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  1. Coolidge

    Tom Clancy in one of his novels puts forward the idea that the nations of Europe where distracted by the rise of Japan, which had recently beat Russia and had began a battleship building program that planned a navy to challenge the European Navies. The European powers responded with an arms race, in this zeal of the battleship arms race – that they mistook their tactical interests with their long term strategic interests.

    I kinda of think of this along the same lines as the Battle of Gettysburg. Neither side planned or picked Gettysburg for a battlefield, it was scouting (looters?) parties of both armies, that collided there, and events overtook both Generals. Creating one of the deadliest battles of the civil war (at least to that point) at an almost random point on the map.

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    • November 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm
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