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The folly of war with Iran

Posted by alanmirs on October 16, 2007


The folly of war with Iran

It’s instructive to recall a comment President Lincoln once made: "One war at a time…."

By Walter Rodgers

from the October 16, 2007 edition


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Oakton, Va. – Never is wisdom more requisite in a president than in time of war. Abraham Lincoln was perhaps America’s wisest war president
and should remain a beacon to his successors.

Late in 1861, there was a public clamor for war with England when the Republic was already bogged down in a horrible fratricidal
war, the outcome of which was by no means certain.

Incensed
that a United States Navy ship party boarded a British packet and
illegally removed two Confederate diplomats bound for Europe, Lord
Palmerston sent 8,000 additional troops to Canada preparing for war
with the US. More than a few Americans, including Secretary of State
William Seward, wanted to give the British a thumping at a time when
the bulk of the US military was tied down in a continental civil war.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1016/p09s02-coop.html?page=1

 

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