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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1887
AUTHOR: Maxwell Davenport Taylor (1901–87)
QUOTATION: I have been among the officers who have said that a large land war in Asia is the last thing we should undertake. Most of us, when we use that term, are thinking about getting into a land war against Red China. That’s the only power in Asia which would require us to use forces in very large numbers. I was slow in joining with those who recommended the introduction of ground forces in South Vietnam. But it became perfectly clear that because of the rate of infiltration from North Vietnam to South Vietnam something had to be done.
ATTRIBUTION: General MAXWELL D. TAYLOR, interview, “Top Authority Looks at Vietnam War and Its Future,” U.S. News & World Report, February 21, 1966, p. 42.
SUBJECTS: Vietnam War