Thursday, March 04, 2010

From the "What are you preparing?! You're always preparing! Just go!" Department

This headlinein the Trib struck me:

Pittsburgh prepares to warn residents about possible flooding
But I don't think it's nearly as bad as the Mayor Luke quote in the P-G article:
"A flood's not coming anytime soon, but you need to be prepared, to start preparing today..."
Remember: both Custer and Von Schlieffen had "plans"; perhaps they should have planned their planning a little better.

Personally, I sit on the Committee for the Planning of Recommendations to Plan Recommendations on Planning. We've decided that we can't meet on Thursdays.

6 comments:

MH said...

If Moltke wouldn't have played around with things, the Schlieffen Plan probably would have worked.

簡單嗎 said...

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Anonymous said...

Moltke did tinker with Count Schleiffen's plans. But we still aren't sure if the Count's plan, properly executed, would have prevailed. Except that Patton used a portion of that Plan to get to the Saar, when he pivoted around the bottom of France and the German left flank. So that part worked. Depending on Russia to mobilize at a slumberly rate is the same mistake Napoleon, the Kaiser and Hitler all made within a century and a half. This much is true: Never bet against Russian winter, especially during the "Little Ice Age"

MH said...

Patton was going in the opposite direction.

The Kaiser failed because France was too hard to beat. Moltke's original plan was the one that relied most on Russia being slow to mobilize. And the Kaiser did actually beat Russia.

Ms. Monongahela, Ms. Chief Editor said...

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Bram Reichbaum said...

I think I can speak for all of us when I say we're all awaiting seeing your "list".