A great deal of post-election speculation has centered on issues of American national security. With a president who is relatively inexperienced in foreign policy, the rise of China’s military, continued global terrorist activity, and heightened Russian aggression, the new administration will no doubt face a number of militaristic challenges in the coming years.
Theodore Roosevelt was many things: a frontiersman, scrappy pugilist, soldier, politician, president. While The 28th president of the United States is best known for his famous line on foreign policy “speak softly and carry a big stick,” and his military exploits during the Spanish-American War, his opinions on civic responsibility may have more relevance today.
U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Narina Reynoso
It used to be that if you wanted to enter politics, military service was virtually a prerequisite. And though the last three presidents have little or no military backgrounds, American history was largely written by commanders in chief who made their name in uniform.