Crystal Balls Or Clausewitz?
Gary Larson (not the cartoonist or Hennepin County judge as he often reminds us) takes another crack at Robert Scheer and Scheer's claims that the rescue of Private Lynch was staged:
Scheer presumes a God-like clairvoyance among our GIs. Like police who fire on the unknown “unarmed,” they are expected to Know--intuitively?--bad guys’ weaponry and intent. Would that a clear crystal ball be issued to street cops and military? Ouija boards, anyone? Alas, dark reality is not so kind or generous.
Do war critics prefer death and injury among our military going in timidly to do an extraction? Would they deny Clausewitz’s sage advice to obtain “superiority at the decisive point” to fetch the badly-injured Pfc. Lynch?