In considering this subject, we must be clear about the distinction between the political objective and military objective. The two are different but not separate. For nations do not wage war for war's sake, but in pursuance of policy. The military objective is only the means to a political end.
Hart, B. H. Liddell
"The Objective in War,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol5/iss10/2