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Difference beween Petraeus-McCain victory in Iraq

This morning in Meet the Press a question was presentedto suggest that Gen. Petraeus in a BBC interview saidit is not possible to talk about victory in Iraq, whereasMcCain was still using the word!

A proper answer to this is to state that the word “victory”has a very well defined meaning in military terms, meaningvictory in a battle or war. What McCain means by the wordvictory is a political victory. Only when both of theseare achieved we have a complete “victory”.

This also has to do with the original goal you have whenyou start a war. If your goal is to destroy your enemyand leave, then that is the definition of victory. Ifyour goal goes beyond that and set political goals, such asbringing democracy to that nation, then the meaning ofvictory is obviously different.