Saturday, February 17, 2007

Deja Vu - all over again?

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.

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