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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1926
AUTHOR: Dudley Wright Knox (1877–1960)
QUOTATION: War is itself a political act with primarily political objects and under the American form of government political officials must necessarily direct its general course.
ATTRIBUTION: Captain DUDLEY W. KNOX, A History of the United States Navy, chapter 24, final paragraph, p. 274 (1936).