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Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (7 May 2019)

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts: ...the case through to the Charity Commission for investigation, and enforcement if necessary. Your Lordships will see that this is a rather muddled situation with a confused regulatory hierarchy. As Clausewitz, the great military strategist, said, “Better a bad general than a divided command”. This is a divided command if ever I saw one. When my noble friend comes to wind up, could he...

Veterans Strategy - Motion to Take Note (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: ...sail, the art of a successful blockade wholly rested on an ability to create the illusion of dispersal, while maintaining the ability to concentrate at any given time. The second text was Carl von Clausewitz’s classic work, On War. What I most remember from the many revelations that Sir Michael made from this work related to his explanation of the Clausewitzian trinity. That trinity...

Northern Ireland: Legacy of the Troubles - Question for Short Debate (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Dannatt: ...since the Good Friday agreement has brought better times but the continuation of that peace cannot—and must not—be at the expense of more soldiers’ lives ruined. Soldiers fully understand von Clausewitz’s classic dictum: “War is but a continuation of politics by other means”. But to paraphrase Clausewitz, perhaps Miss Bradley in the Northern Ireland Office might reflect on the...

Brexit: Sanctions Policy (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (3 May 2018)

Lord Tugendhat: ...Lords have done, on the need as far as possible to continue close co-operation with our EU friends, which is in their interest—indeed, more so—as well as ours. However, it will not be easy. Clausewitz is reputed to have said that war is simply a continuation of political influence with the addition of other means. If that is true of war, it is certainly true of sanctions. Sanctions...

United States: Foreign Policy - Motion to Take Note (18 Jan 2018)

Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon: ...policy has been. The string of western defeats in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and, most humiliating of all, Syria should tell us that this age is over. We have lost contact with the essential truth of Clausewitz that war is an extension of diplomacy by other means. We have remembered the war but we have forgotten the diplomacy—and so we have failed. In an age when building alliances will...

The Government's Plan for Brexit (7 Dec 2016)

Owen Paterson: ...think, a perversion of something that Helmuth von Moltke said—and I close with two. Napoleon, who knew a thing or two about winning battles, said: “I never had a plan of operations”. Carl von Clausewitz said: “Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.” Good luck to the Government; I will vote for the amendment tonight.

Iraq Inquiry - Motion to Take Note (12 Jul 2016)

Lord Dobbs: ..., of course, but we in the Conservative Party did not do our proper job of analytical and responsible opposition. Yet above all it was the responsibility of one man, the then Prime Minister. Clausewitz once said that war is the continuation of policy by other means, but surely war must be a final option, a last resort, not merely a matter of prime ministerial preference. To coin his own...

EU Foreign and Security Strategy (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (7 Jun 2016)

Lord Stirrup: ...point concerns the worrying disconnect within the EU between hard and soft power. The EU’s strengths lie very much with the latter, but power cannot sensibly be divided up into discrete parcels. Clausewitz maintained that war was the continuation of policy—or politics—by other means. The nature and measure of the power appropriate to the conduct of international affairs will vary not...

Syria: UK Military Action — Motion to Take Note (2 Dec 2015)

Lord Williams of Baglan: ...the 1990s. In the Balkans we negotiated with Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, all of them subsequently arraigned before war crimes tribunals in The Hague. As a great German theorist, Clausewitz, taught us many centuries ago, the enemy can only be defeated on the battlefield, or negotiated with. The former is not going to happen in Syria, especially since the Russian...

Global Challenges — Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2015)

Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon: ...we have done that in the world and ended up not with success but failure, and we are doing it again. It is diplomacy that creates the context that makes military action effective. That is what Clausewitz said, and that old truth still applies fundamentally today. Unless we learn it, we will go on failing and being puzzled and bewildered as to why we fail. This is not the kinetic age, this...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (28 May 2015)

Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon: ...; it is that we have made the fatal mistake of having a military strategy that is not anchored to a diplomatic strategy. It seems that we have wilfully and deliberately forgotten the wisdom of Clausewitz, who said that war is an extension of politics by other means. By the way, Clausewitz uses the German word “Politik”, spelled with a “k” at the end, which is far more about...

EU and Russia (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 Mar 2015)

Lord Elton: ...British Government, as we had in 1937 to 1939, who seek to restrain the policies of that dictator, backed by wholly insufficient military force to give credibility to any threat that might be made. Clausewitz said, if I remember correctly, that war was diplomacy carried on by other means. If I say that, I suppose people will begin to dismiss what I have to say, thinking that old men who...

Soft Power and the UK’s Influence (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (10 Mar 2015)

the Earl of Sandwich: ...civil society. The noble Viscount, Lord Eccles, gave examples. The British Council does a lot in this area but I am not sure how far it has succeeded as far as the MoD is concerned. We do not need Clausewitz to understand that our armed services have to be interested in soft power, especially in education and training, as is explained on page 67 of the report, and in stabilisation. Phrases...

Afghanistan — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Feb 2015)

Richard Benyon: ...redefined with achievable objectives and that saw a surge in Helmand, resulting in a tenfold increase in force levels by 2010. That was supported by structured command and control mechanisms. Von Clausewitz said war is the continuation of politics by other means. That makes the cessation of war a resumption of politics by normal means. However, nothing is normal in Afghanistan. I supported...

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 Mar 2014)

Bob Stewart: ...control—on the ground and in the air—hospitals, police and even sewerage. Undoubtedly, the national grid would be a No.1 priority target for someone wishing to reduce us to our knees. Von Clausewitz stated that war is an extension of politics by other means, but systematic hacking is also war, by new, subtle and probably very effective means.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Burma (29 Jan 2014)

Lord Astor of Hever: The phrase appears on a webpage of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and is derived from the works of military theorists such as Clausewitz and Sun Tzu. The website is in the process of being updated. The Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context course teaches course members how defence works within a democratic framework. The course that was delivered in Burma from 6- 17...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons (29 Aug 2013)

Hugh Bayley: ...this civil war? In effect, such a proposal gives the Assad regime impunity to continue to use guns, bombs and missiles as long as they are conventionally armed and not armed with chemical weapons. Clausewitz said that war is the continuation of politics by other means. He was absolutely wrong, because war is qualitatively different from diplomatic action, from humanitarian relief, and from...

Armed Forces Personnel (10 Nov 2011)

Tobias Ellwood: ...Parker, Guthrie or Richards? These are things that we need to get good at. We used to be good at them and we can excel at them again and offer those skills within NATO. It is not just about reading Clausewitz and Sun Tzu, which all military personnel do as they grow up. It is no coincidence that the word for general in Greek is strategos. Strategy is something that we need to work at. I...

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 (21 Mar 2011)

Bernard Jenkin: ...starts a war—or rather, no one in his senses ought to do so—without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it.” So wrote Karl von Clausewitz. The Government must admit that on that there is some doubt and the potential for confusion and indecision. The Prime Minister set that out again today when he outlined the limited aims...

Strategic Defence and Security Review (21 Jun 2010)

Dai Havard: ...Parliament. Over the past 10 years, we have effectively been having a series of strategic defence reviews, but in an ad hoc and piecemeal way, without taking a strategic approach. In "On War", Clausewitz said that strategy is more like an art than anything else. What is the art? It is the art of timing. Knowing what to do and how to do it can be the science; knowing when to do it is the...

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