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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2020 3:17 p.m. PST

"Long before his famous Trinity Clausewitz had discovered the Singularity. No, no, YOU get out! It's true! It's not really a secret- it's just that people who built their careers as Strategists (gasp!) get paid a lot of money to lecturing practitioners would prefer you to believe in the mystery of Clausewitz, a mystery that only Strategists (gasp!) can unravel. The strategy-industrial complex is always promising that the key to victory in the next war is just a few more classes away. A bit harsh, perhaps, but if it were found that the guy who is quoted to justify big wars and the absolute invincibility of the offensive battle actually understood that people's war was stronger than the offensive, then a great many books would never sell and the war colleges might find themselves without a purpose. And you, SF dudes, the Infantry, and everyone that's climbed ridges and walked through alleys, have paid the price, in long wars, with no victory, no matter how much mass and destruction is applied to the enemy. So, I present Clausewitz' Singularity, in the hope that the last war has been blundered through, the last TICs are over, and the last pair of boots have worn out.

In teasing out the Singularity, I am actually expanding Clausewitz' philosophy, primarily as described in his opus, On War, to more fully account for the partisan of small wars, revolutions, internal wars, guerrilla wars and insurgencies which have increased in the post 9/11 world.[1] It was in his earliest writings and letters, after the Prussian defeat at Jena in 1806, that one finds the first fragile strands of this new theory, truncated as they are in the unfinished On War. Clausewitz himself pointed out in 1827 that On War was "merely as a rather formless mass that must be thoroughly reworked once more…"[2] Just a year before his death, he still regarded the manuscript as "nothing but a collection of materials from which a theory of war was to have been distilled."[3] If Clausewitz himself thought something was missing, then perhaps we can allow ourselves an extended thought experiment to find this missing piece?…"
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