Colin Powell, once the highest ranking military officer in the U.S., (now Secretary of State), loves to relate this incident from his Vietnam days. It shows the importance of clear objectives.
Finding an outpost at a very vulnerable spot, Powell decided to investigate why it was location was chosen. He was assured that it was a very important outpost.
"What's its mission?"
"To protect the airfield."
"What's the airfield here for?"
"To resupply the outpost ..."
----------------A Final Thought ...
- Colin Powell (b. 1937), U.S. General. "Colin Powellís Rules" (1995)