Now, I just read the clone wars tpb, volume 3, and it struck me that what I though of the war might be wrong. From watching the movie (and the cartoon), you get the feeling that the Republic was winning the war, but is this true? Since Palpatine basically controlls both sides of the war, whichever side he wants to win the war, will of course win the war. So, what does Palpatine want? * He wants to kill of as many Jedi as possible. Since Jedi serve as frontline officers, they will be killed off in the greatest number. So, he wants the Republic to lose major engagements where there are large number of Jedi present (or at least, make it a phyrric victory for the Republic). * Since he's building up Skywalker to be the great war hero, he also wants battles where Skywalker is present to be a Republic victory. * He needs to have the population in fear of defeat (to get his 'reforms' through), so he wants to have the Confederation as a real present threat. * He doesn't want to come off as a poor leader, so he need some Republic victories (although, like in real life, some people would probably say 'blind trust the government in times of war') * He doesn't want either the Conferedation or the Republic to lose all the money on the war, so he wants to limit the number of causalties (in terms of troops) Did the Confederation attack Coruscant because they were desperate or because they were winning? What do you guys think?