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Monday, June 27, 2011

A STRANGLEHOLD ON THE SOUTH

General Winfield Scott believed that the North needed to “strangle” the South if it was going to prevail in the coming war, and said so publicly. That is, he felt that whichever side controlled the inland rivers would be certain to win the war. Scott was widely ridiculed by politicians and media pundits, one of whom dubbed his theory the “Anaconda Plan,” after the giant Amazon River snake. But guess what? Scott’s “Anaconda Plan” really did win the war:

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