Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Here are the results of a survey of presidential historians organized by the University of Louisville's McConnell Center.

From engaging in sexual relations with an intern to letting the Vietnam War escalate, U.S. presidents have been blamed for some egregious errors.

So who had the worst blunder?

- 1: James Buchanan, for failing to avert the Civil War
- 2: Andrew Johnson's decision after the Civil War to side with Southern whites and oppose improvements in justice for blacks beyond abolishing slavery.
- 3: LBJ and the Vietnam War
- 4: Woodrow Wilson's refusal to compromise on the Treaty of Versailles after the First World War.
- 5: Richard Nixon's involvement in the Watergate cover-up.
- 6: James Madison's failure to keep the United States out of the War of 1812 with Britain.
- 7: Thomas Jefferson's Embargo Act of 1807, a self-imposed prohibition on trade with Europe during the Napoleonic Wars.
- 8: John Kennedy allowing the ill-fated Bay of Pigs Invasion to overthrow Cuba's communist government that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- 9: Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra Affair, the effort to sell arms to Iran and use the money to finance an armed anti-communist group in Nicaragua.
- 10: Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky

Here are my nominations: Liberals sacred cow, FDR, and the attack on Pearl Harbor. Bill Clinton and how he allowed Al Qaeda to grow into America's biggest enemy, during his presidency, as he said we had no enemies.

Other opinions: Debbie Schlussel weighs in.

London Free Press - International News - Ten worst U.S. presidential mistakes


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