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Winston Churchill and the President’s Speech

In 1940, Churchill appeared before the House of Commons and described Britain’s goal in World War II: “I can answer in one word: victory; victory at all costs, victory despite all terror; victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.”

This hyperbolic rube was too unsophisticated to appreciate that the goal doesn’t apply to overseas contigency operations or kinetic military actions.

Peter Kirsanow — Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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