I am under no illusion that our present strategy of using means short of total war to achieve our ends and oppose communism is a guarantee that a world war will not be thrust upon us. But a policy of patience and determination without provoking a world war, while we improve our military power, is one which we believe we must continue to follow. Under present circumstances, we have recommended against enlarging the war from Korea to also include Red China. The course of action often described as a limited war with Red China would increase the risk we are taking by engaging too much of our power in an area that is not the critical strategic prize. Red China is not the powerful nation seeking to dominate the world. Frankly, in the opinion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this strategy would involve us in the wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy.
We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.
- Douglas MacArthur American Military Leader
- George Marshall American Military Leader
- George S. Patton American Military Leader
- Colin Powell American Military Leader
- H. Norman Schwarzkopf American Military Leader
- Eric Shinseki American Military Leader
- Dwight D. Eisenhower American Head of State
- Hyman G. Rickover American Military Leader
- Eddie Rickenbacker American Military Leader
- Robert S. Johnson American Military Leader