Thursday, April 27, 2006

Bush and Lincoln

Another President wrongly malinged by Democrats, says Thomas Bray:

T he president lied us into war. Much of the prewar intelligence was wrong. The defense chief was detested as "brusque, domineering and unbearably unpleasant to work with." Civil liberties were abridged. And many embittered Democrats, claiming the war had been a failure, demanded the troops be brought home.
George Bush? Yes -- but also Abraham Lincoln. One is struck by the parallels in reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's masterful new book, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."

Even with an embattled civilian defense chief:

As the casualties mounted -- 23,000 would die or be wounded on both sides in the Battle of Antietam -- the civilian chiefs, including Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, were fiercely criticized.
The criticism came not from a few retired generals flogging their memoirs but from the active duty commander, Gen. George McClellan. McClellan, who regularly referred to Lincoln as "that ape" and once kept him waiting at his headquarters while he took a nap, had a familiar complaint: Washington wasn't giving him enough troops to do the job.

That does sounds familiar!