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Written by Joshua Silverstein   
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 09:33

By Joshua Silverstein

Mr. Silverstein ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is a senior history major at Yale University and a member of the highly selective Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, an interdisciplinary course in statecraft and leadership. This piece was written during his sophomore year for a Graduate level International Relations course and was praised by Churchill scholars Col. David Jablonsky and Sir Martin Gilbert. Joshua's next major project is his senior thesis, which will be written under the guidance of the Cold War historian, John Gaddis. Mr. Silverstein is treasurer of Yale's History Honor Society and is currently using a fellowship from Yale's Center for International Security Studies to intern for the Truman National Security Project in Washington D.C.

The Search for a Solution

I think it is quite possible that neither side will have the strength to penetrate the other's line in the Western theatre...My impression is that the position of both armies is not likely to undergo any decisive change-although no doubt several hundred thousand men will be spent to satisfy the military mind on the point...On the assumption that these views are correct, the question arises, how ought we to apply our growing military power. Are there not other alternatives than sending our armies to chew barbed wire in Flanders...If it is impossible or unduly costly to pierce the German lines on existing fronts, ought we not, as new forces come to hand, engage him on new frontiers?[1]