Larry Elder

At a recent White House press conference, New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller called Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Bush's nominee for president of the World Bank, "a chief architect of one of the most unpopular wars in our history."

 "One of the most unpopular wars in our history"? Hmmm, sounds like another editorial masquerading as a question. To the history books!

 Revolutionary War: Founding Father John Adams estimated that one-third of Americans opposed independence, one-third were indifferent or vacillated, and only one-third supported the War of Independence. In other words, two-thirds of Americans were not in favor of the Revolutionary War! Pro-British Loyalists, called Tories by the American patriots, opposed the war. The Loyalists came from all social classes and occupations. While they tended to be foreign-born and Anglican, Loyalists included large landowners, small farmers and royal officeholders, with a large number engaged in commerce and other professions. The Loyalists were strongest in the far Southern colonies and the mid-Atlantic colonies, especially New York and Pennsylvania, where fighting became a bitter civil war of raids and reprisals.

 War of 1812: While supported by frontiersmen's desire for free land, Southerners who wanted West Florida, and Western militants who wanted the British out of Canada, the war was voted against by every Federalist member of Congress. The humiliating defeats suffered by American troops made the fight so unpopular that the states of New England -- who never favored the war -- considered seceding from the Union.

 Mexican-American War: Northern abolitionists and Whig members of Congress widely opposed this 1846 war. The opposition included then-Congressman Abraham Lincoln, and they called the war an "unnecessary and unconstitutional" war of "conquest." In fact, when the war ended, Congress censured President James Polk for starting the hostilities.


Larry Elder

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