Wednesday, October 31, 2007


This Day in the History of American Executive Actions Gone Bad

On this day in 1803, the USS Philadelphia, a newer but smaller version of the big late 18th Century frigates, such as the still extant USS Constitution, grounded off Tripoli and was captured by the Barbary pirates. President Thomas Jefferson, who I believe still has a good reputation as a founding father, had sent the big frigates and marines, without congressional approval, to battle Muslim illegal combatants who had harmed our commercial enterprises and kidnapped, killed and enslaved American citizens.

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