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As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of the potency of public opinion - and I worried about it.
— William Westmoreland

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By the end of the summer of 1973 I thought it was virtually impossible for South Vietnam to survive. How in the heck could they?

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I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.

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I don't take criticism lying down.

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I don't think I have been loved by my troops, but I think I have been respected.

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I haven't yet figured out how I was made first captain, because I was not an outstanding student. I was an adequate student.

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I was participating in my own lynching, but the problem was I didn't know what I was being lynched for.

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I've made this statement many times: If I would have to do it over again, I would have made known the forthcoming Tet Offensive.

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In the end, we lost IndoChina to the communists. But we did not lose Southeast Asia.

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It became very clear that Hanoi was in effect strategically running the Viet Cong operation.

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It's the first war we've ever fought on the television screen and the first war that our country ever fought where the media had full reign.

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Militarily, we succeeded in Vietnam. We won every engagement we were involved in out there.

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My wife was my greatest asset. I didn't marry her until after World War II, but she has complemented me in every job I've ever had.

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President Johnson did not want the Vietnam War to broaden. He wanted the North Vietnamese to leave their brothers in the South alone.

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Television is an instrument which can paralyze this country.

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The last man in the world who should have been criticized was the American soldier. They should have criticized me.

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The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.

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The military lead turbulent lives, but they are people like everybody else.

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The Vietnam memorial is a masterpiece. The names of the dead are listed there, chronologically. Just the names.

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Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.

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War is fear cloaked in courage.

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We had the best food any battlefield ever had.

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We moved in to help the Vietnamese defend their country and confront the Viet Cong.

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We were succeeding. When you looked at specifics, this became a war of attrition. We were winning.

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When I took command in Vietnam, I gave great emphasis to food and medical care - and to the mail.

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When the soldiers came home from Vietnam, there were no parades, no celebrations. So they built the Vietnam Memorial for themselves.

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Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.

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As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of the potency of public opinion - and I worried about it.

William Westmoreland