Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

In past years, the amount of money that has had to be been spent on armaments, great and small, instead of on productive industry and agriculture and the arts, has been a disgrace to all of us in every part of the world.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. letter, Oct. 26, 1943, to President Ismet Inonu of Turkey. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 479, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

This is one of the many expressions by the President over his years in the White House of the theme that military buildups cost more than was logical and that it should be the aim of the nations of the world to eliminate this costly and wasteful expenditure in the interest of better use of national resources.
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