War and Presidential Greatness
By Zachary Gochenour
David R. Henderson

This article appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of The Independent Review


Historians have given their highest ratings to the U.S. presidents who have involved the nation in the wars that have claimed the most American lives. Their standards of presidential greatness have encouraged presidents to fight unnecessary wars, even though the vast majority of Americans would be better off if peace were maintained.

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