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I didn't expect to find much visible trace of the American war in Vietnam. The Vietnamese are too hard-bitten to dwell on it, and they've sanded away all but the outcroppings of history - the museums, the memorials. -- Evan Osnos
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The true history of Vietnamese civilian suffering does not fit comfortably into America's preferred postwar narrative - the tale of a conflict nobly fought by responsible commanders and good American boys, who should not be tainted by the occasional mistakes of a few 'bad apples' in their midst. -- Nick Turse
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Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind. -- William Westmoreland
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We wait here to meet the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam to discuss together a ceremony of orderly transfer of power so as to avoid any unnecessary bloodshed in the population. -- Duong Van Minh
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'These boat people,' says the government of Hong Kong, 'they all want to go to America.' Well, I swear I don't know why, do you? I mean, take Vietnam. Why would any Vietnamese come to America after what American did to Vietnam? Don't they remember My Lai, napalm, Sylvester Stallone? -- Linda Ellerbee
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I have finally learned that I am as much a part of this country as those villagers. Whether they like it or not, my umbilical cord is buried in the earth of Vietnam just like theirs. -- Sherry Garland
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What other country has had the privilege of making the world's heart beat faster? -- Barbara W. Tuchman
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Germany, the diseased world's bathhouse. -- Mark Twain
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In books or films, it is desirable to have a climactic battle scene, but the world does not operate in those gross dramatic terms. In Vietnam, there was a general aimlessness, not just in the physical sense, but beyond that in the moral and ethical sense. -- Tim O'brien
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If I had that kind of money, I wouldn't come to Vietnam, I'd send for it. -- Bob Hope
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America ... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. -- Hunter S. Thompson
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I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a <>. -- Muhammad Ali
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Afghanistan - where empires go to die. -- Mike Malloy
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If one little old general in shirt sleeves can take Saigon, think about 200 million Chinese comin' down those trails. No sir, I don't want to fight them. -- Lyndon B. Johnson
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Our purpose in Vietnam is to prevent the success of aggression. It is not conquest, it is not empire, it is not foreign bases, it is not domination. It is, simply put, just to prevent the forceful conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam. -- Lyndon B. Johnson
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We were sent to Vietnam to kill Communism. But we found instead that we were killing women and children. -- John F. Kerry
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Today, we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace. I would look for a better human rights record for North Vietnam, but they are living side by side. -- Sheila Jackson Lee
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I carry the memories of the ghosts of a place called Vietnam - the people of Vietnam, my fellow soldiers. -- Tim O'brien
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Micronesia. "It was near Guam," Steve Blauner says. "A guy that sick to -- David Evanier
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In February 1969, 25 years ago, I arrived as a young, terrified PFC on this lonely little hill in Quang Ngai Province. Back then, the place seemed huge and imposing and permanent. -- Tim O'brien
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My name Quan. Quan Nguyen. This Kim-Ly, wife. We next door. Do nails. We with Mr. Blaylock. He fight, we fight. We come here from Viet Nam. This good country, but sometimes, good people in good country have to fight. -- Dan Groat
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There is no country but the heart. -- Robert Penn Warren
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You think Vietnam was bad? Vietnam is nothing next to Kosovo. -- Tony Snow
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No one ever comes back from Vietnam. Not really. -- Gary D. Schmidt
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The Vietnam war was fought over portion size. -- Jon Stewart
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We respect the freedom of all citizens. Young people should have fun, but there is no tolerance of drug abuse. Drugs have become a serious problem in Vietnam. This is why we have very strict penalties for any sort of drug dealing. -- Nguyen Minh Triet
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One of the lessons of Vietnam, which we failed to heed in the Iraq war and the Afghanistan surge, is that before you commit U.S. military forces to aid or assist, it is essential to know what you want them to achieve. -- Kathleen Troia Mcfarland
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A mission to Rangoon we had been accustomed to regard with feelings of horror. But it was now brought to a point. We must either venture there or be sent to Europe. -- Adoniram Judson
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Enough is enough. This is how we get started in Vietnam. -- Charles Rangel
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I got no quarrel with them Vietcong. -- Muhammad Ali
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Even as U.S. policy in recent decades has become progressively militarized, so too has the Vietnam-induced gap separating the U.S. military from American society persisted and perhaps even widened.47 -- Andrew J. Bacevich
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We want to bring better products to Vietnam. My hope is through changes in lifestyle and the products we consume, it will affect the people and change the way they are thinking. -- Pham Nhat Vuong
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No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.-Inside Out and Back Again -- Thanhha Lai
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I would say that the Vietnamese should remember that they didn't have exactly the same mobility the way the Americans have. They didn't have the same kind of equipment that the Americans have and that they have to fight their own war. -- Bui Diem
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Vietnam was a lie but at least there was a political agenda. It was the domino theory. Iraq is about nothing but George Bush's ego laced with imperialist ambitions. And it was helped by your government. -- Donald Sutherland
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During the day on Monday, Washington time, the airport at Saigon came under persistent rocket as well as artillery fire and was effectively closed. The military situation in the area deteriorated rapidly. I therefore ordered the evacuation of all American personnel remaining in South Vietnam. -- Gerald R. Ford
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America, the plum blossoms are falling. -- Allen Ginsberg
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When I left America I understood the formation of public opinion in Southeast Asia. I had had the best course possible, taught by a famous Asian expert. Two minutes at Chulalongkorn taught me that I might just as profitably have studied the zither. -- Carol Hollinger
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I said to the president's wife, Vietnam is the main reason we are having trouble with the youth of America. It is a war without explanation or reason. -- Eartha Kitt
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The follies that produced the loss of American virtue following Vietnam begin with continuous overreacting, in the invention of endangered national security, the invention of vital interest, the invention of a commitment which rapidly assumed a life of its own . -- Barbara W. Tuchman
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A country that has been through as much as Vietnam has to have some crazy music somewhere. -- Henry Rollins
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The Communist leaders in Moscow, Peking and Hanoi must fully understand that the United States considers the freedom of South Viet Nam vital to our interests. And they must know that we are not bluffing in our determination to defend those interests. -- Gerald R. Ford
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Without the Indian Subcontinent, in other words, there could not have been a Vietnam in any cultural or aesthetic sense. -- Robert D. Kaplan
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Some people just wanted to blow it all to hell, animal, vegetable and mineral. They wanted a Vietnam they could fit into their car ashtrays. -- Michael Herr
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certain kinds of polities, communist party-states such as the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, and Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, are capable, in times of peace, of killing large numbers of their own citizens as a matter of deliberate policy. -- Timothy Snyder
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Our young men in Vietnam have not only acquitted themselves in an outstanding manner during combat operations, but they also have been outstanding ambassadors of goodwill in the vital civic action and pacification work among the tortured populace of South Vietnam. -- Lewis William Walt
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Vietnam, we take over by doing pedicure! That's how we take over. We take over one foot at a time, damn it - that's the plan of attack right there. We take over from the toe up, that's the plan. We spread over USA like fungus from the toe. -- Dat Phan
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Vietnam was a palpable failure. And of course, in retrospect, it was even more clearly a disaster and a failure than maybe people understood at the time. -- Robert Dallek
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Vietnamese are very similar to the Chinese. They just can't sit on gold bars underneath their beds. Eventually, they will pull out their gold bars and invest. -- Pham Nhat Vuong
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Vietnam ... war ... it did something to us. Or maybe not. Maybe the bad seeds were always in me, and war gave them a dark place in which to grow. -- Kristin Hannah
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I can remember as a young lieutenant being sent into the DMZ in the divided Vietnam, from North Vietnam. -- Oliver North
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Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam were perfect for Lyndon Johnson: 220 million against 18 million, water buffalo and all. No risk, really. -- David Douglas Duncan
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The object of my relationship with Vietnam has been to heal the wounds that exist, particularly among our veterans, and to move forward with a positive relationship, ... Apparently some in the Vietnamese government don't want to do that and that's their decision. -- Ho Chi Minh
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I think Operation Smile is in more than 22 countries, mostly Third World. It just happened that my schedule opened up at the time they were heading to Vietnam. -- Roma Downey
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When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner. -- Lyndon B. Johnson
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My solution to the problem would be to tell the North Vietnamese Communists frankly that they've got to drawn in their horns and stop their aggression or we're going to bomb them into the stone age. -- Curtis Lemay
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I returned to Vietnam in '94, and even then, all those decades later, walking around that place, I remained afraid. And, in some ways, rightly so. -- Tim O'brien
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We should bomb Vietnam back into the stone age. -- Curtis Lemay
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The U.S. invaded Vietnam because many in our government - Lyndon Johnson's best and brightest - imagined it could impose a government on that country that would provide a buffer against China and stop the supposedly rolling dominos of Communism. -- Jay Parini
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Sure Vietnam is a dirty war. I've never heard of a clean one. -- Bob Hope
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Two thousand people a day were being murdered in Vietnam in a terrorist war, an official terrorist war. -- Bill Ayers
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You be America, alien invaders, and we'll be Vietnam.
And the Others go, Yeah, okay, right. -- Rick Yancey
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Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I'm going to Viet Nam's aid! -- Lyndon B. Johnson
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Asia: Four little letters, three billion little people. -- Stephen Colbert
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My father had gone to Vietnam. -- Elizabeth Edwards
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I, for one, will not have [the Vietcong] insulted by any comparison to the forces of Zarqawi, the Fedayeen Saddam, and the criminal underworld now arrayed against us. These depraved elements are the Iraqi Khmer Rouge. -- Christopher Hitchens
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Nguyen was a war hawk. The kind of adolescent boy who still thought any problem could be solved by shooting it enough. -- James S.a. Corey
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We [Vietnam] happen to offer good investment opportunities for foreigners, although this is not a one-way street. Both we and the foreign investors benefit greatly as a result. -- Nguyen Minh Triet
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After the 1954 Geneva international conference, Vietnam was divided into two parts. On paper, North and South Vietnam were twin countries born at the same moment. -- Nguyen Cao Ky
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Be careful about Burma. Most people cannot remember whether it was Siam and has become Thailand, or whether it is now part of Malaysia and should be called Sri Lanka. -- Alexander Cockburn
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India Lima Yankee -- Teresa Mummert
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Obviously all of us have thought about Vietnam, particularly in my generation in Australia that were part of conscription and fought there. Our friends came back, forever changed. So there were a lot of questions. -- Phillip Noyce
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Today, America can regain the sense of pride that existed before Vietnam. These events, tragic as they are, portend neither the end of the world nor of America's leadership in the world. -- Gerald R. Ford
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I have lived 78 years without hearing of bloody places like Cambodia. -- Lord Randolph Churchill
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We want only peace, to build up our country. World opinion is paying great attention to the threat against Democratic Kampuchea. They are anxious. They fear Kampuchea cannot oppose the Vietnamese. This could hurt the interests of the Southeast Asian countries and all of the world's countries. -- Pol Pot
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As I come to understand Vietnam and what it implies about the human condition, I also realize that few humans will permit themselves such an understanding. -- Alan Moore
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This edition of The Making of a Quagmire differs in a number of ways from the original one. Approximately one-third of the text has been cut in an effort to eliminate material that seemed clearly redundant or that did not relate directly to the Vietnam war. -- David Halberstam
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Modern China; one also finds many things that are really quite admirable. -- Noam Chomsky
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We were leaving a pleasant region, an Oriental farmer's paradise, that was more prosperous and secure under communist control than the area around Bong Son was under ARVN control. I wondered if the form of government really mattered to those peasant farmers. -- Matthew Brennan
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Too young for Korea, too old for Vietnam. -- Don Delillo
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Vietnam presumably taught us that the United States could not serve as the world's policeman; it should also have taught us the dangers of trying to be the world's midwife to democracy when the birth is scheduled to take place under conditions of guerrilla war. -- Jeane Kirkpatrick
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To win in Vietnam, we will have to exterminate a nation. -- Benjamin Spock
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When I visited Vietnam for Oxfam, the thing that really struck me was how the local farmers had to prepare to evacuate or climb to their mezzanines with their valuable family possessions. -- Martin Parr
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I'm not so much against the war as I am for a Vietnamese victory. I'm not so much for peace as for a U.S. defeat. -- Bill Ayers
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Argentina and Burma. I have been to most of the countries in the world, but not those two. I want to shoot doves in Argentina. Burma, of course, because no one has really been there. -- Jeremy Clarkson
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World War II was just as dirty and brutal as Vietnam, just as confusing. -- David Ayer
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In 1961, the United States began chemical warfare in Vietnam, South Vietnam, chemical warfare to destroy crops and livestock. That went on for seven years. The level of poison - they used the most extreme carcinogen known: dioxin. And this went on for years. -- Noam Chomsky
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Curtis Le May wants to bomb Hanoi and Haiphong. You know how he likes to go around bombing. -- Lyndon B. Johnson
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country, wearing dark glasses, after the armistice - receiving -- Edmond Taylor
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You put your bombers in, you put your conscience out,You take the human being and you twist it all aboutSo scrub my skin with womenChain my tongue with whiskyStuff my nose with garlicCoat my eyes with butterFill my ears with silverStick my legs in plasterTell me lies about Vietnam. -- Adrian Mitchell
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UK - that was Britain. -- Ransom Riggs
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The U.S. has strategic and economic interests in Southeast Asia that must be secured. Holding Indochina is essential to securing these interests. Therefore, we must hold Indochina. -- Noam Chomsky
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A real program of social and economic reform [in Vietnam] would have involved a real conflict ... between the peasants ... and the landlords and the city people ... [it] was difficult ... because it required a concern for the peasants ... it was those capacities ... its American supporters lacked. -- Frances Fitzgerald
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Let us understand: North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that. -- Richard M. Nixon
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Vietnam was the first time that Americans of different races had to depend on each other. In the Second World War, they were segregated; it was in Vietnam that American integration happened in the military - and it wasn't easy. -- Karl Marlantes
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You most likely know it as Myanmar, but it will always be Burma to me. -- John O'hurley
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Korea taught me nothing, for no one spoke of it when I was growing up, except as something about how wonderful the girls in Japan were. Vietnam taught some of us more than we perhaps ever wished to know. -- Gloria Emerson
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Saigon in utter darkness this last night of the war. A gestating monster. Her letter to Linh had been simple: I love you more than life, but I had to see the end. -- Tatjana Soli
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Cats in Vietnam are also on the back paw. In January the police seized three tons of them (see picture) as they were being smuggled from China to fill soup pots in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital. The authorities buried them, even though some were still alive. -- Anonymous
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I wanna say 'China', but I don't really mean 'China.' I just mean the places that Chinese people come from. -- Patrice O'neal