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Gray and strategy (IV): The airpower view of the world is essentially nonsense

It is rare to see a careful strategic writer denounce a point of view so absolutely: “What is the strategic worldview of the air person? In effect, he or she sees the world as akin to a dartboard … Needless to say, perhaps, such a view is nonsense. But, it has always lurked more or ...

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It is rare to see a careful strategic writer denounce a point of view so absolutely: "What is the strategic worldview of the air person? In effect, he or she sees the world as akin to a dartboard ... Needless to say, perhaps, such a view is nonsense. But, it has always lurked more or less explicitly in the belief structure of true believers in victory through air power." (P. 113)

Meanwhile, the Air Force practiced bombing Santa Claus.

It is rare to see a careful strategic writer denounce a point of view so absolutely: “What is the strategic worldview of the air person? In effect, he or she sees the world as akin to a dartboard … Needless to say, perhaps, such a view is nonsense. But, it has always lurked more or less explicitly in the belief structure of true believers in victory through air power.” (P. 113)

Meanwhile, the Air Force practiced bombing Santa Claus.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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