Essays on Strategy

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John N. Petrie
DIANE Publishing, 1996 - 415 pages
Spans a broad horizon of strategic topics: the use of sanctions, the relationship with the U.N., and the more subtle changes and responsibilities facing our Operational Commanders. Contents: failed U.S. China Policy, America's Asia Policy, U.S. Post-Cold War Policy, U.S. Security in the 21st Century, Deficits: Restructuring the Military, Planning for War Termination, Planning for CNN Wars, expanding our vision of jointness, military theory and peace operations, the U.S. dilemma in peace operations and change and the operation commander.

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Page 345 - The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish. ..the kind of war on which they are embarking; neither mistaking it for, nor trying to turn it into, something that is alien to its nature.
Page 254 - The function of news is to signalize an event, the function of truth is to bring to light the hidden facts, to set them into relation with each other, and make a picture of reality on which men can act.
Page 387 - New Challenges for UN Military Operations: Implementing an Agenda for Peace," 19 Washington Quarterly, Winter 1993, pp.
Page 263 - From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe.
Page 87 - What is at stake is more than one small country; it is a big idea: a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind — peace and security, freedom, and the rule of law.
Page 150 - ... the original political objects can greatly alter during the course of the war and may finally change entirely since they are influenced by events and their probable consequences.
Page 254 - The press ... is like the beam of a searchlight that moves restlessly about, bringing one episode and then another out of darkness into vision.
Page 399 - For the real environment is altogether too big, too complex, and too fleeting for direct acquaintance. We are not equipped to deal with so much subtlety, so much variety, so many permutations and combinations. And although we have to act in that environment, we have to reconstruct it on a simpler model before we can manage with it.
Page 187 - To provide and maintain a Navy ; To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions...
Page 18 - The second set of sanctions announced only two weeks later was imposed in response to the continued "wave of violence and reprisals by the Chinese authorities against those who have called for democracy.

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