Bert E.: During the Vietnam War the U.S. military had in country no less than forty factories making ice cream to feed the troops.
Anonymous Coward: Adam, it’s right there in Scott’s post: “about as credible as a televangelist saying that people who want to do good need to give them money to buy a new headquarters”. Clearly implying “not credible at all”, implying that people who believe televangelists are stupid. Of course, televangelists don’t really say that. Scott just assumes that the tithes televangelists ask for in the name of charity are actually going to be used for new...
James James: “enemy units did not and would not surrender in large numbers until faced with maneuver units on the ground and in their rear.” Grossman’s psychological interpretation seems less likely than the standard practical interpretation. The standard interpretation of this is that you can’t achieve strategic objectives purely through airpower — you need boots on the ground. For example, NATO bombed Serbia for weeks with little result until they started talking about a...
Adam: Max, wait, what? Where does Scott say that religious people are stupid for tithing? Actually I read him to be citing the religious tradition of tithing as support for the idea that you should aim for giving 10% of your income to charity, whether or not you are religious. I feel compelled to comment on this because Slate Star Codex and Isegoria are two of my favorite blogs, and I was quite fascinated by this post of Scott’s, as well as his follow-up on donating to charity. In particular, I...
Max: “Ha ha, look at how stupid religious people are for giving 10% of their income to churches! By the way, you should give 10% of your income to my church.”
Cassander: Also, Bert, the Marine’s relied heavily on machine guns compared to riflemen. Grossman points out how machine gunners, firing crew-served weapons, did not fire to miss the way riflemen did, and this likely greatly added to effective Marine fire compared to Japanese.
Bert E.: Involuntary reaction to fear. Evacuate the bowels and the bladder. Good idea, makes it easier for you run either toward or away from the danger.
Bert E.: Marine Four Square system from WW2. Two companies of a battalion forward and in contact, two in reserve. Then two to three days of continual combat, and the reserves move forward, while the units in contact move to the rear. Repeat that process over and over, continuous rotation of fresh troops with exhausted components.
David Foster: I’ll put in a plug for Remarque’s later novel, The Road Back — not a war story, exactly, but a post-war story with occasional flashbacks. I reviewed it here.
Joseph Moroco: It would be nice to see Max argue the premise as to why we have to be in any of these places at all. If we leave Afghanistan, it’s going to fall apart, but so what? They are not going to cross the oceans with an invasion force and attack us. Getting involved with Libya was dopey. Any terrorists they might send will get in only because the government lets them in.