Victory Conditions

Elaborating on den Beste, Tigerhawk has an in-depth but concise explanation of victory conditions and grand strategery in the GWOT here.

Rather than quote any of it here (for to do so would be to do it an injustice), I'll just give Bill Whittle's comment:
Good Lord, Man! That was some magnificent thinking!

Really, REALLY first rate analysis. Bravo!
BTW, I have referred to den Beste and Whittle; who are they? According to Lileks, apparently,
If Steven den Beste is Spock, then Bill is Kirk!
And who is Lileks? Uh oh, I sense an infinite regression approaching...