Bill Kristol is now saying McCain can still win the election if he just adopts the strategies that worked so well for the French in World War I:
“My center is giving way. My right is in retreat. Situation excellent. I attack!”
That’s the message supposedly sent by General Ferdinand Foch of France to his commanding general, Joseph Joffre, during the crucial First Battle of the Marne in September 1914. The French and British counterattacks succeeded. The German Army, after advancing for a month, was forced back.
If I recall my Barbara Tuchman, the military strategy of “L’Offensif A L’Outrance” — “Offensive to the utmost!” — embraced by the French general staff in the run-up to WWI was in fact a ludicrous failure based on outmoded technology which subjected the country’s cavalry and infantry to being sliced to bits by entrenched machine guns.
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