Gregory Alan Bolcer gbolcer at
Wed Apr 9 15:37:25 PDT 2003

Jeff, Efficiency is the relation of output to
input.  Effectiveness is the total output.   You
missed the point which was that the CONCEPT of
"shock and awe" is like acupuncture.   Mininalist
input effect to maximum output effect.    Thus,
the thread was that the term has been misapplied.

Are you saying taking out a building is the same
as taking out hundreds of buildings, social organizations,
real or perceived threats, and military weaponry?


Jeff Bone wrote:

> Don't you have that backwards?  I'm not sure how you could consider 
> dumping $1B worth of high-tech ordinance on somebody "efficient" by any 
> definition, regardless of effect, particularly when compared to a small 
> number of guys armed only with box cutters taking down America for most 
> of a week.  I'm sorry, but dropping the Twin Towers was "shocking" and 
> "awesome."  Taking out a few leadership targets with some high-tech 
> destructo-gadgetry amidst tank-plinking as usual, not so much.  
> (OB_FACT:  less than 7% of the precision-guided bombs dropped so far has 
> been dropped on leadership targets;  the bulk has been taking out Iraqi 
> armor and infantry divisions.  Source:  Rush Limbaugh, Monday 4/7.  Know 
> thy enemy.
> But then, I'm also very confused about the tendency to refer to those 
> guys with box cutters and suicide bombers as "cowards" while we refer to 
> the guys that load launch tubes on boats 200m out at sea or drop bombs 
> from above-AA altitudes "courageous."
> Newspeak:  it's opposite day.  Problem:  it obscures understanding of 
> the situation --- but then, that's by design.
> jb

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