– Mike Mullen, retired admiral and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in an interview with the Daily Princetonian. Mullen is teaching U.S. Military and National and International Diplomacy to 19 students at Princeton this semester.
“At the end of my military career, some 40 years later, that [Vietnam] war had a lot to do with the way I handle myself in the wars that we're in right now, part of which means to make sure that the American people know what's going on - to put a face on that, to put a face on those we've lost. I was a big advocate for opening Dover [Air Force Base] to the public and the families for just that reason. We want people to know what's going on and to consciously say “yes” or “no” -- we will continue this, or we won't continue it. The Vietnam War began, the American people didn't support the men and women in uniform, and that is not the case now.”