Has the US military ever admitted a strategic mistake for an entire war?

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Lloyd Austin, the US Defense Secretary in a hearing before Congress said:

The fact that the Afghan army, that we and our partners trained, simply melted away, in many cases without firing a shot, took is all by surprise. And it would be dishonest to claim otherwise.

In other words, he admitted a strategic error in their exit strategy from Afganistan. In fact, the military recommended a small force of 2,500 US troops be kept in the country but were over-ruled by Biden's administration who replied that this would only escalate the war.

Pointedly, he did not say whether the entire War on Terror in Afghanistan was a strategic error. Has a defense secretary ever admitted a strategic error for an entire war? For example, that of Vietnam. Or are these assessments only made by historians and political scientists?

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