Tale of two delays

Yesterday’s Antietam is today’s Afghanistan?  Consider

General George B. McClellan, whose willingness to delay action and refusal to do so allowed enemy forces to prepare and react.

The delay was leading up to what became “the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, in fact, the single bloodiest day in American military history,” writes J.P. Freire, Wash. Examiner associate commentary editor.

It was McClellan’s “willingness to delay action [that] allowed enemy forces to prepare and react.”

Of him, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee said:

“He is an able general but a very cautious one. His army is in a very demoralized and chaotic condition, and will not be prepared for offensive operations—or he will not think it so—for three or four weeks.”

Freire:

General [Gen. Stanley A.] McChrystal told the president that the war could be lost in a year, and three months of that year have been given to the enemy to regroup and prepare. . . .  If you have a general who is competent, as McChrystal is, give him what he says he needs to win.

Or if you consider him incompetent, fire him, as Lincoln did McClellan.  Do it or get off the pot.

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