- As a platoon leader he was well-aware that his soldiers' "... parents had entrusted me with [their lives]," which I believe is the precise statement of a platoon leader's first and foremost obligations [p. 292]; and
- In Afghanistan, as in so many places, "We should have focused less on finding the enemy, and more on finding our friends." [p. 362]
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
"The Unforgiving Moment"
As a former US Army 2nd/1st Lieutenant, who prepared for combat but never had combat experience, I have long wondered how I would have done in the midst of the confusion and fear of a real fire-fight. Now, a book has appeared that addresses this question in a thoughtful yet emotional fashion. Craig M. Mullaney's The Unforgiving Moment, is a well-worthwhile book for those who have grappled with the essence of leadership in the "most unforgiving moments." In particular, there are two observations that Mullaney makes that I feel are worth the entire read: