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Presidential Statement of the Day


Lyndon Johnson, in a televised address given on 2 May 1965, just after the United States invaded the Dominican Republic to thwart an alleged communist revolt:

To those who fight only for liberty and justice and progress [in the Dominican Republic] I want to join with the Organization of American States in saying, in appealing to you tonight, to lay down your arms, and to assure you there is nothing to fear. The road is open for you to share in building a Dominican democracy and we in America are ready and anxious and willing to help you. Your courage and your dedication are qualities which your country and all the hemisphere need for the future. You are needed to help shape that future. And neither we nor any other nation in this hemisphere can or should take it upon itself to ever interfere with the affairs of your country or any other country.

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