Quotation by Benjamin Harrison

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.
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