Post-defeat propaganda was indeed part of Bonaparte's, very trumpian, M.O.
His military campaign in Egypt ended in disaster for his army. But, after he shamefully abandoned it in Cairo, he returned to Paris a hero.
Napoleon was a master at crafting his own image. Unfortunately, this associative fact has chastened the image of two great artists: Ludwig van Beethoven and Jacques-Louis David.
It's difficult to make solid assessments of the great men and women in history. 20/20 hindsight is sometimes clouded by popular myth.
On the spectrum between good and evil and when compared to historical peers like Stalin or Hitler; I believe that L'Empereur lands a tad more on the good side. In any case, I believe that the legacy he's left to France has been mostly beneficial.
@divegeestersaid Can I say in thread parenthesis that I totally accept that climate change is occurring due to increased CO2 levels. I also accept that it is probably species threatening due to the negative cascade of biological and agricultural impacts. I am in no way a ‘climate change denier’.
I prefer the truth and this volcanic glacier story with plaques and memorials and lamenting and ceremonies and pilgrimages smells of hand-wringing media- fuelled politicised storifying.
Sounds like attempted science-denial to me.
High hopes for this thread were disappointed soon after second post.
@no1maraudersaid Well you've absorbed most of the Lost Cause ideology (based on your prior posts) but not all:
Confederate generals such as Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson represented the virtues of Southern nobility and fought bravely and fairly. On the other hand, most Northern generals were characterized as possessing low moral standards, becaus ...[text shortened]... ea, a more centralized and efficient supply structure and better political leadership to name a few.
The assessment holds some validity.
But, I assure you that the North had many fine gentlemen in its ranks too.
I will not begin to debate the relative demerits of "southern nobility". The mere fact of slavery's existence ends the discussion.
And the Andersonville Prison was not the brainchild of a civilized society. I do realize that atrocities occur in war and that neither boxer in the fight came away without blood on his knuckles..
@earl-of-trumpssaid Kim is firing rockets in response to menacing joint military drills (US SK) off the coast of NKorea. Trump says he is against the practice and I agree!
It just goes to show you US military leaders DoD have a mind of their own. Trump should just put his foot down on that taunting crap
The man gives aid and comfort to our enemies even as he gives a rash of shyt to our allies. Whether through treachery, ignorance or deliberate negligence: trump is harming the United States of America.