First and foremost is the realization that this war was against perhaps the weakest of the enemies; despite this, the expenses incurred and losses endured were far greater than the losses of the opposing forces. An offensive against a powerful military could have been more detrimental and resource-consuming than this venture.
Also interesting is the way in which US chose between capability and strategy. The writer is of the view that despite the availability of strategic data and intelligence, this information was not used to take decisions of this war; instead most of the decisions were merely based on the military capability of US. This led to a series of mistakes one after another, since military decisions were not in strategic alignment with the conditions of the war. Overall, the work is an excellent analysis of the happenings of war and their effects on US as a