Civil War Photo Contest
- Aug 10, 2009
That sounds like a much better idea.THAT would worry me. How about a nice grilled chicken ciabatta?
Might well have. Eisenhower seems to have been a man of very good judgment, by and large. That had to have come from somewhere.I love Ike but he was born in Texas.:hmmm: He overcame that as he did his pacifist mother. Seriously these things probably helped give him balance.
Why would that be any more alarming than George Thomas (or anyone else for that matter, past or present) going unconditionally for the United States, no matter where it leads?If you are referring to the sentence I think you are, it raises a troublesome thought.
Did Lee really feel that he was just a pawn of Virginia? What it did, he would go with, whether that put him against law, conscience, country, good judgment, whatever?
Making the decision he did in the circumstances he did would be one thing. Contemplating if he would go with Virginia wherever it lead is...frankly extremely alarming.
I should have made it clearer that it was the "wherever it leads" that bothers me, not picking Virginia as the leader. Or even "his state" as the leader. "My country/religion/family/state/lord right or wrong" worries me.Why would that be any more alarming than George Thomas (or anyone else for that matter, past or present) going unconditionally for the United States, no matter where it leads?
While you might argue, and obvously have, that there was a false assumption in General Ike's conclusion, that certainly doesn't preclude his having using several correct assumptions as well. One bad assumption does not necessarily a decision make. Ike didn't wind up with five stars on his shoulders making bad assumptions.But, more pertinent to this particular thread, Ike was basing his estimation of Lee on a false assumption i.e., "He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America;..." It may have been arguable in the Country but, not to Lee's mind. Clearly he did not believe unswervinglhy in the Constitutional validity of his cause, Even granting, as many seem to do, that it is only what Lee thought that counted and we know what Lee thought on this matter abd it was not an unswerving belief in the Constitutional validity of his cause.
But this thread is about Ike's estimation of Lee and 'that' estimation was based on a false assumption. If his assumption is incorrect, his estimation is incorrect.