Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.
If you have a sudden emergency, earthquake, hurricane, you name it, we want to be able to have a National Guard officer able to command federal forces.
We must recognize the chief characteristic of the modern era - a permanent state of what I call violent peace.
Buonaparte has often made his boast that our fleet would be worn out by keeping the sea and that his was kept in order and increasing by staying in port; but know he finds, I fancy, if Emperors hear the truth, that his fleet suffers more in a night than ours in one year.
Firstly you must always implicitly obey orders, without attempting to form any opinion of your own regarding their propriety. Secondly, you must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and thirdly you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.
I entered the navy with the great ambition of becoming a naval soldier and going to war. Either I die from this festering wound - because I refuse to have my arm amputated - or I recover from it and continue being a soldier. I have a one-in-two chance, and I shall bet my life on it!
I've been pretty clear about saying that I think that the No. 1 threat to our national security is our debt. And we've got to get our arms around that and head it in another - head it in the right direction - that we have to pay our fair share of this.
My job is simply to give advice, to be a counselor to our nation's leaders.
I have only one eye, I have a right to be blind sometimes... I really do not see the signal!
Myself, I don't think you will ever get security in the Mideast until you have what on the surface appears to be fair to both sides. You have to have leaders committed to peace, on both sides. One side can't impose a solution.
I think anybody in our - in the, in the national security apparatus has, has got to take full cognizance of their responsibility for the safeguarding of classified information.
And Oliver North was really a good soldier, up to the last moment, shoving memos into the shredder and defending the policy to the end.
From a very strategic level, I believe the military is part of the solution to better outcomes around the world, but at a higher level, it's really about economies.
Japan has always regarded the aircraft carrier as one of the most offensive of armaments.
Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.
Unless more efforts based upon long-range planning are put into military preparations and operations, it will be very hard to win the final victory.
It is like a disease to think that an invincible status has been achieved after being satisfied with the past successful operations.
The single biggest existential threat that's out there, I think, is cyber.
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