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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:36 PM
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Lessons from the War of 1812 relevant to Iraq
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I'm reading a nice little book about the War of 1812, "Patriotic Fire" By Winston Groom (he also wrote Forrest Gump.) One passage peaked my interest about warfare:

As it was with the rest of the British apologists then present, that the Americans did not play by European rules of warfare. Perhaps the British should have thought about that before they came to invade somebody else's country, and adjusted their lofty military customs accordingly.

The British Army, at the time thought to be the greatest fighting force on the planet got their asses kicked by a bunch of ragtag Americans and Lafitte's pirates a couple miles from Bourbon Street. Is it dejavu all over again in another time and another place?
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