The expression "Limited war" is no doubt not entirely happy.
Before leaving the general consideration of limited war, we have still to deal with a form of it that has not yet been mentioned.
Now these are in effect the conditions which limited war should give—that is, if the theatre and method be rightly chosen.
In the Japanese case the immediate political object was exceptionally well adapted for the use of limited war.
The theoretical weakness of limited war at this point is the arrest of your offensive action.
But that is a question of the economics of war; it is not a question of "limited war" or of "war for a limited object."
To paraphrase the terminology of generative grammars, it was a limited war language, with not too many possible war sentences.
We are left, in fact, with an impression that there must be two kinds of limited war.