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Incompetent Generals

Incompetent Generals

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Incompetent GeneralsIt is interesting, on the dozens of military forums extant, to read the jumbledsophomoric confusions of hordes of arrogant ignoramuses alongside a few people whoseem to understand war. Yet anyone who studies war should be applauded.One thing that seems to prevail in all forums is the source of the subscriber'sinformation. The source, of course, shapes the subscribers opinions. There are twomajor types of subscribers, categorized according to preferred informationalbasis, that present what they consider to be informed opinions on forums. Thesetwo categories do not represent all forum participants however, and account forabout 80% of them.First I must point out that very few, probably none, of the subscribers to forumsare military experts functioning at the intuitive level of operational andstrategic art.The source of almost all information on forums is the mass media or the militarymedia. Both slant the so-called information they present to represent a skewedview of reality.The first category of contributing subscriber is the number cruncher. He isfascinated with orders of battle from the standpoint of various performanceindices of military machinery. He talks about attrition oriented concepts andargues with the enthusiasm of American sports maven.However, he is superior to American sports maven because he is dealing withreality that can effect the world. While American sports maven merely get drunk,paint their faces and worship, periodically, various African mercenaries who onlyplay games.The second category is the generalist. He knows less about facts than the numberscruncher and his opinions have been shaped by some form of media. Such a person isa servo-mechanism of international Marxist media and therefore useless.What am I getting at after my tedious introductory comments? It is this: It wouldbe so much more enjoyable if there were more war hobbyists. By hobbyists I meanpeople who study war, enjoy war and could be categorized as "warlovers." Suchpeople would exhibit a learning curve that would be continuously strengthened tothe point that they would become professionals. By professional, I mean an expertthat functions at the intuitive level. Among US military generals there are NOexpert warriors. However, among the Special Forces Colonels, there are a fewprofessional with expert intuition. Most American generals perceive themselves asdiplomats and peace makers in the bureaucratic sense. They love "nation building"and hate war like only the distracted effeminate can. I do not apologize for theabove conclusions; after all I share the attitude of Kaiser Wilhelm, who said whenhe perceived an important member of the German General Staff dancing atransvestite ballet: "This General Staff is a pile of Shit."The first thing that marks a professional operating at the intuitive level is anindependent frame of reference. That frame of reference describes the key aspectsof war against which all military baloney and potential genius is measured. (Iwill give an example in my next post).To leap to what I am promoting in this post...If you want to understand andpredict where any military will go and how it will fare in the forthcoming worldwar...you must know its generals. The war student should make a catalogue of thegenerals: names, political ideology, religion, experiences in the past, prominent

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