James Forrestal — American Public Servant born on February 15, 1892, died on May 22, 1949

James Vincent Forrestal was the last Cabinet-level United States Secretary of the Navy and the first United States Secretary of Defense... (wikipedia)

For the only way in which a durable peace can be created is by world-wide restoration of economic activity and international trade.
It is inconceivable that even the gang who runs Russia would be willing to take on war, but one always has to remember that there seemed to be no reason in 1939 for Hitler to start war, and yet he did, and he started it with a world practically unprepared.
By providing outstanding economic leadership, this country can wage its attack successfully - and can thereby build the foundations of a peaceful world.
There is a serious, immediate and extraordinarily grave threat to the continued existence of this country.
This country cannot afford the deceptive luxury of waging defensive warfare.

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