19.2.07

Not the Worst

On Saturday, Senate majority leader Harry Reid had said, "This war is a serious situation. It involves the worst foreign policy mistake in the history of this country. ... We find ourselves in a very deep hole. We need to find a way to dig out of it."

Today the White House disputed that claim.

I would have to agree. America has had much worse foreign policy mistakes. No one looks at Iraq and thinks that the Vietnam War went better for us. Ignoring Hitler in 1938 was a serious foreign policy mistake. I don't think the Spanish-American War was very good, policy-wise, although we did win it easily.

The worst foreign policy mistake in the history of the country would have to go to the War of 1812. Not only did we start a war and lose soundly, we lost to Canada. And they even burned down the White House. Our biggest military victory was after we had agreed to end the war. Starting war in Iraq? Not even close.

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