“In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it.”more info
source: Speech delivered to cadets at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, February 25, 2011.
“You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.”more info
source: his last words to his Pakistani surgeon and family members as he was sedated for surgery, “Richard Holbrooke Dies,” by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, The Washington Post, December 14, 2010.
“I stood as close to them as I could without being one of them, and then I stood as far back as I could without leaving the planet.”more info
source: Dispatches (New York: Everyman’s Library, 2009), 62.
notes: quoted by Mary Karr in her Twitter feed
“I got a letter from a lightning rod company this morning trying to put the fear of God in me, but with small success. Lightning seems to have lost its menace. Compared to what is going on on earth today, heaven’s firebrands are penny fireworks with wet fuses.”more info