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True I gave the impression I

True I gave the impression I was referring to Harrison. Polk was obviously the dude I was referring to, he being a democrat and all, like Van Buren.

The pressure Van Buren was under was to recognize Texas' independence from Mexico and annex them, which he refused to do as Mexico made it clear it would lead to war. This is one thing among several that I think make him the greatest president if one had to choose one.

The brilliant historian Jeffrey Rogers Hummel wrote a great article breaking it down quite convincingly.
http://www.independent.org/pdf/tir/tir_04_2_hummel.pdf