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In Years Past

August 19, 2014

In 1914, there were men of high rank in the United States Navy who had given a great deal of careful attention to everything pertaining to Panama. They had privately declared that the canal was a menace rather than an asset to the United States from a military point of view. These officers pointed out that the United States, without the canal and the fleet in both oceans, was practically impregnable against attack by a foe either in the Pacific or Atlantic. They said that now we would be obliged to maintain a large army in the canal zone and a powerful squadron if not a fleet at each end of the canal to protect it if war should be declared upon this country.



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