Armed With Confidence“Russians need not worry about defense: They can look confidently to the future. We now have new [missile] systems at the strategic as well as theater level. These systems can beat any operational and future missile defenses.”—Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, RIA Novosti, May 30.
Sword and Shield“All our warriors trust each other with their lives. They count on each member of the joint team to deliver the full range of service-unique effects. Only one of our armed services can provide global surveillance, global command and control, and the requisite range, precision, and payload to strike any target, anywhere, anytime, at the speed of sound or the speed of light. With the nation at war, the Air Force is the nation’s premier maneuver force—its sword and shield, guardian and avenger.”—Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force Chief of Staff, The Hill, May 23.
Torture Will Backfire“The torture methods that Tenet defends have nurtured the recuperative power of the enemy. This war will be won or lost not on the battlefield but in the minds of potential supporters who have not yet thrown in their lot with the enemy. If we forfeit our values by signaling that they are negotiable in situations of grave or imminent danger, we drive those undecideds into the arms of the enemy. This way lies defeat, and we are well down the road to it.”—Retired Marine Corps Gen. Charles C. Krulak and retired Marine Corps Gen. Joseph P. Hoar on justification of torture techniques by former CIA Director George J. Tenet, Washington Post, May 17.
Long Reach of the Corps“Someone in the Marine Corps needs to exercise a little common sense and put an end to this matter before it turns into a circus.”—Gary Kurpius, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, on pending Marine Corps action against a former corporal, honorably discharged but in standby reserve status, who wore military fatigues with insignia removed at a war protest, Associated Press, June 2.
Navy’s Big Thinkers“There’s no obvious reason a Navy guy would be put in charge of CENTCOM, or why we would have two sea service people replacing two other sea service people at the top of the Joint Chiefs [of Staff]. But the reality is that they seem to be able to work with big ideas and big political leaders better than the other services.”—Loren B. Thompson, Lexington Institute, Los Angeles Times, June 10.
Other Kinds of Wars“We have to fight today’s war, which means using readiness money for training and recruiting and retention, but you always have to look at tomorrow’s threat as well, because every war won’t be like Iraq and Afghanistan.”—Gen. Ronald E. Keys, commander of Air Combat Command, Omaha World-Herald, May 15.
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