Oliver Cromwell Cromwell, Moses Moses, Commander discussed on Jocko Podcast
So Moses Moses didn't take any risk where he thought he might fail. We read of him soon after leaving Egypt asking if he might lead Israel through the country of another people on being refused permission. He marches round by another way. But later when the same situation arises when Israel is better trained to fight. He leads his people straight through the middle of that country and destroys his enemy utterly. He was a good judge of what Israel was capable of doing. And what Israel is not capable of doing. And as a result. He had an unbroken record of military successes. He had the wisdom and the insight into human nature to realize that the best way for leader to gain confidence of his soldiers is to give them victories. If a commander gives his soldiers victories. They will follow him anywhere. But Moses was not permitted to see the few fruits of his own work. He sinned by claiming as his own powers, which did not belong to him. And for this sin of presumption. He was forced to hand over to Joshua the final conquest of Canaan. For which he had so well trained, the children of Israel. So they're he wraps up on on Moses. I think and he kinda refers back to this point later in the in this book is the fact that you gotta be you gotta you gotta push for victory. Right. You gotta push for victory. And this is. It's almost like risk aversion, right, which I'm not a fan of and you can't be risk of of verse. But you've got to be calculated. Back to the book in the next section. He is going to talk about Cromwell. He just referred to him as Cromwell Oliver Cromwell Cromwell who was an an English. Statesman. But he was a soldier. This is like in the sixteen hundred sixteen twenty's he was a hardcore puritan and he organized military forces in the when the civil war broke out sixteen forty two. He was the deputy commander of the new model. Army he defeated the main royalist force in sixteen forty five. And then he commanded campaigns in Ireland and Scotland in the sixteen fifties. He was. He was kind of over the top. I guess you might say it's always eat. I mean beyond that he he mass. There's an Irish massacre, you know, in that spiraled into a war for of years. And an ultimately as a politician once he kind of got done with the war part. He became a politician. And he really didn't do a great job. So that's just some kind of highlights of Oliver Cromwell. But here we go back to the book. I next proposed. Consider Cromwell another leader who went to wage war only when he was over middle age. He was over forty when the civil war broke out. He started a civil war in command of a troop of sixty men and then commanded of that troupe..