„I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.“
„If I were president, I would try to be one who says, you know what, I'm a Reagan Conservative. I'm someone who believes in peace through strength, and I would try to lead the country in that way knowing that our goal is peace, and that war is the last resort, not the first resort. And, that when we go to war, we go to war in a constitutional way, which means that we have to vote on it, that war is initiated by congress, not by the president, that we go to war electively (ph). That when we go to war, we don't fight with one arm tied behind our back, we fight all out to win, but then we come home.“
— Rand Paul American politician, ophthalmologist, and United States Senator from Kentucky 1963
2010s, 2015-09-16 CNN REAGAN LIBRARY DEBATE: Later Debate Full Transcript CNN http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2015/09/16/cnn-reagan-library-debate-later-debate-full-transcript/
„Now, please don't misunderstand me. When I point out that all our wars for a thousand years have been fought in other people's countries, I do not mean that any of these wars was necessarily aggressive. They may well have been, everyone of them, defensive. But plainly they were not defensive of soil, territory. Of what then were they defensive? They were defensive of the nation's interests, rights; interests which may well collide with the interests of other nations in any part of the world …“
— Norman Angell British politician 1872 - 1967
Peace and the Public Mind (1935), Context: Now, please don't misunderstand me. When I point out that all our wars for a thousand years have been fought in other people's countries, I do not mean that any of these wars was necessarily aggressive. They may well have been, everyone of them, defensive. But plainly they were not defensive of soil, territory. Of what then were they defensive? They were defensive of the nation's interests, rights; interests which may well collide with the interests of other nations in any part of the world... Nations do so differ as to what their respective rights are and differ sincerely. And often the question, which of the two is right, is extremely difficult, as anyone who has attempted to disentangle rival territorial claims in the Balkans or elsewhere knows only too well.
„War will come again after this one. It will come again as long as it can be determined by people other than those who fight.“
— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
Light (1919), Ch. XVI - De Profundis Clamavi, Context: War will come again after this one. It will come again as long as it can be determined by people other than those who fight. The same causes will produce the same effects, and the living will have to give up all hope.
„We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2000-03, Remarks Against Going to War with Iraq http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mheaney/Partisan_Dynamics_of_Contention.pdf (2 October 2002).
„Bill Manders: We have domestic enemies. We have home-born homegrown enemies in our system. And I for one think we have some of those enemies in our own, in the walls of the Senate and the Congress.
Sharron Angle: Yes. I think you're right, Bill.“
— Sharron Angle Former member of the Nevada Assembly from 1999 to 2007 1949
interview with talk radio host Bill Manders, 2009-10-21 Greg Sargent Sharron Angle agrees with radio host who says we have "domestic enemies" within Congress 2010-08-24 The Plum Line Washington Post http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/08/sharron_angle_agrees_we_have_d.html
„It's a tough war we're in. It's not going to be over right away. There's going to be other wars. I'm sorry to tell you, there's going to be other wars. We will never surrender but there will be other wars. And right now - we're gonna have a lot of PTSD to treat, my friends. We're gonna have a lot of combat wounds that have to do with these terrible explosive IEDs that inflict such severe wounds. And my friends, it's gonna be tough, we're gonna have a lot to do.“
— John McCain politician from the United States 1936 - 2018
2000s, 2008, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/01/27/mccain-warns-there-will_n_83459.html
„Most women fight wars on two fronts, one for whatever the putative topic is and one simply for the right to speak, to have ideas, to be acknowledged to be in possession of facts and truths, to have value, to be a human being.“
— Rebecca Solnit, kniha Men Explain Things To Me
„I don't believe it can end. Now that I've seen what war is, what civil war is, I know that everybody, if one day it should end, ought to ask himself: "And what shall we make of the fallen? Why are they dead?" I wouldn't know what to say. Not now, at any rate. Nor does it seem to me that the others know. Perhaps only dead know, and only for them is the war really over.“
— Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
The house on the hill (1949), Ending words
„Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Introduction to Men at War (1942)
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
„The problem that confronts some of you younger ones – you’ve got to find an alternative to war. War is something men have hated but yet cherished. Out of wars have come profit of various sorts, power, glory. Sometimes out of them has become a defense of freedom. But you will not get that out of the kind of war we fight now with the weapons that our great scientists have given us. We have got to find a substitute for war, and the substitute isn’t surrender.“
— Norman Thomas American Presbyterian minister and socialist 1884 - 1968
Debate with Barry Goldwater, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, Arizona, November 1961
„I know I will be severely criticized by the interventionists in America when I say we should not enter a war unless we have a reasonable chance of winning…. We are no better prepared today than France was when the interventionists persuaded her to attack the Siegfried Line….
It is not only our right but it is our obligation as American citizens to look at this war objectively and to weigh our chances for success if we should enter it. I have attempted to do this, especially from the standpoint of aviation; and I have been forced to the conclusion that we cannot win this war for England, regardless of how much assistance we extend.“
— Burton K. Wheeler American politician and lawyer 1882 - 1975
Speech, reported in Robert G. Torricelli, Andrew Carroll, In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century (2000), p. 126.
„"You are like the Spanish, Captain Sharpe, confused. Cadiz is filled with politicians and lawyers and the encourage confusion. They argue. Should we be a Republic? Or perhaps a monarchy? Do we want a Cortes? And if so, should it have one chamber or two? Some want a parliament like Britain's. Others insist that Spain is best ruled by God and by a king. They squabble about these like children, but in truth there is only one real argument." "The argument, is whether Spain fights France or not?" "Exactly." "And you, believe Spain should fight against France?" "You know what the French have done to our country? The women raped, the children killed, the churches desecrated? Yes, I believe we should fight."“
— Bernard Cornwell British writer 1944
Sharpe (Novel Series), Sharpe's Fury (2006), Captain Fernando Galiana and Captain Richard Sharpe, p. 202