Quotation by Jimmy Carter

Southerners, whose ancestors a hundred years ago knew the horrors of a homeland devastated by war, are particularly determined that war shall never come to us again. All Americans understand the basic lessons of history: that we need to be resolute and able to protect ourselves, to prevent threats and domination by others.
Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Address at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, March 17, 1978, Public Papers of the Presidents: Jimmy Carter, Vol. 1978, Book I, p. 535, Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office (1979).

He is responding to allegations that the United States was weak by declaring that the nation would always have the military capacity to confront any threat from the Soviet Union.
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