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Nice Teddy Roosevelt allusion, for what it's worth.

This is more or less how the government solves all of its "knowledge problems." Think of the Congressman going home to listen to his constituents.

McChrystal has numerous sources of info. One of the most important is that his troops follow rules; as partly articulated in his 'directives' (note they are not called 'commands' or 'goals' or 'objectives'). Hayek shows us the importance of this rule following behaviour. As he wrote in The Sensory Order: ‘[T]he captain of a battleship may sometimes recognize the nature of an observed object less from his direct perception of it than from the response of his ship…’ (Hayek, 1952, 91)

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