The conundrum is that our military strength (which is far stronger than most can ever fathom) makes our policy makers lazy. Neglectful of other instruments and means of national power, they inevitably find themselves forced to resort to military solutions. And after they have tossed our tired (but still motivated and driven) military into the fire and see exactly what our military is trained to do via media cameras that have no business in war, they do 180s and voice that the situation demands a politicial solution.
Our political morons continue to pretend that we are in a war like any other. This politically correct notion to refrain from offending a certain religion leaves our leaders unarmed and mentally ill equipped to make sound decisions. This attitude has even found its way into the Army's new "Counterinsurgency" manual - it barely mentions Islamic fanaticism or religion at all. The problem (as I see it) is that if we actually took a hard look at this and identified exactly what it is then we would have to abandon this "hearts and minds" dogma that satisfies those who have broken from this world's reality since 1992.
Washington doesn't discuss religion as an integral element of the security challenges we face. Our enemies insist that religion is dearer to them than all else. Does Washington (And I mean Congressmen, White House, Pentagon, etc.) think they are just making this up? Have the religious suicide bombers blended in with the athiest suicide bombers so well?
Afghanistan is a country of jealous clans patched together with uneasy compromises, lies, and corruption. And these clans form the government. It will always be Afghainstan. "Nation building" here is a joke. "Winning the hearts and minds" here is largely a joke. And thinking that our enemies will one day come to the table with a note of surrender is about the most tragically dumbest mistake our civilian leaders and media continue to make. The same is true for those who continue to mention that negotiating with the Tali-Ban will give us that political "victory."
The absolute truth and a an absolute fact of history is that military solutions have been the only effective tool in defeating insurgencies. Afghanistan is not Iraq. There is no politicial solution here. Sacrificing our troops lives by not allowing them to "Call for Fire" because it is a political burden to see dead civilians on TV is treacherous. Sending them to slaughter the enemy at the expense of some of their lives and then look to negotiate with the enemy for "peace" is a waste of American lives as well. Pretending that we can get through this period of history without recognizing the very real religious threat in order to maintain a sense of political correctness despite our enemies throwing God at us repeatedly while immersed within a deeply rooted religious civilization is irresponsible to our troops and our national security.
Our educated enemies are not under any kind of illusion. They know they cannot defeat us. They know that we will continue to exist and be successful ever embarrassing their own civilizations who all but claim the market on failure. But they are willing to continue the fight for their God, because it is the fight that ulitmately matters. Deathy is the reward (72 virgins) not victory. They will continue to fight until we simply get tired and move on. But we can deny them this....
Our enemies in Afghanistan (and Pakistan) do not need to see our troops on the ground any longer to feel pain. Since nation building in Afghanistan will only give strength to a government full of corruption and completely dependent upon American military strength to exist (after 8 years mind you) it may be time to recognize that this is a pointless endeavor (I keep stating that this is not Iraq). Dropping in special forces as need be from our sea bases and launching missiles into their Tali-Ban/Al-Queda neighborhoods will exact the punishment they have earned until they grow tired and move on.
And our attacks need to start being vicious. They need to leave even our allies in shock. We returned punches with our enemies with astounding success up until Korea. From then on we have been growing deeper attached to this idea of "winning hearts and minds" and negotiating "victories." Korea still awaits the next round. Vietnam was sacrificed. The end of the Gulf War saw us negotiate a victory rather than finish the job and declare it with pride and absoluteness. In the end, our leftists and our drama hungry media has caused more death and destruction than anything else. By shedding crocodile tears for the few, they manage to create the oppression and slaughter to come. Instead of allowing the military to do what it is trained to do, it is instructed to seek other ways to "win" so that our politicians can protect their pathetic images. Support the troop? Or does the troop wind up supporting the politician?
In war, you don't get points for good manners. It's about winning. Victory forgives.