General William Westmoreland Quotes

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  • Anytime it was advertised that I was going to be at a particular place, the radicals would be there, the cameras with TV news.
  • As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of the potency of public opinion – and I worried about it.
  • 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.
  • I don’t take criticism lying down.
  • I don’t think I have been loved by my troops, but I think I have been respected.
  • 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.
  • In the end, we lost IndoChina to the communists. But we did not lose Southeast Asia.
  • Militarily, we succeeded in Vietnam. We won every engagement we were involved in out there.
  • President Johnson did not want the Vietnam War to broaden. He wanted the North Vietnamese to leave their brothers in the South alone.
  • The last man in the world who should have been criticized was the American soldier. They should have criticized me.
  • The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.
  • The Vietnam memorial is a masterpiece. The names of the dead are listed there, chronologically. Just the names.
  • 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.
  • Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
  • 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.
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