"One of the most important lessons from recent operations is that military success does not equate to victory," ~Secretary of Defense Bob Gates - page 7 of 48.
Bob Gates seems to be saying a War is not necessarily over just because you have taken the foe's flag. Thus, Victory requires something more because once you break a country you own it.
But what if the President declares the battle won and the Mission Accomplished? Or still yet, what if Bill Kristol declares that President Bush already won the Iraq War?
Surely these declarations have to account for something. I wonder, who is right, Gates or Kristol?