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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lincoln And McClellan

Comparisons have been flying since the Rolling Stone article concerning the remarks made by Afgahnistan theatre commander Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal broke. My first thoughts were of Truman and MacArthur and many others made a similar connection.

Upon further reflection I thought about General George B. McClellan and President Lincoln during the Civil War.
Today I see many others have also made that connection and it seems to be a more apt parallel. Lincoln twice hired and fired "Little Mac," as his soldiers called him. I wont recount the history here but one incident stands out. Lincoln went to McClellan's residence in Washington one evening and was kept waiting for hours in the parlor. Finally a servant informed the president that the general had retired for the night. McClellan did not long stay in command of the Army of the Potomac and the rest is history.
Part of that history included a run for the Presidency on the Democratic ticket on a platform of ending the war and letting the south become independent. Does McChrystal have a political future in mind?

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