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Quin Hillyer and Thermopylae

This column by Quin is made of awesome.

Conservatives want Thermopylae. Congressional Republican leaders instead imitate the Confederate defense of Atlanta — the one that led a local editor to write that General Joseph E. Johnston’s reputation had “grown with every backward step.”Thermopylae, of course, was where the famed “300″ Spartans (and about 1,200 others) fought off many tens of thousands of Persians for three full days, with their courageous sacrifice helping the Greeks eventually win the war. The defense of Northwest Georgia, on the other hand, showed that Johnston was adept at putting up a united front, seizing excellent defensive positions in well-drilled fashion — and then retreating time after time in perfect order, saving his army for a “later” that never came while inflicting only glancing damage on his enemy as the Yankees gobbled up territory like a horde of Pac-Men… until Atlanta and eventually the whole of Georgia fell to the onslaught.

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