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The more things change

“In the South it is supposed that more government than is expedient is desired by the North. In the North, it is believed, that the prejudices of the South are incompatible with the necessary degree of Government and with the attainment of the essential ends of National Union.”

— Alexander Hamilton, 1792

At about 9:15…

There is a line of dialogue so spectacular that they should get an award for it. I’m thinking the first ever Nobel for insanely wonderful dialogue. It’s really something special.

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That Clausewitz guy

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As I said in the comments to a post yesterday, certainly we can “win” the purely military conflict in Iraq. Certainly we will, in the sense that we are unlikely to actually lose any battles. But if the only result of American military victories is to drive more and more Iraqis into the arms of the extremists and weaken the American military and the nation’s international standing, it won’t matter that we weren’t defeated on the battlefield, because we will have lost.

Anyway, a pretty familiar quote:

24.óWar is a mere continuation of policy by other means.

We see, therefore, that war is not merely a political act, but also a real political instrument, a continuation of political commerce, a carrying out of the same by other means. All beyond this which is strictly peculiar to war relates merely to the peculiar nature of the means which it uses. That the tendencies and views of policy shall not be incompatible with these means, the art of war in general and the commander in each particular case may demand, and this claim is truly not a trifling one. But however powerfully this may react on political views in particular cases, still it must always be regarded as only a modification of them; for the political view is the object, war is the means, and the means must always include the object in our conception.