Norman Schwarzkopf quotes
It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
I hate war. Absolutely, I hate war.
For the entire first part of my career, I prided myself on being unflappable even in the most chaotic of circumstances.
A great deal of the capability of an army is its dedication to its cause and its will to fight. You can have the best equipment in the world, you can have the largest numbers in the world, but, if you're not dedicated to your cause, if you don't have the will to fight, then, you are not going to have a very good army.
Moving into an unoccupied village when there's no opposition, I don't call that a military victory.
Particularly when you're dealing with very high ranking people, you know, you have to get their attention, they are used to, by their rank, of having their own way and doing their own thing and when it's necessary to all work together on something, sometimes you have to hit the mule between the eyes with a two by four to get its attention.
Had we taken all of Iraq, we would have been like a dinosaur in the tar pit - we would still be there, and we, not the United Nations, would be bearing the costs of that occupation.
He is neither a strategist nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general. Other than that he's a great military man.
I saw Kuwait many times before the war. I remember it as a beautiful place, full of very nice people, and it's a tragedy to see that somebody could set out to deliberately destroy a country the way the Iraqis have.
What is postwar Iraq going to look like, with the Kurds and the Sunnis and the Shiites? That's a huge question, to my mind.
As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he's a great military man, I want you to know that.
It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
The Right Thing
Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.
As young West Point cadets, our motto was 'duty, honor, country.' But it was in the field, from the rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the sands of the Middle East, that I learned that motto's fullest meaning. There I saw gallant young Americans of every race, creed and background fight, and sometimes die, for 'duty, honor, and their country.'
What people don't understand is this is something that we only have in America. There is no other country in the world where the ordinary citizen can go out and enjoy hunting and fishing. There's no other nation in the world where that happens. And it's very much a part of our heritage.
This gulf war syndrome thing is truly unfortunate, and I've met some of the vets who have this. These are my guys, and I feel terrible about it.
I do not want to be a pawn in a political campaign.
Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion.
You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.
True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that's what courage is.
The fun of fishing is catching 'em, not killing 'em.
I've managed to convince my wife that somewhere in the Bible it says, 'Man cannot have too many shotguns and fishing poles.'
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
I do hunt, and I do fish, and I don't apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing.
The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.