Make sure to negotiate peace with the French so we can be on good terms with them.
Hello fellow gentlemen, we've heard you've wanted to talk to Minister Talleyrand, but in order to do so, you must pay $250,000, and give us a loan of $12 million. A very reasonable and fair amount if you ask us.
What a scandal, we have to fight back! War is the only solution
...And that is what happened in Paris, the XYZ Affair.
YEAH! WAR! WE WANT A WAR!
The risks are too high. Although we don't want to, we might have to go to war, so prepare a peacetime army, and expand the Navy, got it?
You nasty, thiefs! You will no longer try to take advantage of us after this!