I would also add that Americans are not the only people to complain about politicians butting in with 'political considerations' when the generals see a clear cut strategy to end a war and getting their troops home - which is an aim that every decent general wants to acheive.
During the Falklands War, the BBC, acting under orders of someone in the government, announced that the British troops were about to attack Goose Green. This was done because the government felt a need to show that things had not ground to a halt since the landings were made at San Carlos.
The Military chiefs were fuming.
Goose Green was on a narrow neck of land, removing the opportunity to out flank and out manouver the enemy. the defenders had time to dig in and held a superiority in numbers.
"all we had was the advantage of suprise - and the government took that from us", declared one angry British commander.
From the other side of the ailse, though, comes the complaint that "War is too serious a business to be left to the generals". ( Collapse )