A reader posse responds to Ben Stein’s treatment of DSK. Plus: What about that second helicopter?
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There is an expression which has saved the lives of many pilots: “One is none.” The wisdom of the statement should be obvious: if you need a knife to survive and you lose it, you’re screwed. If you have two you may significantly increase your chances of survival.
More perplexing still, is Mr. Tyrrell’s contention that the mission while being “a great success” was not “perfect.” Has this guy ever been in air or ground combat? Missions are not designed to be “perfect.” The end game is simple: did you accomplish the goals of your mission within the mandated requirements with minimal casualties or did you not? Perfection does not enter into it. This is why in 1996 Defense Secretary William Perry declared, “[A zero-defects mentality] creates conditions that lead inevitably towards failure.”
There is no “mystery” of a second helicopter and in this
case the Freudian maxim has it right: sometimes a cigar is just a
cigar. Two were needed because of the substantial risk of losing
— John Carpenter
Another, simpler reason for the second helicopter is
redundancy. Having your raiding party stuck in a (very probably)
hostile city with no transport out sort of sucks, don’t you know.
Not to deny that had both ‘copters been operable, that the mission
might have been different — and I suspect that the boots on the
ground had (or would assume) a fair amount of command
— Brooks Lyman
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?