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On Modern Warfare: Field Marshall Foch Brilliant Assessment (plus few reviews)

On his monumental, but [I] rather [found it] too archaic and outdated work, of course, excluding the chapter to be reviewed here, ”On The Characteristics of The Modern Wars” in The Principles of War. The French Field Marshall, and the Allied Forces Generalissimo, during the later stages of the First World War, General Ferdinand Foch, provides an excellent assessment of how the modern wars would take the form of, i.e. not how they will be fought, as on this, he was rather way off the mark, unlike others at the time, as he belonged to the traditionalist school of militarism; one based on the teachings of offense, bayonets, bloody infantries supremacy, morale against firepower, and other stupidities rabid at such time age. What he was correct up to the point, and one might deduce, as perhaps, due to the reading of Mr. Bloch extraordinary work entitled ”Is War Impossible Now?” , (please see e-library for the works and others), Gen. Foch was able to provide an excellent assessment of our ages’ war characters, and here I have selected few excellent reflective points of truth.

He starts:

” But we find to-day a third kind of national war arising, bent on conquering economic advantages and advantageous treaties of commerce for each nation”.

and goes on to add:

”After having been the violent means by which people enforced their own admittance into the world of nations; war is now becoming the means they use to enrich themselves”.

And my favourite line:

” Modern Wars have become the nations’ ways of doing business”.

Taking the analysis further:

”A war of interest having as object the wealth of nations”.

And discussing the bully of the time, the Germans:

”Every German has a share in the profit, and is directly interested in the firm, in the constitution, and in victory. That is what is now meant by a People’s War”

with a footnote: The British, who are experts in business, truly say: ”Trade Follows The Flag”.

As he continues, with critical inquiry to:

”What were we all seeking?”

”For commercial outlets to our industrial systems, which produces more than it can sell”, brilliant point of economics paradoxes here, as today vindicated by systemic defaults, literally.


”And therefore, is constantly smothered by competition. What happens then? New Markets are opened by forces of Arms”, mwah (gold, I say. Iraq, Libya, Iran, Africa, Latin American & the Banana Wars; Guatemala, Grenada, Panama, Cuba, Nicaragua etc).

Now this passage is so brilliantly presented it blew my mind off, the truth of it, still present, and it was a re-quote of the German Brilliant General Von Moltke in the late 1890s:

”The Stock Exchange has acquired such an influence that it is able, in order to protect its interests, to launch armies into wars”, this is exquisitely put and supported as Foch present questions, that we are today asking ourselves as well;

” Who was responsible for the Boer War? Certainly not the Queen of England, but the Merchants of the City”.

We might as well ask ”Who was responsible for Global War On Terror, Certainly not Al-Qaida, but the merchants of forces and capital, i.e. private security, private arms manufacturers, private investors, private energy companies, and their stock markets interests”.

He concludes, or we do, with this short statement;

” National egotism, breeding self-interests in politics and war, and making war a means of satisfying the growing cravings of the nations, these nations, therefore, bringing into the fight a growing concentration of passions; as more and more excessive feeding of war, including the use of human factors and of all the resources of the country–such is the picture of a modern warfare”

With a finish re-quote of Von Goltz warning, ”Defeat means Bankruptcy”, the face of an absolute total war.

Well, this is my thought of the day, and I hope you all have benefited from it, and before I go, just to point out the recent vindication concerning the character of Ms. Lagarde (corrupt nature and establishment-connections).

On Ms. Lagarde Vindication:

We recently noted how she, Ms. Lagarde, was a perfect ‘modern political brands’, created, promoted and sold by the establishment for their own interests, and the recent, rather old, case, has supported such a thesis, and as we also stated initially, if there is a real investigative journalist left out there today, and who decides to take on the task to dig deeper, he or she will come out either dead or famous in exposing the extent of her corruption and connections (the best motion picture of similar idea is The International, the main theme is that of a big banks behind global violence, capitalising and funding on these, with governments and others).

On Book Reviews: The Nudge & Tipping Point

Another review is that of recent over-sold and over-marketised books, such as the Nudge and The Tipping Point, both of which are pure crap, and have nothing new to sell.

The Nudge, is a revision of the old concept and practise, we all now as Propaganda (or recently, PR, Marketing, Advertising) and the recent government-practises of so-called Nanny-State. The authors, management professionals (and marketers, no surprises there), have nothing new, but rather, as any management practitioners/consultant and so forth, tend to do, is to wrap the old in the new concepts and jargon.

The Tipping Point, is what can be simply stated as a theory of critical-events, known down the ages, with famous cliches as, ‘wait for chance and grab it’, nothing new, but these complexity scientists, oh yea, they call themselves scientists, to create authority of their work, have nothing new, and only fools will buy their ideas, or even books, I did not with either, as I got these/works free via the internet, and can be located on e-library page, but be warned really a waste of your time (it took me an hour to read both, over 300 pp each, hence, crappiness).

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2 thoughts on “On Modern Warfare: Field Marshall Foch Brilliant Assessment (plus few reviews)

  1. I figured that Foch was a bit of an old fogey when it came to war, with his belief that morale could overcome technology, but I am pleased to see that he was an astute judge of economic warfare, which (as you correctly note) has been especially relevant during our times. It would appear that the “industrial” economies of the West always need a cheap source of raw materials, inexpensive labor, and markets to ease over-production at home. The cycle of everyone trying to catch up to the top nations forces further development and designed obselescence. You’d be better off sticking to the military strategy books and ditching the weak and overrated consultant books like the Tipping Point. Just my two cents.

    Posted by nathanalbright | August 9, 2011, 11:59 am

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