Who said, "Never fight a land war in Asia?"?

I know this is about Vietnam (I think) but maybe there's another origin to this saying?

Update:

This is funny. I totally forgot that this was a quote from Princess Bride. I've been quoting it since I was little, thinking it was a famous military saying or wisdom. But did MacArthur really say this to JFK? There are no sources that vouch that....

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The most famous of the "classic blunders" mentioned by Vizzini in the Princess Bride - "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - was reputedly advice given by General Douglas MacArthur to President John F. Kennedy, in 1961.

    • It WAS a military maxim, Goldman (Princess Bride) took it from MacArthur thinking it was a truism that fit the gag so well that even the most ignorant audience would understand it. (Not so, it turns out.) #.

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  • 3 years ago

    Land War In Asia

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  • Karin
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    4 years ago

    There have been some wars because of Religion, certainly. However, you have all your definitions mixed up. The Crusades were not wars, they were crusades, similar to a quest, they were a bunch of various people traveling down to the Holy Land with a goal. Each Crusade had different issues and different things going on. The Inquisitions were inquisitions. They were run by Monarchs, not the Church, and they inquired of persons whether they were witches, jews etc. They were horribly misguided. For the most part. The Holocaust was not a war, and not about Religion, since only one of the parties was religious, and the secular state of The Third Riech was Imprisoning and executing all who disagreed with them. There were as a matter of fact, 7 million Jews and 6 million Christians killed in the Holocaust. Also, Pope Pious is well know in Israel as a hero who helped get many Jews to safety, working behind the scenes in Europe at the time. This all happened DURING World War II which had absolutely nothing to do with religion.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    It was rule two of war Field Marshall Montgomery the original quote is "Do not go fighting with your land armies in China. It is a vast country, with no clearly defined objectives." Rule one is "Don't march on Moscow"

    Source(s): Montgomery himself and wikipedia if you want to check.
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  • 4 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

    I think it was the short bald guy with a speech impediment- haha

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  • 6 years ago

    it was general Douglas MacArthur according to this interview with groucho Marx

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PyZkoWg3os

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It was either Vizini or Vicini (not sure on the spelling). He was winding up to say "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!"

    Source(s): The Princess Bride
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