"I can tell you this: If I'm ever in a position to call the shots, I'm not going to rush to send somebody else's kids into a war."|
Man of Integrity (1988)
"By God, we will make the fire eat up half of Isreal if it tries to do anything against Iraq."
"Obviously, I didn't think - and nobody else did - that the Iraqis were going to take all of Kuwait. Every Kuwaiti and Saudi, every analyst in the Western world was wrong too. That does not excuse me. But people who now claim that all was clear were not heard from at the time."
"Remember, George, this is no time to go wobbly."
"A line has been drawn in the sand...Withdraw from Kuwait unconditionally and immediately, or face the terrible consequences."
"Operation "Desert Shield" will provide air cover for the Savings-and-Loan bank scandal and the budget deficit."
"We are not intimidated by the size of the armies, or the type of hardware the US has brought."
"I do not believe the President requires any additional authorization from the Congress before committing US forces to achieve our objectives in the Gulf."
"Allah is on our side. That is why we will beat the aggressor."
"Our firm view is that the president has no legal authority, none whatsoever, to commit American troops to war in the Persian Gulf or anywhere else without congressional authorization."
"As I report to you, air attacks are under way against military targets in Iraq...I've told the American people before that this will not be another Vietnam. And I repeat this here tonight. Our troops will have the best possible support in the entire world, and they will not be asked to fight with one hand tied behind their back."
"Our objectives are clear. Saddam Hussein's forces will leave Kuwait. The legitimate government of Kuwait will be restored to its rightful place and Kuwait once again will be free. Iraq will eventually comply with all relevant United Nations resolutions..."
"Fight them with your faith in God, fight them in defense of every free honorable woman and every innocent child, and in defense of the values of manhood and the military honor...Fight them because with their defeat you will be at the last entrance of the conquest of all conquests. The war will end with...dignity, glory, and triumph for your people, army, and nation."
"Our strategy to go after the Army is very, very simple. First we are going to cut it off, and then we're going to kill it."
"If anyone tells you America's best days are behind her, they're looking the wrong way."
"Achieving our goals will require sacrifice and time, but we will prevail. Make no mistake about that."
"Bush said he had no dispute with Iraqi people. It certainly looks different from Baghdad."
"Iraqis will never forget that on 8 August 1990 Kuwait became part of Iraq legally, constitutionally and actually. It continued to do so until last night, when withdrawal began."
"The Iraqi forces are conducting the Mother of all Retreats."
"More than 200 ships from 13 nations conducted over 10,000 flawless intercepts, which formed a steel wall around the waters leading to Iraq. And these operations continue today. Thanks to these superb efferts not one cargo hold, not one crate, not even one pallet of seaborne contraband even touched Saddam Hussein's shores. The result: Iraq lost 90% of its imports, 100% of its exports, and had its gross national product cut in half."
These have been compiled from various sources, including Reuters, Triumph in the Desert, and George Bush's War.