Advice to Americans on Iraq

Black fool, why winter here? These frozen skies,Worn by your wings and deafen'd by your cries,Should warn you hence, where milder suns invite,And day alternates with his mother night. These words were written by my great-great-great-great-great uncle, Joel Barlow just before he died trying to deliver an American treaty to Napoleon during the retreat from … Continue reading Advice to Americans on Iraq

War, War, and More War

In 1812, President Madison sent the diplomat Joel Barlow with a treaty for consideration by Napoleon in Russia, where Bonaparte was leading his disastrous campaign against the Tsar. Barlow is known today mainly for the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli that he negotiated, that says, famously:As the government of the United States of America is not … Continue reading War, War, and More War