Is Strategy an Illusion?

@article{Betts2000IsSA,
  title={Is Strategy an Illusion?},
  author={Richard K. Betts},
  journal={International Security},
  year={2000},
  volume={25},
  pages={5-50}
}
  • R. Betts
  • Published 1 October 2000
  • Political Science
  • International Security
Strategy is the essential ingredient for making war either politically effective or morally tenable. It is the link between military means and political ends, the scheme for how to make one produce the other. Without strategy, there is no rationale for how force will achieve purposes worth the price in blood and treasure. Without strategy, power is a loose cannon and war is mindless. Mindless killing can only be criminal. Politicians and soldiers may debate which strategic choice is best, but… 

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