Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Criticism In Time Of War

Escaping Criticism, 1874, by Pere Borrell del CasoAs a matter of general principle, I believe there can be no doubt that criticism in time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government ... too many people desire to suppress criticism simply because they think that it will give some comfort to the enemy to know that there is such criticism. If that comfort makes the enemy feel better for a few moments, they are welcome to it as far as I am concerned, because the maintenance of the right of criticism in the long run will do the country maintaining it a great deal more good than it will do the enemy, and will prevent mistakes which might otherwise occur.

-- Robert Taft (1889-1953), Republican Senator from Ohio, 1939-53, speech at the Executive Club of Chicago, 19 December 1941

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