Who knew a post about the Reagan dime would take us here? From a reader:
You’re getting into my enemy’s enemy territory, here. I wish the USA could have stayed neutral or at worst joined the Brits, but the Brits wouldn’t let us. They forced the issue by impressing American sailors of English/Irish origin/descent.
The challenge was posed to us by the British, but on behalf of all of old Europe, including France. What was at stake was America’s novel definition of nationality, that an Irishman born a subject of George III’s conquered Ireland could in fact choose to become an American. We had to fight that war with old Europe and win it.