The most false and defamatory reports have been publicly circulated for some days, respecting the conduct which I have pursued during this short and unfortunate campaign.
After having fought during twenty-five years for my country, and having shed my blood for its glory and independence, an attempt is made to accuse me of treason...
There is a historical personage who, when placed in a very difficult position, performed brilliantly. Someone who is at their best when things are at their worst.
But who always found someone else to blame when things went wrong.
Someone whose political position flip-flopped radically in a short period of time.
But whose personal bravery was legendary, leading from the front if he thought the enemy was running, taking foolish and un-neccessary risks. Someone who repeats blunders when things are looking good.
Naturally, the French put up a statue of him. Will history repeat itself?