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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - John André
Benedict Arnold certainly would recognize the truth in Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" line, "Some people claim there's a woman to blame." In Arnold's case, that woman was his wife, the beautiful, headstrong and ultimately treacherous Peggy Shippen. In the traditional history of Arnold's treasonous defection to the British in our War of Independence, Peggy is treated as an ill-starred but largely innocent footnote.
Benedict Arnold is a hero again, at least temporarily, at two upstate New York historic sites where his pre-treason exploits are being remembered.
The public is getting a rare opportunity to see some of New York state's most significant artifacts, including the documents that first exposed Benedict Arnold as a traitor and an original handwritten draft of George Washington's Farewell Address.