The question was why wars continue long after rational calculation suggests they should end, and Iklé used a wide range of examples to explain why. Every War Must End by Fred Charles Ikle. New York, Columbia. University Press, -viii, x6o ppi, $ One of the most encouraging features of the present. Ikle examined the painful and often unsatisfactory process by which Since Every War Must End, it behooves the Administration and its.

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Mark Jacobsen rated it it was amazing Aug 04, What these cases have in common is the need to avoid the fallacy of the last move, and to think instead about how US military action, once undertaken, would likely play out over time. The enemy is generally distinguishable as are the fronts, objectives, etc except for a few heterodox elements.

Eventually, we got tired and went home. You know, on the whole, all things considered, in most cases, in the long run, it’s much better and safer to “”end wars before they start.

Every War Must Endwhich Colin Powell credits in his autobiography with having shaped his thinking on how to end the first Gulf Wa “Mission accomplished,” George Bush famously proclaimed in reference to the defeat of Saddam Hussein’s military organization. John rated it really edn it Jul 28, Every War Must Endwhich Colin Powell credits in his autobiography with having shaped his thinking on how to end the first Gulf War, analyzes the many critical obstacles to ending a war–an aspect of military strategy that is frequently and tragically overlooked.

Japanso we just let them fight it out or not, nuclear weapons and all? Shubham Kurmi rated it liked it Nov 22, It seems that in the heat of battle it’s difficult to make rational decisions so combat sometimes drags on much too long, to the advantage of no one.


Every War Must End

Combat air patrols to protect civilians from regimes that engage in mass murder can ile turn the tide, but not affect the character of governance once the regime falls. For more background, check out http: Podcast Books Authors Articles. The types of war have NOT changed — its the evolution of warfighting that creates illusions among the more powerful military powers that result in their failures to deliver.

However, as recent events in Iraq have once again demonstrated, it is much easier to start a war than it is to end it. Sean rated it really liked it Nov 28, Caution can either help avoid dangerous, precipitous, wvery costly moves, or it can make a bad situation worse.

In the 15th century, Florence fought for years against Pisa, thirty miles away. Today, it is well understood that one of the best ways to prevent a war is to educate little girls. Charlie N rated it really liked it Oct 18, May 05, FiveBooks rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 25, Zack rated it really ike it. And a “”unitary view of the nation’s interest”” is difficult to arrive at because every country has its hawks and doves and generals and civilians do disagree, note the case ehd Truman and MacArthur.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I have a friend who was on one of the aircraft carriers to which those helicopters flew. Every war must end, but few end well. Just a moment while ebd sign you in to your Goodreads account.

To shorten a war escalation will sometimes work dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki did the trick and mudt not Germany’s decision to launch unlimited submarine warfare on England in backfired. There are no discussion topics on this mut yet.

And then there is the occasional evil tyrant who seems too heinous to ignore. Michael rated it really liked it Jul 16, The most successful strategies to date in dealing with the consequences of proliferation have been deterrence and containment, not efforts to achieve regime change.


Every War Must End

My Grandfather was a Rat of Tobruk. The outcome in Afghanistan is yet to be determined, but may well look depressingly familiar. Olivia rated it liked it Sep 05, Issues like blowback and unpredictable chaotic behavior are minimized. Patrick rated it really liked it Mar 13, Gandhi understood that India could win by making a point of not killing the British: Caution is a tactic, not a strategy. Today, even more than in Vietnam, information predominates. Jaron Roux rated it it was amazing Mar eveery, Please provide an email address.

Troy O’brien rated it it was amazing Jan 03, Proliferation prevention by means of bombing runs can provide short-term gains, followed by long-term costs. To ask other readers questions about Every War Must Endplease sign up.

Sincethe United States has generally failed to end wars victoriously and decisively — with the exception of the first Gulf war against Saddam Hussein and small-scale military operations like Grenada. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Back in the day, wars were absolutely about killing people.

Every War Must End by Fred Charles Iklé

Exit strategies have sometimes been embarrassing affairs in search of decent intervals. Nadia rated it liked it Jan 30, And there’s the deplorable fact that a leader’s sense of reality seems to shrink when faced with the choice between abject surrender and destruction — just look at what happened to Ikkle in the last days.

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