Resolute, purposeful, direct, compelling and non-political
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT – 1941
“As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense, that always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.
I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us. Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces, with the un-bounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.”
WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL - 1941
“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be.
We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
GAIUS JULIUS CAESAR - On Crossing The Rubicon/49 b.c.
' (As recounted by Suetonius-Roman historian and biographer)
'Still we can retreat! But once let us pass this little bridge, - and nothing is left but to fight it out with arms!’
Caesar cried out, ‘Let us go where the omens of the Gods and the crimes of our enemies summon us! THE DIE IS NOW CAST!’
KING HENRY V - Battle of Agincourt: October 25, 1415.
“He which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart; his passport shall be made, and crowns for convoy put into his purse; we would not die in that man’s company that fears his fellowship to die with us.”
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother”.
“….the review has allowed me ask the hard questions, and to explore all of the different options along with my national security team, our military and civilian leadership in Afghanistan, and with our key partners. Given the stakes involved, I owed the American people - and our troops - no less.
This review is now complete. And as Commander-in-Chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home.”
In the words of GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON:
“Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war.”
Note: General Patton’s reasoning that America ‘has never lost nor will ever lose a war” holds true as long as it is applied to America's Military, not its politicians.