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    The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border of Afghanistan, I wrote to President Jimmy Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    The United States can certainly defeat North Vietnam, but the United States cannot defeat a guerrilla war which is being raged from a sanctuary through a pattern of penetration, intervention, evasion, which is very difficult for a technologically advanced country like the United States to combat.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: war  vietnam 
     
    Thank you for the sacrifices you and your families are making. Our Vietnam Veterans have taught us that no matter what are positions may be on policy, as Americans and patriots, we must support all of our soldiers with our thoughts and our prayers.
    — Zach Wamp
    In April 1975 I was born and the Vietnam War ended. I could not let any American die in war before seeing an episode of Scrubs.
    — Zach Braff
    tags: seeing  die  war  vietnam  american  april 
     
    If John McCain were really a war hero he would've won Vietnam.
    — Zach Braff
    tags: hero  war  vietnam 
     
    Vietnam helped me to look at the horror and terror in the hearts of people and realize how we can't aim guns and set booby traps for people we have never spoken a word to. That kind of impersonal violence mystifies me.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    It took me 14 years to write poems about Vietnam. I had never thought about writing about it, and in a way I had been systematically writing around it.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    I get very sad when I think about Vietnam where there seems to be no choice but violence. This violence goes on for centuries perpetuating itself.
    — Yoko Ono
    tags: sad  choice  violence  vietnam 
     
    In the '60s we fought for peace, when the Vietnam war was on. We were against the cops and against the politicians, and there was a lot of waving banners and all that. And I think in a way, just as they were enjoying that machoism of war, we were enjoying the machismo of being anti-war, you know?
    — Yoko Ono
    tags: peace  war  vietnam 
     
    Before we put an American in harm's way, tell us why. No one wants to see the region descend into further chaos. There's a lot of concern about getting embroiled in another Vietnam and ... about sending American troops once again to fight someone else's war.
    — Xavier Becerra
    tags: fight  chaos  war  vietnam  american 
     
    Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world. It's not the home-run hitters.
    — Willie Stargell
    tags: world  true  hero  vietnam 
     
    The Vietnam memorial is a masterpiece. The names of the dead are listed there, chronologically. Just the names.
    — William Westmoreland
    tags: vietnam 
     
    The politicians in Washington just had no idea about the complexity of the situation in South Vietnam.
    — William Westmoreland
    tags: ideas  vietnam 
     
    When I took command in Vietnam, I gave great emphasis to food and medical care - and to the mail
    — William Westmoreland
    tags: food  care  vietnam 
     
    As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of the potency of public opinion - and I worried about it.
    — William Westmoreland
    tags: opinion  vietnam 
     
    When the soldiers came home from Vietnam, there were no parades, no celebrations. So they built the Vietnam Memorial for themselves.
    — William Westmoreland
    tags: vietnam 
     
    Militarily, we succeeded in Vietnam. We won every engagement we were involved in out there.
    — William Westmoreland
    tags: vietnam 
     
    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.
    — William Westmoreland
    tags: enemies  men  believe  enemy  war  vietnam 
     
    By the end of the summer of 1973 I thought it was virtually impossible for South Vietnam to survive. How in the heck could they?
    — William Westmoreland
    President Johnson did not want the Vietnam War to broaden. He wanted the North Vietnamese to leave their brothers in the South alone.
    — William Westmoreland
    tags: alone  war  vietnam 
     
    Today [ Sun Tzu] ideas are not widely applied, at least among Islamic dissidents, whose profligate use of indiscriminate terrorism appears to limit the appeal of their ideas rather than to "win hearts and minds," as the Vietminh and the National Liberation Front did in Vietnam so many decades ago.
    — William J. Duiker
    In the longer term, I hope that as Vietnam evolves into a more prosperous society with active ties to the international marketplace, it will lose its inherent suspicion of the outside world and begin to develop along the lines of what has recently been happening in Thailand and Malaysia.
    — William J. Duiker
    tags: society  world  hope  vietnam 
     
    I would hazard the statement that in the broad sense [Ho Chi Minh's] ideas had triumphed, since the communist victory in Vietnam was a consequence of political, diplomatic, and psychological factors more than military ones. That is a tribute to the ideas that he introduced in his life and thought.
    — William J. Duiker
    When I first came to Washington in the 1960s, even at the height of the Vietnam War, until the end there in '68 there was a certain climate of cooperation. And then in the late sixties and in through the seventies, politics began getting more mean. And then from the eighties on it seemed to be institutionalized, this personal attack business. And I just hate it.
    — William J. Clinton
    What really happened in Vietnam was- all these things are away games for the American military. We're not on our home turf, which means to succeed there has to be a partner. And the definition of partnership is someone willing to risk their lives in their home area to prevail because they think it's necessary to build a decent life and a better life for their people.
    — William J. Clinton
    They told me if I voted for Goldwater, he would get us into a war in Vietnam. Well, I voted for Goldwater and that's what happened.
    — William F. Buckley, Jr.
    tags: war  vietnam 
     
    I remember serving in Vietnam in that war, and many of us at the major Lieutenant Colonel, colonel level were frustrated that no one in the U.S. wanted to debate it that way.
    — William Eldridge Odom
    tags: war  vietnam 
     
    East Asia has prospered since the end of the Vietnam War, and Northeast Asia has prospered since the end of the Korean War in a way that seems unimaginable when you think of the history of the first half of the century.
    — William C. Kirby
    tags: war  vietnam 
     
    Unlike most wars, which make rotten fiction in themselves - all plot and no characters, or made-up characters - Vietnam seems to be the perfect mix: the characters make the war, and the war unmakes the characters. The gods, fates, furies had a relatively small hand in it. The mess was man-made, a synthetic, by think tank out of briefing session.
    — Wilfrid Sheed
    tags: character  fate  god  war  fiction  vietnam 
     
    We learned some bad things, and the Vietnam War led to some bad conclusions. We're not the greatest generation, that's for sure.
    — Whit Stillman
    tags: bad  war  vietnam 
     
    Actually when I was wounded and recovering in Japan. I went to church there and I remember on the air base where their hospital was, I remember coming out of that church and feeling like I had been - at that point I just felt very, very close to God and that I'd done the right thing with my life. And I knew I wasn't going back to Vietnam. I just knew I wasn't going back.
    — Wesley Clark
    tags: right  god  church  vietnam 
     
    There was a generation of kids who were just kind of emulating distant heroes and wearing peace symbols, and parents who were thinking of themselves as liberal and removed from barbarity, but it also was the era of Vietnam. I very much was influenced - and I think the whole country was kind of in a state of shock - for the first time seeing the horror and cruelty of war.
    — Wes Craven
    I wrote, I think, half a dozen films that were completely out of genre. Comedies, love stories, even one serious film about Vietnam, and we couldn't get backing for any of it. And we both sort of drifted from making, at that time, serious money on Last House to going through it all in the course of almost three years and only getting offers to do something scary again.
    — Wes Craven
    tags: time  comedy  film  stories  money  vietnam  year 
     
    We have forgotten that Vietnam, and Iraq resent being invaded and know the ground better than we do.
    — Wendell Berry
    tags: vietnam 
     
    I'm old and crazy, but I still give a damn. And I still think the boys got screwed over in Vietnam.
    — Waylon Jennings
    tags: crazy  boys  vietnam 
     
    One of the lessons learned during the Vietnam War was that the depiction of wounded soldiers, of coffins stacked higher than their living guards, had a negative effect on the viewing public. The military in Iraq specifically banned the photographing of wounded soldiers and coffins, thus sanitizing this terrible and bloody conflict.
    — Walter Dean Myers
    It seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.
    — Walter Cronkite
    I want to make sure that the Coast Guard people in Vietnam know that I am hearing about them often and that I am pleased with what I hear.
    — Wallace M. Greene
    tags: people  vietnam 
     
    It's a weird scene. You win a few baseball games and all of a sudden you're surrounded by reporters and TV men with cameras asking you about Vietnam and race relations.
    — Vida Blue
    tags: men  games  race  baseball  vietnam 
     
    For over ten years, bombs rained down on every village and hamlet in South Vietnam, and no one budged. It took the coming of a Communist 'peace' to send hundreds of thousands of people out into the South China Sea, on anything that could float, or might float, to risk dehydration, piracy, drowning . . .
    — Vernon A. Walters
    tags: peace  people  risk  vietnam  year 
     
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