Few military professionals, or the states they serve, can in the present state of the world follow Erasmus to his logical conclusion—never to resort under any circumstances to war. Even the most peaceable and democratic governments too often face dilemmas in which, in light of information then at hand, the prospect of war seems not the worst possible outcome. Military people, at least in states where civilian control is firmly instituted, also do not have the decisive voice in the matter.
Editors, The U.S. Naval
"A Note from the Editors,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 57
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol57/iss3/3