- 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.
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Have we actually decided yet that we're going "to bring Muammar Gaddafi to justice?"
Last I heard, we weren't committed to anything of the sort. I know that many in govt have expressed the desire that MomoQ leave Libya, but that's not the same as bringing "Muammar Gaddafi to justice."
I may be wrong.
We already have boots on the ground:
Apparently CIA boots don't count.The American President, Barack Obama, has reportedly given authorisation to the CIA to conduct covert operations to help rebel forces in Libya.Reuters and ABC News claim that Mr Obama signed a "finding" document, however neither the CIA nor the President's spokesman were willing to confirm that such assistance had been granted.
Other reports say that CIA operatives have been in Libya for a number of weeks and have been used to make contact with rebel forces, gather information for possible air strike targets and to rescue crew members of a US F-15E Eagle, which crashed last week. British intelligence personnel are also believed to be operating in Libya.
Thank you, Quazi!