Bumper-sticker patriotism is no way to honor our veterans.
How different the new order would be if we could consult the veteran
instead of the politician.
If you can't afford to take care of your veterans, then don't go to war.
These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about. We have a moral
obligation to support them.
An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still, there are
things worth fighting for.
-H. Norman Schwartzkopf, Jr.
At the core, the American citizen soldiers knew the difference between
right and wrong, and they didn't want to live in a world in which wrong
prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to
be born, must be forever profoundly grateful.
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has
seen its brutality, its stupidity.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
I only trust sad soldiers, as I only trust sad revolutionaries.
Enthusiastic ones are always out to get someone.
-William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who gives us freedom of speech. It is
the soldier, not the reporter, who gives us freedom of the press. It is
the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who serves beneath the flag, who salutes the flag, and
whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives the demonstrator the right
to burn the flag.
Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
The flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.
-Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler USMC
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him,
but because he loves what is behind him.
These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the
sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their
country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man
Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many
battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not
be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.
-Ulysses S. Grant
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the
captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
When Hitler declared war on the United States, he was betting that
German soldiers, raised up in the Hitler Youth, would always out fight
American soldiers, brought up in the Boy Scouts. He lost that bet. The
Boy Scouts had been taught how to figure their way out of their own
Why, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or
the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together-what do you
get? The sum of their fears.