“He will not risk cannot win,” John Paul Jones said, and it’s a lesson that at least one Army lieutenant colonel seems to have taken to heart as well.
Michael Yon tells the tale of LTCOL Doug Crissman arresting the Iraqi chief of police in Hit – a man who had helped the coalition defeat al Qaeda in the Anbar city – in order to avert what was looking to be a bloodbath. The arrest appears to have been done outside Crissman’s normal authority, and I don’t doubt that he had some explaining to do with higher.
He might be explaining still.
Most people know what the right thing to do is, even in very complex situations. Some even have the courage to do it. A very few have the audacity to act on a moment’s opportunity.