The Right Fight

Let’s assume that our medical leaders want to win the coronavirus battle. Let’s assume for a second that they are not controlled by evil people. Why will we lose the coronavirus battle?

We will lose because the people in charge are peacetime generals. 

They are doctors and academics who thrive in peacetime. They like to be in charge. They need to be in charge. Yet they do not have the skills to be in charge – not of this battle.

They also like awards – lots of them.  

Applause, yes, they’ll take that too.

When Father Abraham was fighting the Civil War, he searched desperately for a general who possessed the courage to fight.

He had a difficult time in finding this man. He did so partly because we did not have a professional army at the time.

Yes, we had West Point; but we did not have a professional army as we know it today.

It was possible for a self-styled huckster, usually a lawyer, or a businessman with a boatload of money and influence, to weasel himself into a general-ship.

The Civil War presented the perfect doorway for a lesser man to pad his resume.

Meanwhile a man like Ulysses Grant had to fight tooth and nail to get a commission barely above a captain.

It didn’t matter that Ulysses Grant had a practical and keen sense of how to wage a battle, lessons learned during the Mexican-American war.

What counted in peacetime America in the 1850s was who you knew, not what you knew.

And so Abe Lincoln dillydallied around with generals who wouldn’t fight the fight.

One general, after winning a battle and chasing the Confederates back to their territory proudly bragged to Lincoln that he had done so.

Lincoln looked at the general, according to lore, and said:  “It’s not their territory; it’s ours.”

Most of the generals employed by the North would make a weak foray across the Rapidan river  in Virginia and then retreat back across at the first sign of defeat.

Grant was the first general to stay.

Grant was willing to do what the other generals were not willing to do – fight.

He understood what they did not – that you can not win a battle without incurring casualties.

He also understood that aggression was and is a military tactic.

Of course Grant was a master strategist also; he throughly understood the importance of cutting off supply lines via rail and river.

His main contribution though was aggression and willingness to fight in the face of casualties.

Now, that is something sorely missing in our medical leaders in Washington today.

They believe that the way to win the battle against the coronavirus is to wait inside the house.

They reassure themselves with R0 values.

Yet the coronavirus, unaware of an R0 value, is not going away.

I would like to say that the virus is like a Confederate soldier waiting for use to come outside our house, but that analogy would not be appropriate. It would be more appropriate to state that we are the Confederate soldier fighting a defensive war from within our house while the coronavirus is the Union soldier willing to take us on.

Defensive wars are generally lost.

What our peacetime medical generals have foisted upon us is a defensive war in which we engage the virus with one lockdown after another.

It won’t work, and many lives will be lost.

What is needed is bravery, a willingness to take own on the coronavirus with the best weapons God has given us – our immune systems.

Yes, lives will be lost.

But more lives will be lost through our current strategy of fear.

We must be unafraid.

We must walk out into the sunlight without fear and defeat this enemy.



Archer Crosley, MD

McAllen, TX

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Copyright 2020   Archer Crosley   All Rights Reserved


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