The administrative skills of Madison were one of his downfalls. The war of 1812 could have been avoided if Madison was not told misinformation that the United States could win it easily. He allowed himself to be lured into a false sense of security by both his cabinet and the senate which was full of the so called "war hawks" who boasted that Canada could be taken with only 1000 Kentucky riflemen. He did at first resist the temptation to go to war but eventually fell to declaring war with the British to attempt to gain more land and to retaliate against the impressment of American sailors that was taking place on the seas at that time to fill Britain's need for sailors with its was against the French and Napoleon which was going on at the same time. It is to Madison's credit though that even though he allowed the nation to fall into war that it was not prepared for he was able to, with help from the nation itself, to win the war and lead the nation to a new era of nationalism within America.
International relations are a important part of any presidency. James Madison, while not having the best skills in this department had sufficient knowledge to keep the nation much better off than it could have been if he made mistakes here. Madison's foreign policies keep America in good standing with the French and even though eventually there was a war, relations with the... [continues]
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