In the moral crisis that causes the disaster of an army, it is customary to study first the loss of confidence in victory; then, the surprise, resulting from a brutal manifestation of the enemy's will and carrying with it stupor and discouragement: then the panic, following upon some incident of battle; and finally, the debacle or capitulation. . .
Charles de Gaulle, The Enemy's House Divided, Chapter 5 "The Debacle of the German People," p. 115 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2002 [orig. published 1924]).
AP story today on Iraqi Prime-Minister's employment of the political views of US defeatists.