Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Beginning of Wisdom

Secretary of Defense Mattis finally framed the war against our enemies in the right way:

“I keep other people awake at night,” Mattis told CBS’s John Dickerson on “Face the Nation.”

Dickerson, reflecting the wrong way to look at war, had asked Mattis what kept him up at night.

The failure to think this way has long been a pet peeve of mine. As General Grant once expressed:

Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what are we going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.

Relentlessly hunt and kill our enemies so that in the short time they have left on this Earth, they fear us.