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Senior Contributor

history corner- the generals

I think there's something there as far as understanding our military frustrations over the last half century.

If you notice, Lee stands out of the vertical axis "battles" but not on the horizontal "wars".

Lee was a combat engineer by training and his victories were generally marked by the advantage of being on the defensive, in friendly territory, and his mastery of fortifying positions. Then when the enemy was shattered against those defenses he could counterattack.

When he was forced for political reasons to invade the north, he found himself on the exact opposite side of it, as General Longstreet told him.

No reason to feel sorry for our over payed and lavishly praised generals. But they were mostly fighting politician's wars. The just criticism is that apparently not enough had the backbone to tell the political authorities that the prospects for victory on the basis of their strategies were slim.