Quotes February 16, 2018

When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines and the Army had written the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 enemy divisions. The Marines made it out inflicting the highest casualty ratio on an enemy in history and destroying 7 entire enemy divisions in the process. An enemy division is 16500+ men while a Marine division is 12500 men.
(All I can say, is I’m Glad to be an American.)
Attributed to Ronald Reagan
Onward we stagger, and if the tanks come, may God help the tanks.
Col. William O. Darby, U.S. Rangers
We are going to find a solution to the Middle East conflict as soon as the Arabs agrees with us.
Moshe Dayan, Israeli Minister of Defense during the Six day War (1967)
Men are basically smart or dumb and lazy or ambitious. The dumb and ambitious ones are dangerous and I get rid of them. The dumb and lazy ones I give mundane duties. The smart ambitious ones I put on my staff. The smart and lazy ones I make my commanders.
Attributed to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel,
on how he selects officers for staff and command.
The Pope! how many divisions has he got?
In 1935, a French visitor asked Soviet leader Josef Stalin if he thought Pope Pius XI might prove to be an ally.
We have gained a valuable insight into the Russian soul.
It will be most educational – if we don’t die of it.
King Charles of Sweden regarding the Great Northern War, in which Peter the Great perfected the Art of “Scorched Earth.”
I’d rather have a German Division in front of me than a French one behind.
General George S. Patton
I do not like this word “bomb.” It is not a bomb. It is a device that is exploding.
French ambassador to New Zealand Jacques le Blanc, regarding press coverage of France’s nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific