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Action speaks louder than words

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Retreat at Long Island by James Charles Armytage

Actions Speak Louder than Words Time and time again (while reading Fereling's History who, by the way, can certainly not be accused of being a revisionist) Washington was unsure what to do, he was indecisive, he hemmed and hawed about this and questioned that to the point one gets the impression that George is a complete ignoramus but this, really, is not (exactly) the case. He is trying to figure out how to throw the war while making it look like he's trying to win the war. So, at every war council, every time a new point is brought up or a new suggestion tabled, he is going through twice as many calculations as the average General in order to come up with a game plan to lose the war while making it look like he's trying his best to win. His frequent dispatches to congress are not because he cares about the needs of the troops (he wants them destitute which they are for the entire war), but to cover his ass and reputation if he succeeds in losing the war using Congress as his scapegoat.

Simply consider one policy he made which is still in use to this day in our armed forces and that is the practice of having the Officers wear a big white stripe on their helmets while in battle, supposedly, as motivation for them to lead from the front which is blatantly farcical or other armies throughout history would have had a similar practice.

However, those white stripes would make extremely good targets for the enemies to shoot at when we were in retreat which we were for the majority of the war with the added potential of devastating the entire leadership of the America Army. If you doubt this you've obviously never been white-tailed deer hunting.  The quickest way to lose the war would be to destroy the chain of command or, in other words, wipe out as many Officers as you can.

His first official act in the very first battle of the war was to send the largest cavalry in the entire army packing (500 - Fereling, pg. 124) because, so he says, he doesn't know what to do with them which is preposterous being that he was an expert horseman himself and a veteran of the French and Indian wars and, even if true, the Officers of the cavalry themselves could have (and would have) instructed him on how they could be deployed (unless, of course, they also were trying to throw the war which, undoubtedly, some of them were). This would be like Patton sending his entire tank battalion packing cause he didn't know what to do with them. Any dolt, with absolutely no military experience at all, would still have kept that cavalry around knowing they could come in handy in a pinch which, then, makes his actions nothing short of treason, pure and simple.

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The Battle of Germantown by Christian Schussele

At German town, he sat on his worthless ass for four hours straight (while his army was being shelled by the Brits) solely to let Knox get some target practice with the artillery which (so Fereling) makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and no historian yet (establishment or revisionist) has been able to explain that dumb spell but, by now, you should be able to figure out for yourself that it makes perfect sense if you are trying to throw the war by getting your troops needlessly slaughtered and burning up precious powder so that you don't have any when you desperately need it like at Breed's Hill for instance.

He allowed Valley Forge's copious provisions to be ransacked by the Brits (Fereling) right before he went into winter quarters there which resulted in the homicide of 1200 men over the course of that winter.

Clear it up any for ya?



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