“History Repeats itself”
Regarding … General Petraeus’ report to congress on the surge, many in the public eye are attacking him.
But I believe General Lee already said it all … see below:
“It appears we have appointed our worst generals to command forces, and our most gifted and brilliant to edit newspapers.
In fact, I discovered by reading newspapers that these editor/geniuses plainly saw all my strategic defects from the start, yet failed to inform me until it was too late.
Accordingly, I am readily willing to yield my command to these obviously superior intellects, and I will, in turn, do my best for the Cause by writing editorials — after the fact.” – Robert E. Lee, 1863″
The above gem has been circling the USMC and I am pleased to have it sent on to me.
As it stands we have the MSM, those wise celebrities in Hollywood, and activists all who claim to have a better understanding of the war. They know everything that our Soldiers are doing wrong and are eager to point these things out.
I am a tad bit confused as to where they gained their superior intellect in regard to battle strategies. Perhaps they are teaching special courses at the Institute of Fine Arts, “The Art of War 101”
It is possible, right?
After all, I am a much superior football coach from my comfy recliner to those whom I watch on TV. I am very gifted and can see the blitz coming from my living room a thousands miles away. They really need to let me call in the plays from home.
No, I never played football… Well, I did play… But, I never had the privilege of wearing pads and a helmet. It was supposed to be touch football…… but I have a chipped tooth and pictures of my black eyes to show that my brothers preferred to tackle a moving object.
I digress… Although I never had any formal training on the football field, I know all the rules and know when they should go for it on 4th and inches and when they should punt.
Therefore, I should be the one calling in the plays…
The war should be run by Hollywood and they can get ‘facts’ from the newspaper editors!
In their world the bad guy always wears black and is killed with a single, well deserved, shot. There will be no blood. There will be no tears. For they will orchestrate the war in such a way (special sound effects, I believe) and we will all boo the villain and cheer the Hero!
And after the two hour war is complete, we will pat each other on the back and head out to dinner.
Oh, if life were a movie…
Alas we must rely on real people in honest to goodness real situations. How thankful I am that the REAL WAR is led by well trained and educated Generals. Generals who are able to shrug off the arm chair Warriors.
Just one suggestion to our fine Military leaders; Do you think you could add some special sound effects when a bad guy walks into the room? Maybe a low, slow rumbling drum just before you drop a bomb on a terrorist hideout?
Just a thought…