Date: 3 Jun 2017 20:17 (UTC)
nodrog: T Dalton as Philip in Lion in Winter, saying “What If is a Game for Scholars” (Alternate History)
From: [personal profile] nodrog

The other problem with Tom Clancy was that he believed the sales pitches of the fat-cat, closed-bidding defense contractors who built those incredibly complex, horrifyingly expensive “weapons systems” that weren't meant to work, they were meant to make jobs and burn money.  So (for example) in Red Storm Rising everything works perfectly, including the people.  Result: Victory.

General Sir John Hackett's The Third World War:  August 1985 (1978) is far more realistic in this regard:  Only sheer stupid luck allows the deafened, terrified NATO forces to hold on against the Soviet Army long enough for the real enemy to show up and hit both sides, after which the war becomes a race against systems breakdown in men and materiel - that the Soviets lose.

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