The Shape of Battles to Comes…

“I am quite confident that in the foreseeable future armed conflict will not take the form of huge land armies facing each other across extended battle lines, as they did in World War I and World War II or, for that matter, as they would have if NATO had faced the Warsaw Pact on the… Read More

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Softly & Stick…

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” Theodore Roosevelt (1858 to 1919) Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman and writer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th Vice President of the United States from March to September… Read More

Evil & Expediency…

“No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.” Theodore Roosevelt (1858 to 1919) The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman and writer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th Vice President of… Read More

Neither Victory or Defeat (2)…

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how long the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;… Read More

Not Victory nor Defeat…

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt (1858 to 1919) Speech before the Hamilton Club,… Read More

Displaying Leadership…

“Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don’t in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the… Read More

The Horrors of War & Democratisation…

“The greatest intensification of the horrors of war is a direct result of the democratisation of the state. So long as the army was a professional unit, the specialist function of a limited number of men, war remained a relatively harmless contest for power. But once it became everyman’s duty to defend his home (or… Read More