Time to swing my ‘stating the obvious’ club to get people’s attention.
Once upon a time there was a great victory. It has been called Tet ’68. Yet it marked a transition that led to defeat.
Now we have ‘The Surge’. Congress has laid the groundwork in such a way that success can still mean defeat.
Consider, please, the term ‘Pyrrhic victory’. See: this It’s interesting that Wikipedia chose not to include Tet ’68 as an example… I certainly do.
The simple imperative is to recognize that single battles, and single campaigns, are part of a WAR. The outcome of a war is cumulative. With the short news cycle AND the blood and guts bent of the media someone needs to keep repeating that small point.