We don't have enough troops to do that. Native troops are proving unreliable, as they usually do, and our downsized military can't put enough men on the ground to achieve full control of the country.
We can't win this sort of war with air power or high tech weapons systems alone. We have to actually get down on the ground to take and *maintain* control. That requires massive manpower committed for the long haul.
Never served in combat. Don't say I regret that. Did serve in the military for 22 years and some change. My best man at my wedding came back from Viet Nam in a box. When this country decides to "go to war" I think we owe it to the people we send as our "cutting edge" to go on the same footing we did during WWII. The whole nation should be at war. Rationing, if needed, 100 percent effort. The guns and butter philosophy of Vietnam is unacceptable in my view. The young soldiers I've known are some of the finest young people our country has. They are not a bunch of losers who are "small loss". Whether Iraq was necessary or a "good idea" people more in the know than myself will have to learn. Whether we owe the young soldiers over there every possible support is beyond question.
That's because it was a *cold* war. That's not what we're fighting now. We aren't fighting a superpower with a rational leadership who realized they had something very valuable to lose if they allowed the war to turn hot.
This time, our enemies don't think they have anything to lose. They have no industrial base we can attack. They have no large civilian populations (that they care about) which we can attack. Etc. As in Vietnam, all they have is the clothes on their backs, their weapons, and an implacable hatred of the forces occupying their lands.
I missed the staff meeting but the minutes show Gunner wrote back on Mon, 18 Oct 2004 04:14:50 GMT in rec.crafts.metalworking :
The example of the English getting their chops busted is "spin". Yeah, the first English army was massacred to the next to last man, but it was also lead by an incompetent. However, the next army which went into Afghanistan, kicked butt and issued names. Regime change in 1842.
Listening to the Leftists, Liberals and Libertarians, because a Republican fascist overthrew a charming third world country and dared to impose decadent western values by force, completely insensitive to the nuances of multiculturalism.
Well, there are the Quislings who have tied their lives and fortunes to the US occupation forces, and then there are a certain number of the insurgents who like having US targets nearby. It saves them a long airplane ride when they want to kill Americans.