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My policy has been, and will continue to be, while I have the honor to remain in the administration of the government, to be upon friendly terms with, but independent of, all the nations of the earth. To share in the broils of none. To fulfil our own engagements. To supply the wants, and be carriers for them all: Being thoroughly convinced that it is our policy and interest to do so.
George Washington (more quotes by George Washington or books by/about George Washington)
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
1795 - letter to Gouverneur Morris, ref: Washington's Maxims, 54.
Foreign Policy, Independence, Self-Reliance, Trade