a reply to: machineintelligence
i believe there is a saying on the folly of this
"those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it"
this thinking has been tried OVER AND OVER to predictable disaster.
lets look at vietnam for two clear examples.
one... removing guns and air to air combat training for missiles .
those "wiz kids" in the pentagon (imo smart #tards) thought having this new tech called air to air missiles would eliminate the need for guns on
aircraft and eliminate close in dog fighting training.
because why would you need guns or training when you just pop off a missile that will hit them far away.
OPPS.... how many missiles failed to even get close and then the pilots had no backup... much less training to use it.
how many lives were lost until they put guns on them and then went back to basic air to air training (btw the reason for top gun school in navy)
two... the m-16
same brain trusts thought because of the powder they used , the "hi tech" of the manufacture , and the full auto.
you didnt need alot of marksmanship , chrome lined barrel or hell even a cleaning kit
well it was a JUNGLE environment (you know hot, wet, muggy, muddy) along with the powder was changed to a more dirty one.
the initial jams were so bad that even the VC (who used EVERYTHING to kill/ wound americans) would not even take them off the KIA americans.
they had to go back to basics.. cleaning kits (and how to use them), fire discipline skills , and redesign the m 16
they put back in BASIC items like chrome lined barrels and forward assist .
if that isnt recent warning enough how about those "tech marvel" ships the navy built that one computer crashed turned them into helpless no backup
look tech AS AID is great.
but without the basics being taught and mastered ANYTHING that will go wrong (no matter how minor) will leave the soldier dead.
i must ask
how many times must we pay in blood to relearn the lessons of the past until we realize BASICS must ALWAYS be taught.
edit on 17-10-2019 by scrounger because: (no reason given)