|CK with bipartisan support|
University Club, Washington
|CK at Rotary|
|CK at American History Museum|
|Polk invaded Mexico|
"In 1845, Polk dispatched John Slidell as minister-designate to Mexico City to purchase Mexican territory in the West for the sum of twenty-five million dollars. He was rebuffed. So Polk, not about to take a rebuff for an answer, dispatched Zachary Taylor, a Whig general, with an army of about thirty-five hundred men to Fort Brown, Texas, on the Rio Grande near the Gulf coast.
Polk’s order to Taylor of January 13, 1846, indicated that the United States was not intending to go to war with Mexico but, if Mexico declared war or acted hostilely, then operations should not be limited to the defensive. Thus the president of the United States delegated to a field commander the decision as to whether a state of war existed between Mexico and the United States.
|US Army Officer Jacket|
Mexican-American war, Smithsonian
It might seem surprising, but the Mexican-American War was the costliest war for the United States in terms of percentage of casualties versus participants—13,768 died out of the 104,556 that served. Many of these casualties were due to sickness and disease as the Americans won nearly every engagement of the war and occupied Mexico City. At the Mexico City National Cemetery, you will find the graves of 750 unknown Americans who perished in the Mexican-American War and are buried in a common grave." America Invades (www.amzn.com/1940598427).
Actions have consequences. Invasions are a complex series of actions. It follows, therefore that invasions will have consequences. Some of these will be foreseen and foreseeable, others unforeseen.
The Mexican-American war initiated by Polk had far-reaching consequences. Polk's war resulted in the addition of California, Arizona, New Mexico Nevada and Utah to the Union.
|James K. Polk|
|"Fear Not, Old Abe is Ours!"|
|All genders helped win WW2|
There were many culinary highlights to our trip to Washington. We had some excellent microbrews and seafood with Adam Wilson at the District Chophouse (http://www.districtchophouse.com/).
|Washington Monument, DC|