I See It Clearly

Here’s an interesting juxtaposition. First, the current president speaking at a press conference in the Rose Garden on May 25 (link):

“Failure in Iraq affects the security of this country. It’s hard for some Americans to see that, I fully understand it. I see it clearly.”

Compare/contrast the current President to a former President, in this case Abraham Lincoln. From a letter by Abraham Lincoln to William Herndon, 15 February 1848, discussing the role of the President as commander-in-chief and the ability of the President to declare war:

“Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure… If today he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, – “I see no probability of the British invading us”; but he will say to you, “Be silent: I see it, if you don’t.”

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