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date: 15 April 2024

Vietnam War 

  1. I ain't got no quarrel with the Viet Cong.
    refusing to be drafted to fight in Vietnam
    Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) 1942–2016 American boxer: at a press conference in Miami, Florida, February 1966
  2. Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?
    Anonymous: anti-Vietnam marching slogan, 1960s
  3. It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.
    statement by unidentified US Army Major, referring to Ben Tre in Vietnam
    Anonymous: in Associated Press Report, New York Times 8 February 1968
  4. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like victory.
    Francis Ford Coppola 1939–  American film director, writer, and producer: Apocalypse Now (1979 film, with John Milius); spoken by Robert Duvall
  5. Kissinger brought peace to Vietnam the same way Napoleon brought peace to Europe: by losing.
    Joseph Heller 1923–99 American novelist: Good as Gold (1979)
  6. We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10,000 miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.
    Lyndon Baines Johnson 1908–73 American Democratic statesman, 36th President 1963–9: speech at Akron University, 21 October 1964; see Roosevelt
  7. If I've lost Walter Cronkite I've lost Mr Average Citizen.
    in 1968, after hearing Walter Cronkite's comment on the position in Vietnam (now often quoted as ‘…I've lost the country’); see Cronkite
    Lyndon Baines Johnson 1908–73 American Democratic statesman, 36th President 1963–9: to his press secretary George Christian; reported in D. Halberstam The Powers That Be (1979)
  8. They've got to draw in their horns and stop their aggression, or we're going to bomb them back into the Stone Age.
    on the North Vietnamese
    Curtis E. LeMay 1906–90 American Air Force officer: Mission with LeMay (1965)
  9. Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America—not the battlefields of Vietnam.
    Marshall McLuhan 1911–80 Canadian communications scholar: in Montreal Gazette 16 May 1975
  10. I don't object to it's being called ‘McNamara's War’…It is a very important war and I am pleased to be identified with it and do whatever I can to win it.
    Robert McNamara 1916–2009 American Democratic politician: in New York Times 25 April 1964
  11. We…acted according to what we thought were the principles and traditions of this nation. We were wrong. We were terribly wrong.
    of the conduct of the Vietnam War by the Kennedy and Johnson administrations
    Robert McNamara 1916–2009 American Democratic politician: in Daily Telegraph (electronic edition) 10 April 1995
  12. Let us understand: North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that.
    Richard Milhous Nixon 1913–94 American Republican statesman, 37th President 1969–74: broadcast, 3 November 1969