Hiding Behind the Skirts Aug 9, 2011 14:44:57 GMT -5
Post by Clair on Aug 9, 2011 14:44:57 GMT -5
Aug 9, 2011 11:26:27 GMT -5 @brittles said:Clair: The last time I looked grand strategy is not a job for the Army. It is a job for political leadership. The Army is one of several agencies of that government tasked with implementing grand strategy. Now if you cannot recognize that it was the grand strategy of the government of the United States to expand the nation westward during the 19th Century starting with the administration of Thomas Jefferson, than anything else I might say will be mute.
Oh, I'm down with that. My scope is smaller...I'm not talking about socio-political-moral issues. I'm only dealing with the Army's mission, and Custer's tactical tasks in support of operational objectives.
Custer was merely a player upon the stage of grand strategy, as were all the others. You must look at the whole picture, if you wish to truely understand these things. I would not expect Custer or any other commander to have the vision of westward expansion foremost in their minds as they prepared for battle. You seem to think that I do for some reason. Custer was a bit player. He was there to place one piece in the overall mosaic. He was not a strategist. He was an implementer of strategy.
Right...I gather the context in which Custer is determining what his "specified" and "implied" tactical tasks are.
What I'm trying to get at, is how do higher imperatives affect Custer's tactical decision making?
Please, for once peep over the horizon and stop thinking that it is all about battlefield tactical decisions which are in reality only a very small part of the entire picture. It is not about fighting battles. It is about winning wars and maintaining the peace.
Well, this forum is about winning or losing one battle, not making the Plains safe for democracy. <g>
If you really want to get into the higher issues, I'd recommend finding a gentleman named "wild," somewhere around these forums. We used to have some entertaining discussions on these topics.