I am not going to second-guess my old battlefield comrades from Iraq and Afghanistan; each has his own reason for what he has done.
There is no God-given right to victory on the battlefield. You win that through the skill and the devotion, the valor and the ferocity of your troops.
It’s one thing to say don’t commit atrocities on the battlefield. It’s another thing to say don’t get caught doing atrocities.
On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.
The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
“It is well that was is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it.”
General Robert E. Lee
“Tell them of us and say,
For their tomorrow,
We gave our today.”
The Kohima Epitaph