The message of Vietnam is not that Americans will not take casualties; it is that the American people do not want the lives of their sons and daughters wasted.
Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World, p. 287
If there is a single power the West underestimates, it is the power of collective hatred.Ralph Peters
We [Americans] choose not to understand the world on terms other than our own.Ralph Peters
We [the U.S.] think nothing…of attempting to inflict upon other peoples forms of government ill-tailored to their needs.Ralph Peters
We have moved from an age in which government leaders sought to do what was best for the people to one in which the political leadership is convinced it knows what is best for the people, whether they like it or not.Ralph Peters
There is no lack of bravery in the ranks of our armed forces, but bureaucratic cowardice rules in our intelligence establishment (as well as at the higher levels of military command).Ralph Peters