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Truth a casualty of war

Recently the war in Iraq brought the cost in American lives to over 1,000, a very large price for a policy so ill-defined by our leadership. Comparably, the cost in treasure is of no importance.

When asking the how and why, we should remember the words of Carl Von Clausewitz. Clausewitz was Europe’s preeminent authority on warfare in the early 1830s. Throughout the world, his theorems are still required reading for today’s military. Obviously, not at Yale.

“No one starts a war – or rather, no one in his senses ought to do so – without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it.”



Unfortunately, the results of this war have been based upon three words: “Bring ’em on.” They have, and 1,000 American families must try and carry on with their lives as the result of this sophomoric prattle. There should be a medal bestowed on those who have lost a son, father, brother, daughter, sister, wife or mother in the service of a nation that too easily forgets the true cost of war.

Remember, as Aeschylus said, “In war, truth is the first casualty.”




Jim Groom

Grass Valley


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