"When we've taken up arms, it has been for the defense of freedom for ourselves and for other peaceful nations who needed our help."
"While other [military] alliances have been formed to win wars, our fundamental purpose is to prevent war while preserving and extending the frontiers of freedom."
"Young Americans must never again be sent to fight and die unless we are prepared to let them win."
"Yes, the cost is high, but the price of neglect would be infinitely higher."
"With our eyes fixed on the future, but recognizing the realities of today...we will achieve our destiny to be as a shining city on a hill for all mankind to see."
-- President Ronald Wilson Reagan