Comments: Quote of the Day

Gen. George S. Patton might have disagreed. War is all about killing:

Chamberlain tried bribing Hitler with the Sudetenland. How'd that work out again?

The French tried bribing the Barbary pirates. I vote for killing.

Posted by Keith Arnold at August 27, 2010 12:35 PM

Just one thing to say about bribery or waging war: do it on your own dime, and don't drag me along if I don't want to.

Posted by Perry Eidelbus at August 27, 2010 12:58 PM

That Patton speech isn't so much about war as it is about winning.

"Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in Hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. Because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans."

Or at least, to SOME Americans.

Why did a majority of Americans support the Iraq war (when it begun) and withdraw that support as the nation-building dragged on? Because it began with the Bush Doctrine (ver. 1.0) and "evolved" into spreading democracy to combat terrorism via preventive war conducted in accordance with the theory of "just" warfare. Americans judge the stragegy of war on one scale: Does it work? Do we win (and then go home)? Patton's approach understood this.

Posted by johngalt at August 29, 2010 11:38 AM
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