Originally Posted by Amnorix
What you're missing is that wars are a political act as well. Sometimes how to "win" is easy and obvious, and that's when what you're saying makes perfect sense. Sometimes how to win is not at all easy or obvious.
You're also making a mistake if you think for a second that all generals agree on how to win a war. The amount of "politics" INTERNAL to the military in a major war is just as significant as the politics external to the military.
I agree. i think we are too eager to jump into 'Wars' and/or 'Conflicts. If it is truly a war, then I think you need to do everything in your power to win - politics be damned. I realize that's a pretty simplistic view, but in terms of ratio - I think decisions in war are based more on politicts that military. I think probably 70/30.
Vietnam was a disaster; this 10 year 'conflict' with Iraq/Afghanistan is a disaster etc.
I think you hold off on pushing all your chips in until there is truly a need for war; then you go all-in. IMO.