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Monday, April 10, 2006


This is coolbert:

The famous American General George Patton [need he any introduction??] of World War Two [WW2] is reputed to have said, "a good plan now is better than a perfect plan tomorrow!"

The son of George Patton, also named George Patton, and also a military man who fought for the U.S. in Vietnam, too is reputed to have said, "A good plan now is better than a perfect plan tomorrow!!"

Let us guess where Patton the younger heard that from??

And before either of the two Patton making the remark about a "good plan", the great Russian General Suvorov is said to have uttered the same remark. Perhaps not in the same exact words, but similar.

And here is the reasoning behind the statement:

"A good solution now ("Attack with what comes up, with what God sends") is better than a perfect solution tomorrow (or even an hour from now). Suvorov's approach looks slipshod and reckless- "Attack with whatever arrives"- but suppose a cavalry company charges an enemy infantry regiment that is still in its camps, eating breakfast with its arms stacked. The company might well scatter the soldiers, destroy their camp, and put the regiment out of action. Now suppose one waits an hour for an entire cavalry brigade to arrive, to "do the job right" (or a perfect job). Sounds good- but by now the enemy regiment has had time to form itself into a square. Now a brigade cannot do what a company could have done an hour ago."

Is this reasoning sound? Perhaps not totally in entirety. But sound enough for almost all situations.

Before the younger Patton there was Patton the elder, and before him there was Suvorov. And before him??



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