Former White house Resident, Jimmy Carter (after this I can't call him "president") on Hardball with Chris Matthews on Oct. 18 (full transcript here) made this interesting statement:
Well, one parallel is that the Revolutionary War, more than any other war up until recently, has been the most bloody war we‘ve fought. I think another parallel is that in some ways the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. It was an unnecessary war.[emphasis added]
Had the British Parliament been a little more sensitive to the colonial‘s really legitimate complaints and requests the war could have been avoided completely, and of course now we would have been a free country now as is Canada and India and Australia, having gotten our independence in a nonviolent way.
I think in many ways the British were very misled in going to war against America and in trying to enforce their will on people who were quite different from them at the time."
The Revolutionary War was "unnecessary"? Jimmy, you've won your Nobel prize...please stop trying to schmooze for another one. You have shown yourself to be a friend communists and thug dictators everywhere. Some of us haven't forgotten how you refused to recognize regimes in Iran and then Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, then falling all over yourself recognize to recognize Khomeni and Mugabe. You, Sir are a horrendous judge of both history and character.