Friday, July 06, 2007

Revisiting the Decider's modern history

Leave it to the letter-writers of New York Timesville to keep us on our toes. In tonight's collection, a reader comments on the President's West Virginia speech and some not-so-subtle comparisons he was trying to make between the Iraq debacle and the American revolutionary war:

"George W. Bush’s use of the American Revolution as a model for Iraq is disturbing, especially when he seems to have forgotten that it was the insurgents who won the American Revolution."

What he said! I guess we've become so jaded, listening to "Iraq is Korea/World War II/American Civil War/American revolutionary war" talk, that we've forgotten this most fundamental fact.


Blogger TomCat said...

I believe that "terrorists" was a term coined bu British officers, referring to the unconventional revolutionaries who refused to follow the rules of civilized warfare.

3:52 PM  
Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

that's right...the ragtag American revolutionaries were the first "terrorists." But people here have a short memory...I remember reading a memo written by the army chief relative to the situation in vietnam circa l960, and it said plainly that the us army had never before been acquainted with "guerilla warfare(!)."

10:41 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Bucky, you have to be kidding. Don't they study their own history?

3:02 PM  

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