Skip to comments.Rumsfeld Admires War Criminal
Posted on 05/27/2004 12:27:27 PM PDT by philosofy123
To the Editor/ The New York Times:
Your "Political Points" article in the 23 May Sunday New York Times, reports that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is reading Grant, the biography of the Civil War general, Ulysses S. Grant, as a morale booster.
But if Rumsfeld is going to adopt Grant as a role model or source of inspiration, he (and you) should be aware that Grants policies and actions included the following:
Ordering the expulsion on 24 hours notice of all Jews "as a class" from the territory under his control (General Order # 11, 17 December, 1862), and forbidding Jews to travel on trains (November, 1862);
Ordering the destruction of an entire agricultural area to deny the enemy support (the Shenandoah Valley, 5 August, 1864).
Leading the mass murder, a virtual genocide, of Native People, mainly helpless old men, women, and children in their villages, to make land available for the western railroads (the eradication of the Plains Indians, 186566).
Overseeing the complete destruction of defenseless Southern cities, and conducting such warfare against unarmed women and children (e.g., the razing of Meridien, and other cities in Mississippi, spring, 1863).
Contrast these well documented atrocities (and many others too numerous to list) with the gentlemanly policies and behavior of the Confederate forces. My ancestor Major Raphael Moses, General James Longstreets chief commissary officer, was forbidden by General Robert E. Lee from even entering private homes in their raids into the North, such as the famous incursion into Pennsylvania. Moses was forced to obtain his supplies from businesses and farms, and he always paid for what he requisitioned, albeit in Confederate tender.
Moses always endured in good humor the harsh verbal abuse he received from the local women, who, he noted, always insisted on receiving in the end the exact amount owed.
Moses and his Confederate colleagues never engaged in the type of warfare waged by the Union forces, who routinely burned, looted, and destroyed libraries, courthouses, churches, homes, and cities full of defenseless civilians, including my hometown of Atlanta. My ancestors may have lost the war, but they never lost their honor.
Perhaps Rumsfeld should be reading the memoirs of General Lee or Major Moses, instead of the bio of a war criminal like General Grant.
So, the NYTimes finally found a Suthren White Male thy like?
I have heard it all now.
All of this about Grant is true. Having him on the $50 is a notable irony.
It would be nice if the media would trot this out when discussing, say, confederate battle flags or their other bash-the-south articles rather than to attack one of their highest-target priority republicans.
Up your dosage. Stat!
Yeah, forget Grant. He should be reading the biography of Sherman instead.
Yes, Mr. Regenstein, stick it! US Grant was indispensable in winning the Civil War and keeping this one nation.
Who the hell said Rumsfeld was going to use Grant as a role model?
Is every Leftist really this delusional?
Everybody's a war criminal to the NYT's and its readers except:
and every other bruttish thug communism past, present and future.
The victor writes the history. The South has nothing good.
Besides which, most of the Indian policies were set and executed by Sherman and Sheridan, not Grant.
This guy's racist track record is a lot more recent than U.S. Grant's.
I took it as Mr. Regenstein being somewhat tongue-in-cheek and putting Abu Ghraib in perspective, for the know-it-all Times.
Or Robert E Lee?