Americans Still In Denial About The War Of 1812
September 23, 2011 Leave a comment
UPDATE: April 18, 2012 U.S. marks second victory over British in War of 1812
“Next year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, when a fledging nation successfully defeated the British Empire for the second time.”
This is going along with very out of date propaganda. It might have suited America’s interests in the 19th century, but Americans now need to have a serious reality check.
Both sides achieved little if anything from the war: the American objective to conquer Canada failed, and one of their main justifications for starting it —the press-ganging of American sailors into the Royal Navy— ended before the war began!
Does America count the simple fact their nation survived the conflict as a “victory”? But the British never intended to invade the U.S. in the first place. In fact, they didn’t want the war at all, as it was sapping resources from the war against Napoleon in Europe.
The War of 1812 was one of America’s worst presidential mistakes — James Madison’s failure to avoid it.
The term status quo ante bellum is Latin, meaning literally “the state in which things were before the war”.
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