MAP, WATCH, AND COMPASS

MAP, WATCH, AND COMPASS: Tom Donnelly offers a withering attack on know-nothing war pundits. A taste:

Now let’s consult the watch. How long does it take the thousands of vehicles in a U.S. heavy division–like, say, the 3rd Infantry Division–to drive past a single point? As every commuter knows, it depends on the size of the road, the quality of the traffic management and the number of accidents. But the answer is more often days than hours. Also, when you’re driving a 70-ton M1 tank, you have to stop for gas regularly. Sometimes in war the enemy shoots back, even attacking your supply lines, scorching the earth (or oil wells) behind them as they retreat, or trying to strike at your friends nearby.

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