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  •  I am reading a book right now about the Mexican- (6+ / 0-)

    American War ginned up by President Polk after his defeat of Henry Clay, pretty much started by the annexation of Texas and Polk's belief in the Manifest Destiny doctrine and the coveting of Arizona, New Mexico and California.  The war starts with a great jingoistic effort but ends up in disillusionment and unhappiness among the "volunteers" who sign up to defeat the Mexicans.  

    This pattern of enthusiasm and then disgust at the horrors of war seems to be a familiar pattern among all of this nation's "wars of choice" that stretches back to the beginning of the Republic.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 09:26:23 AM PDT

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