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A Note on the Responsibility vs. Inevitability of World War I

A Note on the Responsibility vs. Inevitability of World War I

When we look back at the events of 1914, the slide into World War I seems to have an almost inevitable quality to it. Henry Kissinger describes it as “a vortex” into which Europe was sucked. It was of course caused by the decisions and actions that various parties took in the period leading up to the war, but the reality of the monster that was unleashed was surprising to even those responsible for the decisions and actions. I have…

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On “Getting out of the Way” of the Military

On “Getting out of the Way” of the Military

I gave a talk on Strategic Leadership yesterday, and closed it with the following quote from Eliot A Cohen’s ‘Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime‘ (2002:4-5): We can call this consensus the “normal” theory of civil-military relations, which runs something like this. Officers are professionals, much like highly trained surgeons: the statesman is in the position of a patient requiring urgent care. He may freely decide whether or not to have an operation, he may choose one doctor…

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Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the…

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