That's the way I see fighting terrorism, or the way we often had to fight in Vietnam. We were fighting by long established rules; the enemy simply ignored the rules when it was convenient, but through a barrage of public statements always made it appear as if we were at fault. It is still going on and we lose the battle of the airwaves throughout the Muslim world.
At the moment, Pres. Obama has so much popularity going for him that he could drag out the war in Afghanistan for fifteen years and still be called a genius. Not only this, but from statements already made, it is obvious that he does consider himself quite able to handle and decide military matters.
But then, from all my comments, it probably seems as if I do as well, so who the Hell really knows, eh what?
To me, if you're going to win, you have to be more determined, tougher, train your troops better, and take them out before they can do the same to you. That's the way I look back and assess what we did in WWII, and by doing so, we won and then brough the boys home.
Again, we must remember that the Afghans obviously trust us, because million of them came back from the other side of the border with Pakistan. Three million people do not do that if they don't think you're doing the right thing. If they had trusted the Taliban in the first place, they'd not have fled home for abject poverty and starvation high in the mountains.