A tightly reasoned argument
O my foolish friend Dominique de Villepin! Ye say that war is always an admission of failure. Was failure admitted when the Allies invaded Europe in 1944? Whose failure? Or when the Prussians invaded France? Whose failure?
War is an admission solely of victory or defeat. Success and failure are made manifest at the end, not at the outset.
Would ye know war, friend Dominique? Know thou this: War is a tightly reasoned argument, and the army with the best logic wins.