Mar 25, 2013 | By Andrew Ferguson
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Dorothy: Just listen to what Miss Gulch did to Toto.
Auntie Em: Dorothy, please. We're trying to count.
Dorothy: Oh, but Aunt Em, she...
Uncle Henry: (gently admonishing) Don't bother us now, honey. This old incubator's goin' bad and we're likely to lose some of our chicks.
The military price for this is very high. Without the cohesion supplied by NCOs, units tend to disintegrate in the stress of combat. This is primarily a function of the fact that the enlisted soldiers simply do not trust their officers. Once officers depart the training areas, training begins to fall apart as soldiers begin drifting off. An Egyptian officer once explained to me that the Egyptian army's catastrophic defeat in 1967 resulted from a lack of cohesion within units. The situation, he said, had only marginally improved in 1973. Iraqi prisoners in 1991 showed a remarkable fear and enmity toward their officers.