Visions & Objectives of War

What does it mean for a nation to be at war? Engagement in armed conflict is an obvious descriptor, but not every military action is war. To distinguish between military actions, knowing the objective, becomes necessary. Using the national guard to settle the chaos after Hurricane Katrina, for example, was not a war. War, then, accomplishes distinct objectives for the winner. Two objectives dominate my thinking: Continue reading “Visions & Objectives of War”

How Is the War on Terror Going?

For the last few weeks, I have pondered these questions:

  • What does it mean to be at war with a terrorist organization?
  • Are the distinctions between soldier and civilian sufficient, or does the world need a new category?

These questions were crystallized in my mind by the excellent writing of Adam Liptak in a The New York Times news analysis published June thirteenth of this year. Additionally, the Washington Post published on June twenty-fifth an excellent news analysis of Vice President Cheney office’s behaviors on these questions titled, Pushing the Envelope of Presidential Power. Both pieces are worth reading. Continue reading “How Is the War on Terror Going?”