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Old 07-03-2013, 07:45 AM   #1
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Who said it, when, and of what country?
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"There is the case of [Country]. I have tried hard, and yet I cannot for the life of me comprehend how we got into that mess. Perhaps we could not have avoided it—perhaps it was inevitable that we should come to be fighting the natives of [Country]—but I cannot understand it, and have never been able to get at the bottom of the origin of our antagonism to the natives. I thought we should act as their protector—not try to get them under our heel. We were to relieve them from [XXX] tyranny to enable them to set up a government of their own, and we were to stand by and see that it got a fair trial. It was not to be a government according to our ideas, but a government that represented the feeling of the majority of the [people of Country], a government according to [people of Country] ideas. That would have been a worthy mission for the United States. But now—why, we have got into a mess, a quagmire from which each fresh step renders the difficulty of extrication immensely greater. I'm sure I wish I could see what we were getting out of it, and all it means to us as a nation."

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History. How many more times must we repeat it?

   
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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This is just a guess...

Probably mid-to-late 19th (perhaps very early 20th) century. Philippines? Cuba? South America (Bolivia)? China?

Teddy Roosevelt?

We seem to not learn from history because we don't learn/read about history...

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Old 07-03-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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Timeline: Right on the money!

Author: 23 years Teddy's senior

Country: First guess is a winner.

Dang, she's good!

Mark Twain, 1904, Philippines. TR would probably have been of differing opinion. Walk softly, big stick, take what we want from the heathen and all that.

   
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:26 PM   #4
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steve: Mark Twain, 1904, Philippines.
Ahhhh...Twain...should have guessed it. The language is the giveaway to late 19th/early 20th century--"natives"--because it's formal but not as formal as 18th century would be. So then it's a matter of thinking about where taking into account "natives" so it can't be Europe so most likely US colonial fiasco and while I really know squat about the Philippines, I do know we have a long-standing relationship of some sort. I thought of Cuba first and that led me to Teddy. The quote is more like how Wilson might have spoken but he was too late.

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