"Our national interest is this: We need a beachhead in the Middle East, that is a democratic beachhead, not a party but a form of government. And to me, if we have a democracy in several countries there, it become a beachhead. It also protects us because once that beachhead is established it can move further and further and hopefully free up the people of the middle east. However long we stay is a military decision that should not be shared with the public."
GOP candidate Daniel Webster, September 23, 2010
"Besides, the city was of little or no use towards enabling them to overcome the enemy; and they had lost nothing in losing those who had no longer either money to send them (the soldiers having to find this for themselves), or good counsel, which entitles cities to direct armies."
Thuycidides, History of the Peloponnesian War, Book 8, circa 420BC