I link to this solely in order to bring your attention to the first paragraph of the Mark Lawson column that is linked to there. Only a mind tuned into the spin in the first place could possibly accept the metaphor, one of whom would appear to be Mr. Lawson, which explains how he could be taken in by the rest of what he writes about.
Now, before you post a comment about the Falklands War or Iraq, let me remind that nothing I have has any bearing on either, actually. I am interested in the peculiar mental process on display here. Remember: You can be right and think badly, and think quite clearly and be wrong (though the latter is less likely to be wrong than the former).