'Plans' versus Realities

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    Thomas Sowell:
    www.townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/printts20041021.shtml

    Who said, "if you hold your fire till you see the whites of his eyes, you will never know what hit you"? it was President Franklin D Roosevelt and he said it on May 27, 1941. it applies even more today.

    If you are going to go to war against terrorists in a nuclear age" only as a last resort" and also only when it meets international approval, you might as well not bother. You could see a mushrom cloud before you see the whites of their eyes.

    FDR said something else that has relevance today: "If we are to be completely honest with ourselves, we must admit that there is a risk in any course we take." He said that on December 29, 1940. But today there are those who think you can "plan" everything and that anything bad that happens is the fault of the leaders who did not "plan" for it right. "Plan" seems to be a magica word politically.

    No one asked FDR why he did not "plan" for the devastating surprise German counter-attack that led to the Battle of the Bulge. we were adults and knew that wars don't run on a timetableor a road map, much less on an itemized budget........................
     
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    Fixed now........Thanks :D
     
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    The generation of the WWII era must be appalled by the politicizing of the war today.

    How do you think America today would respond to the rationing of fuel, rubber, nylon, aluminum etc. that occurred back then? We can’t even have a flu vaccine shortage without a certain presidential candidate bitchin’ about it and blaming his opponent.

    What has happened to America?
     

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