The Corner

Re: The Revolution as An “Unnecessary War”

In addition to saying the Revolution was unnecessary, Jimmy Carter, the eminent historian and grammarian, also says that “more than any other war up until recently, [the Revolution] has been the most bloody war we’ve fought.” Hmm. I guess the Civil War and WWII weren’t wars for this idiot. To paraphrase Dwight Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter provides a new and surprising answer every day to the question: “how stupid can this man really be?”

Mackubin Thomas Owens is senior national security fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, editing its journal Orbis from 2008 to 2020. A Marine Corps infantry veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a professor of national-security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College from 1987 to 2015. He is the author of US Civil–Military Relations after 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain.