For eleven months I was trained to kill. For eight weeks, during basic training, I screamed ‘kill, kill’. So when I got to Vietnam I was ready to kill.

From Kill Everything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, by Nick Turse


Our most effective and often used means of communication eventually became violence.

Joseph Calloway


[There was] a striking contrast between the formal instruction (given rotely if at all) to kill only military adversaries, and the informal message (loud and clear) to kill just about everyone.

Robert Lifton, quoted in Kill Everything that Moves, by Nick Turse