Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Frankly, I do not know how to effect a permanency in American foreign policy.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. Letter of January 30, 1934, President's Personal File, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York. Edward M. Bennett, Recognition of Russia: An American Foreign Policy Dilemma, p. 82, Ginn/Blaisdell (1970).

A friend had asked FDR to provide a long-range perspective on American foreign policy in order that the people could follow his leadership. FDR did not believe that it was possible to lay out a long term, specific plan in foreign policy. He preferred a pragmatic approach.
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