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We celebrate this year our nation's "birthday," but 1976 is also the bicentennial of what General Washington, a master of understatement, as well as, as we shall see, a master of strategy, called an "unhappy predicament." The commander-in-chief's solution to the predicament was the strategy that won the war, and put the United States on the way towards being a real country. This solution was the thoroughgoing adoption of Fabian strategy. Looking into what this was, and how Washington made it work, permits a better appreciation of Washington's real stature in military history.