In 1823, first-term congressman Daniel Webster spoke up in support of the Greek revolution. Responding to critics who said that mere rhetorical support would do the revolutionaries no good, Webster said: "I hope it may. It may give them courage and spirit. It may assure them of public regard, teach them that they are not wholly forgotten by the civilized world, and inspire them with constancy in the pursuit of their great end."Unfortunately, the Obama administration has little use for the incoherent ramblings of this nation's forebears, so they've probably never heard of Daniel Webster.
By the way, it was during my search for this article that I stumbled upon the quote that now appears on the header.