Thank you, Bill. (01)
I concur with Bill Andersen that this spun-off conversation about the
military or politicians should be taken elsewhere. So, please. (02)
The subject is "iBM Watson on Jeopardy" and that's a fascinating topic
... continue on that by all means. (03)
Thanks & regards. =ppy (04)
On Feb 13, 2011 7:56 AM, "Bill Andersen" <andersen@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Ahem... Anyone in this conversation been in the military or have credentials
>in military history? One good reason I'd rather not see this conversation on
>ontolog. Another is that it's way out of scope and bordering on political -
>and those of you who know me know you don't want me to go there.
> So please take this somewhere else (but include me - I'd love to get into
> Bill (06)
> On Feb 13, 2011, at 8:18, "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Vincent and Rich,
>>>> That is also true of people. As the saying goes, generals are
>>>> very good at fighting the last war, but not the current one.
>>> If that saying were true, there'd be ZERO
>>> national security - for any country.
>> You need to study military history. The leaders who win
>> are the ones who can innovate to meet changing conditions.
>> But most leaders in every field aren't innovative -- they
>> just repeat what worked last time.
>>> we are buying a bunch of F-35's to fight international terrorism.
>> That is comparable to the French building the Maginot line after WW I.
>> It's a hugely expensive waste of money on systems that would have
>> been useful in the past.
>>> I'll just repeat one of my earlier statements: "There are lots
>>> of sayings among us which should be relegated to the past -
>>> and left there - where they belong..."
>> You can repeat that, but it won't make it true.
>> A better guideline is one of my favorite quotations from
>> Alfred North Whitehead:
>> "Every great truth is only half true."
>> That means that every proverb, principle, or ideology has
>> to be re-evaluated in terms of current conditions in order
>> to determine which half is appropriate.
>> The most dangerous offenders are politicians who repeat
>> half truths until they make the voters believe them.
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