Punting in The War of 1812

“The   C ivil War of 1812”, Alan Taylor:

“…in the end,  (U.S.) Congress punted on deciding  Canada’s future.  Indecision papered over Republican divisions and kept their options open pending the fortunes of war.”

In this case, the decisions on Canada were put off for a period.  In American football punting is the time the ball is turned over to the other side: offensive playing becomes defensive.

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