Say of the Day: JFK on War

Quoted by Michael Dobbs in his whoppingly good One MInute to MIdnight:

It’s very easy to talk about the war and beating the Japs if it takes years and a million men, but anyone who talks lke that should consider well his words.   We get so used to talking about billions of dollars, and millions of soldiers, that thousands of casualties sound like drops in the bucket.  But if those thousands want to live as much as the ten that I saw [in his PT-boat, which was sliced in half by a Japanese destroyer], the people deciding the whys and wherefores had better make mighty sure that all this effort is headed for some definite goal, and that wen we reach that goal we may say it was worth it….


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