STRATEGY: Police Action or War?

If the U.S. had reacted to the Pearl Harbor attack merely by trying to clear the Japanese out of Hawaiian waters, World War II would be still going on—or else the enemy would have won it by now. The U.S. and its allies won because they immediately understood that they were in a war with Japan and that their ultimate goal was the destruction of the enemy's will to fight.

The U.N. suffered another Pearl Harbor in November when the Chinese crossed the Korean border in force. But it did not recognize that it was at war with Red China....

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