If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military.
My soldiers ask of me, why surrender a military advantage in the field ... I could not answer. - General Douglas MacArthur
[A]s military history reveals, a bad plan is often better than no plan, especially if the people on the other side think it’s a good plan. - Adam Gopnik
My message to the international community is that our silence and complicity especially on the situation in Gaza shames us all. It is almost like the behaviour of the military junta in Burma - Desmond Tutu
Moments of thinking are your military moments because they are the moments where you take the opportunity to attack and eliminate your problems! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars. - George C. Marshall
A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective. - Sun-tzu
The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars. - William C. Westmoreland
If winning hearts and minds matter in Balochistan than the military and civil establishment are doing everything to loose on that end. - Arzak Khan
We must achieve both security and solvency. In fact, the foundation of military strength is economic strength, - Dwight D. Eisenhower
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Very few people in the USA realize that a nuclear war was waged with nature in the southwest by their own military. - Steven Magee
To march over dead man, to hear without concern the groans of the wounded, I say few men can stand such scenes unless steeled by habit or fortified by military pride. - Nathanael Greene
EPAULET, n. An ornamented badge, serving to distinguish a military officer from the enemy -- that is to say, from the officer of lower rank to whom his death would give promotion. - Ambrose Bierce
My workplace is wherever I'm making something, which could be in a field in gold country, or in an abandoned warehouse on a military base. - Adam Savage
That the military have the power to manipulate personal liberties while cocking a snook at justice and freedom in Balochistan is a fact. - Nilantha Ilangamuwa
My mother said to me, if you go into the military, you will become a general. If you go into the clergy, you will become Pope. Instead, I became an artist, and I am Piccaso.
Before a war, military science seems a real science, like astronomy. After a war it seems more like astrology.
And now, like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career, and just fade away...an old soldier who tried to do his duty, as God gave him the light to see that duty. Good-bye. - General Douglas MacArthur
If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe. - Lord Salisbury
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology. - Rebecca West
One hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the most skillful, subduing the other's military without battle is the most skillful. - Sun Tzu
Modern sovereignty, whether expressed through killing in battle or the torture of suspects, brings together the desire to build up and the desire to destroy, to let Aid Agencies offer charity (in its original meaning of "love") while the military offers death. The two are intrinsically connected. - Talal Asad
Military service is not just a vocation. It is a way of life, an attitude that you carry in your heart even after you are discharged. - Carlos Wallace
PRIVATE, n. A military gentleman with a field-marshal's baton in his knapsack and an impediment in his hope. - Ambrose Bierce
Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. - Groucho Marx
If you can read the book and say, ‘Space Marines, YEEEAAAHHH!’ That’s Military Science Fiction. (Brigham Young writing lecture, March 2012) - Brandon Sanderson
War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military. - Georges Clemenceau
The consensus seemed to be that if really large numbers of men were sent to storm the mountain, then enough might survive the rocks to take the citadel. This is essentially the basis of all military thinking. - Terry Pratchett
During the Second World War, the Germans took four years to build the Atlantic Wall. On four beaches it held up the Allies for about an hour; at Omaha it held up the U.S. for less than one day. The Atlantic Wall must therefore be regarded as one of the greatest blunders in military history. - Stephen Ambrose
Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up.
Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms. - Groucho Marx
We spent time on Burma and the need for the military regime there to understand that they shouldn't fear the voices of people. And yet they do. - George W. Bush
The era of revolution by military means produced a greater degree of desperation and frustration. This was brought to an end by the people. - Nilantha Ilangamuwa
CORPORAL, n. A man who occupies the lowest rung of the military ladder. Fiercely the battle raged and, sad to tell, Our corporal heroically fell! Fame from her height looked down upon the brawl And said: "He hadn't very far to fall." Giacomo Smith - Ambrose Bierce
Any community's arm of force - military, police, security - needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity. - Lois McMaster Bujold
One of the most basic principles for making and keeping peace within and between nations. . . is that in political, military, moral, and spiritual confrontations, there should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat. - Jimmy Carter
You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight. - Barry Goldwater
The United States is at present so demoralized and so corrupted that, like England and France, it need not be taken into consideration as a military adversary. The United States will also be forced by Germany to complete and final capitulation.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
REAR, n. In American military matters, that exposed part of the army that is nearest to Congress. - Ambrose Bierce
Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy. - Henry Kissinger
If you look up 'Intelligence' in the new volumes of the Encyclopeadia Britannica, you'll find it classified under the following three heads: Intelligence, Human; Intelligence, Animal; Intelligence, Military. My stepfather's a perfect specimen of Intelligence, Military. - Aldous Huxley
When I joined the military it was illegal to be homosexual, then it became optional, and now it's legal. I'm getting out before the Democrats make it mandatory. - Sgt. Harry Berres, USMC
Sometimes I sit down to dinner with people and I realize there is a massive military machine surrounding us, trying to kill the people I'm having dinner with. - Rachel Corrie
As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he as a soldier. Other than that, he's a great military man, I want you to know that.
The one bonus of not lifting the ban on gays in the military is that the next time the government mandates a draft, we can all declare we are homosexual instead of running off to Canada.
That's what you get,' he said, nodding towards a group of the men engaged in some close-order military drill, 'when you give people Bibles and guns. You should give 'em either one or the other, but not both. It just messes up their brains. - K.W. Jeter
Democrats see our voluntary military supported by taxpayer dollars as their personal Salvation Army. Self-interested behavior, such as deploying troops to serve the nation, is considered boorish in Manhattan salons. - Ann Coulter
Pink is supposed to weaken your enemies, make them go soft on you, which must be why it's used for baby girls. It's a wonder the military hasn't got on to this. - Margaret Atwood
Let me tell you about gays in the military. I don't want any gay people hanging around me while I'm killing kids. I just don't want to see it. - Bill Hicks
Try to look at causes and solve problems. Do not concentrate on military solutions. Do not seek military solutions. Terrorism is a political problem. Seek political solutions. Diplomacy works. - Eqbal Ahmed
It is not in our hands to prevent the murder of workers… and families… but it is in our hands to fix a high price for our blood, so high that the Arab community and the Arab military forces will not be willing to pay it. - Moshe Dayan
The military state is the final form to which every planned economy tends rapidly. - Isabel Paterson
Churches were never meant to be mental hospitals. They were supposed to be military outposts under orders to storm the gates of hell. Every believer is on active duty and called to serve a higher purpose with the rank of their blessings and talents. - Shannon L. Alder
Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.