Urbin Report

Friday, December 12, 2003

Al Gore certainly doesn't know much about history!
While stabbing Joe Liberman in the back, he announced: "That war it is not a minor matter to me. I realize it's only one of the issues, but my friends, this nation has never, in two centuries and more, made a worse foreign policy mistake."

The Wall Street Journal lists the following things that algore seems to have forgotten about.

A year after refusing to renew the charter of the Bank of the United States, the government's sole borrowing mechanism and fiscal agent, Congress declared war on the one country in the world, Great Britain, capable of attacking the United States. By March, 1813, we were dead flat broke and the Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, had to go hat in hand to Stephen Girard, the richest man in the country, and beg him to guarantee a bond issue or we'd have lost the war right then for lack of money to pay the army. The following year, the British burned Washington, D.C., the only time foreign troops have occupied a part of the continental United States.

Although the United States was the only Great Power that was strengthened, rather than exhausted, by World War One, and thus the only one capable of providing strong leadership, Woodrow Wilson refused to compromise in order to get the US to join the League of Nations and as a result, we largely withdrew from world affairs, except for sponsoring quixotic treaties like the Washington Naval Treaty and the Kellogg Briand Pact (which outlawed war; Germany and Japan both signed it). The lack of real US leadership in the postwar era, made World War II nearly inevitable.

It seems that like his political foe, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Gore is a Miserable Failure when it comes to history and foreign policy.