Sorry Newt, It’s Not Like The American Revolution

Washington Post

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) engaged in what NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert promised what was to be “an old-fashioned, robust political debate.”

The most notable exchange in the 25 minutes was a lengthy discourse on whether U.S. efforts in Iraq are tantamount to French support to the Americans during the Revolutionary War.

“Equating the American Revolution with the Civil War in Iraq today, please,” Dodd quipped.

“It’s exactly the same,” Gingrich said, noting that it took 14 years – from 1775 to 1789 – for the new America to write a constitution.

Sure, Newt is right that it took 14 years to develop the government we still have today – but it took another  70 years to start fighting with each other.

No one came to the colonies to incite the revolution.  Even France didn’t show up to help the American Revolutionaries till it was clear Britain would lose.

We’re forcing three cultures to stay together in Iraq that have hated each other for centuries.  They have no business being forced to stay together.


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