• I wish to reiterate all the reasons which [my predecessor] has presented in favor of the policy of maintaining a strong navy as the best conservator of our peace with other nations and the best means of securing respect for the assertion of our rights of the defense of our interests, and the exercise of our influence in international matters.

    William Howard Taft (1910). “Presidential Addresses and State Papers, from March 4, 1909 to March 4, 1910”
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