What would Napoleon have thought of this rashness?

H/T Andrew Bolt

How to win hearts & minds  in the muslim world:

Some 15,000 US, Nato and Afghan forces launched a long awaited offensive against the Taliban’s biggest remaining stronghold in Afghanistan late on Friday night.

Interesting experiment in the annals of the history of warfare – to try, after nine years, to once more use our superior forces to attack….


The Taliban seem to have scrambled:

Taliban leader: We won’t fight GIs ‘face-to-face’

Militants plan to wait out looming offensive disguised as civilians/MSNBC has more>>

3 thoughts on “What would Napoleon have thought of this rashness?”

  1. According to my family’s oral history, we are in Australia because of him.

    I am pretty sure they were not impressed with him, so his thoughts are superflous to me.

  2. “What is basic guerilla strategy? Guerilla strategy must be based primarily on alertness, mobility, and attack. . .
    In guerilla warfare, select the tactic of seeming to come from the east and attacking from the west; avoid the solid, attack the hollow; attack, withdraw; deliver a lightning blow, seek a lightning decision. . . In guerilla strategy, the enemy’s rear, flanks, and other vulnerable spots are his vital points, and there he must be harassed, attacked, dispersed, exhausted and annihilated.”
    –On Guerilla Warfare (Yu Chi Chan).

    Does anyone in the high command really know the basics of guerilla warfare?
    Perhaps they do. I shall wait and see how the Afghanistan operations turn out before coming to a decision.

  3. A scrimmage in a Border Station–
    A canter down some dark defile–
    Two thousand pounds of education
    Drops to a ten-rupee jezail–
    The Crammer’s boast, the Squadron’s pride,
    Shot like a rabbit in a ride!

    No proposition Euclid wrote,
    No formulae the text-books know,
    Will turn the bullet from your coat,
    Or ward the tulwar’s downward blow
    Strike hard who cares–shoot straight who can–
    The odds are on the cheaper man.

    The rest is here.


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