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I’m reading Angelo Codevilla’s Advice to Wartime Presidents.  I got it after seeing him on CSPAN Book Notes.

This excerpt sums up his premise:

Losing wars while winning battles is hard and rare. Yet American presidents and their advisers have managed to do just that for nearly a century.

and the books goal is to basically explain statecraft to the people purporting to practice it.

The introduction thrashes every President of the last 90 years. And treats every Secretary of State even harsher.

If you don’t want to read the book, you still may find the CSPAN Book Notes segment informational:

http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/Teachable/867/Advice+to+War+Presidents.aspx