I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
Television is an instrument which can paralyze this country.
Militarily, we succeeded in Vietnam. We won every engagement we were involved in out there.
They're asking women to do impossible things. I don't believe women can carry a pack, live in a foxhole, or go a week without a bath.
This was a type of war that we'd had no experience with before. Some of our policies were kind of trial and error in character.
We have reached an important point when the end begins to come into view.
The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.
We were succeeding. When you looked at specifics, this became a war of attrition. We were winning.
I've made this statement many times: If I would have to do it over again, I would have made known the forthcoming Tet Offensive.
War is fear cloaked in courage.
When the soldiers came home from Vietnam, there were no parades, no celebrations. So they built the Vietnam Memorial for themselves.
We'll blast them back into the stone ages!
I see battlefields that are under 24-hour real or near-real time surveillance of all types. I see battlefields on which we can destroy anything we can locate through instant communications and almost instantaneous application of highly lethal firepower.
As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of the potency of public opinion - and I worried about it.
I don't take criticism lying down.
When I took command in Vietnam, I gave great emphasis to food and medical care - and to the mail
Anytime it was advertised that I was going to be at a particular place, the radicals would be there, the cameras with TV news.
The politicians in Washington just had no idea about the complexity of the situation in South Vietnam.
By the end of the summer of 1973 I thought it was virtually impossible for South Vietnam to survive. How in the heck could they?
It became very clear that Hanoi was in effect strategically running the Viet Cong operation.
The Vietnam memorial is a masterpiece. The names of the dead are listed there, chronologically. Just the names.
The military lead turbulent lives, but they are people like everybody else.
In the end, we lost IndoChina to the communists. But we did not lose Southeast Asia.
I don't think I have been loved by my troops, but I think I have been respected.
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