Thursday, April 9, 2009


"I am an enemy to all these douceurs, tributes and humiliations. I know nothing will stop the eternal increase from these pirates but the presence of an armed force." -- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison

"If the Congress do not consent that the government shall send a force into the Mediterranean to check the insolence of these scoundrels and to render the United States respectable, I hope they will resolve at their next session to wrest the quiver of arrows from the left talon of the [American] Eagle . . . and substitute a fiddle bow or a cigar in lieu." -- William Eaton

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