Consolidate onto Victory: The Army Goes Ruling Along

By Kyle Staron

If we accept the Clausewitzian proposition that war is an extension of politics, then it naturally follows that no war can be considered successful until a political consolidation has occurred. Wars are caused by unsustainable political situations and continue until the political situation is resolved. Thus, any attempt to separate the political from the military is a fool’s errand, a new form of alchemy.