February 2 marks the anniversary of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. It ought to be a holiday throughout the American Southwest, for this was the diplomatic agreement that concluded the Mexican-American War, guaranteed the realization of Manifest Destiny, and created the conditions for prosperity throughout much of North America. The only downside was the the United States didn’t take more territory when it had the chance. Baja California should be ours!
I wrote on the treaty for the Washington Times when it turned 150. This may be the only article I’ve ever written for the Washington Times–hard to believe, given that this newspaper has been such an important and welcoming outlet for right-of-center scribblers.