Thursday, June 18, 2009

Patton on cavalrymen

"You must be: a horse master; a scholar; a high minded gentleman; a cold-blooded hero; a hot-blooded savage."

My thinking from back in the days of Balkans peacekeeping and certainly now in the era of counter insurgency is that the ideal scout is a track star, engineer, close-quarters battle expert and a master of both mounted and dismounted reconnaissance as well as fully proficient in diplomacy and local cultural knowledge.

We don't ask for much, do we?

1 comment:

Travis said...