Sunday, July 21, 2013
Patton: Fixed Fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man.
Context is everything.
If the future citizens who intend to live in the Citadel expected a .mil assault from current US or even .Gov LEO, the Citadel design would be folly. It would be suicide.
But what if we do not expect a modern .mil or .Gov LEO attack - and they never come?
"Walls have been obsolete since gunpowder" is a common criticism heard by Citadel advocates. But...every US .mil facility in hostile country, right down to the F.O.B. has a built and patrolled perimeter of some sort, no? Obsolete against air power, explosive, mortars, sure. Not so much against a rush of hungry men with rifles.
This is simply a post I've had on my mind for a few days, as I ponder how many people fail to ask the right questions. They make assumptions without key intelligence, and reach outcomes and expectations that are skewed.
The next time someone challenges the military effectiveness of the planned Citadel, remind them that the only defense anticipated is against enemies with, essentially, offensive capabilities from the 1500's - with rifles.
If you want the right answers, you must first ask the right questions.
Posted by K at 1:56 PM