William Safire in tha House

Let’s be clear. There is a difference between strategy and tactic. To wit, OED defines tactics as “the art or science of deploying military or naval forces in order of battle, and of performing warlike evolutions and maneuvers.” Strategy, on the other hand, is “the art of a commander-in-chief; the art of projecting and directing the larger military movements and operations of a campaign.” Just saying.

Julia Ioffe is a freelance writer based in New York City.