Commanders Quotes

Commanders Quotes by Naftali Bennett, Maria V. Snyder, Winston Churchill, Joshua Slocum, Baron de Montesquieu, Benjamin Carson and many others.

If I get an order to evacuate a Jew from his home, to expel him, me, personally, my conscience would not let me do it. I’ll ask my commander to excuse me, but I won’t publicly call on others to refuse an order. I personally can’t.
I understood that Valek’s loyalty to the Commander was without question. His blue eyes held a fierce determination and I knew in my soul that Valek would take his own life after he had taken mine.
No matter how enmeshed a commander becomes in the elaboration of his own thoughts, it is sometimes necessary to take the enemy into account.
Captain Fisher, the commander, with a party of young ladies from the city and gentlemen belonging to his ship, came one day to pay me a visit in the midst of a deluge of rain.
There’s a false narrative that only the political class has the wisdom and the ability to be commander-in- chief. But if you go back and you study the design of our country, it was really designed for the citizen statesman.
The great commander, who seemed by expression of his visage to be always on the look-out for something in the extremest distance, and to have no ocular knowledge of anything within ten miles, made no reply whatever.
Of all those in the army close to the commander, none is more intimate than the secret agent.
There is required for the composition of a great commander not only massive common sense and reasoning power, not only imagination, but also an element of legerdemain, an original and sinister touch, which leaves the enemy puzzled as well as beaten.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
The Ranger who trained me at the time was [American] Major Buck Kernan, who became Supreme Allied Commander. I hadn’t spoken to him in a few years, but he reached out to me and said, “I’m so proud of you.”
For love is of God. He is the fountain, author, parent, and commander of love; it is the sum of his law and gospel.
I did join the Revolutionary Guard, but I was simply a simple Revolutionary Guard, never a commander.
The business of the English commander-in-chief being first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.
It is the CreatorВґs Grand Army, and he is the Commander-in-Chief… With these facts before you, now try to guess manВґs chiefest pet name for this ferocious Commander-in-Chief? I will save you the trouble but you must not laugh. It is Our Father in Heaven.
Donald Trump would be a chaos president. He would not be the commander in chief we need to keep our country safe.
I moved to Louisiana to become the executive Chef at Commander’s Place. And I must say I had some encouragement from friends such as Ella Brennan, the queen of the New Orleans‘s culinary set, and others. This was very flattering to a young man with a dream. I was only 26 years old.
Blackbeard was larger than life. He was 6’4″ in 1710. He was a colossus, and like a rock star walking into a bar. He was a tremendous commander, a great leader.
Orderly discipline and morale within an army was the responsibility of the Division Commander.
But if you’re going to go out on a military unit, you’ve got to allow yourself to be under the control of the commander because you really could put the troops in danger.
The principle is this: We must not allow anything into our life that feeds our point of weakness. A soldier doesn’t dance through a mind field any more than we should play with a hand grenade. When the enemy’s entry points are boarded up, it frees us to hear clearly the voice of our Commander.
The only situation a commander can know fully is his own: his opponent‘s he can know only from unreliable intelligence.
The profoundest truth of war is that the issue of battle is usually decided in the minds of the opposing commanders, not in the bodies of their men.
If Barack Obama cannot appreciate that our troops are winning in Iraq, he should not be their Commander in Chief.
The commanders and fighters of the entire Chinese People’s Liberation Army absolutely must not relax in the least their will to fight; any thinking that relaxes the will to fight and belittles the enemy is wrong.
The most consistently successful commanders, when faced by an enemy in a position that was strong naturally or materially, have hardly ever tackled it in a direct way. And when, under pressure of circumstances, they have risked a direct attack, the result has commonly been to blot their record with a failure.
Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is not of much use to his subordinates.
I am encouraged by the news today that United States special operations personnel found, identified and killed the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the operational commander of the al-Qaeda led insurgency in Iraq. Al-Zarqawi was the public face of the insurgency.
The Hungarian ministry begged the king earnestly to issue orders to all troops and commanders of fortresses in Hungary, enjoining fidelity to the Constitution, and obedience to the ministers of Hungary.
The man who commands efficiently must have obeyed others in the past, and the man who obeys dutifully is worthy of someday being a commander.
I wish I were the Commander in Chief in India… I should do my utmost to exterminate the Race upon whom the stain of the late cruelties rested.
Winning the men’s confidence requires much of a commander. He must exercise care and caution, look after his men, live under the same hardships, and-above all- apply self discipline. But once he has their confidence, his men will follow him through hell and high water.
I have broken all ties that bind me to the (U.S.) Army, not suddenly, impulsively, but conscientiously and after due deliberation. I sacrifice more to my principles than any other officer in the Army can do. I would rather carry a musket in the cause of the South than be commander-in-chief under Mr. Lincoln.
Edmund Kirby Smith
To wage war, we need a commander in chief who has made tough calls in tough times and stood up to be held accountable over and over, not first-term senators who’ve never made an executive decision in their life.
Liberace was certainly master and commander of the ivories ~ he is the only pianist I can watch or listen to without suffering a case of ‘Stagefright Sympathy Sickness‘.
The future for Commander Tool Belt was not looking so hot.
Tell the Truth, and speak from your pay-grade. Don’t try to answer questions that would better be directed to the battalion commander or Gen. William Westmoreland or President Lyndon Johnson. If you are a squad leader, answer questions about what you know and do.
President Bush and his commanders announced early in the conflict that the Conventions applied.
The president of the United States is a commander-in-chief, and the president of the United States, you know, executes the laws and tries to motivate the American public to make changes that are necessary. It’s not necessarily a CEO type of position.
I will be as careful as I can in making the most significant decisions any president and commander-in-chief can make about sending our men and women into harm‘s way.
I think it is appropriate when you look at the test that you have to meet to be commander-in-chief for Americans to be thoughtful about, you know, who has the experience and the approach that is best likely to work.
I think what more and more Americans are concluding is that Donald Trump is not a man who is qualified to be president, and he is not fit to be commander and chief.
Egotism is not a good quality. It’s not something to be admired or even tolerated. It wouldn’t be tolerated in a field commander and it shouldn’t be tolerated in a movie director.
Decisions! And a general, a commander in chief who has not got the quality of decision, then he is no good.
Your commander would never lie to you. That’s the vice president‘s job.
We see a missile here, a bomb there – looks good on CNN. This is nonsense. This is not a strategy of a serious commander in chief.
General McChrystal had to go. Whatever his virtues as a strategist and commander, the ‘Rolling Stoneinterview fatally compromised his ability to represent the United States in dealing with allies and to act within the circle of people who must make decisions in Afghanistan.
Anyone weighing whether to re-elect the President should take the bin Laden operation into account: it is a powerful exhibit that Obama is a steely Commander in Chief – a critical test for many Americans.
Renown awaits the commander who first restores artillery to its prime importance on the battlefield.
I tremendously admire, and I think we all should, the great work done by our commander in chief, our president George Bush…
ISIS and Iran have declared war on America, and we need a commander in chief who will do everything necessary to keep our children safe.
On a standard space shuttle crew, two of the astronauts have a test pilot background – the commander and the pilot.
Good commanders look after their troops, and good troops look after their commanders.
A skillful commander is not overbearing. A skillful fighter does not become angry. A skillful conqueror does not compete with people. One who is skillful in using men puts himself below them. This is called the strength to use men. This is called matching Heaven, The highest principle of old.
But having made my decision as Commander-in-Chief based on what I am convinced is our national security interests, I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress.
Donald Trump is great at the one-liners, but he’s a chaos candidate and he’d be a chaos president. He would not be the commander in chief we need to keep our country safe.
Both Kennedy and Obama exuded a dash of glamour in their roles as commander-in-chief and became the darlings of Hollywood. As president, each brought to the White House a fashionable and accomplished First Lady, two adorable young children and scene-stealing pets.
I’m the commander — see, I don’t need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being president.
There are certain things in war of which the commander alone comprehends the importance. Nothing but his superior firmness and ability can subdue and surmount all difficulties.
What was she to say? “The prodigal has returned? The mutineer wishes to be reinstated? The subordinate, having gone to a great deal of trouble to prove her commander wrong, has come back and promises to be a good little subordinate hereafter, or at least until next time?
A piece of paper makes you an officer, a radio makes you a commander.
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.
Although deceit is detestable in all other things, yet in the conduct of war it is laudable and honorable; and a commander who vanquishes an enemy by stratagem is equally praised with one who gains victory by force.
Barack Obama’s a terrible commander-in-chief. He is gutting our military. It’s not an exaggeration.
Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons.
Jesus Christ is our supreme commander, but He operates only through His word, which is unquestionably a training manual. However, He has many interpreters, and few people see the Bible as a true training manual.
All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated.
Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander-in-chief.
The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish … the kind of war on which they are embarking.
Germany is the place where when Hitler was the prime minister and supreme commander, he burned over six million Jews. This is because Hitler and all German people knew that Israelis are not people who are working in the interest of the world and that is why they burned the Israelis alive with gas in the soil of Germany.
The commander must establish personal and comradely contact with his men, but without giving away one inch of authority.
All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
The most important Bible teaching that I remembered when I was in the Navy and when I was Commander-in-Chief, was that we worshipped The Prince of Peace. Jesus Christ is The Prince of Peace. So, I considered myself, as a submarine officer, as helping to preserve the peace. And I felt the same way when I was president.
I trust Hillary Clinton as president and commander in chief, but the thought of Donald Trump as commander in chief scares me to death.
Commanders and senior officers should die with troops. The honour of the British Empire and the British Army is at stake.
I was the Commander in Chief with men and women in combat. And the idea of trying to agonize in public or show weakness would have demoralized them.
When you’re the commander in chief, you’re the commander in chief on day one. You don’t get like a six-month grace period. The world doesn’t just stop and say, well, let’s wait until the president catches up before we start challenging America.
The architect is very interesting because the architect is the commander, meaning the one who commands all the workers. The architect is also the music director and composer. He cannot play each instrument, but he needs to understand and embody the sense of each part.
Gary Berntsen, head of the CIA in Afghanistan there, he was a field commander. And he has a book out called “Jawbreaker.” And he says we missed an opportunity at Tora Bora to get him. We put resources elsewhere. That’s been a critique of the administration. Did we miss opportunities?
Jim Stavridis is the former NATO commander who is sometimes on people’s lists, also very plausible, self-possessed, someone with sobriety.
The decision to leave [Iraq] should be based solely on the judgment of the combatant commanders on the ground who say, “My Iraqi counterparts can now handle this particular area of the country on their own with minimum American support or with no American support.” When they can do that, we should leave.
We need to have a commander-in-chief who knows what she is doing.
The greatest commander is he whose intuitions most nearly happen.
To date, we’ve arrested or otherwise dealt with many key commanders of al Qaeda… All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. Many others have met a different fate. Let’s put it this way – they are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies.
Imagine being able to make it difficult for an ISIS commander to talk to his fighters in the field just by placing a piece of malware on his computer network.
Dina Temple-Raston
As I have been saying for more than a year now, turning this vital mission over to the Iraqi people as soon as possible should remain a topic of debate for Congress while relying on our military commanders to set up the timetable.
As the Senator from Vermont was kind enough to note, I did have the experience of being commander in chief of our National Guard in Missouri for 8 years.
My first job as commander in chief is to keep the American people safe.
I have great faith in the military. I have great faith in certain of the commanders, certainly. But I have no faith in Hillary Clinton or the leadership.
What the world needs is an Emergency Boss. An Emergency Czar. An Emergency Commander. A true Master Of Disaster. One person completely responsible for the anticipation, immediate reconnaissance, and urgent execution of rescue and relief efforts around the world.
I am fully prepared to be commander in chief… I don’t need on-the-job training.
The president of the United States is the commander in chief, and the people who work with him at the National Security Council are his arm in working with the Defense Department. And, quite frankly, they have responsibility for all of the government. We are one component of the government.
In the saddle again, Fire mulled over the commander’s trust, prodding it around, like a candy in her mouth, trying to decide whether she believed it.
As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of the potency of public opinion – and I worried about it.
I might not like the fact that you are my commander, Greek, but as a soldier I will obey you regardless of my personal distaste for your company. (Valerius) Gee, T-Red, doesn’t it make you all warm and fuzzy just to be near him? (Talon)
Commander, I always used to consider that you had a definite anti-authoritarian streak in you.” “Sir?” “It seems that you have managed to retain this even though you are authority.” “Sir?” “That’s practically zen.
The commander must decide how he will fight the battle before it begins. He must then decide who he will use the military effort at his disposal to force the battle to swing the way he wishes it to go; he must make the enemy dance to his tune from the beginning and not vice versa.
Better a cautious commander, and not a rash one.
For those who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, it is a call of duty to take back America from a Commander-in-Chief that is incapable of understanding the sacrifices that have been made for the values that have made America great.
The printing press is the greatest weapon in the armoury of the modern commander.
I can recall no parallel in history where a great nation recently at war has so distinguished its former enemy commander.
Remember, it is the president’s constitutional duty to provide a strong national defense. Don’t insert politics into national security. Listen to your ground commanders. They know better than anyone what our military’s needs are. Have somebody strong at home who can provide you with needed support ‘off the battle field.’
One thing the military does far better than business is train its own leaders. I can’t go to IBM and hire a battalion commander. They don’t have any.
There’s a War Crimes Act in the United States passed by a Republican Congress in 1996, which says that grave breaches of the Geneva Convention are subject to the death penalty. And that doesn’t mean the soldier that committed them – that means the commanders.
A Commander-in-Chief needs to do two things. One – tell us who the enemy is. And two – say we are fighting to win.
Bill Clinton is not my Commander in Chief.
I am convinced that nothing but the hand of God can save us or help us as long as we have our present commander.
James Long
I’ve already heard from some military commanders who feel they’ve been undercut by the vice president of the United States, and there’s a lot of justification for their view.
Nulle creВ  ature humaine ne peut commander a’В В  l’amour. No human being can give orders to love.
The national security issues are a really good window into the character of the person that somebody wants to have as commander in chief.
Business is war! Its leaders are strategic commanders, who boldly snatch victory from the jaws of defeat – and who perform other acts of derring-do. This kind of talk sounds great in the boardroom, and, for that matter, in the bookstore, where dozens of authors counsel would-be corporate warriors.
As commander-in-chief, I will do whatever it takes to defend America. But in defending America, we cannot lose what America stands for.
The judgment that every voter is making of every one of us [running for presidency] who has the experience, who has the vision, who has the judgment to be commander in chief. That is the most important decision for the voters to make. That’s a standard I’m held to. And it’s a standard everyone else is held to.
Prince Asaka had joined the army only about ten days before its entry into Nanking and in view of the short time he was connected with this army I do not think he can be held responsible. I would say that the Division Commanders are the responsible parties.
Whenever I spoke with anybody who said they did not have a problem in the military it was because their commander treated them well. Every single time it was about the commander as to whether they had a good or bad experience.
But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
Two commanders on the same field are always one too many.
In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory.
God bless the soldiers and seamen, with all their brave commanders.
I return with feelings of misgiving from my third war-I was the first American commander to put his signature to a paper ending a war when we did not win it.
WeВ need a commanderВ inВ chief not a professor of law standing atВ aВ lectern -В theВ lectern.
I always wanted to be commander-in-chief of my one-woman army, But I can envision the mediocrity of my finest hour.
Those who were adept and brave fellows I have made military commanders. Those who were quick and nimble I have made herders of horses. Those who were not adept I have given a small whip and sent to be shepherds
Of course, I think it is legitimate for the Commander-in-Chief to be concerned for the safety of his soldiers.
Lampis, the sea commander, being asked how he got his wealth, answered, “My greatest estate I gained easily enough, but the smaller slowly and with much labour.
I’d always thought that, in all the great sci-fi constructs, there’s always the guy who seems like he’s the commander, but then you reveal that there’s an even bigger puppet master up above and beyond him.
Knowledge is lost without putting it into practice; a man is lost due to ignorance; an army is lost without a commander; and a woman is lost without a husband.
America needs a commander in chief, not a global community organizer.
We need a president who understands the first obligation of the commander-in-chief is to keep America safe. If I am elected president, we will hunt down and kill the terrorists. We will utterly destroy ISIS.
I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.
If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as the next Commander-in-Chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
Nathan Hale
I was a section commander in the parachute regiment [in the British army].
I am the lord of Redmont Fief. He is my tenant. I am his commander. End of story. Ipso facto. Case-o closed-o.
Some of you…have never read a Patrick O’Brian novel. I beseech you to start now. Start with Master and Commander, which should be available in paperback from your nearest bookseller. And if he-or she-does not have a copy, then beat the wretched fellow.
I don’t like celebrity quarterbacks. We don’t need those. We need battlefield commanders.
If you look at the way Donald Trump has treated law enforcement, if you look at the way he’s treated the military, this is a man who fully understands the burden of leadership and the responsibility he has as the commander in chief.
I hadn’t mentioned, but Ching Shih is a pretty villainous character. She is a real person, but she was a pirate commander, so she probably murdered a lot of people.
It’s one of the reasons [Vladimir Putin invitation to U.S] why 50 national security officials who served in Republican information – in administrations have said that Donald [Trump] is unfit to be the commander- in-chief. It’s comments like that that really worry people who understand the threats that we face.
Some of the guys in the Northern Alliance are war criminals. One of the Northern Alliance commanders ran a slave girl network in Kabul in 1994. Remember that there was a period when every woman on the streets was at risk of being raped. This was the Northern Alliance period of glory.
I intend to make America strong again. I’m going to be the champion of the middle class, where I came from. If you make me your president, our best days are ahead. I’m ready to be commander-in-chief, ladies and gentlemen, on day one. I intend to win a war that we cannot afford to lose.
The question is who ought to make that decision, the Congress or the commanders? And as you know, my position is clear. I’m a commander guy.
The president of the Arab Republic of Egypt is the commander of the armed forces, full stop.
The day General Soleimani flew back from Moscow to Iran was the day we believed that Russia used cyber warfare against the joint chiefs. We need a new commander in chief that will stand up to our enemies.
I tell you, commander, it’s true that some of the most terrible things in the world are done by people who think, genuinely think, that they’re doing it for the best, especially if there is some god involved.
I sailed a bit as a child, but it wasn’t until I was around 40, when I was halfway through Patrick O’Brian’s ‘Master and Commander’ novels, that I had the sudden epiphany that I had to go sail on a square-rig ship.
A force engaged is out of the hand of its commander.
Ardant du Picq
Listen to me, convict. I have not traveled all this way to listen to your war stories. So shut your trap before I shut it for you. Commander Julius Root
I am myself my own commander.
[Lat., Egomet sum mihi imperator.]
But what I would say to my successor is that it is important not just to shoot but to aim. And it is important, in this seat, to make sure that you’re making your best judgments based on data, intelligence, the information that’s coming from your commanders and folks on the ground and you’re not being swayed by politics.
I can tell you is all nine of the people here [on debates] would make an infinitely better commander in chief than Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
One of the things that’s very troubling to voters about Donald Trump is his erratic behavior, his lack of good temperament to serve as commander in chief.
When you kneel in prayer, don’t give God orders, just report to your Commander in Chief for duty.
Michael Catt
My advice for the next commander in chief: Listen to your military advisers. Listen to your generals. They are the experts. Even if you have a commander in chief who has served in the military, that person still isn’t engaged on a daily basis. The generals will know best.
These are the times that try men’s souls.
As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle, so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.
In battles two things are usually required of the Commander-in-Chief: to make a good plan for his army and, secondly, to keep a strong reserve.
It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander-in-chief.
Nathan Hale
It’s his word against the Commander’s, unless he wants to head a posse. Kick in the door, and what did I tell you? Caught in the act, sinfully Scrabbling. Quick, eat those words.
I believe my arrival was most welcome, not only to the
Commander of the Fleet but almost to every individual in it.
He who obeys with modesty appears worthy of being some day a commander.
I am sure of the fact that Fidel and ChГЎvez are commanders of the forces of freedom in America, to liberate America and the world.
In 2004, I went to Israel and gave a speech that resulted in guns and ammunition being given to the South Sudanese rebels, specifically Commanders Athol’s and Yaka’s armies.
When the higher officers are angry and insubordinate, and on meeting the enemy give battle on their own account from a feeling of resentment, before the commander-in-chief can tell whether or not he is in a position to fight, the result is ruin.
Military commanders do not want to be tried for war crimes, even if those crimes are committed online.
The picture. A great plain, comprising the entire Jerusalem district, where is the supreme Commander-in-Chief of the forces of good, Christ our Lord: another plain near Babylon, where Lucifer is, at the head of the enemy.
Take caution in your tone, commander. I’m a fair man, but this — heat is making me absolutely crazy.
Commander I believe in God and his son Jesus Christ and because I do I can say this. Private Santiago is dead and that is a tragedy. But he is dead because he had no code. He is dead because he had no honor. And God was watching.
I don’t even think of myself as a quote, unquote star – that’s really douchey. I think of myself as just like . . . a dance commander.
I think no commander ever is going to come out and say, ‘I’m confident that we can do this.
A commander in chief ought to say to himself several times a day: If the enemy should appear on my front, on my right, on my left, what would I do? And if the question finds him uncertain, he is not well placed, he is not as he should be, and he should remedy it.
The word ‘hero‘ has been bandied about a lot to refer to anyone killed in Afghanistan or Iraq. But anyone who voluntarily goes to Afghanistan or Iraq [as a soldier] is fighting for an evil cause under an evil commander in chief.
With growing experience, all skillful commanders sought to profit by the power of the defensive, even when on the offensive.
Commander! Sir! Wake up!” Jack surfaced from sleep, wondering who the commander was and wishing he’d respond so he could go back to sleep – until he remembered that he was the commander.
Cheery was aware that Commander Vimes didn’t like the phrase ‘The innocent have nothing to fear‘, believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like ‘The innocent have nothing to fear’.
Every parent is wondering, how do we keep our kids safe? We need a commander in chief who does what Ronald Reagan did with communism, which is he set out a global strategy to defeat Soviet communism.
You can’t flip-flop and be commander-in-chief.
I’m of the belief that you can have only one commander-in-chief at a time, only one president at a time. President Bush is our president. Whatever he decides vis-a-vis war or peace in Iraq is what we will do as a country. And I for one will swing in behind him as a citizen … and support whatever his decision is.
We cannot promote someone to Commander-in-Chief who has made the world a more violent and dangerous place with every bad judgment Hillary Clinton has made.
Your commanders have ordered you to storm the White House and to arrest me. But I as the elected President of Russia give you the order to turn your tanks and not to fight against your own people.
The only sin I think a commander in chief can make is exaggerating successes and not understanding the challenges.
Pompey had fought brilliantly and in the end routed Caesar‘s whole force… but either he was unable to or else he feared to push on. Caesar [said] to his friends: ‘Today the enemy would have won, if they had had a commander who was a winner.’
The admiral, or commander in chief of a squadron, being frequently invested with a great charge, on which the fate of a kingdom may depend, ought certainly to be possessed of abilities equal to so important a station and so extensive a command.
The Secretary of Defense is not a super General or Admiral. His task is to exercise civilian control over the Department for the Commander-in-Chief and the country.
Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than those given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those relating to secret operations.
As a commander-in-chief what you do and what you say has real consequences.
You want to be commander-in-chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient.
One can look at John McCain and say that he’s not ready to be commander-in-chief.
If the regulars are to be put together, I believe they would prefer me to the other Cavalry Commanders.
Victory and disaster establish indestructible bonds between armies and their commanders.
The nature of encounter operations required of the commanders limitless initiative and constant readiness to take the responsibility for military actions.
If the Commander-in-Chief will look beyond the defence forces, he will discover that the real India is not military but peace-loving.
The darkest days in my life after the war, after the war, was when I discovered that the … most of the members and commanders of the Einsatz group that were doing the killings, not even in gas chambers, but killing with machine guns, had college degrees from German universities and PhD‘s and MD’s. Couldn’t believe it.
America’s military is the best in the world, but this president [Barack Obama] is hollowing out our military. We need a commander in chief that believes in American exceptionalism again.
There are always times where the place of a commander isn’t back with his Major State, but onward with his troops.
When orders are consistently trustworthy and observed, the relationship of a commander with his troops is satisfactory.
The war against ISIS will pose many new challenges for the next commander-in-chief. The last two presidents [George W. Bush and Barack Obama] pursued a Middle East policy that supported toppling dictators to try to promote democracy.
As president, my goal in Afghanistan will be to complete a successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014. I will evaluate conditions on the ground and solicit the best advice of our military commanders. And I will affirm that my duty is not to my political prospects, but to the security of the nation.
Figure out the one solution – not three – that you want to see happen. There were quite a few things we could have gone after but we decided to focus on the commanders and that was a strategic decision because that, for us, would be the most vulnerable point and the most effective one that could immediately change.
Well, the most important thing a president will be is commander-in-chief. And that requires having an understanding of the complex issues on foreign policy. Foreign policy presents us often with hard choices, not black or white choices.