"I have never advocated war except as a means of peace."
"My failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent."
"The Southern rebellion was largely the outgrowth of the Mexican war. Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. We got our punishment in the most sanguinary and expensive war of modern times."
The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
It is men who wait to be selected, and not those who seek, from whom we may expect the most efficient service.