Short Excerpts and Quotes

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.                                                    
Dr. Benjamin Spock

 

Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. If America's soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read Vietnam.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
 



One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society...shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.

Martin Luther King, Jr. 


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

General William Westmoreland

                                                                                                      

This war in Vietnam is, I believe, a war for civilization. Certainly it is not a war of our seeking. It is a war thrust upon us and we cannot yield to tyranny.

Francis Cardinal Spellman


This war in Vietnam is, I believe, a war for civilization. Certainly it is not a war of our seeking. It is a war thrust upon us and we cannot yield to tyranny.

Arthur J. Goldberg

                                                                                                                          

It [the war in Vietnam] poisons everything. It has disrupted the economy, envenomed our politics, hurt the alliance, divided our people, and now it is interfering with this critical question of the arms race.

James Reston

If, when the chips are down, the world's most powerful nation, the United States of America, acts like a pitiful, helpless giant, the forces of totalitarianism and anarchy will threaten free nations and free institutions throughout the world.

Richard M. Nixon

 

I would rather be a one-term President and do what I believe is right than to be a two-term President at the cost of seeing America become a second-rate power and to see this Nation accept the first defeat in its proud 190-year history.

Richard M. Nixon

                                                                                                                            

The Vietnamese people deeply love independence, freedom and peace. But in the face of United States aggression they have risen up, united as one man.

Ho Chi Minh to the French, late 1940s
 

We have forgotten that Vietnam, and Iraq resent being invaded and know the ground better than we do.

Wendell Berry
 

If we were not in Vietnam, that part of the world would be enjoying the obscurity it so richly deserves.

John Kenneth Galbraith
 

Within the soul of each Vietnam veteran there is probably something that says "Bad war, good soldier." Only now are Americans beginning to separate the war from the warrior.

Max Cleland

Vietnam was as much a laboratory experiment as a war.

John Pilger