10 Total Quotes

John Vessey Quotes

"Resource-constrained environment" [are] fancy Pentagon words that mean there isn't enough money to go around.
John Vessey
#Environment

We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on?
John Vessey
#Army

Our strategy is one of preventing war by making it self-evident to our enemies that they're going to get their clocks cleaned if they start one.
John Vessey
#American Soldier #Enemies

More has been screwed up on the battlefield and misunderstood in the Pentagon because of a lack of understanding of the English language than any other single factor.
John Vessey
#American Soldier #Understanding

[My job is] to give the president and secretary of defense military advice before they know they need it.
John Vessey
#Advice

You have to set your "shove-it" tolerance someplace. But you also have to recognize that you, too, may be wrong, and that in two weeks' time you'll be "old what's-his-name" and won't be able to influence the situation at all.
John Vessey
#Tolerance

Don't get small units caught in between the forces of history.
John Vessey
#American Soldier #History