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Rejection of Experts

Haig said the key to victory [in World War I] was "attrition," which, his general staff explained, meant "wearing down the Boches." But this assumed that more Germans were dying than Englishmen. And it wasn't true. ...
Lord Salisbury had warned the generation of parliamentarians who would succeed him: "No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe soldiers, nothing is safe."
- William Manchester, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932, Copyright 1983, Bantam Books Trade Paperback Edition, 2013, ISBN 978-0-385-31348-3,pp. 522-3


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