I ran into a quote (or a paraphrase) in a book that I couldn't ever attribute:
A state that is not able to feed itself and is dependent on food imports cannot be considered a formidable foe.
While the book itself is fiction, it has 20-30 other quotes/paraphrases used in similar manner that are, indeed, accurate, even when unattributed; and not a single other case of made-up quote. This leads me to believe that the line above is indeed from a real historical statement.
However, my Google-fu produced almost nothing.
The only remotely close thing was from "Another Sheaf", by John Galsworthy, discussing the decline of agriculture in England:
Consider the town-ridden, parasitic condition of Great Britain—the country which cannot feed itself. If we are beaten in this war, it will be because we have let our industrial system run away with us; because we became so sunk in machines and money-getting that we forgot our self-respect. No self-respecting nation would have let its food-growing capacity and its country life down to the extent that we have.
Question: Was there another statement closer to the one quoted by me made by a historical figure or in literature?
As a note: The scope is unfortunately somewhat unlimited as the author is very well read and the quotes in the book are from all over the place geographically, chronologically and source-wise... but the likelyhood is that it was said either in English or Russian.