As a ground war seems to be more and more of a topic of discussion WRT that wandering conflict in Libya, I am reminded of a quote that Sid pointed my way to a bit ago.
In A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War you can find on page 274 the following from Admiral D.V. Gallery,
The purpose of war .... is to gain political objectives, and a plan that results in military success and political defeat is worse than useless. "So, political objectives? How about one we started this conflict with?
The fundamentals echo in the words of great men for a reason - they are timeless.