From Sinking of the Lusitania: Terror at Sea
In wartime, my lord, there are things more important than the truth. In wartime, my lord, the survival of the nation as a whole becomes paramount. Any hint of discredit to the Admiralty could lose us important friends among the neutral countries, do you understand?
Are you suggesting that I declare an innocent man guilty?
I'm suggesting, my lord, that you find a way to conclude this inquiry without damaging our chances of winning the war.