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I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service.

John F. Kerry, politician

I was caught up in the hysteria during the Vietnam era, which was brought about through Marxist propaganda underlying the so-called peace movement.

Jon Voight, actor

If John Kerry had a dollar for every time he bragged about serving in Vietnam - oh wait, he does.

Ann Coulter, journalist

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, athlete

Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.

John F. Kennedy, president

The crusades of Vietnam and Watergate seemed like a good idea at the time, even a noble one, not only to the press but perhaps to a majority of Americans.

Howard Fineman, journalist

Any of these Vietnam vets that have been there and know the deal, they don't feel that any Hollywood endeavor about the Vietnam era has ever gotten it right yet.

Sam Elliott, actor

All the wrong people remember Vietnam. I think all the people who remember it should forget it, and all the people who forgot it should remember it.

Michael Herr, journalist

We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.

Ronald Reagan, president

Nixon did have a secret plan, and I knew that it involved making threats of nuclear war to North Vietnam.

Daniel Ellsberg, celebrity

There are two types of courage involved with what I did. When it comes to picking up a rifle, millions of people are capable of doing that, as we see in Iraq or Vietnam. But when it comes to risking their careers, or risking being invited to lunch by the establishment, it turns out that's remarkably rare.

Daniel Ellsberg, celebrity

Every president has to live with the result of what Lyndon Johnson did with Vietnam, when he lost the trust of the American people in the presidency.

Robert Caro, writer

But, you know, I just did a big trip in the spring to Vietnam and Cambodia and Thailand, and that's when I bought a Kindle. I have like 15 books on this one little gizmo. But when I came home, the first night I picked up the book that was on my nightstand and I went right back to that.

Lisa See, writer

My parents demonstrated against the Vietnam war, they were into the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, they started the first vegetarian restaurant in Pittsburgh.

Justin Sane, musician

Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.

William Westmoreland, soldier

I'm not a pacifist. I was very much for the war against Hitler and I also supported the intervention in Korea, but in this war we went in there to steal Vietnam.

Benjamin Spock, scientist

Our purpose in Vietnam is to prevent the success of aggression. It is not conquest, it is not empire, it is not foreign bases, it is not domination. It is, simply put, just to prevent the forceful conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam.

Lyndon B. Johnson, president

Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression of others has increased in Vietnam. There is not, and there will not be, a mindless escalation.

Lyndon B. Johnson, president

No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.

Richard M. Nixon, president

If the Mets can win the World Series, the United States can get out of Vietnam.

Tom Seaver, athlete

There have been two popular subjects for poetry in the last few decades: the Vietnam War and AIDS, about both of which almost all of us have felt deeply.

Thom Gunn,

I had the good fortune to be able to right an injustice that I thought was being heaped on young people by lowering the voting age, where you had young people that were old enough to die in Vietnam but not old enough to vote for their members of Congress that sent them there.

Birch Bayh, politician

Better still - your history has shown how powerful a moral catharsis expressed through popular resistance to injustice can sometimes be; I have in mind the grassroots opposition to the Vietnam War.

Breyten Breytenbach, writer

I got my head bashed in at a demonstration against the Vietnam War. Police were losing control because they were up against a world they really didn't understand.

Terry Gilliam, director

I wasn't for Vietnam. When I told that to the hippie newspaper, all my people got nervous.

Loretta Lynn, musician

My film is not a movie; it's not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam.

Francis Ford Coppola, director

It's shades of Vietnam again, folks: body counts.

Seymour Hersh, journalist

Some people think my father was a spy, because of working for that government agency in Vietnam, but he can't find his car keys, much less keep a national secret.

Lauren Graham, actress

He's a novice, but he's had these - he's experienced in leadership in tight circumstances. He started - he dropped the first bomb, led the first air strike into North Vietnam.

James Stockdale, soldier

It is unconscionable that 10,000 boys have died in Vietnam. If 10,000 American women had mind enough they could end the war, if they were committed to the task, even if it meant going to jail.

Jeannette Rankin, politician

We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, politician

I'm happy that I'm alive. I feel like someone coming back from Vietnam, you know; I'm sure that later on I'll start killing people in a square somewhere, but right now, I just feel happy to be alive.

Lars von Trier, director

In revealing the workings of government that led to the Vietnam War, the newspapers nobly did precisely that which the Founders hoped and trusted they would do.

Hugo Black, judge

I'm not so sure that people consider homelessness to be as important as, say, the Vietnam War. One should never even try to equate them because, of course, they're tragedies on both sides of the coin.

Graham Nash, musician

I'm not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I'm going to say I'm opposed to war. But I'm also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights.

John Wooden, coach

To me, Columbine is just as awful as Vietnam, and it's just as awful as anything else.

Marilyn Manson, musician

It doesn't require any particular bravery to stand on the floor of the Senate and urge our boys in Vietnam to fight harder, and if this war mushrooms into a major conflict and a hundred thousand young Americans are killed, it won't be U. S. Senators who die. It will be American soldiers who are too young to qualify for the senate.

George McGovern, politician

This is the voice of Vietnam Broadcasting from Hanoi, capitol of the Democratic republic of Vietnam.

Hanoi Hannah, celebrity

Because the GIs were sent massively to South Vietnam, maybe it's a good idea to have a broadcast for them.

Hanoi Hannah, celebrity

The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It's over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam.

J. G. Ballard, author

John Kerry's service did not end in Vietnam. It began there.

Max Cleland, politician

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.

Zack Wamp, politician

In Vietnam we have no political prisoners. No one is arrested or jailed for his or her speech or point of view. They are put in jail because they violated the law.

Nong Duc Manh, politician

The brave men who died in Vietnam, more than 100% of which were black, were the ultimate sacrifice.

Marion Berry, politician

Forty years ago this country went down a rabbit hole in Vietnam and millions died. I fear we're going down a rabbit hole once again - and if people can stop and think and reflect on some of the ideas and issues in this movie, perhaps I've done some damn good here!

Errol Morris, director

I felt just overwhelmed by input: the Vietnam war and the collapse of the '60s and the proliferation of media' it just felt like everything was too much to handle and you just tuned out.

Richard Hell, musician

Certainly the Australians were buried in Korea. But I think that from Vietnam on, all the killed were brought home to America or to Australia, in our case.

Peter Scott, artist

Fonda was neither wrong nor unconscionable in what she said and did in North Vietnam.

Tom Hayden, politician

Vietnam was as much a laboratory experiment as a war.

John Pilger, journalist

The Vietnam War was happening, but Lubbock was... They put a pinch on it.

Bob Livingston, politician

I think Operation Smile is in more than 22 countries, mostly Third World. It just happened that my schedule opened up at the time they were heading to Vietnam.

Roma Downey, actress

I wrote a novel about the combat experiences I didn't have in Vietnam.

Tracy Kidder, author

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 Odom, soldier

Back then when Chomsky and Herman wrote, the left, myself among them, all knew that something terrible was happening in Vietnam, though most now claim to remember otherwise.

James Donald, actor

We should bomb Vietnam back into the stone age.

Curtis LeMay, soldier

I went to Vietnam; it was my first assignment as a reporter for the UPI, and I never could get away from the war.

Neil Sheehan, journalist

These men were wrongfully rejected, the veterans. The fighting man should never have been blamed for Vietnam.

Neil Sheehan, journalist

At least I'm at peace with myself. I have done my best to write a book about what really happened there and why it happened and it's done, it's published. I won't write another book on Vietnam.

Neil Sheehan, journalist

Because our homeland and very survival are once more at stake, the American people can't afford to treat this new war against terrorism like they did Vietnam.

David Hackworth, soldier

Hollywood never knew there was a Vietnam War until they made the movie.

Jerry Stiller, comedian

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 Kirby, scientist

My opposition to the Vietnam War. I was the first Hollywood actor to speak out against it.

Robert Vaughn, actor

I remember being a kid and the Vietnam War was huge and looking at Watergate.

David Cross, actor

Millions also perished in the Chinese camps, and there have been terrible genocides in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, politician

I couldn't be happier that President Bush has stood up for having served in the National Guard, because I can finally put an end to all those who questioned my motives for enlisting in the Army Reserve at the height of the Vietnam War.

Larry David, actor

I would say that the Pentagon Papers case of 1971 - in which the government tried to block the The New York Times and The Washington Post that they obtained from a secret study of how we got involved in the war in Vietnam - that is probably the most important case.

Floyd Abrams, lawyer

Everybody respects the Vietnam Veterans of America.

R. Lee Ermey, soldier

We managed to put together a compilation that had some creativity to it. In the meantime I was listening to the free radio stations and I noticed that during their war coverage they were playing these songs born out of the Vietnam War that were all critical of the soldiers.

Joni Mitchell, musician

What are we blaming? Is this Vietnam? We made a movie, it didn't make much money. I'm gonna be really happy if somebody watches it in 10 years' time and really enjoys it.

Kevin Costner, actor

Back in the old Corp, we weren't training those privates to infiltrate into the peacetime Marine Corp. We were training those privates to go to Vietnam.

R. Lee Ermey, soldier

Philadelphia reflected the national turmoil over race and the Vietnam War, often exploding on my watch.

Andrea Mitchell, journalist

When it came to political power, blacks need not apply. Add to this steaming stew the growing tensions over the Vietnam War and the movement for civil rights, and you had plenty of elements to fire the imagination of a novice journalist.

Andrea Mitchell, journalist

In point of fact all Americans are automatically turned down by China these days because of the escalation of Johnson's war in Vietnam, which several times has intruded into China.

Anna Louise Strong, journalist

Under this scientific and moral pressure, the Canadian government conceded publicly that the use of these weapons in Vietnam was, in their view, a contravention of the Geneva Protocol.

John Charles Polanyi, scientist

You don't attack the grunts of Vietnam; you blame the theory behind the war. Nobody who fought in that war was at fault. It was the war itself that was at fault. It's the same thing with psychotherapy.

James Hillman, psychologist

It was definitely a part of our life. I mean, my mom had both her brothers and her fiancee in Vietnam at the same time, so it wasn't just my dad's story, it was my mom's story too. And we definitely grew up listening to the stories.

Vanessa Kerry, celebrity

If the war has faded into history, democracy's defeat in Vietnam has left deep marks in the consciousness of both nations.

Nguyen Cao Ky, politician

After the 1954 Geneva international conference, Vietnam was divided into two parts. On paper, North and South Vietnam were twin countries born at the same moment.

Nguyen Cao Ky, politician

From its inception, South Vietnam was only considered to be an outpost in the war against communism.

Nguyen Cao Ky, politician

After Watergate, America was a ship without a rudder. Vietnam was left to its own devices, drifting along towards its fate.

Nguyen Cao Ky, politician

Had there been a reporter along with Lieutenant Calley when he massacred those people in Vietnam, I think that probably wouldn't have happened.

Bob Schieffer, journalist

South Vietnam had to be built from scratch and, from the very beginning, depended far too much on the Western superpowers. As in the case of a person on public welfare, this dependency, which became greater with each day, was quite difficult to shake.

Nguyen Cao Ky, politician

By the mid-sixties, the United States had poured more than half a million troops into South Vietnam.

Nguyen Cao Ky, politician

I'd like President Bush to think maybe there's another way to think, that maybe Kissinger was wrong when he says we had to go in there because he was wrong about Vietnam.

F. Murray Abraham, actor

It seems to me the American people never really forgave the Democrats for being right about Vietnam.

Paul Begala, journalist

So one important lesson of Vietnam is, the first casualty of an unwise and unjust war are the American troops called on to fight it. Their service should be honored.

Paul Begala, journalist

Emmy Lou Harris introduced me to the work of the Vietnam Veterans of America foundation and the Campaign for a Land Mine Free World.

Mary Chapin Carpenter, musician

I remember the day I found out my draft status. I was really floored and kind of staggered around in a daze. It just hadn't occurred to me that I could end up in Vietnam.

Parker Stevenson, actor

The US military still blames the media for stories and images that turned the American public against the war in Vietnam.

Bruce Jackson, public servant

Vietnam is often called our only uncensored war, but that only means that the government wasn't vetting the pictures and words.

Bruce Jackson, public servant

Well, I think everybody's a little jealous of the Vietnam Wall, even people from wars that already have good monuments. You have a monument like the Wall and nobody ever forgets your war, you can bet on that.

Bruce Jackson, public servant

I believe Johnson understood that the reason was Vietnam. I also believe that he felt that if there was a way to communicate the real issues in Vietnam, that the reasons would be answered or understood. But there was just no way to communicate.

Lew Wasserman, producer

It seems to be that when these communist regimes take over - if you look at the example of Vietnam or Cambodia or Nicaragua - that even in conditions of peace they don't seem to be able to figure out how to support their people, and the human suffering is enormous.

John Negroponte, diplomat

Your generation and mine have had very little real experience; we've been severed from the direct experience of war by some very good things. By the end of the draft, and by the defeat in Vietnam.

Michael Ignatieff, politician

During the Fifties, political and military activities in Vietnam were heavily influenced by the French, who as recent colonial masters, made all-important decisions.

Nguyen Cao Ky, politician

It's not right to say that our loss in Vietnam turned out to be a gain. But lessons were learned. And they were the right lessons.

Tom Clancy, novelist

Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam.

Marshall McLuhan, philosopher

When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner.

Lyndon B. Johnson, president

The consequences of President Johnson's campaign of deliberate deception regarding Vietnam could hardly have been more catastrophic for the nation, the military, the president, his party, and the presidency itself.

Eric Alterman, writer

God willing, the occupation forces will be driven out as happened in Vietnam.

Muqtada al Sadr, clergyman

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