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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1445
AUTHOR: Theodore Draper (1912–)
QUOTATION: We have, in truth, resorted to power [in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam] because our politics has failed. Since no politician can afford to admit this, we must pretend that we are resorting to power in order to make our politics succeed.
ATTRIBUTION: THEODORE DRAPER, Abuse of Power, p. 164 (1967).