During practically all of my public life, I have been a sincere advocate of an agreement between the leading nations of the world to set up all the necessary international machinery that would bring about a practical abolition of war between civilized nations.
Men are often biased in their judgment on account of their sympathy and their interests.
The people can change Congress but only God can change the Supreme Court.
Lincoln would be just like me. He wouldn't know what the hell to do.
There is not much danger of the smaller nations if the big nations will behave.
In my judgment, if we had pursued this course, the zones would have been of short duration. England would have been compelled to take her mines out of the North Sea in order to get any supplies from our country.
The reason given by the President in asking Congress to declare war against Germany is that the German government has declared certain war zones, within which, by the use of submarines, she sinks, without notice, American ships and destroys American lives.
The first war zone was declared by Great Britain. She gave us and the world notice of it on the 4th day of November, 1914. The zone became effective Nov. 5, 1914.
No nation ought to keep a navy larger than is necessary to do police duty.
First, we could have defied both of them and could have gone to war against both of these nations for this violation of international law and interference with our neutral rights.
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