racial brotherhood, from schools that are honored to streets free of excessive violence. -Paul Tsongas

I believe the military should be wary of diplomacy until war is declared; then the State Department should keep its nose out and let the military do whatever is necessary to win. -Stuart Symington

I think they are paying a lot more attention to news now, by the way, in part because of national-security issues. A lot of young people have friends or family in the military today. -Tom Brokaw

In situations of military conflict, civil strife, lawlessness, bad governance, and human rights violations, terrorists find it easier to hide, train and prepare their attacks. -Gijs de Vries

I'm optimistic because I'm pragmatic: Neither of the two sides, the military government nor the Islamic front, is capable of winning. If they continue to fight, they will both bleed to death. -Ahmed Ben Bella

Everywhere that the struggle for national freedom has triumphed, once the authorities agreed, there were military coups d'etat that overthrew their leaders. That is the result time and time again. -Ahmed Ben Bella

In two years, there were 22 military coups d'etat, essentially in Africa and the third world. The coup d'etat of Algiers, in 1965, is what opened the path. -Ahmed Ben Bella

I believe the main solution is to gain the trust of Europe and America and to remove their concerns over the peaceful nature of our nuclear industry and to assure them that there will never be a diversion to military use. -Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I went to Ft Bragg and learned that Delta was indeed gearing up for the rescue. Still I was concerned the Reagan staff would not be willing to take the risk of sending an official military force into Laos. -Bo Gritz

If I had undertaken the practical direction of military operations, and anything went amiss, I feared that my conscience would torture me, as guilty of the fall of my country, as I had not been familiar with military tactics. -Lajos Kossuth

Well, my father was in the Army and we traveled quite a bit when I was growing up, and I thought that I would like to have a military career, although I was drawn more towards the Navy. -Marc Garneau

I went to military college in Canada and graduated as an officer in the Navy but also as an engineer. -Marc Garneau

We don't know what may yet happen to us, what military and political defeats we may yet have to face. -Moshe Sharett

The other thing that happened was my last military assignment – this was in the air force; I had enlisted in order to avoid being drafted as a private, and of course I only practiced medicine or psychiatry in the air force so I was never in any kind of violent combat. -Robert Jay Lifton

It may sound terrible, but I often say that the military saved me from a conventional life in the United States and I've never really thanked them for it, because I haven't exactly been pro-military in my work. -Robert Jay Lifton

I did the first study because I had been exposed to something that I took to be important and interesting – this thought reform process – in the military. -Robert Jay Lifton

This was the period when I used all the influence I had to get the British to abandon their export trade, and as much as possible convert all of their manufacturing facilities to the immediate needs of the war, including civilian, as well as military requirements. -W. Averell Harriman

Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation – not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago. -Barack Obama

Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This Administration has overextended our military. -Barack Obama

Nothing matures a military force quicker than actual military operations. -Duncan Hunter

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology. -Rebecca West

The chains of military despotism, once fastened upon a nation, ages might pass away before they could be shaken off. -William Henry Harrison

Man is a military animal, glories in gunpowder, and loves parade. -Philip James Bailey

Blunders are an inescapable feature of war, because choice in military affairs lies generally between the bad and the worse. -Allan Massie

Assuming China does not become destabilized and continues to grow, it will no doubt develop a military program in proportion to its resources. -Martin Van Creveld

In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons. -Mary McCarthy

The sanctity of our battlefields, monuments, and veterans institutions is of utmost importance to preserve military history and pay respect to those who fought. -Henry Waxman

The use of military force against Iran would be very dangerous. It would be very provocative. The only thing worse would be Iran being a nuclear power. -Rudy Giuliani

Ronald Reagan was a president of strength. His philosophy was a philosophy of strength – a strong military, a strong economy and strong families. -Mitt Romney

Since far fewer people are recruited to serve in a voluntary military, the connection between America and its military is increasingly tenuous and less personal. -John M. McHugh

I would sincerely regret, and which never shall happen whilst I am in office, a military guard around the President. -Andrew Jackson

A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory. -Friedrich Durrenmatt

Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip. -Barbara W. Tuchman

This is still a man's profession, with a lot of men who intellectually and emotionally have not accepted that the military could be women's work. -Lawrence Korb

We're quickly moving to the point where we will have no military bases in the Northeast, and this undermines support for the military. We are a nation of citizen soldiers. -Rob Simmons

I am certain that we need a solution completely separate from military intervention. -Silvio Berlusconi

In this ever-changing world, it's more important than ever that our top-notch military continues to receive the resources needed to serve and protect our country. -Max Baucus

We know that the decisions we reach will have a profound impact on the communities hosting our military installations, and more importantly, on the people who bring those communities to life. -Anthony Principi

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. -Barack Obama

I heard an Israeli speaking on Palestinian human rights issues, an interesting guy, and he said 'There's no military solution to terrorism. If there were, Israel would be the safest place in the world. But there's no military solution.' -Bradley Whitford

I did not go to military school. I had an option either a military school or a private school. I don't know how to get that out of the information that's out there. -Channing Tatum

We will strengthen our security by building missile defense, restoring our military might, and standing by and strengthening our intelligence officers. -Mitt Romney

You get a lawyer whether you're in a military tribunal or whether you're in a federal court, number one. The attorney general decided that the court with the biggest – with the greatest venue, with the best jurisdiction was the New York court. That was the right decision to make. -Joe Biden

People don't understand rural America. Sixteen percent of our population is rural, but 40 percent of our military is rural. I don't believe that's because of a lack of opportunity in rural America. I believe that's because if you grow up in rural America, you know you can't just keep taking from the land. You've got to give something back. -Tom Vilsack

There is a difference between a military mission and the aspiration for the long-term plans for the country. What we want is a stable enough Afghanistan, able to look after its own security so we can leave without the fear of it imploding… But let's be clear – it's not going to be perfect. -Liam Fox

Military strength in reserve is better than military strength being reigned upon the other side including all of its innocent civilians. -Theodore C. Sorensen

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. -Theodore C. Sorensen

In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497. -Warren Buffett

If our nation goes over a financial Niagara, we won't have much strength and, eventually, we won't have peace. We are currently borrowing the entire defense budget from foreign investors. Within a few years, we will be spending more on interest payments than on national security. That is not, as our military friends say, a 'robust strategy.' -Mitch Daniels

Every dollar that we send in State Department aid or humanitarian aid that saves us from having to get involved with very expensive military actions is a good investment. And frankly, helping Israel fight terrorism in the Middle East is much cheaper than us fighting it here on our shores. -Anthony Weiner

So while I will never minimize the costs involved in military action, I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America. -Barack Obama

Of course, there is no question that Libya – and the world – will be better off with Gaddafi out of power. I, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal, and will actively pursue it through non-military means. But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake. -Barack Obama

It's not just Bin Laden or just those that are involved in the counterterrorism effort. We've gotta cast the net broader than that. But I think it's a – very special tribute that we all owe to the bravery and courage of the men and women in the intelligence and military business who performed so well to finally get it done. -Dick Cheney

Some of the best fan mail I get are from our men and women in the military and intelligence communities. They say, 'Boy you do your homework, this is exactly how we're doing it.' -Brad Thor

Israel reoccupied the cities of the West Bank by a unilateral action, and reestablished the civil and military occupation by a unilateral action, and it is the one that determines whether or not a Palestinian citizen has the right to reside in any part of the Palestinian Territory. -Mahmoud Abbas

Based on all criteria – military power, economic influence, cultural dominance – America remains number one, even though other, new players are increasingly challenging it in that role. -Robert Kagan

Under our Constitution, military leaders have no choice but to endorse the president's decision after giving him their best advice. -Robert Kagan

If there is one lesson for U.S. foreign policy from the past 10 years, it is surely that military intervention can seem simple but is in fact a complex affair with the potential for unintended consequences. -Fareed Zakaria

In my view, America has never had the opportunity to enter paradise. Europe enjoys the paradise it enjoys, in part because the United States provides the overall security that allows Europe to live in a system where military power is not a major issue. -Robert Kagan

I never thought about becoming a politician. But during the military dictatorship, my grandfather was put in prison six times and my father twice. If my family and my country didn't have this history, I might be a professor somewhere today. -George Papandreou

That is why we wholeheartedly support the American-led effort to free the people of Iraq. And though we are a small country with a small military, we are proud to stand side by side with our allies in the fight to end the reign of terror in Baghdad. -Fatos Nano

Mistakes, after all, are endemic to foreign and military policy given the unpredictability of events and the difficulty of securing reliable information in a place like Iraq. -Eric Alterman

The consequences of President Johnson's campaign of deliberate deception regarding Vietnam could hardly have been more catastrophic for the nation, the military, the president, his party, and the presidency itself. -Eric Alterman

I have great respect and understanding for military commitment due to my own family's involvement with the armed forces. -Carolyn Murphy

I believe that the United States has a moral obligation to stand up for those citizens of the world who cannot stand up for themselves, and I am proud to have authored the bill signed into law today that continues to put significant pressure on the brutal Burmese military junta. -Joseph Crowley

Out of my desire to complete Iraq's independence and to finish the withdrawal of the occupation forces from our holy lands, I am obliged to halt military operations of the honest Iraqi resistance until the withdrawal of the occupation forces is complete. -Muqtada al Sadr

The main reason for the armed resistance is the American military presence. -Muqtada al Sadr

If the American military begins to withdrawal, there will be no need for these armed groups. -Muqtada al Sadr

As proud and capable as it is, I think the idea that the military can build new countries is a tall order, and it's the sort of thing that we would only expect from a military that we have superresourced and thought of as supercapable. -Rachel Maddow

If the colonists hadn't rejected British militarism and the massive financial burden of maintaining the British military, America wouldn't exist. -Rachel Maddow

I'm pretty upfront about my love and admiration for the military. One of the perks of making movies is that you get to sort of follow your own passions, and I believe quite passionately that we don't pay enough attention and respect to our veterans. Not just our wounded veterans, but all veterans. -Peter Berg

The first movie I literally ever made in my life was about two guys playing Stratego with each other. I had all my friends dressing up like the military characters in the game. So 'Battleship' is really my second board game turned movie! -Peter Berg

The word 'geek' today does not mean what it used to mean. A geek isn't the skinny kid with a pocket protector and acne. There can be computer geeks, video game geeks, car geeks, military geeks, and sports geeks. Being a geek just means that you're passionate about something. -Olivia Munn

I was in a military family, so by the time I was 13 I'd lived in six different places. -Olivia Munn

I've never boxed in my life, never been in a military base in my life, never grew up with anyone in the military. -Tyrese Gibson

The military is a very cool world to write about. I went down to Ft. Benning, Ga., for military training, and I learned a lot about soldiers and officers and why they joined up and what their life has been like. -David Baldacci

I love general history. That's all I read really. I don't read novels, I read history. I love it. I live in an area that's really rich in Civil War history. I live in Kentucky on a farm. A lot of revolution, a lot of military history I love. -Steve Zahn

My husband is a former Air Force pilot and my son is an active duty Army surgeon, recently returned from Iraq, so my pride in our military is passionate… and personal. -Robyn Carr

I will insist on a military so powerful no one would ever think of challenging it. -Mitt Romney

When I retired out of the military, I registered myself as a Republican because my views and perspectives were more in line with that party. -Allen West

The military operation in Lebanon was the most successful military operation in recent Israeli history. Many in Israel don't recognise that. -Ehud Olmert

It is hard as an American to support the failure of American military operations in Iraq. Such failure will bring with it the death and wounding of many American service members, and many more Iraqis. -Scott Ritter

When I see someone in a military uniform I make it a point to approach them, shake their hand and say five words… 'thank you for your service.' 'Stars Earn Stripes' is a high energy, fun, action show, but at its heart it is all about those five words. -Mark Burnett

I'm pretty actively involved with the military because I think they're incredible human beings. If I can give back to them for what they're doing for us, it's a good thing. And I think to have happy soldiers, you need to feed them well. -Emeril Lagasse

A geek isn't the skinny kid with a pocket protector and acne. There can be computer geeks, video game geeks, car geeks, military geeks, and sports geeks. Being a geek just means that you're passionate about something. -Olivia Munn

I grew up in a military family. I was moved around from school to school, so people aren't always the most welcoming to new girls in school. -Olivia Munn

Our waterboarding program is based on the U.S. military training program… tens of thousands of U.S. servicemen were waterboarded pursuant to this program to prepare them for the possibility of being captured someday so that they would know what it felt like. -Jose Rodriguez

We knew that if the photos of CIA officers conducting authorized EIT (enhanced interrogation techniques) ever got out, the difference between a legal, authorized, necessary, and safe program and the mindless actions of some MPs (military police) would be buried by the impact of the images. -Jose Rodriguez

The president and I sat down in the Oval Office, and he expressed very clearly that what he wants from me is my best professional military advice. -David Petraeus

If I didn't have a scholarship to go to the University of Florida or any school, I probably would have considered the military because my family could not afford to send me to college. -Emmitt Smith

I spent 22 years in the United States military, so I'm a pretty strategic level thinker. -Allen West

Of course, for me, having served 22 years in the military and to have the opportunity to continue to serve my country is a great honor and is a privilege. So that's what makes it special each and every day. -Allen West

Keep in mind that in 1975, when you became a cook, it was because you were between two things: you were between getting out of the military and… going to jail. Anybody could be a cook, just like anybody could mow the lawn. -Mario Batali

Well, I think, you know, the arts are really what – one of the things that make this country strong. We always think it's our economy or our military power, but in fact, I think it's our culture, our civilization, our ideas, our creativity. -Caroline Kennedy

I come from a small town and I come from a background where we didn't have money to travel. I thought I'd have to join the military to get to Europe. So I'm thrilled to travel. -Chris Isaak

It's clear that the United States has more to give the world than military bases. -Cynthia McKinney

My father and all my uncles on both sides served in the military in World War II and Korea. -Darrell Issa

The De Bernieres were very military. I broke the military tradition but I was terribly proud of my father being a soldier. -Louis de Bernieres

America should meet its obligations in the form of Social Security, Medicare, our ability to pay our military, legally binding legislation that allows unemployment compensation, the judiciary, the federal court system, the federal prison system, all those kinds of things have to be paid for. -Bill Johnson

I've been to many countries and watched a number of conflicts or their residue, and I've served in the military. -Ralph Peters

I was shooting a bikini promotion in Mahe in the Seychelles in 1980 when there was a military coup and I, along with a roomful of other people, ended up being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint in a windowless room with no ventilation for 36 hours. -Brigitte Nielsen

Carter's hopes died when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and he ended up having to reverse policy and launch the military buildup that Reagan continued. Mr. Obama would be forced back into a war on terror if terrorist groups pull off enough damaging or frightening attacks to force this issue to the fore. -Walter Russell Mead

Overwhelmingly, Israel's political and military establishment want the rest of the world to act diplomatically or otherwise to stop Iran. But if that doesn't happen, then the impulse toward the use of force will become quite strong. -Dennis Ross

The Americans provide still more advanced military assets and equipment; the Europeans are lagging behind. And eventually it will be difficult to co-operate even if you had the political will to co-operate because of the technological gap. -Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Do you know the rate of military enlistment among Hispanics is higher than any demographic in this country? -Ted Cruz

All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. -Abraham Lincoln

We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have 'guardians at the gate.' -Allen West

The Cold War went on for so long that it bred a kind of worldwide military establishment. Even when budgets went down in the early and mid-nineties, it didn't really affect it. -Robert D. Kaplan

I get in trouble when I say things like, 'I'm attracted to violence.' I was a pretty angry kid, and I got into military history largely as a way to vent my own anger. As I got older it narrowed down to a more specific focus on individual violence. I'm just trying to understand where it came from. -Caleb Carr

When you first get into television it is a big deal, then you realize you are no better than anyone else, we just have a platform to use, to help other people. I use that platform for the work I do in the military, the work I do with cancer because I was fortunate enough to get that platform. -Robert Irvine

I love working out. It's my release. I've done it since I've been in the military. -Robert Irvine

I think Hispanic community – the values that resonate in our community are fundamentally conservative. They are faith, family and patriotism. Do you know the rate of military enlistment among Hispanics is higher than any demographic in this country? And they are also hard work and responsibility. -Ted Cruz

The United States has far more to offer the world than our bombs and missiles and our military technology. -Cynthia McKinney

When you decide to get involved in a military operation in a place like Syria, you've got to be prepared, as we learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, to become the government, and I'm not sure any country, either the United States or I don't hear of anyone else, who's willing to take on that responsibility. -Colin Powell

It's not just a matter of whether you support Obama or Romney. It's who they have coming with them. I always keep my powder dry, as they say in the military. -Colin Powell

The danger of having the military take over intelligence is that the military has a very different perspective on the world. -Pete Hoekstra

America stood at the summit of power, emerging from the Cold War as an economic, cultural and military force without equal. -Lincoln Chafee

When there's a status quo, usually what shakes everybody up is some sort of military confrontation, at which point we all come running and screaming to pick up the pieces. -Abdullah II of Jordan

If you look at military and intelligence positions from the 1950s, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been against American national interests. -Abdullah II of Jordan

I'm just very wary that once you start military operations in any country, it's very difficult to predict what the outcome is. -Abdullah II of Jordan

I started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and, whilst abroad, underwent a course in military training. If there was to be guerrilla warfare, I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them. -Nelson Mandela

Most of my young years were spent under the boots of the military. -Paulo Coelho

I'm a Ronald Reagan conservative, I'm an economic conservative, I'm strong military. But I also voice and speak and work hard on the social issues. -Sam Brownback

My parents were incredibly strict, almost military style. -John Leguizamo

For years, even before 9/11, I've been trying to warn that the threat from amateur biolabs will ultimately turn out to be far more troublesome than leakage from military labs – perhaps even more costly and deadly than nuclear terrorism. -Greg Bear

The Israeli military plays more than a critical role in defending the citizens of the Jewish state. It also plays an important social, scientific and psychological role in preparing its young citizens for the challenging task of being Israelis in a difficult world. -Alan Dershowitz

I think the primary message to the world is that the United States is going to remain the strongest military power in the world. -Leon Panetta

Republicans traditionally say, 'oh, we'll cut domestic spending, but we won't touch the military.' The liberals – the ones who are good – will say, 'oh, we'll cut the military, but we won't cut domestic spending.' -Rand Paul

What I say is, national defense is the most important thing we do in Washington, but there's still waste in the military budget. -Rand Paul

In military school, on day one you must memorize the mission of the Merchant Marine Academy. -Robert Kiyosaki

American foreign policy and military might have opened an opportunity for the Gospel in the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. -Charles Stanley

From education to broadband, from building roads and bridges to supporting the military, Barack Obama is delivering for North Carolina. And he is delivering for America. A growing middle class is the foundation for a strong America. -Bev Perdue

If you think the President was right to open the doors of American opportunity to young immigrants brought here as children who want to go to college or serve in the military, you should vote for Barack Obama. -William J. Clinton

This always confuses liberals, that conservatives like the military and don't like the bureaucracy. That's because the military has their guns pointed out and the bureaucracy has them pointed in. -Grover Norquist

So long as I'm Commander-in-Chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. When you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as you've served us – because no one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they need when they come home. -Barack Obama

Before Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962, he was an angry, relatively young man. He founded the ANC's military wing. When he was released, he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge. -Desmond Tutu

They say military have the so-called 'secret intelligence' – this amount of intelligence must be very secret, since I've never seen any intelligent military person, nor I have seen any sense in the bloody stupid wars. -Ozzy Osbourne

As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he's a great military man, I want you to know that. -Norman Schwarzkopf

The application of military force, or the prospect of such application, inhibits terrorist violence. -Benjamin Netanyahu

Egypt now is a real civil state. It is not theocratic, it is not military. It is democratic, free, constitutional, lawful and modern. -Mohammed Morsi

I certainly don't like a label that suggests I believe that the military is the solution to most of the world's problems. -Paul Wolfowitz

Our bottom line, if you want to call it a red line, president's bottom line has been that Iran will not acquire a nuclear weapon and we will take no option off the table to ensure that it does not acquire a nuclear weapon, including the military option. -Susan Rice

After Vietnam, the Democrats became fundamentally the anti-military as a party. -Heather Wilson

Without education, we are weaker economically. Without economic power, we are weaker in terms of national security. No great military power has ever remained so without great economic power. -Jon Meacham

Part of what I loved – and love – about being around older people is the tangible sense of history they embody. I'm interested in military history, for instance, because both my grandfathers fought in World War II. I'm interested in writing because one of those grandfathers wrote books. -Jon Meacham

In some ways, I had a traditional 'old South' upbringing, meaning that I spent some time in a military school, and acquired an inoculum of the military ethic that is still with me today: honor, duty, loyalty. -E. O. Wilson

Well, in the first place, military service, they don't call it service for nothing. You are actually serving your country. And it is a worthy and valid vocation. -Rick Warren

The nuclear arsenal that Pakistan has, I believe is secure. I think the government and the military have taken adequate steps to protect that. -Hillary Clinton

You feel sometimes when you hear analysts and knowledgeable people talking about Iran that they fear so much about the survival of the regime, because deep down it's not a legitimate regime, it doesn't represent the will of the people, it's kind of morphed into kind of a military theocracy. -Hillary Clinton

'Smart power' is the use of American power in ways that would help prevent and resolve conflict – not just send our military in. -Hillary Clinton

You know, rural Americans are a special people. Their labor puts food on our table and fuel in our gas tanks. Their service in our military sets a powerful example of leadership, honor and sacrifice. Their spirit of community inspires us all. -Tom Vilsack

Sixteen percent of our population is rural, but 40 percent of our military is rural. I don't believe that's because of a lack of opportunity in rural America. I believe that's because if you grow up in rural America, you know you can't just keep taking from the land. You've got to give something back. -Tom Vilsack

Because of my own family's service (in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Massachusetts and New York National Guard), I am a strong supporter of the military and do believe that there are just wars. -Camille Paglia

Except for naval and air exercises, our military should be stationed on American soil, where service men and women can lead normal lives in close proximity to family and friends. -Camille Paglia

From secrecy and deception in high places, come home, America. From military spending so wasteful that it weakens our nation, come home, America. -George McGovern

There is no doubt that America remains the premier political, economic, military power in the world, and I both expect and count on it remaining so, because I think that's certainly in our best interest but also the best interests of the world. -Hillary Clinton

I just felt from personal observation that there is nothing more dislocated or alienated than a lifelong military person trying to cope in civilian life. It's like two completely separate planets. -Lee Child

I don't think a wise thing at this moment is for Israel to launch a military attack on Iran. -William Hague

All military regimes use security as the reason why they should remain in power. It's nothing original. -Aung San Suu Kyi

I don't want to see the military falling. I want to see the military rising to dignified heights of professionalism and true patriotism. -Aung San Suu Kyi

The Afghan security forces will always have the help of the U.S. American military to ensure that Afghanistan never fails. -Lindsey Graham

For me, it's an honor for the military to ask me to go to Iraq, Afghanistan, or GITMO. I'm happy to go. -R. Lee Ermey

The conclusion that many uniformed military came away from Vietnam with was that political interference, dominance of strategy and even tactics were a very bad way to conduct a war, and that indeed, if that was going to be our practice, that we shouldn't wage conflict again. -Robert McFarlane

President Reagan was concerned – deeply concerned, emotionally concerned – with the loss of life of any American, but especially with the lives of military soldiers, Marines, navy. -Robert McFarlane

The military code of justice sets out exactly what type of charges are available for specific acts. -Saxby Chambliss

My style is definitely not ladylike – frills and bows kinda scare me – but I like the military look because I love that olive green khaki color. -Cameron Russell

Today, war of necessity is used by critics of military action to describe unavoidable response to an attack like that on Pearl Harbor that led to our prompt, official declaration of war, while they characterize as unwise wars of choice the wars in Korea, Vietnam and the current war in Iraq. -William Safire

What I learned in the military is that gossip starts early and it stays forever. -Wesley Clark

Everybody in the military has a reputation, and usually it doesn't come out to the public. -Wesley Clark

The world dominion of western thought, forms of organisation, technology and military force is not God-given, nor eternal, nor greatly appreciated by the rest of the world. -James Buchan

If I really had to pinpoint my happiest days out of the United States, I'd choose those Fifties military days in Britain, particularly my time in South Ruislip. I had a ball. -Larry Hagman

I went to a military school between the ages of six and 12 and later into the air force. You learn discipline and strength of character. -Larry Hagman

So long as nuclear weapons continue to exist, so will the temptation to threaten others with overwhelming military force. -Daisaku Ikeda

Planning is really the hallmark of any large military formation, and it's typically a weakness in new formations and new armies. -John R. Allen

We're probably going to see some post-2014 military presence – some U.S. presence and a NATO presence – and while we've got much work to do in the next 29 months, we'll have additional time later for the continued professionalization of the Afghan security forces. -John R. Allen

As anyone knows who has ever had to set up a military encampment or build a village from the ground up, occupations pose staggering logistical problems. -Barbara Ehrenreich

Arts is just as important as military defense, you know? Emotional defense is just as important. -Quincy Jones

The military is already sexually integrated. -Elizabeth Edwards

We don't have any intention whatsoever to use military force to solve the Palestinian problem. But when it comes to terror – when it comes to terror, I believe that military – the right military steps is a very, very complicated kind of warfare, where I make every effort not to escalate the situation. -Ariel Sharon

I'm a huge supporter of the military. I think they do an incredible job. So when I get invited to go out and sing for them, some of the best moments of my life. -Katherine Jenkins

A sagging economy, a soaring national debt, and an increasingly restive Congress pushed Obama to order troop reductions that are both deeper and faster than recommended by his military commanders. -Ron Fournier

My father was a Party member and he was a pretty high rank military officer under the colonel, junior colonel, I don't know the term. He was a total Stalinist. A bit with a streak of anti-Semitism and very shrewd man, a very kind of nervous man. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

Soviet regime in a way deprived me from my childhood in my homeland, because my father was in military, and after the Yalta agreement he was sent to teach in military academy in Riga, and I was born then. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

We lived, until I was 12 or so, in communal apartment with five different families and the same kitchen, in two little – my brother and me and my parents. It was hell, but it was a common thing. My father was not general or admiral, but he was colonel. He was teaching in military academy military topography. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

There was no military reason to drop atomic bombs on Japan. They were used as terrorist weapons – killing innocent people to influence other people. -Harry Browne

History demonstrates that previous military drawdowns invited aggression by our enemies. After World War I, America drew down forces until the U.S. Army had fewer than 100,000 men in uniform. That weakness invited Nazi aggression in Europe and the imperial Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. -Frank Gaffney

To his lasting credit, President Reagan never wavered. He recognized the strategic importance of staying the course, both in terms of denying Moscow the military hegemony it sought in Western Europe and of restoring the will, cohesiveness, and security of the NATO alliance, so badly frayed during the turbulent 1970s. -Frank Gaffney

Where I would fault President Bush the most was that, in the wake of 9/11, he motivated our military, but he didn't call the nation into a state of war. And he didn't explain that this would take though a communal effort against common foe. -Frank Miller

I come from a military family. -Brittany Murphy

For weeks after 9/11 you could smell the dust and pulverised concrete in New York, and the National Guard came in, so there was a military presence on the streets. It was intense. Overwhelming. Heartbreaking. -Mark Boal

One big, glaring difference I can think of between Iraq and Vietnam is the news coverage. During the Vietnam War era, you had TV coverage of the war saturating the airwaves every night, and that coverage wasn't put through a military filter at all. -Mark Boal

My own military background is wholly un-distinguished. I was a sergeant. -W. E. B. Griffin

It's hard for people sometimes to relate to me. They weren't in the military, they weren't injured overseas in Iraq, they weren't burned, they didn't go through 33 surgeries, or two and a half years in the hospital. -J. R. Martinez

My husband's family is military. Preparation is just, from that family perspective, it's just a part of what makes sense to do. You buy insurance for your house; you have a go bag. -Sarah Wayne Callies

It is better for the Arab countries themselves to interfere out of their national, humanitarian, political and military duties and to do what is necessary to stop the bloodshed in Syria. -Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

I think it's really important for people to hear what our men and women in the military have to say. -Joe Nichols

Then when I went to Iraq and saw the strength and character the men and women in our military service exhibit every day and their belief in what they're doing, I knew I wanted to get that on film and share it with everyone. They are my inspiration. -Joe Nichols

You're not just going out there, maybe sacrificing your own life. There's also sacrifices still going on at home. You can serve in the military and have a good marriage, but you just need to be aware of it so you can take those steps to take care of it. -Chris Kyle

When I grew up, I only had two dreams. One was to be a cowboy and another was to be in the military. I grew up extremely patriotic and riding horses. -Chris Kyle

I want the government to provide the military so we don't get invaded by somebody and destroyed. I want the government to provide the roads so I can get from point A to B. In terms of taking care of my day to day needs, I want to do that myself. I want my community to do that. -Ben Carson

To survive in a lot of male-dominated situations – the police, the military, what have you – you put on a bit of the crass, blowhard thing, because you just can't survive being the nice guy in those environments. -Dean Norris

I always wanted to go into the military or something like that – my whole family, all my friends are either Air Force, Navy, or Marines. -RJ Mitte

I am a military police officer and I have served on two deployments; my first was to Iraq, in a medical unit, and my second deployment was to Kuwait, as a military police platoon leader. -Tulsi Gabbard

In the military, I learned that 'leadership' means raising your hand and volunteering for the tough, important assignments. -Tulsi Gabbard

I am an Air Force brat – that's the terminology they use for military kids who are traveling constantly. -Vanessa Lachey

But no one told me that when you're in the military, they own you. -Nelsan Ellis

There's a really classic cliche every time you switch the TV on – you see cops arguing. I have spent a day a week for many years in the presence of police and I have never seen them argue. It's a military hierarchy. They do what they're told. There's no bickering. -Peter James

Not even my excellent training at Juilliard prepared me for my first movie role, where I played a transsexual who falls in love with a military guy in 'Soldier's Girl.' -Lee Pace

The military might of a country represents its national strength. Only when it builds up its military might in every way can it develop into a thriving country. -Kim Jong-un

I would say that during my lifetime, one of the worst political scandals in Sweden was absolutely what happened surrounding the affair of the submarines in Swedish waters in 1982, where there were supposed to be Russian submarines close to Stockholm. And the military of Sweden never got one up. -Henning Mankell

Geeks run the world. Condoleezza Rice is a geek, Bill Gates is clearly a geek, many of the big filmmakers and writers are geeks, lots of military people are geeks. Anyone who has heard Donald Rumsfeld talk about military hardware knows they are in the presence of a geek. -China Mieville

But as far as being an American and loving this country and getting a chance to travel across it every day and meeting people on the road and folks in the military, I love this country on so many different levels. -Dierks Bentley

My dad and grandpa were in the army and as a country singer you're constantly playing at military bases all across the country and meeting soldiers and their families and hearing their stories. -Dierks Bentley

Then, when I got in the military, I used to host – even in high school – I hosted the talent shows, and when I was in the military I would host all of our base Christmas parties and stuff. -Gary Owens

Kennedy was haunted by the Bay of Pigs invasion but carried the country through the Cuban Missile Crisis. He later increased the number of U.S. military advisers to South Vietnam to more than 16,000. -Kitty Kelley

Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to ensure fair pay for women in the workplace. In addition, he succeeded in getting a measure passed to end discrimination against gays in the military. -Kitty Kelley

Eisenhower was less deferential to the military than he seemed likely to be, Kennedy was not at all beholden to the pope, George W. Bush was smarter than portrayed and Barack Obama has not led a charge from the left – least of all on behalf of the civil liberties that have eroded since September 11, 2001. -David K. Shipler

Obama behaves like a centrist who leans tentatively left on certain social programs but boldly right on military force and civil liberties. -David K. Shipler

The amount of military force necessary to provide reassurance depends on how dangerous people think the world is. And that I think ultimately depends upon the kinds of government that hold sway in major countries. -Michael Mandelbaum

I find a difference in British spy fiction and American spy fiction. In the American version, it's more militaristic, partly because the CIA has more of the military makeup. Whereas MI6 is more of a cerebral, intelligence-based, relationship-based service, i.e., all they do is recruit people to get information out of them. -Charles Cumming

I am fully supportive of 'open service' and committed to LGBT military families. -Chuck Hagel

My overall worldview has never changed: that America has and must maintain the strongest military in the world, that we must lead the international community to confront threats and challenges together, and that we must use all tools of American power to protect our citizens and our interests. -Chuck Hagel

You know, in the WikiLeaks cables, the Chinese discovered that Kevin Rudd was urging the Americans to keep the military option open against them. This is hardly a friendly gesture. -Paul Keating

I really like visiting military bases. -Stacy Keibler

I was researching a different World War II story when I came across an article in the 'Chicago Tribune' from June 1945 that knocked me for a loop. The article explained that a military plane had crashed in an impossibly remote valley of New Guinea that had been nicknamed Shangri-La. -Mitchell Zuckoff

First and foremost I am a commercial writer, and I hope to entertain people. But having said that, I'm in love with the relationship between humans and dogs, and the more I learned about what our military working dogs are doing, I wanted to at least share with people what an important role these animals have in all our lives. -Robert Crais

At Lackland Air Force Base, they make an effort to retrain military dogs that suffer from PTSD. It's a lengthy, long process. The treatment is much the same as it would be for people, but it's a difficult road back. -Robert Crais

The relationship between a military working dog and a military dog handler is about as close as a man and a dog can become. You see this loyalty, the devotion, unlike any other and the protectiveness. -Robert Crais

I wanted to dismantle the bollocks that there's a military structure to a gang, with a leader, second leader, the good looking one, first babe, second babe. It's far more arbitrary than that and their values shouldn't be romanticised. They aren't something you want to sign up to. -Peter Mullan

I still believe in the possibility of the United States, with all its will and all its strength, and I don't just mean military, persevering against any challenge. I still believe in that. -Richard Holbrooke

People in uniform are not sacrosanct. They don't have all the answers. The use of force is a political decision at its core, in terms of its objectives; then the military, as the experts, must be brought in to tell you how to do it. -Richard Holbrooke

I'm a military kid, both parents in the military – Mom did 12 years, Dad did 21, served in two wars. So discipline is something that was huge. -Robert Griffin III

I grew up in the military. I've lived that life. I know that our soldiers are out there fighting for our right to vote, and they're out there fighting for other countries' rights to vote… Guys have been dying for it, and we have to go out and exercise it. -Robert Griffin III

We have the new greatest generation. We don't need as large a military due to the technology we have, the equipment we have outfitting our personnel. They really are storm troopers. -Joe Wilson

I think we need to ask serious questions about how we engage militarily, when we engage militarily, and on what basis we engage militarily. What kind of intelligence do we have to justify a military engagement? -Albert Wynn

For some reason, the military seems more afraid of gay people than they are against terrorists, but they're very brave with the terrorists… If the terrorists ever got a hold of this information, they'd get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad. -Gary Ackerman

After I was discharged from the military, it was difficult trying to become a civilian. -Chris Kyle

But even before I was in the military, I was extremely jumpy when asleep. -Chris Kyle

Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs. -Bernie Sanders

The strips about the military do seem to provoke moving and thoughtful responses. It's nice when the strip resonates, but more importantly, I need to know when I'm getting something wrong. The last thing I want to do is contribute to the suffering that wounded warriors already endure. -Garry Trudeau

Humor can inform and break down stigma, which is a huge issue in the military. -Garry Trudeau

The battle against terrorism is not only a military fight but primarily a battle of information. -Ahmed Chalabi

I've come to the conclusion that military style weapons really don't have any place in our society. We ought to reinstate the assault weapons ban that served us well for 10 years from 1994 to 2004. -Mark Udall

The reality is, the United States has global interests. Our defense budget is about the same as the defense budgets or military budgets of every other country in the world put together. -Robert M. Gates

If there's ever an example that military power alone cannot be successful in Afghanistan, I think it was the Soviet experience. -Robert M. Gates

I have always that there ought to be some kind of mandatory national service, not necessarily in the military but to show everybody that freedom isn't free, that everybody has an obligation to the nation as a community. -Robert M. Gates

In the military, as in any organization, giving the order might be the easiest part. Execution is the real game. -Russel Honore

The National Guard has served America as both a wartime force and the first military responders in times of domestic crisis. Hundreds of times each year, the nation's governors call upon their Guard troops to respond to fires, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters. -Russel Honore

In a military operation, the command and control elements are a legitimate target. -Stephen Hadley

I have served in the Congress during two wars and I have seen the impacts on our military, on their families and on our national deficit. -Tom Udall

I mean, if you're proud of what you've done when you've served in the military, well then we call that bragging. And if you are unhappy about what happened, we call that complaining. And so what are you going to do? -Karl Marlantes

And I think that it's – the military has actually made improvements, so people are considering post-traumatic stress disorder as, at the least, a possible psychological problem. You know, when I was in Vietnam, it was just considered malingering. And we're making progress. -Karl Marlantes

In the military I could exercise the power of being automatically respected because of the medals on my chest, not because I had done anything right at the moment to earn that respect. This is pretty nice. It's also a psychological trap that can stop one's growth and allow one to get away with just plain bad behavior. -Karl Marlantes

I don't want any romantics to go into the military. I'm not a pacifist. I think we need a military, and the better one we have, the better off we are. I don't want kids going in there thinking that it's John Wayne on Iwo Jima. That's not healthy. -Karl Marlantes

Vietnam was the first time that Americans of different races had to depend on each other. In the Second World War, they were segregated; it was in Vietnam that American integration happened in the military – and it wasn't easy. -Karl Marlantes

No one will remember that President Obama supported the Arab Spring if it eventually fails and the region collapses back into the political Dark Ages. If we actively engage these movements with advice, with money, and, when necessary, with military force, then we get a vote in how it all turns out. -Sebastian Junger

The American military generally counts on a kill ratio of 10 to 1 when fighting lightly armed insurgents: for every dead American, there are probably 10 dead enemy. -Sebastian Junger

If you shell a military base and happen to kill civilians, you have not committed a war crime; if you deliberately target cities and towns, you have. -Sebastian Junger

What is and isn't justified by military necessity is, naturally, open to interpretation. One of the key concepts, though, is the law of proportionality. A military attack that results in civilian casualties – 'collateral damage' – is acceptable as long as the military benefits outweigh the price that is paid by humanity. -Sebastian Junger

Traditional Albanian society was based on a clan system and was further divided into brotherhoods and bajraks. The bajrak system identified a local leader, called a bajrakar, who could be counted on to provide a certain number of men for military duty. -Sebastian Junger

I had grown up during Vietnam. I had no connections to the U.S. military, and I had a pretty cynical default opinion about the U.S. military. -Sebastian Junger

Given political history in Chile, it seemed to me that there was a critical task of consolidating a democracy and creating healthy civic-military and political-military relationships. -Michelle Bachelet

There's full consensus in the military that women shouldn't be in person-to-person combat. I don't know if we have enough experience to know whether this is the right approach. But women can be elsewhere. We have mandatory military service in Chile. I pushed for women in all areas. -Michelle Bachelet

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. -Atticus Shaffer

Going to war against Iran – whether one calls such a move 'surgical' or 'total' – would be an extremely serious undertaking; with worldwide economic, military, diplomatic and human ramifications in both the short- and the long-term. -Bob Barr

My experience is that if the military didn't want to use force and was confronted with a president that did, the military would come back with what I would call the 'bomb Moscow' scenario. They would say it had to be done with conditions that were so extreme, you obviously wouldn't do it. -George P. Shultz

In 1913 many believed that there would never again be a war in Europe. The great powers of the continent were so closely intertwined economically that the view was widespread that they could no longer afford to have military confrontations. -Jean-Claude Juncker

Eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex and the damage it could do to society. -will.i.am

I find skydiving really hard. I broke my back while skydiving when I was in the military, and for 18 months all my nightmares were about falling. -Bear Grylls

Don't forget I'm from a military family. I was in special training in the army. I am tall, sporty and – how do you say – you can always protect yourself… I have very strong security. -Oleg Deripaska

I admire the military. I guess in a world of villains and heroes, they're my heroes. Their dedication, their commitment, their discipline, their code of ethics. -John Cena

I've traveled with Jack Murtha to Iraq three times to learn more about the region, talk with our diplomats and military leaders, and meet with our troops. Those visits are the main reason that I opposed the War in Iraq since its inception. -John B. Larson

The military infrastructure grew me. My faith in God is important, my belief in my country is important, my relationship to my family is important, the things that Mom and Dad tell you growing up are important. -Tommy Franks

C-17s should be ready to go at various military bases around the world packed with water, food, medical supplies, sleeping bags and tents, all prepared to be air dropped in alongside soldiers and doctors to begin relief efforts. -Steven Van Zandt

Ultimately, the court is heading to a doctrine of 'separation of campaign and state.' This doctrine, like separation of church and state or separation of military and civilian authority, is not explicit in the Constitution but flows naturally from its structure and commitment to freedom and democracy. -Bradley A. Smith

The use of large-scale military force in volatile regions of underdeveloped countries is difficult to do right, has major unintended consequences and rarely turns out to be quick, effective, controlled and short lived. -Dennis C. Blair

The weather records of the U.S.A. are the best kept and most accessible in the world, thanks to consistent government/military taxpayer support. There are longer European data sets, but the U.S.A. data is enough to forecast major extreme events. -Piers Corbyn

I was in the military for over 40 years, and one of the principles I kept with me was that there's an expectation globally that the U.S. will lead. Questions about that expectation have certainly risen in recent years. The fact that there's even a question about that is worrisome to me, and I think needs to be for a lot of people. -Michael Mullen

Some 70% to 80% of all who join the military will return to the civilian workforce. They'll return to communities, and one of the things I've worried about is the increasing disconnect between the American people and our men and women in uniform. We come from fewer and fewer places. We're less than 1% of the population. -Michael Mullen

One of the reasons that I'm still in the military – or I stayed in the military – is because I think the military has been a place where certainly people could improve, advance, and were treated fairly. -Michael Mullen

I'm not a policy and a strategy guy. I'm – you know, the military basically supports what the president wants, the decisions that he makes. -Michael Mullen

What's brilliant about the United States system of government is separation of power. Not only the executive, legislative, judicial branches, but also the independence of the military from civilians, an independent media and press, an independent central bank. -Feisal Abdul Rauf

The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians, but it was Christians in World War II who bombed innocent civilians in Dresden and dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets. -Feisal Abdul Rauf

I pointed out that the Atlanta Olympic bomber – as well as Timothy McVeigh and the people who protest against gay rights at military funerals – are Christians but we journalists don't identify them by their religion. -Juan Williams

Acting is a business and a political act and a craft, but I also feel like it's a service – specifically, for a military audience. -Adam Driver

Yeah, September 11 happened and all my friends were like, 'Let's join the military!' and I was the only one who actually did. -Adam Driver

The male role models I had all seemed to have been in the military. My father served in the army. My uncle was in the Marine Corps. Both of my grandfathers served in WWII. There weren't any career soldiers in my family, but when I was young it seemed like a way of arriving at adulthood. -Kevin Powers

Joining the military is not to be taken lightly. You're putting every part of yourself at risk, not just your body but your moral and spiritual centre. -Kevin Powers

In 'Three Cups of Tea' I was fairly critical of the military. And I mentioned that they're laptop warriors and there's no boots on the ground. But I can say now that they've gone through a tremendous learning curve. -Greg Mortenson

I have a tremendous amount of respect for military families. To have to worry about your loved ones and still try and live a normal life is extremely hard. -Ashanti

Deterrence is still fundamentally about influencing an actor's decisions. It is about a solid policy foundation. It is about credible capabilities. It is about what the U.S. and our allies as a whole can bring to bear in both a military and a nonmilitary sense. -C. Robert Kehler

Nigerian politics has been, since the military dictatorships, largely non-ideological. Rather than a battle of ideas, it is about who can pump in the most money and buy the most access. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In early 1961 a new president, John F. Kennedy, was told by military leaders and civilian officials that the Kingdom of Laos – of no conceivable strategic importance to the U.S. – required the presence of American troops and perhaps even tactical nuclear weapons. Why? Because if Laos fell, Asia would go red from Thailand to Indonesia. -Jeff Greenfield

In American military cemeteries all over the world, seemingly endless rows of whitened grave markers stand largely unvisited and in silence. The gardeners tend the lawns, one section at a time. Even at the famous sites, tourism is inconstant. -Mark Helprin

Our military should be trained and structured around missions, not the elements of air, water, and land. -Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Al-Qa'ida does not follow a traditional command structure, wear uniforms, carry its arms openly, or mass its troops at the borders of the nations it attacks. Nonetheless, it possesses the demonstrated capability to strike with little notice and cause significant civilian or military casualties. -John O. Brennan

The United States does not view our authority to use military force against Al Qaeda as being restricted solely to 'hot' battlefields like Afghanistan. -John O. Brennan

If a person is a U.S. citizen, and he is on the battlefield in Afghanistan or Iraq trying to attack our troops, he will face the full brunt of the U.S. military response. -John O. Brennan

Oddly, the military world is one of great sameness. There is an orderly quality to life on an army base, and even the children of the military are brought up with that sense of order and sameness. -Lois Lowry

The military never uses a full word if they can create an abbreviation. -Philip Hammond

The basis on which the Good Friday agreement was constructed was in addressing those problems in the history of Northern Ireland, the social and constitutional problems as well as the military problems that have been unaddressed for centuries. -John Reid

I didn't choose to write a military man as much as Vince Haven chose me. -Rachel Gibson

Anybody who was in the military or a military family has a certain sensitivity to the separation. Everyone knows military wives have the hardest jobs. I was born into one. When I think back to those days, I didn't appreciate it then. -Lester Holt

Women are needed in the military because there aren't enough soldiers, and we're seeing more women serve. -Gail Collins

I'm not an expert on the Middle East or terrorism or the use of military force or politics. It's all I can do to know a little bit about how to help people raise their kids and what to do when they get sick. When a war happens, I just hope it gets over with quickly so that how we take care of children becomes more important again. -Mark Vonnegut

I take care of military families. Their sacrifices are very real. -Mark Vonnegut

You know, I used to live in Russia where you had officers in the military opening up the warehouses at night and taking weapons out and putting them into a truck and selling them to foreign powers. That type of stuff doesn't happen in the United States. We still have a very functioning and relatively civil society. -Matt Taibbi

Women in most countries have not achieved much, because they can't be liberated under the patriarchal, capitalist, imperialist and military system that determines the way we live now, and which is governed by power, not justice, by false democracy, not real freedom. -Nawal El Saadawi

Augustine says that you don't understand a nation by the throw weight of its military or the strength of its research universities or the size of its population, but by looking at what it loves in common. To assess a nation, you look at the health and strength of its ideals. And there's no question that the common love in America is freedom. -Os Guinness

The strength of our economy allows us to maintain the mightiest military in the world, effectively enforcing a Pax Americana. -Ted Cruz

One of the lessons learned during the Vietnam War was that the depiction of wounded soldiers, of coffins stacked higher than their living guards, had a negative effect on the viewing public. The military in Iraq specifically banned the photographing of wounded soldiers and coffins, thus sanitizing this terrible and bloody conflict. -Walter Dean Myers

When we think of war, the tendency is to picture young soldiers only in their military roles. To a large extent this dehumanizes the soldiers and makes it easier for society to commit them to combat. -Walter Dean Myers

The world is a multiplicity, a harvest-field, a battle-ground; and thence arises through human contact ways of numbering, or mathematics, ways of tillage, or agriculture, ways of fighting, or military tactics and strategy, and these are incorporated in individuals as habits of life. -George Edward Woodberry

I really like being thrown into the works. Many actors, I have found, have this as a common trait. We had to, as children, adapt to various situations with either a military family or things like that. -Adelaide Clemens

What a jolly thing military surveillance is! -Belle Boyd

I have no problem with women in the military, if that's what they want to do. -Lorraine Bracco

Some anti-Americanism derives simply from our being a colossus that bestrides the earth. But much anti-Americanism derives from the role U.S. political, economic and military power has played in denying such freedoms to others. -Samantha Power

Influence is best measured not only by military hardware and GDP, but also by other people's perceptions that we, the United States, are using our power legitimately. That belief – that we are acting in the interests of the global commons and in accordance with the rule of law – is what the military would call a 'force multiplier.' -Samantha Power

In the 2000 election, George W. Bush, who had shirked military service, succeeded in presenting himself as more reliable on national security than Al Gore. -Samantha Power

My basic feeling about military intervention is that it should be a last resort, undertaken only to stave off large-scale bloodshed. -Samantha Power

International institutions are composed of governments. Governments control their own military forces and police. -Samantha Power

I've lived on a military base and in a convent boarding school with dobermans at the bottom of front stairs to keep us in and intruders out, and in college I spent some time at the Naval Academy, where everything was run by the numbers. -Kit Reed

I realized that both the military and religious orders depend on discipline to shape people – which routine does, in a lot of ways. -Kit Reed

Whether I'm trying to figure out what the U.S. military is doing in Latin America or Africa, Afghanistan or Qatar, the response is remarkably uniform – obstruction and obfuscation, hurdles and hindrances. In short, the good old-fashioned military runaround. -Nick Turse

The military has a very long relationship with Hollywood that dates back to the silent film era. -Nick Turse

Music has shaped men's fashion, and transposed in a playful and witty manner its riding or military heritage. It is difficult to figure out who leads, but music and fashion are connected genetically. -Hedi Slimane

There's an explosion of Indian fiction of all kinds, from military thrillers to chicklit. I think that's exciting. -Hari Kunzru

Up to his twenty-sixth year, the heart of Ignatius was enthralled by the vanities of the world. His special delight was in the military life, and he seemed led by a strong and empty desire of gaining for himself a great name. -Saint Ignatius

I think that, in the end, the military behavior and intelligence services are not very different from each other. It's an attitude of hunters; they're observing the prey. -Edgar Ramirez

My father was a military attache, so I've been traveling all my life. -Edgar Ramirez

If you look at history, there seems to be a regular pattern: the country with the most powerful military also happens to be the one with the world trade currency. That gives them an enormous economic advantage, which causes goods to flow into their country. -David Graeber

You must all be aware that modern war is not a mere matter of military operations. It involves the whole strength and all the resources of the nation. Not only soldiers, but also all citizens without exception, take part. -Chiang Kai-shek

Landowners and influential men of all kinds, especially members of political councils, ought to set an example to the people. The young members of rich families should offer themselves for military service. If not one of two sons, at least one of three sons should be ready to do so. -Chiang Kai-shek

I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. -Smedley Butler

Should we continue to spend billions to subsidize foreign military dictatorships, or should we concentrate on taking better care of the one we have right here at home? -Pat Paulsen

Judaism is one of the last of the world's matrilineal philosophies. Matriarchies are always the cultures that patriarchy attacks and decimates, because they don't spend all their money on the military like patriarchy does. They are easy prey. -Roseanne Barr

Even North Korean people who are not necessarily happy with economic policies are still loyal to the state itself. It's a military-first state, so whether it does very well on the economic front or not, is not central to public support for it. -Brian Reynolds Myers

I want to stop directing so many of resources to the military budget and focus them here at home. I believe government should invest in public infrastructure. -Cynthia Dill

A high percentage of organisations develop a military rationale, whereby only a very small number of people make all of the decisions. There is little wonder, then, that people aren't keen to get out of bed and come to work on a Monday morning. -Ricardo Semler

Contrary to conventional military and game theory, the most effective offense is sometimes a direct attack against your political opponent's greatest strength – not his weaknesses – to place him immediately on the defensive. -Mark McKinnon

I liked the military life. They teach you self-sufficiency early on. I always say that I learned most of what I know about leadership in the Marine Corps. Certain basic principles stay with you – sometimes consciously, mostly unconsciously. -Raymond Kelly

Sunglasses are a bit like watches for me – a real obsession. My favourites are Oakleys, Ray-Bans and Wileys, which are worn by the U.S. military. -Ross Kemp

Broadly speaking, the Southern and Western desert and mountain states will vote for the candidate who endorses an aggressive military, a role for religion in public life, laissez-faire economic policies, private ownership of guns and relaxed conditions for using them, less regulation and taxation, and a valorization of the traditional family. -Steven Pinker

Once you're in the military, she means a lot more to you than just a grandmother. She is the queen. And then you suddenly, it's like start realizing, you know, wow, this is quite a big deal. And then you get goose bumps and then the rest of it. -Prince Harry

I'm very much in the trenches, and I don't live in the lap of luxury. I come from a working-class military family. We watch the news and read the paper and vote, so there's always something to be upset about. I always have a certain amount of angst in my back pocket. -Pink

San Antonio is like a military town. It's like literally – when I was growing up there, there were five Air Force bases, plus Fort Sam Houston. I was always sort of near the military. -Steve Earle

There are people with otherwise chaotic and disorganized lives, a certain type of person that's always found a home in the restaurant business in much the same way that a lot of people find a home in the military. -Anthony Bourdain

When I first went to school, I was fighting all the time. The soldier mentality was still in me. I kept getting expelled. I found it hard to take instructions from anyone who wasn't a military commander. -Emmanuel Jal

I seek to lead a democratic Pakistan which is free from the yoke of military dictatorship and that will cease to be a haven, the very petri dish of international terrorism. -Benazir Bhutto

In 1988, when democracy was restored, the military establishment was still very powerful. The extremist groups were still there. And when the aid and assistance to Pakistan was cut, we had to adopt harsh economic policies. So in a way, it showed that democracy doesn't pay, and the military was able to reassert itself. -Benazir Bhutto

During Vietnam, I was in college, enjoying my student deferment. The government wisely felt that, in my case, military service was less important than completing my studies to prepare me for my chosen career: comedian. -Al Franken

What firefighters and people in our military and cops do is separate from what the rest of us do; basically these people say, 'I'm going to protect all these strangers.' -Denis Leary

I've made some films for the military that are teaching things like cultural awareness and leadership issues, that sort of stuff. And try to, in essence, look at what training they're doing and say, 'This is how you can improve the training from a humanistic point of view.' -Carl Weathers

The military alone cannot end the conflict in Afghanistan. On that much nearly everyone can agree, offering a rare island of consensus among sides otherwise divided on the question of how and when America's longest-ever war should wind down. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

A military or government hierarchy is anathema to the dispersed population and diverse tribes of mountainous Afghanistan. -Iqbal Quadir

Thinklogical's systems play a key role in the delivery and visualization of mission critical data used every day by military and intelligence communities worldwide. -James G. Stavridis

You can't kill your way to success in a counter insurgency effort. You have to protect the people, get the civil military balance right, train the locals, and practice effective strategic communications. -James G. Stavridis

To be a good reporter, writing about war, you have to write about the people. It's not about the tanks or the RPGs or military strategy. It's always about the effect war has on civilians, on society, and how it disrupts and destroys lives. -Janine di Giovanni

The culture of the U.S. military is such that human enhancement is accepted as a goal, taking people beyond the norm. There are so many resources going into that kind of research. -Jessa Gamble

My dad was in the military, yeah. He was in the Air Force, and he was a doctor, so he would go places for six months here, and two years there. And I was home-schooled because I played the violin, and I did a lot of competitions. -Felicia Day

I don't come from a lot of money and wasn't going to get an academic scholarship, so the only way to afford an education was to allow the military to supplement it. -Jon Huertas

The thing about the Air Force or any branch of the military is that all of us were plucked away from our homes and our comfort zones and our families. So there was a solidarity in the military, a brotherhood. -Jon Huertas

I am very focused on large-scale deployments of renewable power and how we're going to get this done. Imagine our military bases covered with solar thermal collectors that could generate steam and electricity. -William McDonough

The disconnect between America and its military is shocking. -John Oliver

America is a great power possessed of tremendous military might and a wide-ranging economy, but all this is built on an unstable foundation which can be targeted, with special attention to its obvious weak spots. If America is hit in one hundredth of these weak spots, God willing, it will stumble, wither away and relinquish world leadership. -Osama bin Laden

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. -Hugo Chavez

Optimistic people play a disproportionate role in shaping our lives. Their decisions make a difference; they are inventors, entrepreneurs, political and military leaders – not average people. They got to where they are by seeking challenges and taking risks. -Daniel Kahneman

I've had marriage proposals, invitations to military balls and even a few prom offers from 18-year-old boys. -Hope Solo

Money is my military, each dollar a soldier. I never send my money into battle unprepared and undefended. I send it to conquer and take currency prisoner and bring it back to me. -Kevin O'Leary

In the military, they give medals for people who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that others may survive. In business, we give bonuses to people who sacrifice others. -Simon Sinek

Spending time with the military certainly lends itself to some remarkable experiences, and I've been privileged to have had my share. -Simon Sinek

I never imagined working with CEOs, congressmen or the military, yet I make regular visits to the Pentagon, stop by the Capitol now and then and sit down with leaders of all kinds of companies. -Simon Sinek

My mother went to university, my father didn't. But they are very educated, very wise people. My father went to the military, so he's worldly. -Chuck D

I have to say, as a young woman of color, and this may sound controversial, in sci-fi, anything is possible. In sci-fi I can belong to the military. In sci-fi I can have an interracial love affair; I can be a revolutionary. -Kandyse McClure

At a very young age, I was in Germany watching TV and I told my mom I wanted to be an actor. She said, 'Go for it.' When my dad retired from the military, we moved to Los Angeles, and it all kicked off. -Khleo

The Trevor Romain Foundation is a project that I am most proud to be a part of. They work with the USO and help provide support and comfort to military children and their families. -Ryan Lee

My dad was in the military. It was difficult sometimes, because he would have to be away a lot, and we would have to move around a lot. Trying to adapt to new schools and new places can be really tough. -Nolan Gould

I don't think I have a demographic. I was at Comic-Con in San Diego recently, and I was doing a signing, and my line was all military guys, young girls, housewives and guys in wheelchairs. There was just everybody all over the place. -Pamela Adlon

I was 20 years old when, despite mass protests against military action, Iraq was invaded in 2003 – it didn't make for motivated political participation, I can tell you. -Romola Garai

Florence Nightingale was an amazing figure. She created the American Red Cross. She saw the suffering from bad health conditions on the battlefield and in the military hospitals, and she fought like crazy to change the conditions; to make sure that the doctors washed their hands and practiced sanitary measures. She put herself at great risks. -Sharon Lawrence

I see the war problem as an economic problem, a business problem, a cultural problem, an educational problem – everything but a military problem. There's no military solution. There is a business solution – and the sooner we can provide jobs, not with our money, but the United States has to provide the framework. -Andrew Young

Some kind of affirmative action is important in a democracy and for economic competitiveness and national security. The Army was the first to realize that you had to have desegregation of a military to have it working properly. -Andrew Young

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. -Rafael Cruz

I am an opponent of war and of war preparations and an opponent of universal military training and conscription; but entirely apart from that issue, I hold that segregation in any part of the body politic is an act of slavery and an act of war. -Bayard Rustin

I had to leave school at 14 because my father got injured in the mines and I had to support my family. I was an undertaker's assistant, then a plasterer, before doing my military service in the RAF. All the while, I was doing amateur dramatics and dreaming of getting a scholarship to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. -Brian Blessed

My martial arts came a lot from my uncle, who actually taught martial arts through the military. He was a black belt in tae kwon do, but also, he used a lot of military-style fighting where it's not the high kicks or anything like that. It's basically defeat your opponent as fast as possible. -Brian Tee

I spent two years in the military service, then I trudged around in repertory for quite a while. I somehow wound up at the National Theatre, though, and then I was definitely on my way. -Anthony Hopkins

I basically – I don't like tattoos, unless you're a firefighter who has a tattoo that has to do with that or a military guy. That's – those are people who should have tattoos. -Denis Leary

I was one of the first people in the Palestinian world, in the late 1970s, to say that there is no military option, either for us or for them, and I'm certainly the only well-known Arab who writes these things – and who writes exactly the same things in the Arab press that I say here. -Edward Said

There is something about military history that fascinates me. You find that many battles have been lost by people with very good military background when they fought battles in a battleground they didn't understand. I have seen that in business, too. You have to look at a marketplace like a battle-ground. -David Cheriton

If your ethics in the military, in your training, is going to be counterminded by a one-hour weekly television show, we've got a really big problem. -Kiefer Sutherland

'24' and 20th Century Fox and Sky TV are not responsible for training the U.S. military. It is not our job to do. To me, this is almost as absurd as saying, 'The Sopranos' supports the mafia, and by virtue of that, HBO supports the mafia.' -Kiefer Sutherland

I think they should let gays in the military because we are the United States of America. And if a gay person wants to serve his or her country, why should they not be allowed to? -Jesse Ventura

Our military doesn't defend our American people. Our military is the strong-arm muscle of corporations. -Jesse Ventura

The kids say golf taught them this and that. I get it with the military: A guy joins the military because he needs discipline and has to find himself. But don't tell me, 'Golf helps you find yourself.' I've been playing my whole life, and I'm still looking for myself. -Lewis Black

Before statehood was achieved, Syria and Egypt had their tanks and military equipment lined up to invade Tel Aviv and destroy it; but the Israelis scrambled together an air force, some of it from old Second World War Messerschmidts, and the invasion was halted. -Steven Spielberg

No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization. -Vladimir Putin

Even during the years of the Cold War, the intense confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States, we always avoided any direct clash between our civilians and, most certainly, between our military. -Vladimir Putin

Writing tends to be very deliberate. A novelist could probably run a military campaign with some success. They could certainly run a country. -Colm Toibin

At the end of October 4 in 1957, when I was coming back from sea duty in the South Pacific, Sputnik went up. I realized that humans would be right behind robot aircraft or spacecraft even though I really had no plans of being in aviation or a professional aviator and certainly not in the military. -Edgar Mitchell

I went on inactive duty in August 1945, and since I had stayed in such good shape and had played ball on military teams, I was ready to start for the Indians just two days later, against the Tigers. -Bob Feller

Many Chinese companies are run like military camps with military discipline. We do not run a company that way. It does not help the creative process. -Zhang Xin

I believe terrorism cannot be won over by military action. Terrorism must be condemned in the strongest language. We must stand solidly against it, and find all the means to end it. We must address the root causes of terrorism to end it for all time to come. -Muhammad Yunus

Being a unique superpower undermines the military intelligence of strategy. To think strategically, one has to imagine oneself in the enemy's place. If one cannot do this, it is impossible to foresee, to take by surprise, to outflank. Misinterpreting an enemy can lead to defeat. This is how empires fall. -John Berger

On a Tuesday, September 11th, 1973, we had the military coup in Chile that forced me to leave my country eventually. And then, on a Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, we had the terrorist attack in the United States. -Isabel Allende

I didn't go into the NASA program to pick up rocks or to go the moon or anything else. I went in there because I was a military officer, and that was the next notch in my profession. -Jim Lovell

The one word you use in military flying is duty. It's your duty. You have no control over outcome, no control over pick-and-choose. It's duty. -Chuck Yeager

The U.S. has a stronger military than Israel, but, but don't short-change Israel, either. Don't short-change them. -Benjamin Netanyahu

Before the military coup in Chile, we had the idea that military coups happen in Banana Republics, somewhere in Central America. It would never happen in Chile. Chile was such a solid democracy. And when it happened, it had brutal characteristics. -Isabel Allende

New Age values are conscious evolution, a non-sectarian society, a non-military culture, global sharing, healing the environment, sustainable economies, self-determination, social justice, economic empowerment of the poor, love, compassion in action, going beyond religious fundamentalism, going beyond nationalism-extreme nationalism, culture. -Deepak Chopra

It's alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. -Vladimir Putin

Nobody should have any illusion about the possibility of gaining military superiority over Russia. We will never allow this to happen. -Vladimir Putin

Our military might is the guarantor of Russia's security and independence. -Vladimir Putin

It's not about composition. It's the way you feel about how your objects should relate to each other. I've got lots of African statues and things, and the cleaner arranges them like soldiers, which drives me mad. So I have to rearrange them, and I must drive her mad, because I'm doing anarchy and she's doing military manoeuvres. -David Bailey

I'm worried about the future of America insofar as our academically most promising students are being funneled through the cookie-cutter Ivy League and other elite schools and emerging with this callow anti-American, anti-military cast to their thinking. -Camille Paglia

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. -Julian Assange

All over the world, the barriers between what is inside an organisation and outside an organisation are being smoothed out. In the military, the use of contractors means that what is the military and what is not the military is smoothed out. -Julian Assange

I think it's criminal how little people in the military are paid. These are people out risking their lives, taken away from their families for long periods of time. I think they should be paid dramatically more than they're paid. -Ben Stein

Lincoln made mistakes. Roosevelt made mistakes. Eisenhower made mistakes. The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest intelligence failure in American military history, much bigger than any in Vietnam or now. We didn't know that the Soviets were moving 400,000 or 500,000 troops. We missed it. -Rudy Giuliani

Our safety requires a long-term military presence in the Middle East because that's where the plans to attack us are emanating. -Rudy Giuliani

The military is very constitutionalist, and I have my faith in them and in the cooler heads of the people. -Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

The military is faithful to the constitution. They will come in only to protect the people from the enemies of the state. -Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

After the death of the sadistic dictator Gen. Sanni Abacha in 1998, Nigeria underwent a one-year transitional military administration headed by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, who uncharacteristically bowed out precisely on the promised date for military disengagement. Did the military truly disengage, however? No. -Wole Soyinka

Moving into an unoccupied village when there's no opposition, I don't call that a military victory. -Norman Schwarzkopf

I think any student of military strategy would tell you that in order to attack a position, you should have a ratio of approximately 3 to 1 in favor of the attacker. -Norman Schwarzkopf

I've got to tell you what, the soldier doesn't fight very hard for a leader who is going to shoot him, okay, on his own whim. That's not what military leadership is all about. -Norman Schwarzkopf

As much as we Egyptians treasure our military, acting alone it cannot provide the legitimacy to lay the foundations for democracy. -Mohamed ElBaradei

You don't get the fox to be in charge of the chicken coop. You don't give the outgoing regime – which has been practicing dictatorship, is an authoritarian system, it's a bunch of military people – the task of changing Egypt into a second republic, a new Egypt with democracy, freedom, rights, etc. -Mohamed ElBaradei

When our mothers are alive and healthy, they do extraordinary things… like the mothers of Plaza de Mayo, who marched in Argentinean plazas, defying the military junta dictatorship and demanding the whereabouts of their abducted children… or the Liberian mothers who faced down civil war armed only with T-shirts and courage. -Liya Kebede

I've always been fascinated by the military, the discipline they have and the sacrifices they make to defend the country. It's something I've always been interested in. -Troy Polamalu

'Firewall' seems both scary and protective at the same time. And how often does that happen within one word besides 'military' and 'government?' -Adam McKay

WikiLeaks exposed corruption, war crimes, torture and cover-ups. It showed that we were lied to about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; that the U.S. military had deliberately hidden information about systematic torture and civilian casualties, which were much higher than reported. -Jemima Khan

As for the claim that drone 'pilots' are not engaged in the extinguishing of human life via video games, the military's own term for its drone kills – 'bug splat,' which happens to be the name of a children's video game – and other evidence negates that. -Glenn Greenwald

We know with certainty that the Obama administration has re-defined 'militants' to include any military-age males they kill regardless of whether they were actually doing anything wrong. We know with certainty that the U.S. Government has detained and publicly branded as 'terrorists' people they knew at the time were innocent. -Glenn Greenwald

In North Korea, grass is a vegetable eaten by the people, and they've got nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. So, something more stringent than what's been done to North Korea is going to have to work; otherwise, a military strike is the only option. -Oliver North

I'm a military guy. I'm not a political character. -Oliver North

Spending should be transparent. All spending by the Pentagon should be online. Every check. Exceptions should be made for legitimate national security issues. But military and civilian pay and retirement benefits are not state secrets. This has already been done in many state governments. -Grover Norquist

We have to have a conversation about whether Obama's plan to increase spending to occupy Afghanistan helps make America a safer country, or not. I think at some point, we may decide that we don't have to have that size military and cost footprint in the country. You look at what you want to accomplish, how many soldiers you need. -Grover Norquist

Spending an extra dollar on the D.C. public school system isn't spending an extra dollar on education. Spending an extra dollar with the Pentagon doesn't buy you an extra dollar on defense. Republicans need to look skeptically at military spending. -Grover Norquist

Granddad offered me one hundred dollars if I would cut my mop of curly hair into a neat military style. Just before the wedding, I got a light trim. It wasn't enough for Granddad, and he didn't pay. -David Eisenhower

My biggest hobby is airsoft, which is similar to paintball. Essentially, it's military simulation, but the guns shoot plastic BBs. My friends and I go out in the woods or the desert and play all day long! -Nathan Kress

Pray for someone else's child, your pastor, the military, the police officers, the firemen, the teachers, the government. There's no end to the ways that you can intervene on behalf of others through prayer. -Monica Johnson

Our young immigrants have a lot to offer. They are motivated and hard-working, and in many cases have already contributed significantly to our society – by excelling in school, by volunteering in their communities, or by serving in the military. -Gerald Chertavian

Homer, Hesiod, Pythagoras, Plato, and Cicero, just to name a few, all lived in pagan societies. Some of the greatest political and military leaders of all time, such as Alexander the Great, Pericles of Athens, Hannibal of Carthage, and Julius Caesar of Rome, were all pagans, or else living in a pagan society. -Brendan Myers

Jack Palance was my distant uncle – that's the family gossip. Growing up, my family knew everything about his face getting burned and scarred in the military and how that mutilation led him to become such a famous 'heavy' in films. I prayed for good scars of my own. Not just acne scars. -Chuck Palahniuk

The prison-industrial complex and the military-industrial complex are here with us and are multi-billion dollar enterprises. We can make more money off the kid in Compton if he's a criminal instead of a scholar. It's business. -Henry Rollins

Rich people don't like to be in the military. The shoes are ugly and the uniforms itch. Rich people don't go in much for revolution or terrorism, either. -P. J. O'Rourke

Modern warfare is by no means merely a matter of military operations. Economic affairs stand together with them in the first rank of the factors of importance. -Chiang Kai-shek

Some people might be surprised that 'Rambo's creator has a doctorate in American literature. One of my influences is Henry James, whose major theme is awareness. Whether I'm writing about military personnel, law enforcement, or De Quincey, the persistent theme is paying attention in a hostile world. -David Morrell

For years, the Bush Administration eviscerated all the military and legal structures that were designed to separate the innocent from the guilty in the 'Global War on Terror.' -Alex Gibney

Most of wars or military coups or invasions are done in the name of democracy against democracy. -Eduardo Galeano

The world is becoming an immense military base, and that base is becoming a mental hospital the size of the world. Inside the nuthouse, which ones are crazy? -Eduardo Galeano

I was born in a hurricane in Pensacola, Florida… my dad was in the military, so we moved all over the place. But I consider myself a southerner from Louisiana. I've lived in Texas for most of my adult life. -Kimberly Willis Holt

If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the I.R.A. for it. -Peter T. King

Under Saddam Hussein, the nation of Iraq possessed and used chemical weapons against both their own Kurdish population and Iranian military forces. -Charles B. Rangel

As a Korean War Veteran, I know too well the troubling nature of war. This is why I will always support a diplomatic answer before military intervention. -Charles B. Rangel

Since January 2003, at the height of the debate on the possible unilateral strike against Iraq, I have advocated for a reinstatement of the military draft to ensure a more equitable representation of people making sacrifices in wars in which the United States is engaged. -Charles B. Rangel

Since we replaced the compulsory military draft with an all-volunteer force in 1973, our nation has been making decisions about wars without worry over who fights them. I sincerely believe that reinstating the draft would compel the American public to have a stake in the wars we fight as a nation. -Charles B. Rangel

The War Powers Act requires presidents to seek the consent of the American people, through their representatives, before sending our troops into war. It is the responsibility of Congress to deliberate and consult with the executive branch before involving ourselves in a military conflict. -Charles B. Rangel

By requiring all 30 million Americans age 18 to 25 to perform two years of national service, in the military or civilian life, we will be asking for a shared sacrifice from all American citizens. -Charles B. Rangel

There's no doubt West Point impacted who I am… It has an enormous emphasis, not only on military aspects, but character development. Whether it's the honor code, or the interactions you have, both with the cadet leadership and the academy leadership, every place you are is a character test. -Mike Pompeo

As we celebrate the considerable progress we've made toward full equality in our military, we cannot forget about those who continue to suffer because of the discriminatory policies of our past. -Mark Pocan

One of the primary reasons I first ran for Congress was to be a voice for our troops, veterans and military families. -Kirsten Gillibrand

I went to school on a military base in Germany. I got a lot of my clothes at the army surplus store. -Debby Ryan

The Center for Disease Control started out as the malaria war control board based in Atlanta. Partly because the head of Coke had some people out to his plantation, and they got infected with malaria, and partly 'cause all the military recruits were coming down and having a higher fatality rate from malaria while training than in the field. -Bill Gates

I have lucky boots for military embeds, a lucky scarf for road trips, a lucky handbag, and lucky days of the week. I tap into my gut for 'right' or 'wrong' feelings about such simple things as whether I should go grocery shopping. -Farnaz Fassihi

I have no personal experience in the military. All I know about it is what I've seen in movies and read in books and watched on television. My knowledge is probably no more or no less than the average person's. 'A Brief Encounter with the Enemy' was created by taking bits and pieces from here and there, and then putting my own spin on them. -Said Sayrafiezadeh

I'm a product of a military dictatorship. Under a dictatorship, you cannot trust information or dispense it freely because of censorship. So Brazilians become very flexible in the use of metaphors. They learn to communicate with double meanings. -Vik Muniz

The Chinese, as befits a Communist autocracy, approached the task of dominating the Olympics with top-down military discipline. -Shashi Tharoor

In the military, you learn the essence of people. You see so many examples of self-sacrifice and moral courage. In the rest of life, you don't get that many opportunities to be sure of your friends. -Adam Driver

September 11 happened, and all my friends were like, 'Let's join the military!' and I was the only one who actually did. -Adam Driver

I never played sports or got into the whole guy camaraderie of, like, 'I love you, man! Seniors forever!' So suddenly being in the military with these guys who were under these very heightened circumstances, isolated from their families, living this very kind of Greek lifestyle, it changed my life in a really big way. -Adam Driver

There were definitely dark nights when you're like, 'Maybe joining the military wasn't such a good idea.' But, in a way, it was the best training to be an actor. -Adam Driver

I got my service dog when I was medically retired out of the military, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I wish every medically retired serviceman could have a service dog. He's amazing. He's my best bud. I go everywhere and anywhere with him. -Marcus Luttrell

What I feel most strongly here being in Congress is kind of the burden – the good burden – of representing all of our military. -Duncan D. Hunter

The military is a machine of war. Not a law enforcement agency. -Hank Johnson

No other country in the world does what we do. On every issue, the world turns to us, not simply because of the size of our economy or our military might – but because of the ideals we stand for, and the burdens we bear to advance them. -Barack Obama

Fascism in Uruguay did not begin just with the military coup of 1973, but years before, even when there was still a government with a constitution and parliament. -Jose Mujica

We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those who serve or have served in our country's military, as well as to the families of those individuals. Whether protecting our freedoms in foreign fields or making contributions here at home, the value these men and women bring to the American workforce and our way of life is beyond measure. -Sylvia Mathews Burwell

One of the characteristics of New Labour – and Miliband is irredeemably of that species – is that, in the guise of a new liberal language, it has adopted the age-old default mode of British foreign policy, namely military intervention. -Martin Jacques

The question is not whether Tibet should be independent but the extent of the autonomy that it is allowed. Tibet has been firmly ensconced as part of the Chinese empire since the Qing dynasty's military intervention in Tibet in the early 18th century. -Martin Jacques

In 1975, the Americans suffered a spectacular military defeat at the hands of North Vietnam and the Vietcong, with U.S. helicopters seeking to rescue leading U.S. personnel from the tops of buildings as Vietnamese guerrillas closed in on the centre of Saigon. -Martin Jacques

The U.S. might enjoy overwhelming military advantage, but its relative economic power, which in the long run is almost invariably decisive, is in decline. The interregnum after the Cold War, far from being the prelude to a new American age, was bearing the signs of what is now very visible: the emergence of a multipolar world. -Martin Jacques

Humanity is in my heart. Do I suffer fools? No. Am I a stickler for my profession? Yes. I am a task master? Yes. My military background, football background, I'm a team player all the way, and I love winning. -Isaiah Washington

The Jews invented a portable religion in the shape of the Bible, the Torah, and eventually the Talmud, and with other portable forms of writing. So it's now possible to carry the religion, that is embedded in that writing, away from the ruins of political and military power. -Simon Schama

I did want to be a pilot. I wanted to be a military pilot because I liked airplanes. I was interested in modeling airplanes. -Roman Romanenko

My family didn't have time for me, so I decided to join the Suvorov military academy, which is in St. Petersburg. I spent two years there and studied general military science. At that point, once I graduated, I joined the Chernigov higher education pilot academy. -Roman Romanenko

After I graduated from school, I enrolled in the military college, a cadet school. This is the first stage of military training; it instills discipline and various qualities required for military life. -Roman Romanenko

On 9/11, 2001, the Navy stood at 316 ships. By 2008, after one of the great military buildups in American history, we were at 278 ships and had 49,000 fewer sailors. -Ray Mabus

A nation that honors God will always be honored by God. I've seen nations that have dishonored God: God has been taken out of schools, the government, the military; and when you take Him out of a nation, how can you expect God to protect this nation? -Nick Vujicic

Portishead's production is just insane beats you would expect to be on a KRS-One album. But then there's this little white girl with an angel voice singing over it. It was a cool juxtaposition. I like 'It's A Fire.' That's a chill song with kind of a military drum thing going on, like a drummer boy. -Anders Holm

No one in al-Nahda believes that jihad is a way to impose Islam on the world. But we believe that jihad is self-control, is social and political struggle, and even military jihad is only a way to defend oneself in the case of aggression. -Rashid al-Ghannushi

Dictators, unlike Democrats, depend on a small coterie to sustain their power. These backers, generally drawn from the military, the senior civil service, and family or clan members, have a synergistic relationship with their dictator. The dictator delivers opportunities for them to become rich, and they protect him from being overthrown. -Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Defending against military-strength malware is a real challenge for the computer security industry. Furthermore, the security industry is not global. It is highly focused in just a handful of countries. The rest of the countries rely on foreign security labs to provide their everyday digital security for them. -Mikko Hypponen

Archaeologists gave the military the idea to use aerial photographs for spying and field survey. We are fortunate that the spatial and spectral resolutions of the imagery available to us are so broadly useful for archaeology. -Sarah Parcak

That's the great thing about G.I. Joe: it's essentially superheroes, but it's military based – and it's based in reality. -D. J. Cotrona

The scary thing is a dramatic erosion of American position in the world – its economic, military position, as well as America's influence. Obama is not the man at the wheel desperately trying to conserve American power, influence and wealth. For ideological reasons, he wants the slipping to continue. He's actually the architect of it. -Dinesh D'Souza

The U.S. military was segregated 'til the Korean War, and the blacks in World War Two were totally segregated. -Clint Eastwood

There is nothing that a military machine can do to work a miracle. -Marianne Williamson

In November 2008, the day of the presidential election, Israeli military forces invaded Gaza and killed half a dozen Hamas militants. Well, that was followed by a missile exchange for a couple of weeks in both directions. -Noam Chomsky

In February 2004, the two traditional torturers of Haiti – France and the United States – combined to back a military coup and send President Aristide off to Africa. The U.S. denies him permission to return to the entire region. -Noam Chomsky

The U.S. is just in a class by itself in military expenses. It basically matches the rest of the world, and it's far more advanced. -Noam Chomsky

The good news from the U.S. military survey of focus groups is that Iraqis do accept the Nuremberg principles. They understand that sectarian violence and the other postwar horrors are contained within the supreme international crime committed by the invaders. -Noam Chomsky

The United States is a violent military state. It's been involved in military action all over the place. -Noam Chomsky

The close Turkish-Israeli relations go back to the late 1950s – military intelligence, commercial, more recently, tourism and cultural relations. -Noam Chomsky

Egypt is the second-largest recipient over a long period of U.S. military and economic aid. Israel is first. -Noam Chomsky

If you're worried about the deficit, pay attention to the fact that it's almost all attributable to military spending and the totally dysfunctional health program. -Noam Chomsky

The United States is afraid of China; it is not a military threat to anyone and is the least aggressive of all the major military powers. -Noam Chomsky

Chinese military spending is carefully monitored by the United States. -Noam Chomsky

In 1993, Israel and North Korea were moving towards an agreement in which North Korea would stop sending any missiles or military technology to the Middle East and Israel would recognize that country. President Clinton intervened and blocked it. -Noam Chomsky

Reparations – not just aid – should be provided by those responsible for devastating Iraqi civilian society by cruel sanctions and military actions, and – together with other criminal states – for supporting Saddam Hussein through his worst atrocities and beyond. That is the minimum that honesty requires. -Noam Chomsky

Washington still refuses to provide evidence to support the claims in 1990 that a huge Iraqi military build-up on the Saudi border justified war. -Noam Chomsky

The American claim that the bombing of North Vietnam was directed against military targets does not withstand direct investigation. -Noam Chomsky

U.S. Government propaganda tries to give the impression that aerial bombardment achieves near-surgical accuracy, so that military targets can be destroyed with minimal effect on civilians. Technical documents give a different picture. -Noam Chomsky

The U.S. is not constructing a palatial embassy, by far the largest in the world and virtually a separate city within Baghdad, and pouring money into military bases, with the intention of leaving Iraq to Iraqis. -Noam Chomsky

In the early days of the military Arpanet, my daughter was studying in Nicaragua. Because the U.S. was essentially at war with them, contact was difficult. I managed to use MIT's Arpanet connection, and she found one, so we could communicate thanks to the Pentagon! -Noam Chomsky

U.S. analysts estimate that Russian military expenditures have tripled during the Bush-Putin years, in large measure a predicted reaction to the Bush administration's militancy and aggressiveness. -Noam Chomsky

After the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the Obama administration steadfastly refused to say which element of the U.S. military had participated in the assault. Until Vice President Joe Biden decided to talk about it on national television, that is. -Ben Shapiro

During the Cold War, America undertook serious military cuts only once: after the election of Richard Nixon, during the Vietnam War. The result: Vietnam fell to the Communists, the Russians moved into Afghanistan, and American influence around the globe waned dramatically. -Ben Shapiro

I'd be all for everybody keeping their sidearms if they're in the military and on a military installation. That's something we need to get back to. -Louie Gohmert

We give the military money, it ought to be to kick rears, break things, and come home. -Louie Gohmert

My father was career military. He was a veteran, he was a doctor of political science, he taught at West Point and Air Command Staff and lectured at the War College. -Suzanne Collins

Rank and file Democrats are very patriotic. They love this country and support the military. -Dick Mountjoy

I was a military spouse, and I lived on military pay. It is very difficult to do that. But we do that with honor and with gratitude for the chance to serve this country. -Carol Shea-Porter

As you know, I did not support the United States' engagement in Iraq and have long had concerns about Afghanistan… But I obviously have always been 100 percent supportive of our military. -Kyrsten Sinema

You should never take military intervention off the table. When you do so, you give an out to a rogue nation or rogue actors. -Kyrsten Sinema

Guys think that the military associations of camo are going to make them look tough, as if they might just break out a shotgun and take down a passing duck at any given moment. I'm not so sure. -Russell Smith

If you say to the White House, 'Obama has been very unfriendly to Israel,' they say, 'What do you mean? It's the best military-to-military relationship ever.' And that part is true. -Elliott Abrams

The Egyptian military plays positive and negative roles in Egypt, but the most significant single thing it did under Mubarak was to guarantee an Islamist victory once he left the scene. -Elliott Abrams

The question was never whether the United States, E.U., NATO, Arab League, U.N. Security Council, and African Union could together using economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, and military attacks to bring Qaddafi down. The question was always how much time, how much blood, and what damage to NATO. -Elliott Abrams

The war on drugs is not being won, and it continues to threaten stability and democracy not only in the Andes but throughout the Caribbean as well, where tiny police and military forces are outclassed by the sophisticated equipment in the hands of traffickers passing through the region on the way to their market in this country. -Elliott Abrams

Pinochet took power in a 1973 military coup that the United States supported. -Elliott Abrams

The Egyptian military and the government of Israel have long had a common interest in maintaining order and fighting terrorism in Sinai. -Elliott Abrams

President Obama has never summarized the Obama Doctrine with such clarity, but here is what it would look like: 'I will undertake any military attack against our enemies, regardless of the risks and collateral damage, so long as it is over by the time I have to announce it.' -Elliott Abrams

Barack Obama's military triumphs will come neither in long wars nor even short ones, but in a series of raids. -Elliott Abrams

I first met Kim Dae Jung when he was a Korean dissident whose life was threatened by the military regime ruling in Seoul. I was Ronald Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, and Kim was directed to me because the East Asia Bureau at the State Department had long shunned him. -Elliott Abrams

Obama was late to affirm the Egyptian revolution as a democratic movement, and even then he was eager to have installed those military leaders who were known for their practices of torture. -Judith Butler

Wars without military objectives have a tendency to go on forever. -Virginia Postrel

Consistently rated the most peaceable of all countries in the world by the Global Peace Index, Iceland has reduced its military expenditure to zero, has no armed forces, and has reduced the inequality gap between rich and poor. -Scilla Elworthy

The Air Force has it far worse than the Navy in terms of existential fears, primarily due to the rapid rise and unbelievable dissemination of drones, where seemingly now every military unit has their own miniature air wing of what would have recently passed as toys. -Thomas P.M. Barnett

I don't miss the bureaucracy of being in the Army. But I still love the relationships you can build. And it doesn't have to be in military service – it can be anything you're doing with someone that matters. You develop a bond. -Stanley A. McChrystal

South Korea first allowed women into the military in 1950 during the Korean War. Back then, female soldiers mainly held administrative and support positions. Women began to take on combat roles in the 1990s when the three military academies, exclusive to men, began accepting women. -Kim Young-ha

From the early 1960s to the mid-1980s – the era of military dictatorship when South Korea was rebuilding itself from a postwar economic basket case to a humming, modern nation – military schools were the track of choice for ambitious young men. -Kim Young-ha

The constant movement of a military life can be tough on children. My father was an officer in the army, and I was forced to change elementary schools six times. -Kim Young-ha

A military career offers the stability many South Korean women crave. -Kim Young-ha

Post-military service can be a period of anxiety and uncertainty. So many men and women return and ask themselves: what now? The Labor Department is here to help answer that question with an array of programs designed to clear pathways into the middle class. -Tom Perez

The reality is, is that the military is full of native nomenclature. That's what we would call it. You've got Black Hawk helicopters, Apache Longbow helicopters. You've got Tomahawk missiles. The term used when you leave a military base in a foreign country is to go 'off the reservation, into Indian Country.' -Winona LaDuke

The United States – you know, native people are large landowners, but the military has a huge chunk of our territories. And in those, there are a number of places that are our sacred sites. -Winona LaDuke

If you're going to spend most of your time in your democracy figuring out how to get oil by intervening into other people's countries and insuring that you follow it with military might, we think there's an alternative. Which would be renewable energy. -Winona LaDuke

The president doesn't order the military to seize political opponents. He doesn't order his intelligence community to lie about national security for political purposes. He uses the military or intelligence communities to protect the United States and our citizens, not to help him win elections. -Kathleen Troia McFarland

Reagan won the Cold War by first restoring America's economy and military and then staring down an economically weakened Soviet Union. He knew defeating Russia couldn't be accomplished without laying the groundwork. -Kathleen Troia McFarland

One of the lessons of Vietnam, which we failed to heed in the Iraq war and the Afghanistan surge, is that before you commit U.S. military forces to aid or assist, it is essential to know what you want them to achieve. -Kathleen Troia McFarland

Our military leaders don't seize power in coups; our soldiers and sailors don't go on strike for higher pay or benefits; our armed forces don't weigh in on the political process. In return, Americans have a sacred duty to treat them honorably. -Kathleen Troia McFarland

When I came to New York, I was really awkward. I went to military academy for high school, so I didn't have the socialization that most kids do. When I got here, I was five years behind everybody. Talking to women was weird for me. -Adam Rapp

I was born in Chicago, then I spent most of my youth in Joliet, Illinois which is about thirty minutes south, and I went to a military academy for high school in Wisconsin. Then I went to college, on a basketball scholarship to a small school in Iowa, so I'm like Mr. Midwest. -Adam Rapp

When I was growing up in Virginia, the Civil War was presented to me as glorious with dramatic courage and military honor. Later, I realized how death was central to the reality. It was at the core of women's lives. It's what they talked about most. -Drew Gilpin Faust

There is a great deal of concern in the Chinese military that Taiwan's reunification with China is drifting further and further away. -Rebecca MacKinnon

Trade shows such as the wire tappers' ball are highly secretive and ban journalists from attending. None of the U.S. agencies that attended the wire tappers' ball – including the FBI, the Secret Service, and every branch of the military – were willing to comment when a reporter queried them about their attendance. -Rebecca MacKinnon

I have nothing but contempt for Gadhafi. I'm not a Gadhafi supporter in any way. However, it's not clear to me that it's a vital and compelling national security objective of the United States that we ought to use military force to remove him from power. He's not the only unpleasant and unsavory dictator in the world. -Pat Toomey

There is no question that chemical weapons attacks are a heinous abuse of humanity and power. But to assume that military strikes are an effective retribution for the crime committed is wrong. -Basmah bint Saud

Fighting Maoism isn't like fighting an enemy across the border. They are civilians. The military and paramilitary have been trained to fight the enemy, but these are tribals dwelling in forests. They are also our citizens, whom we have ill-treated. -Kishore Chandra Deo

Air power and military are meant to fight the enemy and not your own citizens… How do you differentiate a Maoist?… It will create a civil war-like situation. -Kishore Chandra Deo

The Pentagon got fed up with its recruits getting ripped off by payday lenders and in 2007 got Congress to make it illegal to extend such loans to members of the military. But civilians remain fair game. -Timothy Noah

The advantage of a market-based national defense is obvious: Every citizen would receive an individualized amount of military protection, based on the value each of us placed on defending the homeland. -Timothy Noah

My dad being an Army officer, I was just born to it. I was raised in a military manner, and it was a given that Army brats went to West Point, so I went to West Point in 1941. And being in the military has been my life. -John Eisenhower

Unlike the Afghans and Iraqis, the South Korean people solidly supported the American military presence, which was part of a United Nations operation. -John Eisenhower

As for Vietnam, what matters is that Kennedy successfully resisted pressure to send anything more than military advisers, a stance that was a likely prelude to complete withdrawal from the conflict. There is solid evidence of his eagerness to end America's military role in that country's civil war. -Robert Dallek

Success in past U.S. conflicts has not been strictly the result of military leadership but rather the judgment of the president in choosing generals and setting broad strategy. -Robert Dallek

Ronald Reagan in foreign affairs, I think, was someone who had certain, very general ideas, general propositions by which he lives: To combat communism, to build up the American military power to assure our national security against any conceivable threat. -Robert Dallek

From the moment he took office in January of 1961, Kennedy had been eager to settle the Cuban problem without overt military action by the United States. -Robert Dallek

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Latin America moved decisively away from military rule and toward civilian democracy. -Stephen Kinzer

Turks have long admired the sultan, Mehmet II, for his military triumphs, especially his capture of Constantinople, now known as Istanbul, in 1453. -Stephen Kinzer

Pakistan is not about to crack down on terror groups or cut its military budget in order to build roads, schools and hospitals. -Stephen Kinzer

Want to depose the government of a poor country with resources? Want to bash Muslims? Want to build support for American military interventions around the world? Want to undermine governments that are raising their people up from poverty because they don't conform to the tastes of Upper West Side intellectuals? Use human rights as your excuse! -Stephen Kinzer

Turkey and Brazil, though half a world apart geographically, have much in common. Both are large countries that spent long years under military dominance, but have broken with that history and made decisive steps towards full democracy. -Stephen Kinzer

Scott Ritter is a very well-known archetype of a certain U.S. military officer. Very hard talking, very ambitious, zealous, and completely consumed with carrying out his mission. He's a guy who, throughout his career, I would say, did not break rules, but he worked around road blocks. -Barton Gellman

South Jersey is home to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, one of the finest military installations in the world, and it was my honor to represent the base and all of those who serve there. -Jon Runyan

I have no military application in my research. You know, we are all involved into rehabilitation medicine. -Miguel Nicolelis

In general, it should be in our interest to get organizations out of military activity and into politics. -Jonas Gahr Store

You put on the military outfit, and it definitely tightens everything up and makes you stand up straighter. -Diego Klattenhoff

I definitely have a strong sense of my Jewish and Israeli identity. I did my two-year military service; I was brought up in a very Jewish, Israeli family environment, so of course my heritage is very important to me. -Gal Gadot

We want peace and development in all 10 states of South Sudan – we don't want military backing. -Ger Duany

Sergeant Bergdahl may have broken any number of military laws. -Alex Berenson

After a generation of misrule under Mr. Hussein, who built a huge military infrastructure while neglecting civilian investment, and a dozen years of United Nations sanctions, Iraq's unemployment rate tops 50 percent. -Alex Berenson

It's outrageous that many enlisted people qualify for food stamps because military salaries are so low. -Patricia Schroeder

In committing an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces to join international Ebola relief efforts in West Africa, President Obama seems to be fulfilling the plans of highly influential progressive groups who seek to transform the American military into more of a social-work organization. -Aaron Klein

Under the Assads, Kurds were forbidden from learning their own language at school, or even from speaking it in the military. The result is a generation of Syrian Kurds, many now in late middle age, who can't write their own language. -Luke Harding

No central planning, no autocratic rule and no military regime can produce what free man can do. -Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

The image of Russian troops pouring into Ukraine and encircling military units in Crimea has been a wake-up call that will reverberate for a generation. -Victor Ponta

Obama was elected on a slogan of hope and change because both were in short supply: the military exhausted by two wars, the banks failing their public trust, the U.S. Congress a comedy of dysfunction, and a federal government that seemed designed to idle on the sidelines. -Nancy Gibbs

After World War I, while France and other Allies were building military defenses modeled on trench warfare, German commanders were shaping a nimble fighting force. -Charles Duhigg

General Atomics, the progenitor of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, started life in 1955 when a major military contractor, General Dynamics, feared that the military hardware market might dry up. It began exploring peacetime uses of atomic energy, but abandoned the effort when cold-war military spending took off. -Charles Duhigg

We should have a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the military, of their sacrifices, of their failures. -Richard Engel

The Israeli military believes it has destroyed all of Hamas's tunnels, or at least all the ones it knew about. -Richard Engel

In the 1990s, Islamists in Algeria won elections like the Brotherhood did in Egypt. The Algerian military refused to allow the Islamists to take power. A war erupted, killing between 100,000 to 200,000 people, depending on which estimates are to be believed. -Richard Engel

Many in the U.S. military believe ISIS needs to be immediately, and repeatedly, smashed by American drones and warplanes. -Richard Engel

The U.S. spent billions of dollars to build a secular, professional national Iraqi army but failed because, despite all the U.S.-supplied guns, tanks and planes, the Iraqi military fell apart when challenged by a band of terrorists. -Richard Engel

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