The race is not always to the swiftest, nor the contest to the strongest..... but that's the way to bet. There are many examples of the underdog winning contests and achieving Victory. There are also many more cases of the acknowledged superpower achieving its goals at the expense of lesser capable forces.
In all those Victories, there is one absolute. The Victor is the one who NEVER gave up trying to Win.
Victor Davis Hanson has provided an analysis of our conflicts with a perspective that students of history will recognize as wise and correct. (In fact every example he uses is one I found I knew a significant amount about myself, and his use of them is not the first time historians have mentioned these episodes. They are frequently cited Truths to the military historians of the world.)
Has War Changed, or Have We?
Victory does not require achieving all of your objectives, but achieving more of yours than your enemy does of his. Patient Northerners realized almost too late that victory required not merely warding off or defeating Confederate armies, but also invading and occupying an area as large as Western Europe in order to render an entire people incapable of waging war. Blunders were seen as inevitable once an unarmed U.S. decided to fight Germany, Italy, and Japan all at once in a war to be conducted far away across wide oceans, against enemies that had a long head start in rearmament. We had disastrous intelligence failures in World War II, but we also broke most of the German and Japanese codes in a fashion our enemies could neither fathom nor emulate. Somehow we forget that going into the heart of the ancient caliphate, taking out a dictator in three weeks, and then staying on to foster a constitutional republic amid a sea of enemies like Iran and Syria and duplicitous friends like Jordan and Saudi Arabia—and losing less than 4,000 Americans in the five-year enterprise—was beyond the ability of any of our friends or enemies, and perhaps past generations of Americans as well.
But more likely the American public, not the timeless nature of war, has changed. We no longer easily accept human imperfections. We care less about correcting problems than assessing blame—in postmodern America it is defeat that has a thousand fathers, while the notion of victory is an orphan. We fail to assume that the enemy makes as many mistakes but addresses them less skillfully. We do not acknowledge the role of fate and chance in war, which sometimes upsets our best endeavors. Most importantly we are not fixed on victory as the only acceptable outcome.
The bottom line: Victory will only go to the side which refuses to give up despite setbacks, and who adjusts to the enemies' strategic and tactical changes faster and more thoroughly than he can.
Therefore: Press on to Victory. Let no Dhimmi stand in your way! Oppose those who believe Victory (and its attendant changing of the radical Islamic world into a more peaceful society) by our country is not possible. Never accept that America is the cause of poverty, injustice, or evil in this world. The Truth is exactly the opposite. Never give in.