Friday, May 23, 2008

How might we have done better

Here's a lesson worth learning from Major General Hunter Liggett, commander of the American Expeditionary Force's I Corps in the Argonne Forest, in World War I.

On 12 November, 1918, twenty four hours after the Armistice, General Pershing visited the I Corps headquarters, and found the corps commander pouring over his maps. "Don't you know the war's over?" asked a bemused Pershing. Liggett replied, "I'm trying to see where we might have done better."

We must always ask ourselves - "how might we have done better."

From Colonel Adolf Carlson's National Defense University paper - "A Chapter Not Yet Written"

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