"MCDP 1-1, Strategy" "The nation that draws too great a distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools."
Ralph Nader "People who do not turn on to politics often find that politics turns on them in a most unpleasant way."
Dwight Eisenhower "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
Upton Sinclair "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
Robert E. Lee "Duty, then is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things..... You cannot do more, you should never do less."
Thomas Paine "To argue with a man who has renounced the authority of reason....is like administering medicine to the dead."
Kurt Vonnegut in A Man Without A Country.
p 8 "Do you realize that all great literature - Moby Dick, Hukleberry Finn, A Farewell to Arms, The Scarlet Letter, The Red Badge of Courage, The Iliad, The Odyssey, Crime and Punishment, The Bible, and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" -- are all about what a bummer it is to be a human being?"
p 11 "Socialism no more prescribed Joseph Stalin and his secret police and shuttered churches than Christianity prescribed the Spanish Inquisition. Christianity and socialism alike, in fact, prescribe a society dedicated to the proposition that all men, women, and children are created equal and shall not starve."
p 17 "In 1968, the year I wrote Slaughterhouse Five, I finally became grown up enough to write about the bombing of Dresden. It was the largest massacre in European history. I, of course, know about Aushwitz, but a massacre is something that happens suddenly, the killing of a whole lot of people in a very short time. In Dresden, on February 13, 1945, about 135,000 people were killed by British firebombing in one night."
p 42 "We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we're hooked on."
p 67

"Now, during our catastrophically idiotic war in Vietnam, the music kept getting better and better and better. We lost that war, by the way. Order couldn't be restored in Indochina until the people kicked us out.

That war made billionaires out of millionaires. Today's war is making trillionaires out of billionaires. Now I call that progress.

And how come the people in countries we invade can't fight like ladies and gentlemen, in uniform with tanks and helicopter gunships?"

p 69 "Foreigners love us for our jazz. And they don't hate us for our purported liberty and justice for all. They hate us for our arrogance."
p 76 "Abraham Lincoln said of Polk, his president, his armed forces' commander-in-chief [on Polk's decision to begin the Mexican-American War]: 'Trusting to escape scrutiny, by fixing the public gaze upon the exceeding brightness of military glory - that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood - that serpant's eye, that charms to destroy - he plunged us into war.' "
p 87 "In case you haven't noticed, we are now as feared and hated all over the world as the Nazis once were."