- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
The thinking was that if Pakistan thought the missiles were coming from India nuclear heck could have broken out. Also, iirc, the alert to the Pakistanis was after the missiles were in the air.
Last edited by Simon W. Moon; 05-02-11 at 10:33 AM.
I may be wrong.
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