Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Asking the Right Questions

Was our participation in the 1775-1783 American Revolution a mistake?

Was our participation in the 1775-1890 Indian Wars a mistake?

Was our participation in the Shay's Rebellion mini-war of 1786 to 1787 a mistake?

Was our participation in the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 a mistake?

Was our participation in the Barbary Wars of 1800-to 1815 a mistake?

Was our participation in the War of 1812 (really going all the way to 1815) a mistake?

Was our participation in the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848 a mistake?

Was our participation in the intervention campaign in Hawaii (1893) a mistake?

Was our participation in the Spanish-American War of 1989 a mistake?

Was our intervention in the Samoan Civil War of 1898 to 1899 a mistake?

Was our participation in the US-Philippines War of 1899 (all the way to 1902) a mistake?

Was our participation in the Boxer Rebellion of China in 1900 a mistake?

Was our intervention in the Panama Revolution of 1903 a mistake?

Was our intervention in the Banana Wars of Columbia in 1909 to 1933 a mistake?

Was our intervention in the Russian Bolshevik situation of WW I a mistake?

Was our Iranian hostage rescue mission a mistake in 1980?

Was our intervention in Panama in 1989 a mistake?

(Note, I've left out approximately forty different military conflicts of the past two hundred years.)

When I sit and watch some dimwit reporter asking about Gulf War I or Gulf War II being a mistake and trying to get some guy to rile up Republicans by saying Bush was right, or Bush was wrong......I start asking myself why limit yourself to just one single conflict?

Reporters....bluntly.....are idiots.  They pretend to up on history, but most are marginally capable of holding a discussion on anything other than recent history (the last twenty years).  When they start asking 'got-you' questions.....the candidates needs to stop the discussion and ask them about the Whiskey Rebellion or the Panama Revolution of 1903.  If they want to turn this into some history review episode.....let's make it interesting.

How about asking some Democrat about the Clinton handling of the Kosovo War?  Would Hillary get such a question?  No.   That kinda tells the whole story.