A lesson for today: how the fifth US president dealt with Islamic pirates.

American Minute with Bill Federer

Leading the charge at the Battle of Trenton, a musket ball struck his
shoulder, hitting an artery.

He recovered and continued to fight for General Washington, becoming
friends with French officer Lafayette.

His name was James Monroe, born APRIL 28, 1758.

After the Revolution, James Monroe studied law under Thomas
Jefferson, was elected Senator, Governor of Virginia and Secretary of
State, where he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase.

Responsible for the Monroe Doctrine, James Monroe was elected the 5th
U.S. President.

He stated in his Inaugural Address, March 4, 1817:

"I enter on the trust to which I have been called by the suffrages of
my fellow-citizens with my fervent prayers to the Almighty that He
will be graciously pleased to continue to us that protection which He
has already so conspicuously displayed."

In his First Annual Message to Congress, 1817, President James Monroe

"For advantages so numerous and highly important it is our duty to
unite in grateful acknowledgments to that Omnipotent Being from whom
they are derived, and in unceasing prayer that He will endow us with
virtue and strength to maintain and hand them down in their utmost
purity to our latest posterity."

Instead of appeasement, President James Monroe, March 5, 1821, used
the U.S. Navy to suppress terrorist attacks from Muslim Barbary

"Our relations with the Barbary Powers are preserved...by the same
means that were employed when I came into this office. As early as
1801 it was found necessary to send a squadron into the Mediterranean
for the protection of our commerce."

In his 5th Annual Message, December 3, 1821, President James Monroe

"A squadron has been maintained in the Mediterranean, by means
whereof peace has been preserved with the Barbary Powers...

From past experience...it is distinctly understood that should our
squadron be withdrawn they would soon recommence their hostilities and
depredations upon our commerce."

In 1823, President James Monroe, with the U.S. Congress, ordered
Decatur, Alabama, to be founded in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur,
the renowned U.S. Naval officer who forced the Muslim pirates to
surrender, ending the Barbary Wars.

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