The stress laid upon the unquestionable advantages which would accrue from success was so great that the disadvantages that would arise in the not improbable case of failure were insufficiently considered
Field Marshall Sir William Robertson
"Soldiers and Statesmen"
But, Sir William gives us the working definition of blind optimism:
- Blind to a reasonable consideration of risks and
- Blind to the advice of others and
- Blind to any proposition other than success
- "Victory has a thousand fathers, but failure is an orphan"