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5 He did not define policy. Clausewitz's focus was on the nation and the state, not on party politics. Too much, therefore, can be made of the ambiguity created by the fact that the German word, 28 I The Direction of War Politik, means policy and politics: this may matter less for our under­ standing of On war than for our interpretations of later commentators. Clausewitz was at least clear that conceptually Politik was not the same as strategy, even if the two were interwoven. When he concluded that war had its own grammar but not its own logic, he implied that strategy was part of that grammar.

By contrast policy provided the logic of war, and therefore enjoyed an overarching and determining position which strategy did not. Clausewitz's definition of strategy was therefore much narrower than that of contemporary usage. He too would have been perplexed by George Bush's 'strategy of freedom' and the Foreign Office's 'strategy for policy'. The word 'strategy' may have its roots in ancient Greek but that language preferred concrete nouns to abstract ones. L1:pfrrf1yrn; meant general, but what the commander practised was more likely to be expressed by a verb.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff, equipped with one set of operational concepts, found themselves at odds with a Secretary of Defense who thought he could shape the conflict in Afghanistan to suit another. In Iraq the problem was overcome by the simple decision not to coordinate policy and the operational level of war. Once into Iraq, Ambassador Paul Bremer said that his job was policy and General Ricardo Sanchez's was the war, and that each should stick to his own sphere. So he should not have been surprised when he, not unrea­ sonably, asked Sanchez for details of his tactical plans, and Sanchez responded, 'Stop right there, sir.

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