War is not a game of chance, as so often asserted. The saying is true only when the game is undertaken by those unprepared for it by previous study. 1 At the firing of the first gun proclaiming war, the so-called "inspiration of genius" must be trusted only when it is the result of long and careful study and reflection. 2
"Stephen Bleecker Luce and The Naval War College,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 32
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol32/iss3/4