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It's good he can go deeper than skin deep into history. I'll leave my own dislike for Theodore Roosevelt aside. When all is said and done he led an amazing life even if he was essentially a war monger.Just read this article on NRL.com about
Broncos forward Pat Carrigan uses the words of wisdom from a former US President to help navigate all that life throws at him.www.nrl.com
I like this kid more every time I hear from him. He comes across as dedicated, professional and without an ego. To draw inspiration from Teddy is not something you expect from somebody so young. A president and commander of the Rough Riders in the Spanish- American war, somebody who came from a silver spoon family so to speak but was no stranger to adversity. As he overcame illness as a child through a physical and dedicated lifestyle. He Idolized the civil war commanders and jumped at his opportunity to see combat in Cuba.
Most kids these days would have something said by an idiot like Justin Beiber or Snoop dog tattooed on their body but Carrigan has a quote from the equivalent of Churchill or Joseph Joffre. Leaders among leaders.
How was T. Roosevelt a war monger??
Whilst I wouldn't want to take this thread to another topic, he was a chief proponent of the Spanish American war that lead to the annexation of Cuba (supposedly on humanitarian grounds for the Cuban people's liberty), which led to the country becoming a holdout for corrupt American businessmen and led to the rise of Castro. As a result of the war, the Americans also claimed the Philippines from Spain that had gallantly fought and succeeded in freeing itself from colonial rule from only to be put through a bloody war with the US to crush their independence that resulted in the use of torture and the deaths of some 600,000 Filipinos.
It was criticized by Mark Twain among others as counter to American ideals of liberty.
Whilst I can't deny his many accomplishments and admire his willingness to push progressive ideas, if the Spanish American war was fought today it's proponents would be war criminals.
You can argue the Americans were better colonial masters than the Spanish and I wouldn't disagree but the war to achieve it cannot be justified by that.