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Design depends largely on constraints.” — Charles Eames

Monday, 12 January 2004


Jeffrey Record

From the Washington Post: The Army War College has published a paper questioning the scope and approach to the war on terror.

Record’s core criticism is that the administration is biting off more than it can chew. He likens the scale of U.S. ambitions in the war on terrorism to Adolf Hitler’s overreach in World War II. “A cardinal rule of strategy is to keep your enemies to a manageable number,” he writes. “The Germans were defeated in two world wars… because their strategic ends outran their available means.”

See the complete report.


Thomas Bock said:

Mr. Record’s comments are ‘right on the money’. The Bush Administration’s two principal justifications for the war in Iraq - Weapons of Mass Destruction and Sadam Hussein’s presumed connection to Al Quaida (and it’s well-documented use of terror)- have both proven untrue or unproveable, and there is adequate indication that this was known to the Administration all along. In addition, not only has the war on Iraq diverted our attention from actual terror and other real dangers (North Korea,Iran/Hamas,etc.), it has also fully dissipated the goodwill that had accrued to the U.S. in the wake of 9/11.

Tuesday, January 13 2004 at 7:38 AM

Michael Patrick Sullivan said:

I want to commend Professor Record for his excellent paper. The Iraq war has certainly been a diversion from the War on Terror

Wednesday, January 14 2004 at 6:19 AM