WAR QUOTES XVI

quotations about war

The decision to use military hard power is a serious one and never taken lightly. The military establishment does everything in its power to mitigate risk in a battlespace that can only be described as "murky" because, no matter the amount of intelligence or planning, the only certainty is uncertainty.

ROBERT MAKROS, "'Clean war' is the unicorn of armed conflict", The Hill, March 31, 2017

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War is not clean, but it is a lot cleaner than it used to be. Today's wars look drastically different than yesterday's. Gone are the days when uniformed armies opposed each other in the open, using armor and aircraft to expose weakness and overpower. Gone are the days when it was acceptable to launch thousands of bombers against cities in Europe and the Pacific, attacks that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. Today, the battlefield has changed, and the United States finds itself immersed in a new type of war, one best described as dynamically confusing, where the enemy plays by a different set of rules -- rules that, among other things, include hiding among civilians, making differentiating between civilian versus combatant and friend versus foe extremely difficult.

ROBERT MAKROS, "'Clean war' is the unicorn of armed conflict", The Hill, March 31, 2017

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When war is perceived to be a win-win economic situation for all parties, the prospect of it occurring increases dramatically.

ROGER ARNOLD, "When War Is a Win-Win Scenario", The Street, April 12, 2017

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Such is the nature of war that, at the top, there is hardly any aspect of human behavior, individual and collective, which does not impinge on its conduct. And which, as a result, those in charge do not have to take into account and act upon.

MARTIN VAN CREVELD, "Why the best teacher of war is war", OUP blog, April 9, 2017

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