It is so manifestly incompatible with those precautions for our peace and safety, which all the great powers habitually observe and enforce in matters affecting them, that a shorter water way between our eastern and western seaboards should be dominated by any European government, that we may confidently expect that such a purpose will not be entertained by any friendly power.
Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901), U.S. president. Inaugural address, March 4, 1889. Public Papers and Addresses of Benjamin Harrison, Twenty-Third President of the United States, p. 31, Government Printing Office (1893).
Harrison has been credited with establishing the strategic foundation of the American Empire.