Tactical victories don't mean jack when you don't produce a positive political/strategic outcome.
Colonel Harry G. Summers to an NVA counterpart: "You know, you never beat us on the battlefield."
Colonel Tu: "That may be so, but it is also irrelevant."
Or to use a sports analogy, a sports team can have the sexiest win-loss record during the regular season. But if they don't produce a championship, it doesn't mean anything.
"War is an expression of diplomacy by other means"
If you get the quote right, you won't misinterpret it's meaning so badly.
War can't be fought from the political arena. Vietnam proved that.
Operation Market Garden was a politically motivated. Look how that turned out.
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AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
They're wrong, just like, "politics", is wrong.
Vietnam was the first war that the United States fought, where political decision took priority over tactical decisions. That's not a winning combination.And it's not about whether or not war SHOULD be fought from a political arena. It's that they ARE fought from a political arena, and that that is a fact of life whether we like it or not because the ultimate objectives of war are always political in nature. All Vietnam proved was that there are just some wars that aren't good ideas.