I’m not sure exactly what you’re saying or what Bolton quote you mean.
we be a little more close to the vest on the location of ship
deployments, of the capabilities of weaponry, of tactics. Possibly.
There are times when letting the enemy know is valuable–letting the
Soviets know what SDI could do was a good thing, keeping from them that
it was at least 30 years off was also a good thing. So I would have to
know exactly what you’re talking about.
Now as to letting them
know our intentions, the public debate, the open statements, the
announcing “Saddam, you’ve got 2 days to leave, we suggest you do” and
giving them time to prepare. It’s again a case by case thing, but
that’s a classically liberal society. It’s a civilian controlled
military, and it has to be that way, and to be that it has to be
public. Does it hurt a surprise attack here and there, yes…but it
also prevents Seven Days In May from being anything other than a book (and I have some recollection of a bad movie).
It might be that I agree with you entirely, but I need more information to go on.