War Quotes

It’s an eclectic film and I think we served the novel really well. And we had a great cast who worked for free. Everyone read it and said, I’m in, from Nick [Nolte] to Albert [Finney] to Omar [Epps] to Barbara [Hershey]. We really had fun and shot it in a very short time. I think the subject matter is more topical today, more to the point, than it was 30 years ago, when it concerned the Vietnam War.

My dad was young. He went to work. But he’d been to war. He’d seen some of the world. It wasn’t like he was going to be an extensive traveler or something. That didn’t seem to be in the nature of – in his nature or in the nature of his parents or many of the folks in my family, really. They were – we had a cousin that went to – off to Brown University. It was like a nuclear explosion took place.

The question of whether we were misled into the war in Iraq isn’t a liberal or conservative or Republican or Democratic question, it’s an American one. Protecting the democracy that we ask our sons and daughters to die for is our responsibility and our trust. Demanding accountability from our leaders is our job as citizens. It’s the American way. So may the truth win out.

Throughout the history of the United States , war has been the primary impetus behind the growth and development of the central state. It has been the lever by which presidents and other national officials have bolstered the power of the state in the face of tenacious popular resistance.

It sounds strange to say it, but you can be in a war zone and have a lot of fun. Even though war is essentially pain on all sides, human beings have the capacity to enjoy themselves. The soldiers are mostly young people, full of enthusiasm and energy, and that’s an exciting thing for an old guy like me.