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Fundamentally, I believe the ultimate purpose of our foreign policy must be to protect the liberty of the people of the United States. The American Revolution was fought to establish a nation "conceived in liberty." That liberty has been defended in many wars since that day. That liberty has enabled our people to increase steadily their material welfare and their spiritual freedom. To achieve that liberty we have gone to war, and to protect it we would go to war again . . .

Only second to liberty is the maintenance of peace. . . . Our traditional policy of neutrality and non-interference with other nations was based on the principle that this policy was the best way to avoid disputes with other nations and to maintain the liberty of this country without war. From the days of George Washington that has been the policy of the United States. It has never been isolationism; but it has always avoided alliances and interference in foreign quarrels as a preventive against possible war, and it has always opposed any commitment by the United States, in advance, to take any military action outside of our territory. It would leave us free to interfere or not according to whether we consider the case of sufficiently vital interest to the liberty of this country. It was the policy of the free hand.


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Robert Taft Links:

    -BIO: Robert A. Taft (Biographical Directory of the United States Congress)
    -BIO: Taft, Robert A. (Encyclop√¶dia Britannica)
    -Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon
    -PAINTING: Robert A. Taft (Rudolf Anton Bernatschke)
    -PORTRAIT: Robert A. Taft
    -New Hampshire Presidential Primary Trading Cards: Robert A. Taft (Library & Archives of New Hampshire's Political Tradition)
    -COLLECTION: Robert A. (Robert Alphonso) Taft, 1889 - 1953 (An Inventory of Spoken Word Audio Recordings in the Vincent Voice Library, Michigan State University)
    -ESSAY: America Needs a Robert A. Taft (WILLIAM J. WATKINS JR, February 20, 2021, National Review)
    -ESSAY: Principles Without Program: Senator Robert A. Taft and American Foreign Policy (John Moser, September 2001, Dialogues)
    -ESSAY: The Spirit of '52: adaption from "The Conservative Revolution: The Movement That Remade America Lee Edwards, April 19, 1999, National Review)
    -ESSAY: Robert Taft and Republican Memory (Joseph R. Stromberg, July 13, 1999, Anti-War)
    -REVIEW ESSAY: The Fifties: Another View: Revising the Eisenhower era (John Lukacs, January 2002, Harper's Magazine)
    -ESSAY: Conflicts Foreign and Domestic (James Nuechterlein, April 2001, First Things)
    -ESSAY: America Needs More Men Like Robert A. Taft (American Free Press)
    -ESSAY: What Makes a Republican - a REPUBLICAN? (Sartre, 3/10/02)
    -ESSAY: The Old Right And American Empire (Bob Menas, May 30, 2000, iconservative)
    -ESSAY: Taft-Hartley: A Workers' Nightmare (Peter Gilmore, Labor Party)
    -ARCHIVES: "robert a. taft" (Find Articles)
    -REVIEW: of A Foreign Policy for Americans By Robert A. Taft (Aaron Steelman, American Enterprise)

Book-related and General Links:

    -ESSAY: Old and in the Way: The American Street has sized up best the new paradoxes of foreign policy. (Victor Davis Hanson, June 27, 2003, National Review)