America strikes out (again!)

America strikes out (again!)

Harlan Ullman: Against bleak domestic and international outlooks, straight-forward solutions exist. The question is when we will come to our senses.
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The two-state litmus test

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ASAF ROMIROWSKY, UPI Outside View Commentator

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Politics attempts to suffocate bold thinking. Altering that outcome requires courage and leadership, meaning taking risks. But will our leaders dare to do so?
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The (new) morality of the (new) American way of war

WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- War, according to the great Prussian military philosopher Carl von Clausewitz was most profoundly a conflict of wills through an admixture of policy with "other means." But Clausewitz never fully defined "other means." There was little need.
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Russian army shocks West in Georgia ops

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The mini-war between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia is less than six days old at the time of writing, but many tactical weapons system and strategic lessons are already emerging from it.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Defense Focus: Numbers count -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- Wars destroy lots of weapons systems as well as lots of people. That is why major powers still need lots of soldiers and lots of relatively cheap, easily manufactured and easily replaced weapons systems.
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Iran war dangers

MOSCOW, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Nicolas Sarkozy recently said in Washington that the Iranian nuclear problem could be solved through U.N. and EU sanctions, but hastened to add a reservation about the "readiness for a dialogue with Tehran."
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BMD Focus: SM-3s are 'mature'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- By any standards, the Aegis Weapons System and its Raytheon Standard Missile 3s that carried out outstandingly successful double exo-atmospheric kills off Kauai in the Pacific Ocean Tuesday is a mature ballistic missile defense technology.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Interview: Lessons of the Iraq war

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Although coalition commanders adapted well to a fluid battlefield, the success of Operation Iraqi Freedom was largely the result of air supremacy over an inept

Cathy's World: James Woods as 'Rudy'

LOS ANGELES, March 26 (UPI) -- I consider "Rudy," the new TV movie premiering Sunday on the USA Network and starring James Woods as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, something of an antido

View: It's Congress's job to declare war

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A critical analysis of the Vietnam War shows why Congress's constitutional mandate to declare war is not a dead letter, but rather ensures civilian control of t

Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz ( /ˈklaʊzəvɪts/; June 1, 1780 – November 16, 1831) was a Prussian soldier and German military theorist who stressed the moral and political aspects of war. His most notable work, Vom Kriege (On War), was unfinished at his death.

Clausewitz espoused a romantic conception of warfare, though he also had at least one foot planted firmly in the more rationalist ideas of the European Enlightenment. He stressed the dialectic of how opposite factors interact, and noting how unexpected new developments unfolding under the "fog of war" called for rapid decisions by alert commanders. Clausewitz saw history as a complex check on abstractions that did not accord with experience. In opposition to Antoine-Henri Jomini he argued war could not be quantified or graphed or reduced to mapwork and graphs. Clausewitz had many aphorisms, of which the most famous is, "War is the continuation of policy by other means," a description of war which has won wide acceptance.

Clausewitz's Christian name is sometimes given in non-German sources as Carl Philipp Gottlieb, Carl Maria, or misspelled Karl due to reliance on mistaken source material, conflations with his wife's name, Marie, or mistaken assumptions about German orthography. Carl Philipp Gottfried appears on Clausewitz's tombstone and is thus most likely to be the correct version. The tombstone reads:

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