The reason we're not better off is that zero decided to end the conflicts on a certain date. 'We'll fight, but we're going home in 2014'. All the inbreed sheep fornicators have to do is wait for the allied (?) forces to leave. Giving them a date-certain deadline opened the opportunity for the various tribes to stake claims to various regions. Letting the enemy know in advance that you will be leaving, whether or not the fight is settled, can’t be considered a brilliant war strategy.