Accession Number:

ADA440729

Title:

An Indirect Assessment of the War Against Iraq

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-11-07

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

Was the 1990-1991 war against Iraq a Clausewitzian style quest for annihilation At first blush, it may seem so. Did alliance forces not, after all, seek out and annihilate Iraqi forces in decisive battles General Schwartzkopfs statement of intent reveals that his strategy for the conduct of operations reflected an appreciation for the indirect approach, of Sun Tzu and his erstwhile protege, B. H. Liddell-Hart. How well did the CINC do in his use of indirectness How would Sun Tzu, who understood the difference between national strategy calculations in the temple and military strategy, view policy and strategic decisions made at the national level by President Bush and other national leaders My intent is to examine these questions using some of the principles of Sun Tzu as a framework for the assessment.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE