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GA Senator: the South could have won the Civil War if it had better intelligence

I’ll just let that headline float out there, as is — and I’m a Southerner.

That above sentiment was the wisdom emanating from the cracker lips of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). He and George Macaca Allen need to get together for a Confederacy Love-In. (Roll Call, via Raw Story):

Conflicting reports have emerged about what was said, one from a source to Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill” column, the other from a spokesperson for Chambliss.


Chambliss with the Chimperor.

According to Roll Call’s source, Chambliss said, “We need better intelligence. If we had better intelligence in the Civil War we’d be quoting Jefferson Davis, not Lincoln.”

…During Thursday’s closed-door Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on trials, interrogation and detention of foreign terrorism suspects, Chambliss made an analogy between the current war on terror and the Civil War. He made the point that history would have been altered dramatically if only the South had had better intel.

Democratic sources expressed outrage that he compared the Civil War to the Bush administration’s war on terror. “It’s a little disgusting” to be equating the two, one Democratic source said, adding, “You can’t figure out whether he didn’t understand the Civil War, or the war on terror, or both.”

Chambliss’s spokesbot later clarified things by saying the senator actually said “If Gen. JEB Stuart had had better intelligence, we’d all be meeting in Richmond right now.” OK, that‘s reassuring. It still sounds like he longs for Dixie.

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