Perhaps, next time, before the U.S. sticks its finger in another electric outlet the President and the senior leaders of the Armed Forces should remind themselves that success is achieving what we set out to do. Getting part way there is not good enough. After all, if I set out to eat a donut, the job’s not done til I’ve chewed and swallowed it. Neither is the job done if I end up with a cannoli instead. However, tempting that might be.
Senior leaders might also do well to heed Clausewitz: “war therefore is an act of violence to compel our opponent to fulfil our will.” (book one, chapter one, part two: J.J. Graham translation). He also had some wise words on understanding the nature of the conflict before deciding to jump in. But that’s another story.