Col. Dan Smith, USA (Ret.) Talks About Military Affairs
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Civil War Then and Now
At 0430 this morning, April 12, 1861 -- 145 years ago -- Confederate General Pierre Beauregard opened fire on Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina, beginning the American Civil War. Just 3 days short of 4 full years -- April 9, 1865 -- Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse.
In 339 days, March 17, 2007, U.S. forces will have been in Iraq 3 days short of 4 years. Will they be caught in an Iraqi civil war?
Col. Dan Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.), a West Point graduate and Vietnam veteran, is the Senior Fellow on Military Affairs for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quakers). See his complete bio on FCNL's web site.