“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” –Benjamin Franklin
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."
"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." (James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 at 243-244)
"Retreat, hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different direction." -Maj General Oliver P. Smith, December, 1950 Korea
"I divide my officers into four groups. There are clever, diligent, stupid, and lazy officers. Usually two characteristics are combined. Some are clever and diligent -- their place is the General Staff. The next lot are stupid and lazy -- they make up 90 percent of every army and are suited to routine duties. Anyone who is both clever and lazy is qualified for the highest leadership duties, because he possesses the intellectual clarity and the composure necessary for difficult decisions. One must beware of anyone who is stupid and diligent -- he must not be entrusted with any responsibility because he will always cause only mischief." -Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord, German Reichswehr Chief-of-Army-High-Command, October 17, 1933.
"Hell, these are Marines. Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima; Baghdad ain't shit."
-Major General John Kelly; 1st Light Armored Recon. Operation: Iraqi Freedom
"Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling.... You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."
—Gen. James Mattis, USMC, Speech in San Diego, 2005
"I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all."
—Gen. James Mattis, USMC, Message to the Iraqi tribal leaders
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