The Corner

Time Correction

You know I’ve been thinking about it, and while I agree with Andrew Sullivan — and even Maureen Dowd — that, if true, the wreath story would have represented a dumb decision by Bush, on the merits I’m not 100% sure it would have been so terrible. After all, wasn’t it Lincoln who said, “with malice toward none and charity for all?” He was addressing both the North and the South and he was trying to bring the country together, not to keep the embers of retribution burning. He thought Robert E. Lee was perhaps the finest gentleman of the war and wished he had sided with the North.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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