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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Amy S. Greenberg
She says that Bancroft was "shocked" by Polk's objectives, although this is unlikely.
She tells that story by following the careers and moves of Polk, Henry Clay (his Whig rival for the presidency in 1844), Abraham Lincoln, John J. Hardin (Lincoln's predecessor in Congress, who died a hero's death in the Mexican War) and Nicholas Trist (a ranking State Department official).