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General George S. Patton, Jr., once said, “An army is like a piece of cooked spaghetti. You can’t push it, you have to pull it after you.” He was referring to commanders that he had little use for; commanders that were not out in front of their units.

Leaders being out front is not a unique military concept, nor exclusively that of the United States. Since the earliest days of recorded warfare, the good leaders have always been at the forefront of battle.

The Battle of Thermopylae; recently made popular by the movie “The 300” was led by King Leonidas of Sparta.

Joshua led the Israelites into many victories in the Bible, and that is what he did, He led them from the front of battle.

The Battle of Gaugamela took place in 331 BC between the Hellenic League, led by Alexander the Great of Macedon and the Persians led by Darius III.

The Battle of Tours 733. The battle pitted Frankish and Burgundian forces under Austrasian Mayor of the Palace Charles Martel, against an army of the Umayyad Caliphate led by ‘Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, Governor-General of al-Andalus.

The point being “Good Leaders”.

“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th century behavior in the 21st century.”

Obama said Monday the United States is examining a series of economic and diplomatic steps to "isolate Russia."

John Kerry@JohnKerry "Invasion is not the act of someone who is strong. It is the act of someone who is weak." @FaceTheNation

It works. It also demonstrates that both our President and our Secretary of State have no idea what war is. Carl von Clausewitz in “On War” said " war is the extension of politics by violent means” a quote repeated by Lenin in “The State and Revolution" this is a policy that goes back to Miyamoto Musashi in his classic book “The Book of Five Rings” (1645)

Great leaders lead, they are in the forefront of action, Louis the 14th was a dilettante and weak king, it culminated in the complete destruction of the French monarchy and turned in to the murderous republic and terror under the influence of Maximilien Robespierre. Then a strong leader arose by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte. I did not say a good leader, I said a strong one.

Weal leaders leave destruction behind them., Strong leaders leave stability. Maybe it is time for real world leadership of the 19th century instead of the fantasy of the 21st ?

God Bless.

Just my thoughts for today.

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  • They are of the school that diplomats fix things.

    Diplomats make sure both sides lose in the most acceptable manner. 

    • Roger, That is so true.

      • And as the Dept of State has grown you can see where that's the outcome more often than not.

  • Great leaders do lead their own country  well with their country's peoples wishes at the forefront that guides their decisions. Ideology of the leader not the standard  stick to use. The standard should be used that reflects values of each region of a country. Sadly domestically that standard is not used.

    I don't know exactly how or the why's that it is expected that the US leader tells all other country's how to behave.

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