From On War And Words Saddamâs Scorecard from Desert Storm Recasting obvious strategic set backs as victory is a pretty common event. Bankrupt and broken Britain survived WWII only to be shorn of its empire and humiliated over Suez but we call it victory, the historic reality was a more ambiguous result but real defeat after all looks like what happened in Poland. The necessity of putting a brave face on disaster Like Highway 80 is rather familiar to a nation that still celebrates "The Dunkirk Spirit". Saddam's view is understandable, after Kuwait he broke the power of the Iraqi generals, the main threat to his rule. Survival may well have felt like a victory and led to a delusional sense of security, we all know where that led.