REASSURING COMMENTS ON CLAUSEWITZ FROM DOD TO THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 1997.
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... With that, Mr. Chairman, I'll be happy to join Secretary McNamara in
addressing your questions.
[The statement of Mr. Slocombe follows:] "The Official Committee
record contains additional material here."
Mr. CALLAHAN. Thank you very much. What isyou say ''to paraphrase Clausewitz.''
What is that? What is Clausewitz?
Mr. SLOCOMBE. [WALTER B. SLOCOMBE, UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE
FOR POLICY] Clausewitz said that war is the continuation of policy
by other means. I believe that the kind of programs which support our
interests by nonmilitary methods that are involved in this bill are the
expression of national strategy by other means. These are not handouts
to foreign countries as an act of charity.
Mr. CALLAHAN. Well, you'll have to forgive me
Mr. SLOCOMBE. I apologize for the analogy, which is obscure.
Mr. CALLAHAN. Well, I mean, I never heard of Clausewitz. Maybe I haven't
studied my history sufficiently.
Mr. SLOCOMBE. Clausewitz was a German general who
Mr. CALLAHAN. I figured that.
Mr. SLOCOMBE. The book, I have to say, is impenetrable, and I think the
only part of it that isthat anybody mostly has ever read is the one line
that ''war is the continuation of policy by other means.''