- 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.
ah come on now.....
Us progressives spend a lot of time accusing.......
Even in this thread, about arming rebels now and the historical consequences we see thisOh that sure makes it all right to do it now.These are also the people that McCain and Graham wanted to arm two years ago.
You could say that Obama forgot to get his shoes shined and twenty progressives would pipe up to announce that Bush never wore shoes.
"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
Now...these are the people who Obama wants to be his "boots on the ground". Yeah...they might help Obama...they might not. If they do, they'll want something in return. Perhaps they will want the US to attack Assad with air strikes?
I'm thinking Obama trying to get these guys to do his fighting for him will be a tricky, touchy, dangerous endeavor. I wish him luck.
-I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he's picking my pocket.- Time Enough For Love - Robert A Heinlein
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