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Thread #148498 Message #3449920
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
09-Dec-12 - 06:51 PM
Thread Name: BS: Pearl Harbor Day / December 7
Subject: RE: BS: Pearl Harbor Day / December 7
The Trent was boarded but no British subjects were seized.
Whatever the theoretical justification, from the British point of view, for impressment in 1812, the United States had every reason to resent the systematic interference with its small (and, as you suggest, not especially formidable) navy, particularly since the RN was at that point master of the seas and an arm of the very power that the Revolution had been fought to escape from. And more particularly since many thousands of U.S. sailors, now citizens, were regarded as British subjects by the UK (including the many, many Irish, who felt especially threatened.
It would have been irresponsible, politically dangerous, and probably unconstitutional for the U.S. government not to protect its citizens in such circumstances. The RN even stationed ships in U.S. territorial waters, an obvious provocation likely to bring on war all by itself.
Impressment was not the only cause of war. It is worth noting, however, about 40% of Congress still voted against going to war with Britain.
But we did and you lost. Get over it, Limeys! We fixed up the White House too! Ha!
PS: We planned to get back the VN deserters by invading Canada, but it would have cut off deliveries of Molson so we let 'em go. Lucky for the Canucks! It's all in the Pentagon Papers.