Great Moments in Wartime Rhetoric

“We…would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.” FDR, World War II

“We shall fight them on the beaches, we shall fight them on the landing ground, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…” Winston Churchill, World War II

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” JFK, Cold War

“Failure? The possibilities do not exist.” Margaret Thatcher, The Falklands War

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Ronald Reagan, Cold War

“This will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait.” George H.W. Bush, Gulf War

“Hey baby…check this out. I call it the Commander in Chief.” Bill Clinton, War on Women

“The United States of America will use all our resources to conquer this enemy….This battle will take time and resolve, but make no mistake about it, we will win.” George W. Bush, Global War on Terror

“I don’t think we’re losing.” Barack Obama, The Pretend War

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