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Churchill on the conduct of war: Politicians need to be involved

Can war be divided from political affairs?

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“It is not possible in a major war to divide military from political affairs. At the summit they are one. . . . Much of the literature of this tragic century is biased by the idea that in war only military considerations count and that soldiers are obstructed in their clear, professional view by the intrusion of politicians.” -- Winston Churchill, The Grand Alliance

“It is not possible in a major war to divide military from political affairs. At the summit they are one. . . . Much of the literature of this tragic century is biased by the idea that in war only military considerations count and that soldiers are obstructed in their clear, professional view by the intrusion of politicians.” — Winston Churchill, The Grand Alliance

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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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