Good so far, guys, you seem to realize that some of the stuff I threw in was red herrings ("Communism was just a Red herring" -- Tim Curry, as the butler in "Clue"). I do have some specific stuff in mind, though. I'll post it here later this weekend, give you all a chance to expand on it.
If you were one of the 1100 armed volunteers, and the leader said, "I've got 500 military vets here, raring to go, but they have no weapons," what's the first thing that would come to your mind?
Never put all your eggs in one basket.
The right tool for the right job?
It's agreed you should blow the bridge, but when?
"As I looked at my two young sons, each with his gun, and considered how much the safety of the party depended on these little fellows, I felt grateful to you, dear husband, for having acquainted them in childhood with the use of firearms."
-- Elisabeth Robinson, in The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss