Thursday, December 17, 2009

Presidents who made case for a just war

It’s almost a cliché to cite the superficial similarities between Abraham Lincoln and President Obama — two tall, thin men from Illinois with a gift for language forced by circumstance to be wartime presidents. But reading historian James McPherson’s book about Lincoln makes one wonder about some striking similarities in the nature of the challenges confronting both, especially as Mr. Obama makes the war in Afghanistan the signal challenge of his presidency. • Article

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