Sunday, January 20, 2019
The elusiveness of truth.............
In the aftermath of the destruction of the U. S. S. Maine:
"My duty is plain," he told his friend from Indiana, Senator Fairbanks, "We must learn the truth and endeavor, if possible, to fix the responsibility. This country can afford to withhold its judgment . . . until the truth is know."
-Robert W. Merry, President McKinley: Architect of the American Century
If I am reading my history correctly, we still do not truly know what caused the Maine to blow up in Havana's harbor. It is pretty clear, however, that Wikipedia favors the internal, rather than external, conclusion of cause. The major newspapers of McKinley's day certainly favored the external, rather than internal, cause.