You recall last week when I proposed moving the Tennessee River to keep it out of the hands of Georgia? Well, this week over at Wired, Andrew Exum proposes three military strategies for victory over Georgia.
In one, he places troops along I-24 and I-75. In another, he recommends Tennessee fall back to a position easier to defend, even though it means ceding his grandmother to the foul Georgians.
But it is his last suggestion that is probably most genius — give Georgia what they want, and let them deal with the consequences:
A prolonged occupation and insurgency stands a greater chance of transforming the internal politics of Georgia than transforming the immutable cultural truths of Tennessee.
The wars of the 9/11 era have demonstrated the perils of fighting heavily armed religious fundamentalists on their own soil. We Tennessee Presbyterians are a little like the Taliban — only certainly better armed and probably less tolerant of the Roman Catholic Church. Still, if Georgia wants to invade and occupy East Tennessee, it is welcome to try. Getting in should be easy. Getting out, however, is another matter entirely.