Today on page A3 of the News-Enterprise, an article by Associated Press writer Elizabeth Dunbar lists the 10 worst presidential mistakes picked by scholars at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center. More than two dozen presidential historians participated in the survey. The results are as follows:1. James Buchanan - for failing to keep the Union together before the Civil War.2. Andrew Johnson - for failed post-Civil War reconstruction policies.3. Lyndon Johnson - for letting the Vietnam War escalate.4. Woodrow Wilson - for refusing to compromise on the Treaty of Versailles after World War I.5. Richard Nixon - for his involvement in A Watergate coverup.6. James Madison - for getting the United States into the War of 1812 with Britain.7. Tohmas Jefferson - for the Embargo Act of 1807, a self-imposed prohibition on trade with Europe during the Napoleonic Wars.8. John F. Kennedy - for the Bay of Pigs invasion that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.9. Ronal Reagan - for the Iran-Contra Affair, an effort to sell arms to Iran and use the money to finance an armed anti-communist group in Nicaragua.10. Bill Clinton - for his involvement with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.Asked about President Bush's decision to invade Iraq? "We're going to have to wait a few more years before we can decide where it belongs," said Michael Nelson, a political science professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Nelson added that the decision could end up on a list of good presidential decisions."The fact that we don't know shows you how hard it is sometimes to tell how they're going to look with the passage of time. When a president makes a bold decision, it carries great opportunity but also great risk," he said.Don't know how many years down the road that will be but I hope I'm around to watch the far-lefties throw their temper tantrums when it's decided that fighting terrorists and bringing democracy to the mid-east was a good, sound and just decision.Will get a link for you all as soon as it is available. Probably tomorrow.philz
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