The Presidency: Needed: A Grand Strategy

Admirals and generals do not win wars. Presidents do. Consider: Washington (the nearest thing we had to a President during the Revolution), Lincoln, Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt.

Admirals and generals do not lose wars. Presidents do, or at least they fail to win them. Consider: Truman in Korea and Lyndon Johnson in Viet Nam.

In conflict, everything rests on grand strategy, a President's concept of how the threats, purposes and realities of power should be used. No vision, no victory. Washington wisely employed young America's guerrilla instincts, honed in skirmishes on the frontier, to beat the massed British armies. Lincoln,...

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