From The Plains of Abraham by Brian Connell, in reference to the French-Indian War:
Like most wars, it achieved few of its initial objectives. The French, who had thought to humble Britain as a colonial power, lost almost their entire overseas empire. The British, not without intent, found themselves masters of vast new territories and most of the world's trade, but so mismanaged the fruits of victory in North America that they evoked among the colonists the unity--and the issues--which formed the basis of their struggle for independence.
The first sentence is something to keep in mind when evaluating present day events.