Getting perspective

| March 23, 2008

Here and elsewhere, I have decried the deliberate or inadvertent lack of historical perspective on current problems, particularly with regard to things military, and especially among the mainstream media and the Left. I come from a family with a strong and long history of military service and am myself a student of military history. My father was personally involved in three major battles during World War II: Pearl Harbor; the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal; and the USMC Invasion of Guam. The first was a stunning defeat, lasting a few hours; the second, something of a draw, lasting a few days; the third, a victory, lasting a few weeks and gaining us control of a single island. The collective US military death toll for the three battles was over 7,000 over a grand total of less than four weeks and a net gain of controlled territory of 209 square miles (1/800th of the area of Iraq).

Rand Simberg, over at Transterrestrial Musings, has now added his own perspective, writing an article in today’s style covering the WWII Battle for the Ardennes:

WASHINGTON (Routers) With the “Allied” forces continuing to be bogged down in the Ardennes Forest, many are questioning Roosevelt administration war policies, the unreasonable length of the war, and even whether or not it can be won.

The 7th Army’s VI Corps is waging a desperate, and perhaps futile battle with German troops, surrounded on three sides in the Alsace region. A whole month after the beginning of the renewed German offensive, with almost twenty-thousand American troops dead in this battle alone, there remains no clear end in sight, or hope that the American lines can be closed.

There are serious questions about the competence of Generals Bradley and Patton, concerns that were only heightened shortly after the beginning of the battle, when two armies from Bradley’s army group were removed from his command and placed under that of the British General Montgomery. General Montgomery’s comments in a press conference a week ago have served only to buttress such legitimate doubts. He didn’t even mention their names in describing the limited efforts to recapture lost ground, that remains unsuccessful, with the Germans continuing to take the initiative.

Read the whole thing.  ..bruce w..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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