The Value of Publicly Stating Our National Objectives
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The clear understanding of national objectives offers valuable benefits to the United States in the present world environment. This essay describes what some of those benefits are and why they are valuable in todays environment. There are certain facts about the nature of our current world society that become important considerations in a discussion of national goals. Those facts are that the world today is characterized by closeness, complexity, sensitivity, and danger. Against such a background it is important that all the players in the world arena exhibit extraordinary talents if they are to keep in check the forces that might destroy them. The world situation demands understanding, tolerance, sound judgment, dedication to purpose, hard work, sacrifice, and efficiency. These may sound like platitudes, and there may be better descriptive phrases, but it is well to realize the importance of each one of them and how publicly stated national goals are an aid to achieving them. The value of publicly stating our national objectives is the improved capability of our citizens to deal with the demands of their environment when they know toward which goals they are striving.
- Government and Political Science