March 27, 2012

…Saving Private Ryan


For some mysterious reason, I was thinking of when was the first time I heard the name 'Vin Diesel'?
(as much as I like him, this blog is not about Vin Diesel though)

...And if not mistaken, from a movie called 'Saving Private Ryan'. After a bit of a research to confirm my thought, indeed, Diesel was in this movie in which a big part of the plot was about the 'D-Day landings' during the World War II.

Dwight Eisenhower, the U.S. general in charged of the Allied back then eventually drafted a short message on a day prior to the event which would had become public if the landing became disastrous that he would be the only one taking all responsibilities and blames. To me, that's a true leadership; a leader with accountibility.

In the present days, if an U.S. attack in Afghanistan turned out to be a mistake with many civilian casualities, I doubt that the press secretary of the U.S. Commander in Chief would tell the press this was due to the presdient's poor decision.

Blame it on the bad intel.

P.S. The actual text message read "Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone."
(http://www.eisenhowermemorial.org/stories/Ike-accepts-responsibility.htm)


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