Select Quayle Topics: National Defense
Right now we have a theory of mutually assured destruction that supposedly
provides for peace and stability, and it's worked. But that doesn't mean
that we can't build upon a concept of MAD where both sides are vulnerable
to another attack. Why wouldn't an enhanced deterrent, a more stable
peace, a better prospect to denying the ones who enter conflict in the
first place to have a reduction of offensive systems and an introduction
to defensive capability. I believe that is the route this country will
-- Senator Dan Quayle discussing nuclear weapons at
a speech in Chicago. (reported in the NY Times 9/9/88)
We should develop anti-satellite weapons because we could not have prevailed
without them in 'Red Storm Rising'.
-- Senator Dan Quayle, 9/6/88
(reported in Esquire, 8/92) Also reported by Newsweek, 9/88
[The US is] naked, absolutely nude, to attack [by the Soviets]
-- Senator Dan Quayle at the Ohio State Fair,
8/20/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)
Vietnam is a jungle. You had jungle warfare. Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia,
you have sand. [There is no need to worry about a protracted war because]
from a historical basis, Middle East conflicts do not last a long time.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle, 10/2/90
(reported in Esquire, 8/92)
I got through a number of things in the area of defense, like showing the
importance of cruise missiles and getting them more accurate so that we can
have precise precision.
-- Senator Dan Quayle referring to his legislative
accomplishments. (reported in The NY Times 8/26/88)
My opponent knows less about national defense than I know about spelling.
Even I know it's Cruise missiles, not Patriot missiles that go through
doors and chimneys.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle correcting a Bill Clinton
misstatement, 9/92. (Seen on CNN; the CNN anchorwoman
corrected Quayle when the story was over.)
I guess you'll have to ask the details to the management, I am here.
The Governor and I are announcing this today. It was just signed off on
by the Secretary of Defense as something that we have been monitoring,
and the Governor obviously has been very involved in this. And we're
making this announcement today.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle at a factory near Detroit
in August, 1992, showing just how familiar he was
with the details of a $300 million plan to upgrade the
Army's M-1 tanks. (reported in the NY Times 10/7/92)