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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1880
AUTHOR: Gerald Rudolph Ford (1913–)
QUOTATION: The Communist leaders in Moscow, Peking and Hanoi must fully understand that the United States considers the freedom of South Viet Nam vital to our interests. And they must know that we are not bluffing in our determination to defend those interests.
ATTRIBUTION: Representative GERALD R. FORD, “U.S. Foreign Policy: New Myths and Old Realities,” address to the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., July 21, 1965.—Gerald R. Ford, Selected Speeches, ed. Michael V. Doyle, p. 199 (1973).
SUBJECTS: Vietnam War