Skip to comments.Brian Kilmeade: How Thomas Jefferson abandoned diplomacy and changed US history
Posted on 10/17/2016 5:40:47 AM PDT by Kaslin
In 1786, Thomas Jefferson, then a minister to the French government of Louis XVI, had a concern more intimidating than anything else hed faced before: the threat of pirates off the coast of North Africa, a region known as the Barbary Coast.
These pirates had already taken over two American ships, the Dauphin and the Maria, plundering their goods and taking their crews hostage. Unfortunately, this was a common fate for ships venturing near the area, where the Saharas arid coast was divided into four Islamic nation-states. Running west to east were the Barbary nations Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli, which all fell under the ultimate authority of the Ottoman Empire, seated in present-day Turkey.
These nations had preyed upon foreign shipping for centuries, attacking ships international waters both in the Mediterranean and along the northwest coast of Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. Even such naval powers as France and Great Britain were not immune, though they chose to deal with the problem by paying annual tributes of gifts to the Barbary leadersbribes paid to the Barbary states to persuade the pirates to leave merchant ships from the paying countries alone. But the prices were always changing, and the ships of those nations that did not meet the extortionate demands were not safe from greedy pirates.
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Thomas Jefferson did a lot of diplomacy. Some brilliant (Louisiana purchase seems like a pretty good idea), some insane (the Embargo Act - which cut off trade w Europe totally wrecked the economy)
If the embargo act included imports it would have been a long term success.
To the Shores Of Tripoli
Marines be there
So was Old Iron Sides
From the halls of montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.....
I listened to the audiobook and it was packed with good historical facts, but Kilmeade’s reading style very nearly caused me to shut it off within the first five minutes. He seems to be yelling the story instead of simply reading. Very distracting . . . but it matches his arrogance on air.
Jefferson didn’t get into nation building and changing the government either.
I sure never called him a conservative. He is a Faux puppet.
According to the Quran, Abdrahaman explained, all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful ( Muslims ) to plunder and enslave.
Christian were, plain and simple, fair game.
The way North Korea is a "success?"
you are wrong
15-20 years ago I looked forward to Fox and Friends every morning until they became a variety show and an entertainment venue. Brian can play the role of a conservative as well as any of them, but I’ll take Sean Hannity.
Anyway, my original point was lost . . . I enjoyed the data that the book provided - just not the narrator’s style - which, to me, was arrogant. I did not even go to whether he is a ‘good’ conservative or not.
You should read some history, it is very enlightening. Quit listening to Free Traitor lies.
Also, even though Jefferson opposed a strong centralized government in theory, the federal government wound up assuming vast powers in order to enforce the Embargo - something any decent conservative ought to have opposed.
You need to read up on the Embargo Act. It only embargoed EXPORTS which I agree is crazy. That way the USA couldn’t be accused of taking sides.