[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/07/us.troop.plans/art.soldier.afp.gi.jpg caption="A U.S. soldier patrols in a village north of Kabul, Afghanistan, last month."]
CNN National Security Analyst
President-elect Barack Obama and his foreign policy advisers and speechwriters are wrestling with one of the most important speeches of his presidency, his inaugural address.
One of their toughest conceptual challenges is how to describe and recast what the Bush administration has consistently termed the "war on terror."
The dean of military strategists, Carl von Clausewitz, explains the importance of this decision-making in his treatise "On War": "The first, the supreme, the most decisive act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish...the kind of war on which they are embarking; neither mistaking it for, nor trying to turn it into something that is alien to its nature."
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