There is an understandable and reasonable difference in viewpoint between military and political leaders. Military leaders prudently consider capabilities—what an enemy can do; while political leaders tend to emphasize intentions—what an enemy might do. Both considerations are valid, but somewhat limited.
Hartmann, Frederick H.
"A Difference in Perspective,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 29
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol29/iss2/6