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mao: “revolution is not a dinner party”

Ignore von Clausewitz at your peril.He died in 1831, but his book, On War, is unfortunately something ignored more often than not stacking the odds in favor not winning a war…. If Clausewitz’s influence has been so often catastrophic, there … Continue reading

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mesmerized by the decisive victory: lunatic doctrines

Instructions for losing a war .Lesson one, page one: ignore Karl Maria von Clausewitz… …even his statement that war is a continuation of policy has been twisted into meaning that war is the most effective of political instruments, or that … Continue reading

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war as ideal philosophical nature

Even more disastrous is to reverse Clausewitz’s principle and allow military considerations to dominate national policy. The “absurdity” in Clausewitz’s view, has been perpetuated more often by Clausewitz’s own countrymen than by anyone else. In 1914, the Schlieffen Plan called … Continue reading

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clausewitz: “its absolute form”

In Clausewitz’s view, it is absurd to try to “win” wars by military means alone, because, as he says, no major plan of war can bemade without political understanding and insight.  The political setting not only determines the aims and … Continue reading

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bummer on the battlefield: centers of gravity

How to lose wars and win battles: a good beginning would be to ignore Karl von Clausewitz- as we apparently have been doing since the end of WWII. And Clausewitz died in 1831… For Clausewitz the central points about war … Continue reading

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guide to the perplexed: how to lose a war

Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. What next? How much the academic think-merchants should share in the responsibility for these messy predicaments is not really quantifiable. But judging from what he read and see, the American government would have found a better guide … Continue reading

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How not to win a war

How not to win a war? A good beginning would be to ignore Karl Maria von Clauswitz- as we have apparently have been doing for the past seven decades…. Since 1945, under the stimulus of the Cold War, an immense … Continue reading

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loose lips sink ships: uncertainty principal

As Clausewitz postulated, war is simply a means for a pre-determined purpose. A continuation of policy which implies a rather solid and usually sordid link between politics and war. There have been newer theories, which may actually be clever repackaging … Continue reading

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writing from the port side

These things happen. John Galsworthy became involved with a girl whom his family which to distance their son from at all costs. Since his father, who was to be the senior member of the Forsyte family in Galsworthy’s The Forsyte … Continue reading

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