“They [senior members of al Qaeda] are dead. They just don’t know it yet.” -Unnamed US official, NYT, 10-10-01.
“On my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. These carefully targeted actions are designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations and to attack the military capability of the Taliban regime.” -President Bush, address to the nation, 10-7-01.
“No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country.
He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”
– Attributed to General George Patton Jr
“Terrorism is a cancer on the human condition, and we intend to oppose it wherever it is.” – Donald Rumsfeld, statement, 10-7-01.
“I want to remind you that while today’s operations are visible, many other operations may not be so visible. But visible or not, our friends and enemies should understand that all instruments of our national power, as well as those of our friends and allies around the world, are being brought to bear on this global menace.” -Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, DOD briefing, 10-7-01.
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done — Ronald Reagan
“Four simple words describe our mission: global strike, precision engagement. It’s exactly on the other side of the globe from Missouri. It’s a long way.” -Brig. Gen. Anthony F. Przybyslawski, commander of B-2 force at Whiteman AFB, Mo., NYT, 10-11-01.
“To all the men and women in our military, … I say this: Your mission is defined; your objectives are clear; your goal is just. You have my full confidence, and you will have every tool you need to carry out your duty.” -Bush, address to the nation, 10-7-01.
“War is an art and as such is not susceptible of explanation by fixed formula”
– General George Patton Jr
“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because it is the quality that guarantees all others”
– Sir Winston S. Churchill
“To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men”
– Attributed to Abraham Lincoln
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