Your paper is magnificent! I'm about 1/2 way through; and already wanted to acknowledge it.
My letter of Jan 5. echoes some of the same ideas (little wonder). Your writing leads me to some self-criticism about not
expressing my full meaning. We all internalize dialectic and compromise for tactical persuasion at the margin. I am glad you
did less of that!
I will have to discuss with you further why we do need, as I believe, more theater-capable forces. Demonstra-
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-tion of resolve and commitment to positions we value (but less than to risk mutual suicide) are part of it. Perhaps slightly
different is to avoid loss of initiative, loss to faits accomplis. At theater [ . . . ] is there such a sharp line between
deterrence by denial vs. by cost? In combat there is usually a tradeoff between gains and costs.