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Posted By: Little Hawk
01-Sep-07 - 08:42 PM
Thread Name: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
Subject: RE: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
No....I don't think so. Bush will have to win this war to be seen in the future as a hero for fighting it.

If Lincoln had lost the Civil War, and the Confederacy had thereby remained a separate nation, he would be reviled to this day as the biggest failure in American presidential history.

The Vietnam War hurt Johnson and Nixon very badly too...simply because they could not win it.

You have to win a war to be adulated. Lincoln won his war. (Given the industrial power and manpower of the North, he was almost bound to win it...I'd say that the South had a 1 in 10 chance of surviving that war as an independent nation. The fact that they had some very good generals in the Army of Northern Virginia was not enough to save them. The Union eventually found some good commanders too.)