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George Washington

February 22, 1734 - December 14, 1799
"The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. ...Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice? It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world. ...We may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies. ...There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard."source: Farewell Address, Sept. 17, 1796Foreign relations, treaties, entagling alliances, Foreign policy

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