Today we commemorate D-Day...some of us. Anyone who knows much about that amazing feat of arms knows it was hardly a perfectly planned and executed undertaking. I wonder why we now think military people should have perfect information, and flawless planning?
I am sick to death of hearing even people I respect call the Love Boat interdiction a "botched raid". For one thing, it was only unsuccessful in a propaganda sense. Which is certainly important, but it isn't what military people should have foremost in their thinking unless that's their specific specialty. And people with that specialty should not be planning blockade operations; consulting, yes.
In every military aspect, the interdiction worked as it had to work.
The thugs aboard the "Love Boat" had come with a novel plan...a game changer. Israel had interdicted these wrong-headed "humanitarian" joy-rides before. No big deal, generally. But this one was different. MAYBE Israeli planners should have known this was an ambush. But that may be imputing to them the possession of perfect information, and none of us have that.
The planners of D Day certainly did not have perfect information...or a nearly perfect plan. It was a titanic undertaking that I marvel at every time I think of it. It damn near failed...several times...to do what it was designed to do. Parts of the assault were, indeed, "botched raids" by any definition. And several of those "botched raids" were still pulled off by the amazing courage and soldiering of the Allied troops...at enormous cost.
On a battlefield...or in a war against terrorists...people are dealing with the information they have. That is NEVER perfect. They plan using probable scenarios. That is all they have. A new tactic, a new weapon, a storm...whatever...can blow a good plan to flinders. Israel seems to be proud of its people for reacting as quickly to the changed paradigm as they did, which is all you can hope for in reality. It is what saved us on D Day.
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