US Army Col. Harry Summers to his North Vietnamese counterpart, Col. Tu, during talks in Hanoi following the collapse of the South Vietnamese government in 1975: “You know, you never defeated us on the battlefield.”

Col. Tu’s response, “That may be so, but it is also irrelevant.”

It doesn’t matter what we do in Iraq … we’ve lost that war … and the longer we’re there, the worse the outcome is going to be.