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Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love. Ovid
We are entitled to defend what we have until we lose it. Michael Jordan: The Last Dance s1e1, press conference, Netflix 2020
We see our role as essentially defensive in nature. While our armies are advancing so fast and everyone’s knocking themselves out to be heroes, we are holding ourselves in reserve in case the Krauts mount a counteroffensive which threatens Paris ... or maybe even New York. Then we can move in and stop them. But for 1.6 million dollars, we could become heroes for three days. Kelly’s Heroes 1970 starring Clint Eastwood & Telly Savalas & Don Rickles & Carroll O’Connor & Donald Sutherland & Gavin MacLeod & Stuart Margolin & Jeff Morris & Richard Davalos & George Savalas et al, director Brian G Hutton, Oddball
Never make a defence or apology before you be accused. Charles I
Military budget is simply an enormous pork barrel of special privilege, the privileges taking the form of windfall profits, of no-risk profits and, most importantly, of enormous outlays of capital supplied by the Pentagon to arms contractors. William Karp
When Frank Carlucci came on board he was coming straight from the Pentagon as Secretary of Defense. Reagan’s term had just finished. And Carlucci retired. He came on board and really took them in a completely new direction. Into defense ... A year, two years later the Gulf War hit. And everybody knows war time is boom time for the defense industry. Dan Briody
As a part of that $48.1 billion increase in the $400 billion Defense request that came from the President, there inside was money for the Crusader missile. Cynthia McKinney
Prominently featured in my dissent is mention of the Carlyle Group and its relationship to the Defender missile. Cynthia McKinney
In cases of defense ’tis best to weigh
The enemy more mighty than he seems. William Shakespeare, Henry V II iv 43-44, Daughin to King Charles and court
The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. James Madison
When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting women and children, but they never ask the women and the children what they think. Pat Schroeder
America needs to be defended. We need missile defense to better police the skies over the United States. Rudy Giuliani
Duck and cover. US 1950s Public Information short films featuring Bert the Turtle
A bigger bang for a buck. Charles E Wilson’s defense policy March 1954
‘According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions,’ Rumsfeld admitted. CBS Evening News, The War on Waste – Defense Department Cannot Account For 25% of Funds – $2.3 Trillion
All War Departments are now Defence Departments. This is all part of the doubletalk of our time. The aggressor is always on the other side. George Wald
There is no such thing as a successful defense. General George S Patton
Can our shrinking military keep Britain safe? We ask if defence cuts have allowed Russia to move its forces ever closer to our coast. A former head of special forces dismisses the government’s key plan to replace regular soldiers with part-timers. Dispatches: Britain’s Defence Squeeze, Channel 4 2015
The Royal Navy seemed to be a little short of ships. ibid.
Almost as many admirals as there are warships. ibid.
When Woodrow Wilson invaded Mexico and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) – where his warriors murdered and destroyed, reestablished virtual slavery, demolished the political system, and placed the countries firmly in the hands of US investors – these actions were in self-defense against the Huns. Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
He had defenders swarming around him like a wet blanket. Gerry Armstrong
Since 1984 Britain has been quietly borrowing AWACS from our NATO allies because of our costly failure to produce our own airborne radar aircraft. Duncan Campbell, Secret Society III: A Gap in Our Defences, BBC 1987
A long line of Radar disasters … Every major new radar system since 1945 has been a failure. ibid.
The computers were built before anyone had any idea how to write programs for them. ibid.
Britain’s first ever spy satellite will soon be going into space. The new spy satellite has been a bigger secret than the nuclear programme. Duncan Campbell, Secret Society VI: Zircon (withdrawn from BBC broadcast 1987)
The huge cost of Project Zircon flouts an important agreement with Parliament. ibid.
Zircon has been Whitehall’s most closely guarded secret for the past five years. ibid.
So why is Britain getting a spy satellite of its own? ibid.
‘It’s the best defense money can buy and that’s very expensive. For O J Simpson, an estimated $50,000 a day.’ Storyville: O J: Made in America IV, news, BBC 2016
Since 1967, an estimated 800,000 Palestinians have been arrested, tried and imprisoned with and without due process in civil and military courts for resisting Israeli occupation. Lea Tsemel has defended tens of thousands of them. Storyville: Advocate: A Lawyer Without Borders, caption, BBC 2020
A rebel with a lost cause. ibid. Lea
I always see the person behind the case. ibid.
You defend terrorists and their families. I imagined you differently, taller and tougher. ibid. Israeli TV presenter 1999
I’ve been called every name in the book. ibid. Lea
In June 1967 I was a law student. Suddenly, one morning, shells started exploding. ibid.
A whirlwind romance turns lethal. In the eyes of the law it’s a thin line between self-defence and murder. Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris, ID 2017
A car crash: 24-year-old Jeffery Brown is killed; 21-year-old Cherelle Brown survives the crash. And in the days following it she becomes the focus of an investigation that paints her as a killer. But this is anything but a clear-cut case. ibid.
The man she loves is turning her life into a living nightmare. ibid.
The police agree and seek to charge Charelle with first-degree murder. ibid.
Not guilty: ‘The jury was crying’. ibid.
The KGB man … You know the newspapers are saying your husband actually knows him. Defence of the Realm 1985 starring Gabriel Byrne & Greta Scacchi & Denholm Elliott & Ian Bannen & Fulton Mackay & Bill Paterson & David Calder & Frederick Treves & Robbie Coltrane et al, director David Drury, Mullen to wife in jam-jar
Can you tell me what would happen if hypothetically an aircraft crashed with its nuclear payload still on board? ibid. Mullen to US air force commander
After years of conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan, Americans might have expected that some of their country’s huge defence budget would be diverted to more pressing domestic concerns. But with US strategic priorities now switching to the Asia/Pacific region, will America’s top generals ever allow their spending to be cut? America’s War Games, Al Jazzera 2008
The Pentagon gets weapons; defense companies get profits; and politicians get re-elected by funding armaments that generate jobs for constituents. ibid.