A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. --John F. Kennedy
"You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once." Robert A. Heinlein from The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
Not exactly quotes, but in a similar vein, I like the following:
In 1966 upon being told that President Charles DeGaulle had taken France out of NATO and that all U.S. Troops must be evacuated off of French soil President Lyndon Johnson mentioned to Secretary of State Dean Rusk that he should ask DeGaulle about the Americans buried in France. Dean implied in his answer that that DeGaulle should not really be asked that in the meeting at which point President Johnson then told Secretary of State Dean Rusk:
"Ask him about the cemeteries Dean!"
That made it into a Presidential Order so he had to ask President DeGaulle.
So at end of the meeting Dean did ask DeGaulle if his order to remove all U.S. troops from French soil also included the 60,000+ soldier buried in France from World War I and World War II.
DeGaulle, embarrassed, got up and left and never answered.
When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire-building by George Bush.
He answered by saying that ..."Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."
It became very quiet in the room.
As reported by By Bill Wundram in the QC Times newspaper March 24, 2003.(Quad City Times)
With all respect to the general, I don't think he'd really want them in front of him, either .... they might make a mess of his formations when their "cheese-eating surrendair meunkeys" run through them, waving their hands in the air and dropping weapons all over the place.
At one time, I had quite a crush on Lazarus Long.