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And I never - I couldn't approach - I don't say it just to brag, but, I mean, my sensitivities are completely different.
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And so, I mean, he declared war right there and then in so many words and Alex says later in the book, nobody in the White House from that point on had any doubt that we were going to bomb the mainland of Asia.
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And we had our own laws. I mean, I wrote them. And we had our own customs, and traditions, and proprieties.
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Another thing I learned was when you're trying to analyze a Communist officer, don't try to analyze him as some sort of a political fanatic.
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Because people are - people are, I think, interested in the quality of the man's experience, and what he's prepared to do.
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But there were highs as well as lows, it was as though they said everybody was picking on the man who had more practical real life experiences than the whole batch of them put together.
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Half the issues they - are so polished they're talking about - are dead by the time they get into the office, and into the midst of their tour where they're really productive.
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He's a novice, but he's had these - he's experienced in leadership in tight circumstances. He started - he dropped the first bomb, led the first air strike into North Vietnam.
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I could get 'em back, I did get 'em all back and I think I can take credit for that and anyway, that's my take on that piece.
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I mean, I didn't - I should have demanded attention of the boss maybe, or something like that that might have backfired. This I would just take as it came.
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I mean, I really think that I would expect somebody that's leading the country to have some kind of - some kind of courage physically, personally.
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I never had a single conversation about politics with Ross Perot in my life; still haven't.
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I think character is permanent, and issues are transient.
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I was commanding officer of a supersonic fighter squadron, FA Crusaders.
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I was in solitary confinement for over four years. I was in leg irons for over two.
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I was tortured fifteen times, that's total submission. They did that with shutting off your blood circulation with ropes, giving you claustrophobia and pain at the same time, bending you double.
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I'm a grown man. You know, I've been in a lot of scrapes, but I never felt like I got so - there are probably a lot of things I should have done that I didn't do.
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In order to do something you must be something.
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It just - the whole thing reminded me of a May pole dance. I was standing there trying to figure out how I could get my oar in and never really did.
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No, everybody knows I'm not a politician.
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On the eighteenth of December 1972, when we thought we were getting another of the hundreds of little tactical air raids, we heard the bombs going in out there in the railroad yards and this went on for about thirty minutes.
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So the first thing that went on was to decide... trying to find a time when we could get reprisal raids out.
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Sybil's my wife, and on the first day of October, that's the first time I knew Ross was going to run.
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The guy that just arranges things so that the stock market holds up is nobody in my - in my estimation.
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There was nothing there but black water and American fire power.
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They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.
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They were heading out to the middle of the bay - the Gulf - that's another thing that became kind of standard practice, we didn't hurry the destroyers around the beach any more, when it got dark, we'd take 'em out thirty or forty miles out in the middle of the Tonkin Gulf.
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This idea, as you know, that I have firm convictions that the idea of issues being a big deal where our mutual friend went back and he felt so strongly that the determining factor in electoral success should be a proven character.
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We couldn't generalize on the people. Some of them were known to be tough guys and they didn't say much, but some of them were kind of soft-headed, but they did that. That was an East German film.
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Well, first of all, I was asked by Ross Perot on a telephone call in March of 1992 if, since he had committed on the Larry King Show to becoming a candidate for president, to get on all 50 ballots.
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Yeah. I mean, it just seemed to me that it was - I felt so helpless to this business of not having any papers. That seems like a throwback to a schoolboy.
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