Friday, November 16, 2012

Tolstoy on War

By General Martin E. Dempsey
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

I recently read “Tolstoy on War,” edited by Rick McPeak and Donna Tussing Orwin. This series of essays on Tolstoy's War and Peace is a must-read for serious students of the profession of arms.

I commend, in particular, Dr. Elizabeth Samet's essay on "The Disobediences of War and Peace."

As we contemplate our strategies for an unpredictable future, we would do well to heed Tolstoy's caution:
"When a man finds himself in motion, he always thinks up a goal for that motion."

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