Contrast this with World War II, when progress was measured not by empty words — or misleading metrics like body counts or truck counts — but by land masses invaded and cities and islands wrested from the enemy.
Losing a War, One Bad Metaphor at a Time
War Is Boring

From what I understand to be Eisenhower's position, the war in Europe was won not by the conquest of territory but by the methodical destruction of German divisions. Victory meant destroying the German army as a fighting force.

Destroying the Taliban as a fighting force is as impossible as the situations we faced in Vietnam and Korea.

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