The Other McCain

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A Smitty Favorite

Posted on | July 29, 2011 | 3 Comments

“It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing — ‘Carry a message to Garcia!'”
Management Delegation, Staff Initiative: A Message to Garcia, By Elbert Hubbard,” quoted by JackYoest


3 Responses to “A Smitty Favorite”

  1. Pilfy
    July 29th, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    “A Message to Garcia” is (or was) standard plebe reading at Annapolis.  But I don’t know if it still applies to today’s Navy.

  2. Not Saying That Stacy’s Slipping, But He Missed A Really Groovy Garcia Riff : The Other McCain
    July 30th, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    […] other day Stacy alluded to that famous military archetype, Andrew Rowan, known for delivering A Message to Garcia. In today’s Army, of course, it would be A FRAGO to Garcia, if we were dealing more directly […]

  3. dad29
    July 30th, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    Summon any one and make this request: “Please look in the
    encyclopedia and make a brief memorandum for me concerning the life of

    Will the clerk quietly say, “Yes, sir,” and go do the task?

    On your life, he will not. He will look at you out of a fishy eye and ask one or more of the following questions:….

    Obviously, you’ve never worked for the anal-retentive control freaks that I have.  Because if you HAD, you’d find that no matter WHAT encyclopedia you used, it was the WRONG one.  No matter HOW long your monograph, it was 1)  too short or 2)   too long.