Terry Duncan wrote:So you concede that the words are simply Tuchman's invention and not derived from any writing left by Moltke or anyone he confided such thinking to.
Obviously, my point was that thoughts cannot be sourced. Given Schlieffen's obsession with the right wing, and given Moltke's alarm that "the enemy has evaded" the right wing, and given Moltke's letters to his wife (cited by Mombauer), it was perfectly proper for Tuchman to ascribe such thoughts to Moltke. Even the best historians indulge in such artistic license. Without it, history is reduced to little more than a dry recitation of documents.
We all understand the requirement to source quotations. But let's be careful not to abuse such a requirement for the purpose of stifling reasonable debate.
Maybe you can now return to the actual topic of German planning itself?
By all means.