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    America is not fighting to win a war. We are fighting to give an application to an old Greek proverb, which is that the purpose of war is not to annihilate an enemy but to get him to mend his ways. And we are confident we can get the enemy to mend his.

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First thing I killed was no kind of thing at all. It was an enemy soldier. Which is a hell read more

First thing I killed was no kind of thing at all. It was an enemy soldier. Which is a hell of a lot easier to say, than the first thing I ever killed was a man.

by Steve Mason Found in: Vietnam Quotes,
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If we were not in Vietnam, all that part of the world would be enjoying the obscurity it so richly read more

If we were not in Vietnam, all that part of the world would be enjoying the obscurity it so richly deserves.

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If, when the chips are down, the world's most powerful nation, the United States of America, acts like a pitiful, read more

If, when the chips are down, the world's most powerful nation, the United States of America, acts like a pitiful, helpless giant, the forces of totalitarianism and anarchy will threaten free nations and free institutions throughout the world.

by Richard M. Nixon Found in: Vietnam Quotes,
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I defended him [John McCain] in those hearings when some stupid-ass right-wing idiot accused him of being the Manchurian Candidate, read more

I defended him [John McCain] in those hearings when some stupid-ass right-wing idiot accused him of being the Manchurian Candidate, that somehow the Vietnamese had brainwashed him. This is the most unbelievably callous, degrading, nonsensical piece of crap I've ever heard in my life, coming from some chicken hawk out there, to hurl at somebody who spent as long as he did being tortured and standing up for his country, and caring about it as much as he did. It's incredible that people would behave like that, absolutely stunning.

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It [the war in Vietnam] poisons everything. It has disrupted the economy, envenomed our politics, hurt the alliance, divided our read more

It [the war in Vietnam] poisons everything. It has disrupted the economy, envenomed our politics, hurt the alliance, divided our people, and now it is interfering with this critical question of the arms race.

by James Reston Found in: Vietnam Quotes,
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Someone has to die so that President Nixon won't be, and these are his words, 'the first President to lose read more

Someone has to die so that President Nixon won't be, and these are his words, 'the first President to lose a war.

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I deplore this kind of politics. I think the ad is dishonest and dishonorable. As it is, none of these read more

I deplore this kind of politics. I think the ad is dishonest and dishonorable. As it is, none of these individuals served on the boat (Kerry) commanded. Many of his crew have testified to his courage under fire. I think John Kerry served honorably in Vietnam.

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I would rather be a one-term President and do what I believe is right than to be a two-term President read more

I would rather be a one-term President and do what I believe is right than to be a two-term President at the cost of seeing America become a second-rate power and to see this Nation accept the first defeat in its proud 190-year history.

by Richard M. Nixon Found in: Vietnam Quotes,
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The Vietnamese people deeply love independence, freedom and peace. But in the face of United States aggression they have risen read more

The Vietnamese people deeply love independence, freedom and peace. But in the face of United States aggression they have risen up, united as one man.

by Ho Chi Minh Found in: Vietnam Quotes,
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