If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.
The power of making war often prevents it, and in our case would give efficacy to our desire of peace
The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace..
My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.