Heinlein on Wartime Dissent
Tenser found a letter Robert A. Heinlein wrote during WWII:
If you feel you must express yourself, write it down and save it until the war is over—but don't tell a member of the armed forces that his superiors are stupid and incompetent. . . . If you feel that the high command is incompetent, take it up with your congressman and your senators.
This is from Grumbles From the Grave
. I'm going to have to dig out my copy and read the whole chapter.
As annoyed as I get by the "we're all doomed" defeatists out there I don't think that's a good rule for today. There's plenty of home-front complaining and it doesn't seem to be damaging morale much. The comments on it I've seen from troops range from fact-laden rebuttals to complete agreement while continuing to do the job professionally. The interesting question for me is whether that kind of restriction was always a bad idea, or if the current troops are much tougher-minded than the "Greatest Generation" conscripts. Current Mood: surprised