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Curtis LeMay

Data de nascimento: 15. Novembro 1906
Data de falecimento: 1. Outubro 1990


Curtis Emerson LeMay foi um general da Força Aérea dos Estados Unidos e candidato a vice-presidente dos Estados Unidos, em 1968, pelo Partido Independente Americano, na chapa do ex-governador do Alabama, George Wallace, seu comandado durante a II Guerra Mundial.

LeMay era um dos grandes 'falcões' das forças armadas norte-americanas, tendo servido na II Guerra como planejador e implementador do programa tático de bombardeios aéreos no teatro do Pacífico, Depois da guerra, durante a Guerra Fria, ele foi o principal organizador da ponte aérea para Berlim, no período em que ela teve seu acesso por terra bloqueado pelos soviéticos, e reorganizou o Comando Aéreo Estratégico , dotando-o de meios efetivos de levar a cabo uma guerra nuclear.

Citações Curtis LeMay

„If I see that the Russians are amassing their planes for an attack, I'm going to knock the shit out of them before they take off the ground.“

— Curtis LeMay
Conversation with presidential commissioner Robert Sprague (September 1957), quoted in Kaplan, F. (1991). The Wizards of Armageddon. Stanford University Press. Page 134.

„My solution to the problem would be to tell [the North Vietnamese Communists] frankly that they've got to draw in their horns and stop their aggression or we're going to bomb them into the Stone Age. And we would shove them back into the Stone Age with Air power or Naval power—not with ground forces.“

— Curtis LeMay
Mission With LeMay: My Story (1965), p. 565. In an interview two years after the publication of this book, General LeMay said, "I never said we should bomb them back to the Stone Age. I said we had the capability to do it. I want to save lives on both sides"; reported in The Washington Post (October 4, 1968), p. A8. Many years later LeMay would claim that this was his ghost writer's overwriting.


„There are no innocent civilians. It is their government and you are fighting a people, you are not trying to fight an armed force anymore. So it doesn't bother me so much to be killing the so-called innocent bystanders.“

— Curtis LeMay
Sherry, Michael (September 10, 1989). <i>The Rise of American Air Power: The Creation of Armageddon</i>, p. 287 (from "LeMay's interview with Sherry," interview "after the war," p. 408 n. 108). Yale University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0300044140.