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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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  -Lessons from the War of 1812 relevant to Iraq BOSSHOG  Jun-13-07 01:36 PM   #0 
  - One minor correction  wuushew   Jun-13-07 01:43 PM   #1 
  - Good book. I read that a couple of months back  Jacobin   Jun-13-07 01:44 PM   #2 
  - I do love me a good read about Andy Jackson and Jean Paul  BOSSHOG   Jun-13-07 01:47 PM   #3 
  - Ahem  NoPasaran   Jun-13-07 01:49 PM   #4 
     - Thats very Jermaine to the subject  BOSSHOG   Jun-13-07 02:21 PM   #8 
  - Sorry, the US drew or lost 1812. We didn't win that one.  Alexander   Jun-13-07 01:54 PM   #5 
  - Right you are  BOSSHOG   Jun-13-07 02:00 PM   #7 
  - I think the only people who won the War of 1812 were historians (nt)  Posteritatis   Jun-13-07 02:27 PM   #9 
  - We've now had more combat fatalities in Iraq than we did in that war  PurityOfEssence   Jun-13-07 01:54 PM   #6 

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