The illusion of a grand strategy
Today President Bush will deliver what has been billed as a major defense policy statement. Coming on the heels of a Pentagon “top-to-bottom” defense review – the result of two dozen panels of experts meeting for several months behind closed doors – his speech has been preceded by high expectations and not a small amount of controversy. Will he come to the Naval Academy armed with a revolutionary plan to transform the military, as his earlier statements have suggested? In the end, it may not matter. No plan, said Clausewitz, the Prussian strategist, survives the ﬁrst battle; and the counterattacks have already begun.