guerilla warfare usually involves uniformed combatants who use hit and run tactics.insurgencies are usually non uniformed combatants who hide among the civilian population as cover.
iraq and later wars are not our first encounter with insurgents,but rather the first time we seen it as the primary opposition.insurgencies need to be countered with counter insurgency or coin strategies.given syria is different from iraq afghanistan al quaeda and the taliban,modifying the coin strategy is necessary.
“You can lead a horse to water, but it is probably crowded with all those people you taught to fish.”
As I said...the problem in Vietnam was not the war or the purpose for the war. The problem was with politicians running a political war. Blame Kennedy. Blame Johnson. Blame the politicians. The military could have destroyed North Vietnam and ended the war relatively easily. Political binders caused those dead wounded and scarred soldiers. A wise man would learn from history as they prepare to engage an enemy like ISIS.
- There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
- Idealistically, everything should work as you planed it to. Realistically, it depends on how idealistic you are as to the measure of success.
- Better to be a pessimist before, and an optimist afterwords.
You want to continue your myopic world vision, be my guest. Thats why people like you play tic tac toe and world leaders play 3D chess.
You may have missed it, but ISIS was doing a pretty steady business of butchering women and children. You want to sit back and allow **** like that...be my guest. We made a mistake ignoring the massacre in Rwanda and look at the cost. I suppose its easy for people to say "its not our problem". Think about how that plays out when your house is on fire or someone you love is being assaulted and others stand around saying meh...**** it...not my problem. Since Obama engaged ISIS ISIS is now having to deal with drones and air strikes. They are engaged militarily. Its a good start.
And just wondering, but what is the cost to the US by not going into Rwanda? Best I know it hasn't cost me a dime. Rwanda isn't economically important to the US. I don't drink their tea or coffee, and they produce little else.