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18th Jul '17 1:15:49 PM ironballs16
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': During "Battle of the Bastards", Ramsay hangs back as his men do all the fighting, needlessly sacrificing the lives of his soldiers in the crossfire of his archers. This puts him at odds with both his GoodCounterpart, Jon, and his brute, Smalljon Umber, who both fight on the frontline, as well as Jon's follower, Davos, who explicitly stops his men from firing arrows on their own men. Later, as soon as the battle goes against him, Ramsay beats a hasty retreat to Winterfell.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': During "Battle of the Bastards", Ramsay hangs back as his men do all the fighting, needlessly sacrificing the lives of his soldiers in the crossfire of his archers. This puts him at odds with both his GoodCounterpart, Jon, and his brute, Smalljon Umber, who both fight on the frontline, as well as Jon's follower, Davos, who explicitly stops his men from firing arrows on their own men. Later, as soon as the battle goes against him, [[DirtyCoward Ramsay beats a hasty retreat to Winterfell.Winterfell]].
8th Jul '17 10:35:05 PM iowaforever
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* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' displays a whole cabinet of them in and around Parliament, none too concerned about letting the war slog on for another few weeks while the armistice is negotiated. Diana is appalled, calling them cowards for not leading their men from the front and turning down a potential war-winning strike against Dr. Poison and General Ludendorff. [[spoiler: Hanging back also allows them to be easily manipulated by Ares, who wants the war to drag on and destroy humanity.]]
28th May '17 4:10:23 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': During "Battle of the Bastards", Ramsay hangs back as his men do all the fighting, needlessly sacrificing the lives of his soldiers in the crossfire of his archers. This puts him at odds with both his GoodCounterpart, Jon, and his brute, Smalljon Umber, who both fight on the frontline, as well as Jon's follower, Davos, who explicitly stops his men from firing arrows on their own men. Later, as soon as the battle goes against him, Ramsay beats a hasty retreat to Winterfell.
15th May '17 7:14:52 PM nombretomado
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* In Ireland, TheTroubles sparked what is sometimes known as "Armchair Republicanism" or "Armchair IRA"; People who live in the Republic who claim to be massive supporters of the IRA's activities in the North. Even to this day with the peace process having quelled the worst elements of the conflict, there are those in the Republic, many of whom have never had family involved let alone set foot in the north, who proclaim that they are diehard Nationalists while never doing a thing about it.

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* In Ireland, TheTroubles UsefulNotes/TheTroubles sparked what is sometimes known as "Armchair Republicanism" or "Armchair IRA"; People who live in the Republic who claim to be massive supporters of the IRA's activities in the North. Even to this day with the peace process having quelled the worst elements of the conflict, there are those in the Republic, many of whom have never had family involved let alone set foot in the north, who proclaim that they are diehard Nationalists while never doing a thing about it.
6th May '17 6:58:19 PM CV12Hornet
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* The rise of the Internet has led to a veritable explosion in the second type by lowering the cost of entry and allowing every Tom, Dick, and Harry with a keyboard and Internet connection to voice their opinion.
3rd May '17 7:36:09 AM TheKaizerreich
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* ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' oddly plays "Armchair Admiral" straight, but [[JustifiedTrope with justification]], since conventional battleships are useless against the humanoid-looking forces of the Abyssal Fleet, so all the humans' battleships look like people (and are all-female because all ships are female, naturally) carrying various military equipment instead to match their tactical capabilities. In other words, there's literally no room for the Admirals during battles, so they have to stay at the base and give orders via radio.
2nd May '17 2:48:23 PM madorosh
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* ''Film/TheLastCastle'' provides a very good example of the classic armchair general, the warden of a military prison played by James Gandolfini, who is envious of one of his prisoners (played by Robert Redford) who has actually served in combat.
15th Apr '17 8:16:49 PM Doug86
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** John Simpson is originally portrayed as armchair military when he cites his service as, "having served in the Pentagon". In later books, it [[RetCon comes out]] that '''before''' he served in the Puzzle Palace, he commanded a riverine unit in the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar. [[spoiler: he even lost a leg]]

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** John Simpson is originally portrayed as armchair military when he cites his service as, "having served in the Pentagon". In later books, it [[RetCon comes out]] that '''before''' he served in the Puzzle Palace, he commanded a riverine unit in the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. [[spoiler: he even lost a leg]]



* Prior to the US-led [[{{War On Terror}} invasion of Iraq]], the clash of ideals between General Eric Shinseki and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was like this. Shinseki's ideas were based on established military doctrine on how to control a country such as Iraq while Rumsfeld's thoughts were [[AssPull pulled out of his ass]]. Rumsfeld simply didn't understand that defeating Iraq's military was the easy part, controlling Iraq's people enough so Iraq could be rebuilt was the difficult part. Rumsfeld also either fully believed in (or actually helped create, depending on your viewpoint) the Bush Administration's view that a war against Iraq would be quick and easy, much to the annoyance of military men who remembered [[VietnamWar the last time]] the United States invaded a country and had to deal with hostile locals.

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* Prior to the US-led [[{{War On Terror}} [[WarOnTerror invasion of Iraq]], the clash of ideals between General Eric Shinseki and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was like this. Shinseki's ideas were based on established military doctrine on how to control a country such as Iraq while Rumsfeld's thoughts were [[AssPull pulled out of his ass]]. Rumsfeld simply didn't understand that defeating Iraq's military was the easy part, controlling Iraq's people enough so Iraq could be rebuilt was the difficult part. Rumsfeld also either fully believed in (or actually helped create, depending on your viewpoint) the Bush Administration's view that a war against Iraq would be quick and easy, much to the annoyance of military men who remembered [[VietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the last time]] the United States invaded a country and had to deal with hostile locals.
14th Apr '17 5:48:12 PM Titus88
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* The Music/RogerWaters song "The Barvery of Being Out of Range" is about this in addition to lambasting the news media for treating war as entertainment.

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* The Music/RogerWaters song "The Barvery Bravery of Being Out of Range" is about this in addition to lambasting the news media for treating war as entertainment.
14th Apr '17 5:47:35 PM Titus88
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* The Music/RogerWaters song "The Barvery of Being Out of Range" is about this in addition to lambasting the news media for treating war as entertainment.
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