There are two kinds of dictators, the preeminent Jeane Kirkpatrick taught us. There are dictators who are conquerors in their own lands but have no desire to subjugate people beyond their borders; and there are those with extra-territorial ambitions.
The former are a blight on humanity’s conscience; the latter a threat to the peace and stability of the world order.
To dictators with extra-territorial ambitions, war is unavoidable. Peace is a hiatus in the cycle of war and a time to prepare for its inevitability. They are revolutionary dictators.
Time is the greatest commodity revolutionary dictators can have, especially those that believe in their own destiny as future conquerors. Surviving to fight when the time is right is the sine qua non of strategy.