All Warfare Is Local

November 2007
Military History;Nov2007, Vol. 24 Issue 8, p29
The article explores the link between politics and the military in light of a dictum given by Massachusetts Congressman and Speaker of the House Thomas P. O'Neill regarding the subject. When O'Neill famously and shrewdly observed that all politics is local, he meant that for all the big-picture action at the national level, what counts most is turnout at the community level. It is perhaps a mark of the long-suspected link between politics and the military that O'Neill's dictum applies equally to warfare, to battles and to military history.


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