June 22, 2013

JUST THINK OF THE WARS WE'D HAVE AVOIDED HAD WE ALL BEEN WISER:

1776, the summer America was born : Pulitzer Prize-winner Joseph Ellis on Washington, Adams and the months when soldiers and statesmen forged America (Joseph Ellis, 6/16/13, Salon)

[D]uring the final months of 1775 the military and political sides of the American Revolution were not aligned. There were, in effect, two embodiments of American resistance to British imperialism, two epicenters representing the American response to Parliament's presumption of sovereignty. The Continental Army under Washington's command regarded American independence as a foregone conclusion, indeed the only justification for its existence. The Continental Congress regarded American independence as a last resort, and moderate members under the leadership of John Dickinson from Pennsylvania continued to describe it as a suicidal act to be avoided at almost any cost.

It was clear at the time, and became only clearer in retrospect, that the obvious strategy of the British government should have been to exploit the gap between these two positions by proposing some reconfiguration of the British Empire that gave the American colonists a measure of control over their domestic affairs in return for a renewed expression of American loyalty to the king. Two years later the British ministry actually proposed just such an arrangement, but by then it was too late. 

In the first place, there'd have been no Civil War, slavery being abolished in 1833.  And the Germans couldn't have deluded themselves that it was possible to avoid war with America if they went to war with England.
Posted by at June 22, 2013 7:46 AM
  

blog comments powered by Disqus
« WHILE THE ANALYSIS OF THE LEFT'S CATASTROPHISM IS FUN...: | Main | BUT YOU, OF COURSE, CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE: »