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Hi Reb,Reb wrote:Pz Man
Ike did go up against Kesselring. They held similar positions in Tunisisia. Ike won.
That said - I'd never claim Ike to be a tactical genius allthough I do agree (with some reservations) with his broad front strategy.
What I'm claiming is that Ike was the best man for the job and he pulled it off. Can't ask much more of a man than that.
Indeed Reb but it was probably more of a police state under Lincoln this is a man who threw reporters in jail for reporting on his General's constant bundling of campaigns as well as political dissenters. Hell this is the same who approved impressing Irish Immigrants who were arriving right off the boats. I personally think Lincoln thought himself above being assassinated and therefore didn't worry about it but when you make tons of enemies like Lincoln did you should really start watching your back especially since even till this day not all the conspirators are known in the mass shootings during the time. Indeed for everyones knowledge there were several assassination attempts during at the same time. Can't remember everyone who was targeted though.Reb wrote:RC
Unlike the militarized psuedo police state in which we find ourselves these days Lincoln, even in time of war, rarely had more than one or two bodyguards - either Pinkertons or army. Often he had none and the white house was open one day a week so the average citizen could go in and talk directly to the president.
And those brother, were different times!
A political generalship to summed up Ike's capability. Again, it would be interesting to see how Ike managed a field army on a strategical, operational as well as tactical level.Ike was at that time, busily organizing the pipeline that would ultimately give him unlimited resources. Which again - is a sign of generalship