- 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.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
But am thinking that the POTUS sitting in Oval Office getting serviced on regular occasion by an intern staffer crosses a line from "personal sexuality" or "who you sleep with".
Overall thought Clinton was a good president. But the way in which his supporters so readily dismissed/discounted his personal behavior was a little disappointing....
I don't think it's what Weiner actually did... as revolting as some of those cybersex details were... but rather the fact that for weeks he lied about it, blamed some anonymous hacker, alternately ran away from the press then scheduled one-on-one interviews with a dozen or more, all the time looking them square in the eye and lying through his teeth that did him in.
Kinda like Clinton. Yeah, oval office blow jobs are bad, but ultimately lying under oath is what did him in.