"Every madman has his agenda."
— Russian proverb
"We have to strike now, sir! Annihilate! KILL! KILL!!" Kurtz
: Did they say why, Willard? Why they want to terminate my command? Willard
: I was sent on a classified mission, sir. Kurtz:
It's no longer classified, is it? Did they tell you? Willard
: They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound. Kurtz
: Are my methods unsound? Willard
: I don't see any "method" at all
"Mandrake, do you recall what Clemenceau once said about war? [...] He said war was too important to be left to the generals. When he said that, 50 years ago, he might have been right. But today, war is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought. I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids." "At one time the colonel was a member of the territorial council of Illinois, ends at the formation of the state government, was pressed to become candidate for governor, but begged to be excused. And, though he declined to give his reasons for declining, yet by those who best knew him the cause was not wholly unsurmised. In his official capacity he might be called upon to enter into friendly treaties with Indian tribes, a thing not to be thought of. And even did no such contingency arise, yet he felt there would be an impropriety in the Governor of Illinois stealing out now and then, during a recess of the legislative bodies, for a few days' shooting at human beings, within the limits of his paternal chief-magistracy. If the governorship offered large honors, from Moredock it demanded larger sacrifices. These were incompatibles. In short, he was not unaware that to be a consistent Indian-hater involves the renunciation of ambition, with its objects — the pomps and glories of the world." Cap. Picard:
In the Treaty of Algeron the Federation specifically agreed not
to develop cloaking technology. Adm: Pressman:
And that treaty is the biggest mistake we ever made! It's kept us from exploiting a vital area of defense! Cap. Picard:
That treaty has kept us in peace for sixty years
, and as a Starfleet officer, you're supposed to uphold it!
War-Prince Alloran: <You think you can fight a clean war, Elfangor? Is that what you think? Or are you one of those who are happy enough when someone like me does the dirty work for you?>
Aristh Elfangor: <They are defenseless.>
Aristh Elfangor: <War-prince Alloran, I honor you, but >
<What is the difference how you destroy the enemy? What does it matter if you kill them with a tail blade or a shredder or a quantum virus?
"As the world now knows, on the evening of June 16, 1972, H.H. gave a splendid lobster dinner for the Watergate burglars and then sent Bernie Barker and his Cubans into battle to bug the offices of the Democratic Party... H.H. had also said that his own break-in of the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist was an attempt to find out whether "Ellsberg might be a controlled agent for the Sovs." One daydreams: "Dr. Fielding, I have these terrible headaches. They started just after I met my control Ivan and he said, 'Well, boychik, it's been five years now since you signed on as a controlled agent. Now I guess you know that if there's one thing we Sovs hate it's a non-producer so...'" "In the sixties, during the Cold War, most of the United States supported the making of plutonium weapons...Curtis LeMay had eighteen nukes stored on his own that he didnt tell the NSC or President Kennedy about because he didnt deem them knowledgeable enough about war. That is unbelievable arrogance! So, Admiral Marcus is basically like LeMay." "Even if we have to burn half of Russia and shed the blood of three-quarters of the population, we shall do it if that is needed to save Russia." "There are no innocent civilians. It is their government and you are fighting a people, you are not trying to fight an armed force anymore. So it doesn't bother me so much to be killing the so-called innocent bystanders."
— General Curtis LeMay
, inspiration for the Trope Namer
"Killing communists is like killing vermin, killing African nationalists is as if one is killing an animal. I don't like either one or the other. My men and I have killed between 5,000 to 10,000 Congo rebels in the 20 months that I have spent in the Congo. But that's not enough. There are 20 million Congolese you know and I assume that about half of them at one time or another were rebels whilst I was down here" "If the people raise a howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity-seeking."
—General William Tecumseh Sherman
, in a letter to Gen. Henry Halleck, September 1864