General George Patton raises the level of the Rhine a tad.
March 24, 1944
Jeff Jacoby’s Patton and the 2008 vote:
“Americans love a winner,” Patton growled, “and will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win – all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. . . . The very thought of losing is hateful to an American.”
Nowadays, the thought of losing a war isn’t as hateful to some Americans as the thought of losing an election.