Two statements that always bemused me, both having to do with rapidly successful military campaigns: “The 100-Hour War” (Desert Storm) and “20 Days to Baghdad” (Iraqi Freedom). My sense of bemusement comes from realizing that most folks who use them have no idea of the months required to build up troops, equipment, and supplies necessary before the actual commencement of offensive military operations. In military parlance, we called that, “setting the conditions” or “setting the stance.” Both of these are reminiscent of the old military adage, “Colonels and below study tactics. Generals study logistics.”
In many ways, the Democrats are very good at taking that strategic view. My good friend and colleague Sarah Lee wrote an excellent piece on one example of a strategic effort quarterbacked by none other than former Obama Attorney General, Eric Holder. Holder used his own campaign of lawfare to sue states with gerrymandered Republican-friendly district maps, while, of course, leaving Democrat-friendly states alone. He is the largely ignored force behind turning Virginia Blue.
President Trump understands such strategy. While waving his red cape of tax returns and Twitter outrages in front of the Democrat and never-Trumper bulls, he has also been quietly getting things done to set the conditions for further conservative success, such as tax and regulatory reform. However, he also recognizes such achievements are ephemeral, given that a new administration and Congress can undo them.