23 Best David Hackworth Quotes from Prominent Military Journalist

David Haskell Hackworth (1930-2005) was a distinguished U.S. military veteran with over 90 honors, including 10 Silver Stars and eight Purple Hearts.

Beginning his career in 1946, he served in Italy, Korea and founded the Tiger Force during the Vietnam War.

Retiring as a colonel in 1971, he later became a Newsweek journalist and editor, championing soldiers’ rights and critiquing U.S. foreign policy.

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He passed away from cancer and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

In this article, I have curated the top quotes by David Hackworth.

Best David Hackworth Quotes


Writing with you is the only thing that keeps me alive. ~ David Hackworth.


The old saying that war is a racket has taken on an even more shameful meaning. ~ David Hackworth.


If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly. ~ David Hackworth.


Only a foolish woman would allow her man to earn his living as a moving target. ~ David Hackworth.


War is the ultimate reality-based horror show. ~ David Hackworth.


It’s human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn’t banging loudly on the door. ~ David Hackworth.

Mao’s conviction, “Give me a path wide enough to move a mule and I will move an army.” ~ David H. Hackworth.


Politicians only listened to these generals, and these generals only listened to themselves. ~ David H. Hackworth.

So it’s not a matter of the military lying to the press, but it’s the job of the military to deny the press any information that will provide aid and comfort to the enemy. ~ David Hackworth.


Modern American war is as easy to script as a B movie. ~ David Hackworth.

Top David Hackworth Quotes

Terrorism, too, must be excised wherever it exists, which will take years, and which can’t happen without the total commitment and the everyday involvement of the American people. ~ David Hackworth.

What we need to do is follow the axiom of World War II which was ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships’ and the media has really got to follow that. ~ David Hackworth.

In order to drill into young men the need to stay alert and stay alive, I used to punish offenders with my fists, boots and rifle butt, and with stockade time. ~ David Hackworth.


We citizens don’t need to know every detail of every military operation in this new kind of war. Nor should the media tell us and hence our enemy. ~ David Hackworth.

That’s what supporting the troops is really all about – making sure American grunts get the right stuff! ~ David Hackworth.

That’s because international Islamic religious fanatics have the same goal as the Axis fascists – the destruction of our way of life. ~ David Hackworth.


Respecting your opponent is the key to winning any bout. Hold your enemy in contempt and you may miss the strategy behind his moves. ~ David Hackworth.

If a policy is wrongheaded feckless and corrupt I take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it’s fixed. ~ David Hackworth.

Famous David Hackworth Quotes

Their plan is to return the entire world – not just the Middle East – to the days of the caliphate and either convert all of us so-called infidels into born-again Islamic believers or kill us. ~ David Hackworth.


Fortunately, it’s still not too late to develop a comprehensive global strategy to eliminate our real enemy. ~ David Hackworth.

Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can’t be treated just where it’s visible – every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed. ~ David Hackworth.

If a policy is wrongheaded, feckless and corrupt, I take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it’s fixed. ~ David Hackworth.

Because our homeland and very survival are once more at stake, the American people can’t afford to treat this new war against terrorism like they did Vietnam. ~ David Hackworth.

So these were the 23 top David Hackworth quotes and sayings.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Jon Taffer quotes and Gifford Pinchot quotes.

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