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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.
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.
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.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
The printing press is the greatest weapon in the armoury of the modern commander.
T. E. Lawrence
Moses was the greatest legislator and the commander in chief of perhaps the first liberation army.
As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle, so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
To win this war, we need a commander in chief, not a professor of law standing at the lectern.
I neither will aspire to nor will I accept, the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief.
When we wrote the Constitution, the intention was to give the commander in chief the authority how to use the forces when you authorize him to be able to use the forces.
The American President resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek.
But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility.
The president of the Arab Republic of Egypt is the commander of the armed forces, full stop.
On a standard space shuttle crew, two of the astronauts have a test pilot background - the commander and the pilot.
My own grandfathers were a submarine commander and a 'desert rats' tank operator in the Second World War.
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.
Truman fired the popular Gen. Douglas MacArthur because he disobeyed orders in the Korean War. Johnson knew that he had reached the endgame in Vietnam when Gen. William Westmoreland, the top commander in Vietnam, requested 240,000 more troops in 1968 for the prolonged war that also could not be won.
Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is not of much use to his subordinates.
As Commander in Chief of the United States Military, I will never send our sons and daughters and our brothers and sisters to die in a foreign land without telling the truth about why they're going there.
I think as a rifle platoon and company commander your view is about 1,000 meters in front of you and you hope you can cover that ground and not have to back up and give it up again.
As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of the potency of public opinion - and I worried about it.
Obviously, if the commander makes certain decisions that the reporter thinks is inhibiting his right to report a legitimate story, he has to appeal to the commander's boss to get that changed.
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.
I am fully prepared to be commander in chief... I don't need on-the-job training.
No commander in chief would ever say, 'I'm not going to listen to the guys on the ground.'
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.
When I first went to school, I was fighting all the time. The soldier mentality was still in me. I kept getting expelled. I found it hard to take instructions from anyone who wasn't a military commander.
No operational commander should have to assign a soldier a task that could be done as well by a computer, a remote sensor, or an unmanned airplane.
I think no commander ever is going to come out and say, 'I'm confident that we can do this.'
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.
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