The wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy.
(Omar Bradley (1893-1981), U.S. general. Speech, May 15, 1951, to Senate Committees on Armed Services and Foreign Relations. The Military Situation in the Far East, Senate Hearings (1951).
As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Bradley was giving testimony before a Senate inquiry into General MacArthur's proposal to carry the Korean conflict into China; Bradley opposed the scheme, arguing that "Red China is not the powerful nation seeking to dominate the world.")
Let us not be deceivedwe are today in the midst of a cold war.
(Bernard Baruch (1870-1965), U.S. financier. Speech, April 16, 1947, South Carolina Legislature, Columbia. Quoted in New York Times (April 17, 1947).
A year later Baruch told the Senate War Investigating Committee, "We are in the midst of a cold war which is getting warmer." Baruch claimed the expression had been suggested to him by his speechwriter (and former editor of the New York World), Herbert Bayard Swope.)
(John Cleese (b. 1939), British comic actor, author, and Connie Booth. Basil, in Fawlty Towers (TV series), broadcast 1975, published in The Complete Fawlty Towers (1988).
On the pending arrival of German guests at Basil's hotel.)