Churchill's Benghazi, involving 250,000 casualties, did not stop his rise to commander-in-chief. Hopefully, Clinton’s Benghazi, involving 11 casualties, will also not stop her rise to commander-in-chief.
In 1915, as head of the British Admiralty, Winston Churchill proposed a World War I military campaign that became a disaster: the invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. After nine months and 250,000 casualties, the Allies withdrew in disgrace and Churchill left the Admiralty.
During the 1920s and 1930s, Churchill bounced from government job to government job.
In 1933, Churchill, as a Conservative member of the House of Commons, warned his government about the dangers of German nationalism. However, the British government ignored Churchill’s warnings and did all it could to stay out of Hitler’s way.
In 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed an agreement giving Germany a chunk of Czechoslovakia in exchange for a promise of peace. A year later, Hitler broke his promise and invaded Poland. Britain and France declared war.
In 1940, Churchill replaced Chamberlain, becoming in effect, the British commander-in-chief.
In 1941, President Roosevelt, the U.S. commander-in-chief, joined forces with Churchill, his British counterpart and together they led the Allies to victory in World War II.
Marion C. Medwedeff