We’re going to spend this war to death, deep-sea ports for ships and airfields for the biggest jets. And add to that the bridges and roads and so forth, and technical assistance for the government ministries so that taxes can be collected and budgets balanced, little Vietnam will be the most modern country in Asia. It’ll have the infrastructure, you see. It’ll go from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century in five years. It’ll look like California.
—Sydney Parade, in Ward Just’s A Dangerous Friend