More has been screwed up on the battlefield and misunderstood in the Pentagon because of a lack of understanding of the English language than any other single factor.

— John W. Vessey, Jr.

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We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on?


Our strategy is one of preventing war by making it self-evident to our enemies that they're going to get their clocks cleaned if they start one.


We have two companies of MARINES running all over this island and thousands of ARMY troops doing nothing!


My job is to give the president and secretary of defense military advice before they know they need it.


Don't get small units caught in between the forces of history.