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Wise Words from Old Grads

" It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it."

" What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world."

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Robert E. Lee, Class of 1829
United States Military Academy
West Point, New York


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Honor Code

MAJOR GENERAL MAXWELL D. TAYLOR
Admiral John Paul Jones
Father of the US Navy

United States Military Academy
"Duty, Honor, Country"

United States Naval Academy
"Honor, Courage, Committment"

United States Air Force Academy
"Integrity First, Service Before Self,
Excellence in All We Do.
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President Jimmy Carter Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech Oslo,
Norway December 10, 2002

MAJOR GENERAL MAXWELL D. TAYLOR
President
Jimmy Carter
USNA-1946
Your majesties, members of the Nobel Committee in Norway, your excellencies, distinguished guests, it is with a deep sense of gratitude that I accept this prize. I'm grateful to my wife, Rosalynn, to my colleagues at the Carter Center, and to many others who continue to seek an end to violence and suffering throughout the world.
The scope and character of our center's activities are perhaps unique, the center's activities are unique, but in many other ways, they are typical of the work being done by hundreds of nongovernmental organizations that strive for human rights and peace.


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West Point Honor System
Its Objectives and Procedures
By Major General Maxwell D. Taylor
Superintendent, U. S. Military Academy

MAJOR GENERAL MAXWELL D. TAYLOR
The Honor System at West Point is the outgrowth of many years of development and experience. The need for such a system is implicit in the mission of the Military Academy to develop military leaders. These leaders must have strength of character as well as intellectual and physical vigor.

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Farewell Address January 17, 1961 (Military-Industrial Complex Speech)

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President
Dwight D. Eisenhower
USMA-1915
My fellow Americans:

Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower
Douglas MacArthur
USMA-1903

Douglas MacArthur: Duty, Honor Country

As I was leaving the hotel this morning, a doorman asked me, "Where are you bound for, General?' and when I replied, "West Point," he remarked, "Beautiful place; have you ever been there before?" No human being could fail to be deeply moved by such a tribute as this coming from a profession I have served so long and a people I have loved so well. It fills me with an emotion I cannot express. But this award is not intended primarily to honor a personality, but to symbolize a great moral code--the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land of culture and ancient descent.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

Orwell's "Politics and the English Language"

Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language -- so the argument runs -- must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.

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CATASTROPHIC LEVEL OF DEATHS IN IRAQ
655,000 Iraqis Die Since 2003 Invasion
The Lancet Study
2006
Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey

There has been widespread concern over the scale of Iraqi deaths after the invasion by the US-led coalition in March 2003. Various methods have been used to count violent deaths, including hospital death data from the Ministry of Health, mortuary tallies, and media reports.1,2 The best known is the Iraq Body Count, which estimated that, up to September 26, 2006, between 43491 and 48283 Iraqis have been killed since the invasion.1 Estimates from the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior were 75% higher than those based on the Iraq Body Count from the same period.2 An Iraqi non-governmental organisation, Iraqiyun, estimated 128,000 deaths from the time of the invasion until July, 2005, by use of various sources, including household interviews.3

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The Lancet Study 2004
Mortality before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: cluster sample survey

The risk of death was estimated to be 2.5-fold (95% CI 1.6-4.2) higher after the invasion when compared with the preinvasion period. Two-thirds of all violent deaths were reported in one cluster in the city of Falluja. If we exclude the Falluja data, the risk of death is 1.5-fold (1.1-2.3) higher after the invasion. We estimate that 98000 more deaths than expected (8000-194000) happened after the invasion outside of Falluja and far more if the outlier Falluja cluster is included. The major causes of death before the invasion were myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular accidents, and other chronic disorders whereas after the invasion violence was the primary cause of death. Violent deaths were widespread, reported in 15 of 33 clusters, and were mainly attributed to coalition forces. Most individuals reportedly killed by coalition forces were women and children. The risk of death from violence in the period after the invasion was 58 times higher (95% CI 8.1-419) than in the period before the war. 

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