James Forrestal

(James Vincent Forrestal)

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[Drew] Pearson and [Walter] Winchell are a high price to pay for freedom of the press, but I guess you've got to do it. Media, Journalism & The Press
As long as we can outproduce the world, can control the sea and can strike inland with the atomic bomb, we can assume certain risks otherwise unacceptable in an effort to restore world trade, to restore the balance of power —military power—and to eliminate some of the conditions which breed war. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
At the present time we are keeping our military expenditures below the…minimum which would in themselves ensure national security. By doing so we are able to increase our expenditures to assist in European recovery. Foreign Aid
Forty million Arabs are going to push four hundred thousand Jews into the sea. And that's all there is to it. Oil—that is the side we ought to be on. Energy ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
No group in this country should be permitted to influence our policy to the point it could endanger our national security Lobbying & Special Interests
This office [Secretary of Defense] will probably be the greatest cemetery for dead cats in history. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
A similar revolving fund could be set up for Germany, for a durable peace can rest only upon a Germany that, while militarily impotent, is industrially active. War & Peace
As in the war of 1941-45, our victory and our survival depend on how and where we attack. War & Peace
By providing outstanding economic leadership, this country can wage its attack successfully - and can thereby build the foundations of a peaceful world. Leaders & Leadership
For the only way in which a durable peace can be created is by world-wide restoration of economic activity and international trade. War & Peace
From 1941 to 1945 we won a war by enlisting the whole-hearted support of all our people and all our resources. War & Peace
If all Europe lies flat while the Russian mob tramps over it, we will then be faced with a war under difficult circumstances, and with a very good chance of losing it. War & Peace
If these assets were set up as a revolving fund with which Japan could import raw materials for its industries, Japanese exports could again enter the channels of world trade-and Japanese workers would have employment and something to eat.
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. War & Peace
Moreover, the accomplishment of Russia's aims has been greatly simplified by the fact that we have heretofore offered the world no practical antidote for the Russian poison.
The present danger which this country faces is at least as great as the danger which we faced during the war with Germany and Japan. Briefly stated, it is the very real danger that this country, as we know it, may cease to exist. War & Peace
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.