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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The particulars in everg case are different.

Back in the day, wars were absolutely about killing people. After expressing confident expectations about fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, hawkish US analysts and politicians owe their fellow citizens something more than new military action plans.


Others may continue to play say N. Today, it is well understood that one of the best ways ever prevent a war is to educate little girls.

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Caution can either help avoid dangerous, precipitous, and costly moves, or it can make a bad situation ejd. 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 Hitler in the last days.

The most successful strategies to date in dealing with the consequences of proliferation have been deterrence and containment, not efforts to achieve regime change.

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. Most politicians and military men don’t think that far in advance.

Modern examples like Iraq and Afghanistan, wherein a power vacuum was created kust many unique low-level conflicts to happen simultaneous, creating a space wherein distinguishing cause and effect of specific and potential engagements is a daunting challenge.

However, as recent events in Iraq have once again demonstrated, it is much easier to start a war than it is to end it. It seems that in the heat of battle it’s difficult to make rational decisions so combat sometimes drags on mush too long, to the advantage of no one.


Exit strategies have sometimes been embarrassing affairs in search of decent intervals. As human culture changes, so do all our institutions, including war.

Every War Must End

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We’ll written with excellent examples. They could endure a kill ration Colton Long rated it it was ok Apr 15, Return to Book Page. Back then, it was considered normal: None of the decisions relating to Iran, Syria, and North Korea are slam dunks.

Issues like blowback and unpredictable chaotic behavior are minimized. After the battle of Kurtsk ,it was all the way to Berlin the western allies contribution was somewhat larger than an addendum. My Grandfather was a Rat of Tobruk.


BushGerge H. And then there is the occasional evil tyrant who seems too heinous to ignore. Jim Powell rated it liked it Jul 13,