The Reason Why

The Reason Why is because THERE IS NO CURE FOR STUPID.

A third of the way through this book, self already knows that two of the worst commanders in the British Army were in charge of the troops at Balaclava. One was so racist he couldn’t even stand the sight of a black bottle at the dinner table. There must be a few commanders out there who are racist and still manage to be good commanders. Unfortunately, that was not the case with Lord Brudenell.

The worst thing is, everyone from the Duke of Wellington on down staunchly defended this stupid man because he was “one of their own” — meaning, he belonged to the aristocracy. His parents had purchased his office for 25,000 pounds. The officer who SHOULD have been promoted to lead the 11th Regiment was passed over because he did not possess a title. Following which, the officer very sensibly quit the British Army and offered his services to Portugal.

In fact, Lord Brudenell faced trial again and again, because his level of incompetence was simply spectacular. But each time, he got off. Now I understand the guy who said: “I can walk down Fifth Avenue and shoot someone, and nothing will happen to me.”

At least, The Former Guy didn’t start a war. Silver linings?

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

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