Politicians vs. Military Leaders

One of the good things about being retired is I get the opportunity to enjoy books that I may have missed, fiction and nonfiction.
Audiobooks make it even easier, as I can listen, while doing other things like driving.

 Cornelius Ryan was born on June 5, 1920 in Dublin, Ireland. He was a writer, known for The Longest Day (1962), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Cavalcade of America (1952). He died on November 23, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA.

Recently I’ve been listening to an historical book about the Second World War by Cornelius Ryan , the author of the Longest Day called The Last Battle, which details the end of the war.
The book is available for free on YouTube.

It occurred to me that Adolph Hitler’s Wehrmacht (Germany’s Armed Forces) included among their generals some of the best military minds of his era, and had he listened to them, the war may have ended differently.

Instead, he believed he knew more than the generals, which guaranteed Germany’s defeat, or at least hastened it.

Cornelius Ryan – The Last Battle ( Part 1)

Back in his 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump made it clear that he believed himself to be more knowledgeable than the military’s leadership. “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me,” he said November 2015. “They don’t know much because they’re not winning,” he added in June 2016.

Cornelius Ryan – The Last Battle ( Part 2)

Thank God our current president, this great military mind wasn’t Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces during World War II!

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