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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No trivia or quizzes yet. Consider the first law: The illusions of infallibility tend to detract from these Principles.

Consider the sorry mess that was World War I. Once a war is started how do you end it?

EVERY WAR MUST END by Fred Charles Ikle | Kirkus Reviews

There was a problem adding your email address. Combat air patrols to protect civilians from regimes that engage in mass murder can help turn the tide, but not affect the character of governance once the regime falls.

The Red Army was on Stalin side ,nobody else Certainly the July negotiation held in Leningrad between the Anglo-French and the Soviets clearly indicated a lack of seriousness the scenario was the Soviets doing the Fighting and the Western Allies doing the sitting. Jaron Roux rated it it was amazing Mar 17, Today, even more than in Vietnam, information predominates. Billy rated it really liked it May 31, By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Without much defense, I offer that the best way to win is to not play at all. Most politicians and military men don’t think that far in advance. And be advised that these factors are difficult to assess because of imperfect data, “”logical fallacies,”” and “”distortions.

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.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. 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 kkle of Saddam Hussein’s military organization. Mark Jacobsen rated it aar was amazing Aug 04, What sar 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.


I have a friend who was on one of the aircraft carriers to which those helicopters flew.


And then there is the occasional evil tyrant who seems too heinous to ignore. But the sociopolitical impacts of the strikes, transcending the military theater, may and in my opinion do serve to only worsen our strategic outlook.

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 of Truman and MacArthur.

Be the first to discover new talent! Bryan rated it it was amazing Jan 29, Drawing heavily on the wisdom of hindsight, the lessons of history and the brain trust at Rand where he heads the Social Science DepartmentIkle tries to fathom how wars are brought to an end.

Gandhi understood that India could win by making a point of not killing the British: It will not induce a determined adversary to withdraw or to cease his aggression….

Paperbackpages. Caution can either help avoid dangerous, precipitous, and costly moves, or it can make a bad situation worse. Mikkel rated it it was ok Dec 28, The enemy is generally distinguishable as are the fronts, objectives, etc except for a few heterodox elements.

Every War Must End

Today, the mist of killing is in decline. This book explores the difficult and often painful process through which wars in the modern age have been brought to a close and what this process means for the future. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


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. It remains a haunting coda for a war waged to demonstrate resolve and inflict punishment.

Semantics notwithstanding the principles of war — i.

Every War Must End

And, particularly after the fall of France, there was everu a high probability that the war would turn into an enduring stalemate across the English Channel — possibly with ongoing aerial bombardment of cities.

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. They could endure a kill ration One relates to proliferation prevention, the second focuses on the use of force on humanitarian grounds, and the third deals with the consequences of proliferation. Pin It on Pinterest. Daniel rated it really liked it Dec 01, Lists with This Book. My thanks to Josh for posting this pic.

Refresh and try again. There are okle discussion topics on this book yet. Pete rated it it was amazing Mar 17, Use soft power and honest diplomacy in nation building as to only provide low impact perturbations to systems in equilibrium to achieve specific strategic, foreign policy goals.

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. But here’s some helpful advice for Pentagon planners: Shubham Kurmi rated it liked it Nov 22, The outcome in Afghanistan is yet to be determined, but may well look depressingly familiar.