The message of Vietnam is not that Americans will not take casualties; it is that the American people do not want the lives of their sons and daughters wasted.
We have moved from an age in which government leaders sought to do what was best for the people to one in which the political leadership is convinced it knows what is best for the people, whether they like it or not.
When I'm writing about reality, I'm writing about death. When I'm writing fiction, I'm writing about life.
In the Gulf War, U.S. Marine Corps wheeled vehicles were killing Iraqi T-72 tanks.
Make no mistake: the anti-war voices long for us to lose any war they cannot prevent.
The M-1 is the best tank in the world, if you can get it to the war in time, if you have a Saddam Hussein who'll give you seven months to move your forces in.
If there is a single power the West underestimates, it is the power of collective hatred.
The great paradox of the 21st century is that, in this age of powerful technology, the biggest problems we face internationally are problems of the human soul.
Social peace requires reciprocity.
Imam Rauf and his backers have every legal right to build their extravagant Islamic center within the lethal radius of Ground Zero. But the rest of us have the right to question why they insist on doing so.
There is no lack of bravery in the ranks of our armed forces, but bureaucratic cowardice rules in our intelligence establishment (as well as at the higher levels of military command).
We will not be beaten. But we may be shamed and embarrassed on a needlessly long road to victory.
I've been to many countries and watched a number of conflicts or their residue, and I've served in the military.
Each day, each one of us chooses not to do many things that would be legal but offensive to those around us.
Jihad expands Islam's domain by any means available.