“When the civil leadership is ignorant of military manoeuvres but shares equally in the command of armies, the soldiers get confused.” Sun Tzu (400 BCE to 301 BCE) Sunzi, Wade-Giles romanisation Sun-tzu, also spelled Sun Tzu, personal name Sun Wu, (flourished 5th century BC), reputed author of the Chinese classic Bingfa (The Art of War),… Read More
“They’ll be no learning period with nuclear weapons. Make one mistake an you’re going to destroy nations.” Robert McNamara (1916 to 2009) Robert Strange McNamara was the US Secretary of Defence from 1961 to 1968 who revamped Pentagon operations and who played a major role in the nation’s military involvement in the Vietnam War.
“Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!” Nikita Khrushchev (1894 to 1971) Nikita Khrushchev, in full Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, was the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-64) and premier of the Soviet Union (1958-64) whose policy of de-Stalinisation had widespread repercussions throughout… Read More
“A good man does not make a warrior, just as good steel does not go for nails.” Confucius (551 to 479 BCE) Confucius, Pinyin romanisation Kongfuzi, or Kongzi, Wade-Giles K’ung-fu-tzu, or K’ung-tzu, original name Kongqiu, literary name Zhongni, was China’s most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist, whose ideas have influenced the civilisation of East… Read More
“The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.” William Westmoreland (1914 to 2005) William Childs Westmoreland was a US Army general who commanded US forces in the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968.
“The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appear to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.” Robert Lynd (1892 to 1970) Robert Staughton Lynd, and Helen Lynd, were a husband-and-wife team of American sociologists who collaborated on the Middletown books, which became classics of sociological literature as well… Read More
“Confuse the enemy. Keep him in the dark on your intentions. Sometimes what seems a victory isn’t really a victory and sometimes a defeat isn’t really a defeat.” Unknown