Adar: Not only German offensive capability was superior but their defensive capability superior too when the bridgehead established. Allied aircraft massed to destroy the river crossing with bombing shot down by the anti-aircraft artillery of the German. What the German Luftwaffe was able to do the allied air force was not.
Toddy Cat: Not everybody likes the same things, pal. Enjoy your holy “density”.
William Newman: Victor, I think that will be less true if you don’t have an overwhelming advantage in technical skills. If the people you are monitoring know how to use encryption half as well as you know how to use cryptanalysis, you might be able to read their traffic only when you get rather lucky. If the people you are monitoring put 25% as much effort (budget, technically skilled personnel, willingness to compromise operational efficiency a bit in order to achieve strategic deception) into...
Victor: Signal Intelligence would make it easy to stop these kinds of attacks before they happen: cell phones and internet communication are easy to intercept.
Spandrell: Punch the Stalinist. Right. See, that’s why we can’t have nice things. Enjoy your strip malls then.
Contemplationist: Weren’t the Americans held back into a ‘limited theater’ which is why MacArthur resigned?
Toddy Cat: Can’t argue with that, Zippy. It’s typical of the “New Urbanists” — even when I agree with them about certain things, their elitist condescension drives me nuts. Soft-Core Stalinism at its worst.
Zippy: I’m sorry, but this guy seems like an insufferable jerk. Basically, “every city should look like the cities I like.” I just want to punch his arrogant face after listening to this.
Adar: In the aftermath of the failed Spring Offensive  Chinese units began to surrender in large numbers. Platoon, company and battalion surrenders as a group were not rare. The communists then called for truce talks and the administration of Truman too readily agreed.
Lucklucky: Yeah. Blinded by technology and science. Supposes that having scientific approach to war will have a scientific result. Jomini: War in its ensemble is NOT a science, but an art. Strategy, particularly, may indeed be regulated by fixed laws resembling those of the positive sciences, but this is not true of war viewed as a whole. Among other things, combats may be mentioned as often being quite independent of scientific combinations, and they may become essentially dramatic, personal qualities...