Quote of John McCain from his book "Faith of My Fathers"

 

 

 
"No one who goes to war believes once he is there that it is worth the terrible cost of war to fight it by half measures.  War is too horrible a thing to drag out unnecessarily.  It was a shameful waste to ask men to suffer and die, to persevere through awful afflictions and heartache, for a cause that half a country didnít believe in and our leaders werenít committed to winning.  They committed us to it, badly misjudged the enemyís resolve, and left us to manage the thing on our own without the authority to fight it to the extent necessary to finish it.

 

Itís not hard to understand now that, given the prevailing political judgments of the time, the Vietnam War was better left unfought.  No other national endeavor requires as much unshakable resolve as war.  If the government and the nation lack that resolve, it is criminal to expect men in the field to carry it out alone.  We were accountable to the country, and no one was accountable to us.  But we found our honor in our answer, if not in our summons."

Author John McCain

 

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