Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Jimmy Carter - Professional Ass
CARTER: Well, one parallel is that the Revolutionary War, more than any other war up until recently, has been the most bloody war we’ve fought. I think another parallel is that in some ways the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. It was an unnecessary war.
Had the British Parliament been a little more sensitive to the colonial’s really legitimate complaints and requests the war could have been avoided completely, and of course now we would have been a free country now as is Canada and India and Australia, having gotten our independence in a nonviolent way.
The following letter is from a reader of NRO Corner
as posted by Mac Owens. The subject speaks for itself and puts the lie to any remote pretense of intelligence by the "Worst President in History":
Re my post on Carter’s claim that the revolution was an “Unnecessary war,” I received this e-mail:Dear Mr. Owens
General Joseph Wheeler, who was in a position to know, counted the losses in all the battles of the seven years of the Revolution as 2,200 killed, 6,500 wounded; of 1812, 1,877 killed, 3,737 wounded; of the Mexican War 1,049 killed, 7,929 wounded; for a total of 19,227 men killed or wounded in all American wars before 1860 (The Causes of the War, speech delivered in the House of Representatives, Friday, July 13th, 1894, published in the Richmond Dispatch, July 31, 1894).
Gen. Wheeler noted that the total of 19,227 men killed or wounded in all wars before 1860 added up to less than half of Gen. Grant’s losses at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania (May 5 to May 12, 1864), "which should really be called one battle". Losses on the Union side alone from that one battle totalled 9,774 killed, 41,150 wounded, and 13,254 missing and never identified.
That's General "Fightin’ Joe" Wheeler (1836-1906) of the Confederate States of America (16 horses shot out from under him), Brigadier General in the Army during the Spanish-American War, Alabama Congressman for 18 years. There’s a statue of him in Statuary Hall in the Capitol in Washington, too.
Kevin Orlin Johnson, Ph.D.