Napoleon III writing in a journal about growing frustration with Prussian Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck's attempts to alienate France. Napoleon, no slouch in foreign politics himself, managed to create a counter-web that made Prussia's moot. This annoyed the Russians who made a web to neutralize the french network, which angered britain who did the same, which just snowballed to a point where not even Bismarck was 100% sure what was happening.Opening line of of Senator Theodore Robert Bundy speech to congress following the resignation of Richard Nixon. Bundy, who'd built his career on a harline "Law and Order", advocated for harsh criminal charges to be brought against Nixon for his role in Watergate and is widely believed to have been the force behind pushing Gerald Ford to drop plans to pardon Nixon.
"Well, two can play at that game....three can place at this game....four can play at these games....and five can play at those games"
"Prussia was always destined to be a naval power and competed with Spain for colonial possessions. Contrast france, who was left with the table scraps of what Prussia, Britain, and Spain got."