War

Every ten years or so...

"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business."

-- Michael Ledeen, neoconservative

The American Public on Iraq

"Sixty-five percent of the American public aren't antiwar. They're just anti-losing. You see, if we were winning the war in Iraq, they'd all be for it. If we had brought democracy, they'd be cheering the President. It wouldn't matter that we violated international law. It wouldn't even matter that we lied about weapons of mass destruction. We'd be winning. God bless America. Ain't we good? USA, USA! But we're losing, so they're against Iraq."

-- Scott Ritter

All warfare is based on deception.

"All warfare is based on deception."

-- Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 4th cent. B.C.

War educates the senses...

"War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, d. 1882

Men love war...

"Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because it is the one thing that stops women laughing at them."

-- John Fowles, The Magus, 1966
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