The Failed Strategy of the Defensive Mindset
By Paul Markel
Never throw the first punch and Fire only if fired upon are two pieces of pseudo-tactical advice that are thrown out so often that most people now parrot the phrases without ever thinking about what they really mean. When examined at the most basic level, the advice is often given by those who will not actually be involved in the anticipated conflict. Parents tell their kids, “never throw the first punch” and military officers issue orders for their troops to “fire only if fired upon.”
In both of those examples — the parent or the military officer — neither party is likely to be in actual physical jeopardy when their advice is applied.
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