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I'm a grown man. You know, I've been in a lot of scrapes, but I never felt like I got so - there are probably a lot of things I should have done that I didn't do. ---->>>

I think character is permanent, and issues are transient. ---->>>

Well, first of all, I was asked by Ross Perot on a telephone call in March of 1992 if, since he had committed on the Larry King Show to becoming a candidate for president, to get on all 50 ballots. ---->>>

But there were highs as well as lows, it was as though they said everybody was picking on the man who had more practical real life experiences than the whole batch of them put together. ---->>>

On the eighteenth of December 1972, when we thought we were getting another of the hundreds of little tactical air raids, we heard the bombs going in out there in the railroad yards and this went on for about thirty minutes. ---->>>

I was tortured fifteen times, that's total submission. They did that with shutting off your blood circulation with ropes, giving you claustrophobia and pain at the same time, bending you double. ---->>>

They were heading out to the middle of the bay - the Gulf - that's another thing that became kind of standard practice, we didn't hurry the destroyers around the beach any more, when it got dark, we'd take 'em out thirty or forty miles out in the middle of the Tonkin Gulf. ---->>>

Yeah. I mean, it just seemed to me that it was - I felt so helpless to this business of not having any papers. That seems like a throwback to a schoolboy. ---->>>

The guy that just arranges things so that the stock market holds up is nobody in my - in my estimation. ---->>>

So the first thing that went on was to decide... trying to find a time when we could get reprisal raids out. ---->>>

Sybil's my wife, and on the first day of October, that's the first time I knew Ross was going to run. ---->>>

He's a novice, but he's had these - he's experienced in leadership in tight circumstances. He started - he dropped the first bomb, led the first air strike into North Vietnam.

He's a novice, but he's had these - he's experienced in leadership in tight circumstances. He started - he dropped the first bomb, led the first air strike into North Vietnam.

And we had our own laws. I mean, I wrote them. And we had our own customs, and traditions, and proprieties. ---->>>

I never had a single conversation about politics with Ross Perot in my life; still haven't. ---->>>

I was commanding officer of a supersonic fighter squadron, F-8 Crusaders. ---->>>

In order to do something you must be something. ---->>>

There was nothing there but black water and American fire power. ---->>>

They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech. ---->>>

And so, I mean, he declared war right there and then in so many words and Alex says later in the book, nobody in the White House from that point on had any doubt that we were going to bomb the mainland of Asia. ---->>>

Half the issues they - are so polished they're talking about - are dead by the time they get into the office, and into the midst of their tour where they're really productive. ---->>>

This idea, as you know, that I have firm convictions that the idea of issues being a big deal where our mutual friend went back and he felt so strongly that the determining factor in electoral success should be a proven character. ---->>>

We couldn't generalize on the people. Some of them were known to be tough guys and they didn't say much, but some of them were kind of soft-headed, but they did that. That was an East German film. ---->>>

I mean, I didn't - I should have demanded attention of the boss maybe, or something like that that might have backfired. This I would just take as it came. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 12-23, 1923
Birthplace:
Die: 07-05, 2005
Occupation: Soldier
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James Bond "Jim" Stockdale (December 23, 1923 – July 5, 2005) was a United States Navy vice admiral and aviator awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, during which he was an American prisoner of war for over seven years. Commander Stockdale was the senior naval officer held captive in Hanoi, North Vietnam (wikipedia)