The true aim of a strategist " ... is not so much to seek battle as to seek a strategic situation so advantageous that if it does not of itself produce a decision, its continuation by a battle is sure to achieve this."
Walter, Charles W.
"Interposition: The Strategy and It's Uses,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 23
, Article 10.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol23/iss6/10