Yesterday, 08:59 PM
Valid point, but wholly orthogonal to that of how to wage war. I completely agree with you on this, but it is a different issue completely that speaks to foreign policy.
I must apologize for having expressed myself insufficiently. My POV on waging war is based on the assumption that you are rational and are not adventuring as Theye currently bemuse themselves. The moment you depart from the sound practices of proper neighborliness as America has since at least 9/11/01, almost anything is possible.
The only valid reason for marching our army into Afghanistan was as an act of self defense against their aggression. In that case, the way forward is with clear, positive military objectives and the will to break your enemy, whatever it takes. We did not do that. We entered with no apparent provocation that I can recall. Once in, we screwed our own men with insane rules of engagement (ROEs), prosecuted campaigns without proper resolve, and then decided to dabble in nation-building. Every political choice we made was in error.
No argument from me.