Fail to the Chief: The Worst Blunders in U.S. Presidential History By Elizabeth Dunbar, Associated Press February 20, 2006 Name the president involved/responsible for these blunders: 1. The failure to prevent the Southern secession that led to the Civil War. James Buchanan 2. The decision just after the Civil War to side with Southern whites and oppose improvements in justice for Southern blacks beyond abolishing slavery. Andrew Johnson 3. Allowing the Vietnam War to intensify. Lyndon Johnson 4: The refusal to compromise on the Treaty of Versailles after World War I. Woodrow Wilson 5: Involvement in the Watergate cover-up. Richard Nixon 6: The failure to keep the United States out of the War of 1812 with Britain. James Madison 7: The Embargo Act of 1807, a self-imposed prohibition on trade with Europe during the Napoleonic Wars. Thomas Jefferson 8: Allowing the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, an attempt to overthrow Cuba's communist government that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. John F. Kennedy 9: The Iran-Contra Affair, the effort to sell arms to Iran and use the money to finance an armed anti-communist group in Nicaragua. Ronald Reagan 10. The Monica Lewinsky scandal. Bill Clinton Answers will be posted on Sunday.