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Readers respond to “Three 800-Pound Guerrillas” published Aug. 8, 2006, which compared the war in Iraq to the General Motors business model.
I enjoyed the “800 Pound Guerilla” piece today and I feel compelled to comment. The unfortunate truth of our current situation is that almost everybody knew it would turn out this way, but nobody had the guts to admit it. Ego and greed have always been, and will always be man’s downfall and those are the two key reasons for our involvement. I appreciate you having the courage to discuss the war in your newsletter. As you know, you are now officially a non-patriot. There is little solace for those that predicted this outcome prior to the war. Nobody wants to hear that.
Unfortunately, our track record indicates that it will be many more years until we can admit our early failures and accept defeat on this agenda, or that we will organize the world to wage the level of war required to win. Every day we engage on our current agenda is not only a day we have lost, but also more fuel for increased hate and trouble down the road. Regarding your discussion of tactics, the following quote has always been one of my favorites: “Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.” —General George S. Patton Jr.
I wrote to you once before (about issues surrounding computer security), still read your every word and am blessed with new knowledge every time I do. You asked:
P.S. If a reader can describe a successful military campaign at any time in history where the occupying forces were completely surrounded by a hostile, heavily armed enemy that was continually increasing in size and ferocity, please e-mail me.