Wars of the United States of America
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."--George Washington "Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes . . . known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. . . No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."— James Madison, Political Observations, 1795 "War is politics carried out by violent means to compel our adversary to submit to our will."—Carl von Clausewitz SYNOPSIS Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson spoke for almost all the founders of the federal state in warning against entangling foreign alliances and urging their countrymen to avoid war by refusing to intervene in the affairs of other nations. However, over time the political elite of America did just the opposite. They