MacArthur: “Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: ‘Do not march on Moscow'” - [PEACE]

Zenaan Harkness zen at
Wed Jan 16 20:13:10 PST 2019

A reasonable mashup comparison of Napoleon's march on Moscow
(courtesy the memoirs of Caulaincourt) and today's USA "Empire of Mug
Values"^BMuh Values, & with a link to "the famous graph" which is
new to some (speaking for a friend ;)

 ** The West and Russia: C’est Toujours La même Chose

  … His account begins with a long conversation with Napoleon. Just
  before he left St Petersburg, Alexander called him in for what was,
  unmistakeably, a message and warning to be passed on. De
  Caulaincourt really tries hard – but unsuccessfully – to make
  Napoleon get the point. He tells him that Alexander said he had
  learned something from the Spanish resistance to France and that
  was that Napoleon’s other opponents had given up too early; they
  should have kept fighting. Napoleon is unimpressed: his generals in
  Spain are incompetent and and his brother (to whom he had given the
  Spanish throne) is an idiot; he sees no larger lessons and believes
  that Spain is not important in the great scheme. De Caulaincourt
  reiterates that Alexander kept returning to that point, giving
  other illustrations of giving up too soon and emphasised that, if
  Napoleon invaded, he would persevere: he would keep fighting from
  Kamchatka if need be; Russia was very large and the weather very
  severe. One good battle and they’ll give up insists Napoleon.
  Napoleon then mentions how angry the Poles are getting with Russia.
  De Caulaincourt retorts that the Poles he knows, while they would
  certainly prefer a free and independent Poland, have learned that
  living under Russia is not as bad as they thought it would be and
  that real freedom might cost more than it would be worth. De
  Caulaincourt then, no doubt repeating what Alexander has told him,
  describes the compromise that would settle the problems between him
  and Russia; but Napoleon’s not interested. After five hours of
  this, Napoleon dismisses him but de Caulaincourt asks leave to say
  one more thing: if you are thinking of invading (now de
  Caulaincourt realises that he’s set on it) please think of France’s
  best interests. Oh says Napoleon, now you’re talking like a

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