Four Antiwar Ronald Reagan Quotes

When you’re having that debate with a neoconservative on the verge of coming around to the true conservative position on war (bad for business, bad for families, and bad for liberty), sometimes all you need is a good Ronald Reagan quote to push them over the edge. And you’ve got to hand it to him, The Gipper does have a way with words:

“I believe with all my heart that our first priority must be world peace, and that use of force is always and only a last resort, when everything else has failed, and then only with regard to our national security.”

“The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression — to preserve freedom and peace.”

“History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.”

“Cannot swords be turned to plowshares? Can we and all nations not live in peace? In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples than war and the threat of war?”

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