A Quote by John V. Denson on deception and waging war

Both Lincoln and Roosevelt repeatedly lied to the American people and to Congress about what they were doing while they were secretly provoking the "enemy" to fire the first shot in their respective wars. Both intentionally subjected their respective armed forces to being bait to get the enemy to fire the first shot.

John Denson

Source: A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson and Roosevelt, Pages: 175

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