Getting Out: Historical Perspectives on Leaving Iraq

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No Exit but Victory:
Britain and the American Colonies

STANLEY WEINTRAUB

How does one recognize the looming inevitable? In the 1760s, the British, having defeated the French in America and expanded George Ill’s overseas empire, saw only profit and prestige ahead. A New England cleric, the Reverend Samuel Cooper, told his congregation that the colonists were indebted “not only for their present Security and Happiness, but, perhaps for their very Being, to the paternal Care of the Monarch.” The legitimacy of royal rule was little questioned. In that future seedbed of sedition, Boston, Thomas Foxcroft declared, “Above all, we owe our humble Thanks to his Majesty and with loyal Hearts full of joyous Gratitude, we bless the King, for his Paternal Goodness in sending such effectual Aids to his American Subjects… when we needed the Royal Protection.”

A seven-year war 3,000 miles from home, when travel time was measured in months, had pinched the British economy. Why not, then, have the colonists, who had been rescued from the wicked French, pay something for their own protection? It was a petty

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