|Hideki Tojo 1884 - 1948|
|James Madison 1751 - 1836|
What could the U.S. President James Madison and Imperial Japan's wartime Prime Minister, Hideki Tojo, possibly have in common? Much more than you might suppose. James Madison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Madison) was the fourth President of the United States and is widely regarded as the "father of the U.S. Constitution". Hideki Tojo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideki_Tōjō) was the Prime Minister of Japan who led a militarist regime into war against the USA with the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941 and who was hanged for war crimes in 1948.
In 1812, almost exactly 200 years ago this summer, Madison launched the United States into a war of choice against the greatest naval, military and economic power in the world at the time -- Great Britain. (see earlier post, War of 1812, 4/1/12). The USA had already been fighting a brutal war of extermination against the native American's prior to this on the north American continent. The Americans had a great sense of racial and moral superiority over their aboriginal enemies. The Americans were full of overconfidence that led them to believe that the conquest of Canada was, in Thomas Jefferson's words, a "mere matter of marching" (Jefferson wrote in an August 1812 letter, "The acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching, and will give us experience for the attack of Halifax the next, and the final expulsion of England from the American continent.") and that they would be met with open arms by the numerous former Americans who lived in Canada. The Americans were, in truth, not nearly as well prepared as they ought to have been before the commencement of operations. They relied too much on unproven militia who would, at times, refuse to cross state borders. Moreover, Madison was far better as a legislator and political theorist than he was a commander-in-chief. He relied on a succession of incompetent commanders during the course of the war.
|American Ally 1812|
|Europe in 1812 (Napoleonic Blue)|
|A hot time at the White House 1814|
|Japanese Zero, Paine Field (FHC, Everett WA)|
|Tokyo Fire-bombed, 1945|
Second, invading Russia has never been a good idea.
Third, history may not always repeat itself, but it often rhymes.