Excerpt from Fundamentals of Military Service
Our once protecting sea barrier has been converted by the advances of science into the readiest and cheap est means oi communication between ourselves and our trans-oceanic neighbors. Our once Splendid iso lation has been changed ... by civilization and commerce into an intimate and indissolu'ble inter-relation with the other peoples of the world. It is impossible to turn back, nor do the younger generation desire to. They choose rather that the nation Shall take its place proudly in the councils of the world; prepared to meet unfalteringly its responsibilities, and to maintain with dignity its just standards of reasonable existence. This demands a degree of military preparedness that will secure us against invasion, and lend forcefulness to the tone when the nation speaks.
Our national policies are, in the end, dictated by private citizens through the power of public opinion; and the very life of the nation may depend on what those citizens have previously demanded in prepara tion for defense.
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