Capstone Essay Contest
According to Karl Von Clausewitz, the principal objectives in "carrying on war" are three-fold: conquering the enemy's forces; gaining "possession of the . . . elements of aggression and of other sources of existence of the hostile army;" and "to gain public opinion." 1 The amphibious assaults during the Persian Gulf War, though never conducted, were a key deterrent to Iraqi forces along the coasts of Kuwait and Iraq. This deterrence by Marine expeditionary brigades (MEBs) off the coast supported the diversion for "[General] Schwarzkopf's left hook" during Operation Desert Storm. 2 Marine amphibious forces embodied Clausewitz's the three principles of war during Operation Desert Storm.