- Sep 30, 2017
- Paddle faster, I hear banjos.
Wasn't it Grant who said the Mexican-American war was the most unjust piece of land-grabbing in history?
The "land grab" was inevitable. For decades previous to the war, American merchants in Mexico were robbed and beaten, merchant ships were boarded by Mexican navy men and the American crews were press-ganged, among other outrages.
The Mexicans pulled the same shenanigans with the British and French, but the Mexicans backed down and indemnified them whenever they were threatened with attack.
By 1848, we were owed several million dollars in indemnity by the Mexicans, who reneged on the payment. President
Polk unfortunately gave into warmongers in the Democrat Party and since Texas was in play, war was inevitable.
Was the war wicked? I believe it was. For instance, one general marched almost 1,500 miles from Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas to the Colorado River in Arizona and claimed the entire New Mexico territory (Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Nevada and Colorado) for the U.S. without firing a shot. I don't believe it was necessary to march to Mexico City, since this humiliated the Mexicans and gave them a vendetta which lasts to this day. They are after all a proud people, for all their faults.
That said, had we not acquired the land, the British, French or Russians most certainly would have.