, it is. You can paint a victory as a defeat in a larger context. By that I mean, the ememy made out far worse than you, but the mess of it makes it a moot point. As long as they can kill each other, and some of you, the damage is done. In wars of "choice," and not necessity, like the last two, this is a "gumption trap."1. Not a problem in WWII. Deaths by the tens of thousands had to be tolerated because the alternative was just that dire. Nothing since is even comparable no matter how hard some try to make the connection.
1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
, Robert M. Pirsig