Republican members of Congress, having voted for the Iraq war, now want to retreat leaving our dead in vain. They share the moral deficiency of some of their predecessors.
The last time (my ellipsis):
The encounter…between Medill and Lincoln started when a delegation comprising Medill and two other Chicagoans had gone to the war department to try to get Secretary Stanton to back off from drafting more men from Cook County (Illinois).
“I shall never forget,” Medill said of Lincoln, “how he suddenly lifted his head and turned on us a black and frowning face.
‘Gentlemen,’ he said, in a voice full of bitterness, ‘after Boston, Chicago has been the chief instrument in bringing this war on the country. The Northwest has opposed the South as New England has opposed the South.
It is you who are largely responsible for making blood flow as it has.
You called for war until we had it. You called for Emancipation, and I have given it to you. … Now you come here begging to be let off from the call for men which I have made to carry out the war you have demanded.
You ought to be ashamed of yourselves… Go home, and raise your 6,000 extra men.”
For all wars worth fighting require great steadfastness, and men who lack that quality should not become legislators.