What is the object of limited war, and how is that object to be attained? Karl von Clausewitz wrote, “No war is begun, or at least no war should be begun if people acted wisely, without first finding an answer to the question: what is to be attained by and in war?” Since war is a continuation of politics by other means, how shall we conduct war in order to achieve the goals of our policy? If wars end either in victory for our side, in stalemate, or in defeat for our side, which outcome best serves the ends of our policy?
In order to determine which outcome of war best serves our policy, we must examine the nature of that policy. What are our security objectives in the face of expansionist Communism?