James Forrestal Quotes

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.

 
Context
The Defense Secretary opposed U. S. support for the founding of the state of Israel. See Clemenceau for an earlier expression of oil being a critical factor in foreign policy.
James Forrestal
James Forrestal
  • Born: February 15, 1892
  • Died: May 22, 1949
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant

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