I yield to none in my admiration for Washington as a man and a leader.
But he was not even vaguely close to Napoleon as a general or soldier.
The article was remarkably vague as to the criteria to be used in gauging the comparative “greatness” of these men.
True story: When Napoleon returned to France from Egypt and had launched his coup, a story got around that he would reinstate a Republic with self-rule by the people. (Not that the French had shown much capacity for it.)
His reply: “Who do they think I am, Washington?”
The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent.England's outstanding military opponent.
However good he was at fighting foreigners, against the English he
The difference is that Napoleon met his Waterloo.