Politicians of all stripes are always in danger at looking at every problem from an abstract point of view or being briefed by officials, academics, or economists who know every science but the science of human nature.
When he reported to the 761st in October 1943, the colonel briefed him and concluded by asking if he had any questions. "Just one," Geist said. "How do I get out of this chickenshit outfit? I don't want to serve with Negroes."