Creativity, risk, deception: These are the tools without which no Generation X (born 1961-1981) can get the job done right. The conflict between this Boomer (flag officer) versus Gen Xer (field-grade officer) is something I have seen before. This article simply offers another example of what the argument is about. Sooner or later, thanks to generational replacement, Xers will win this argument.
Michael Oates, btw, is a late-wave Boomer. But he speaks for his junior fellow officers. No more than General George Patton or Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion, this is not a generation that cares much about the Marquess of Queensberry rules.
Speaking of Patton, I think everyone who saw the movie recalls that Patton himself was used (against his will) to deceive the Germans on several occasions, including the ruse of invading Greece rather than Sicily, which is mentioned in this article.