Statement by the late John Hay
Secretary of State, 1898-1905 Regarding the Diplomatic Services of American Naval Officers
During the winter of 1902-3, apropos of a revolutionary situation existing on the borders of the Caribbean, Mr. Hay, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, remarked to Mr. Roosevelt in the presence of Rear Admiral Taylor, Chief of Bureau of Navigation, that:
He always felt relieved when the naval officer had arrived on the scene because he always kept within the situation.
In 1904 Mr. Hay stated to Rear Admiral Chadwick, then President of the Naval War College:
We have had a number of difficult international situations in the West Indies and Venezuela in the last two years and they have all been handled by naval officers very well. They have not made a single mistake.