We can’t win the War on Terror, even if there was one. But there is not.
America doesn't win wars anymore. We haven't won a war since 1945. That was the last time we actually crushed the enemy into submission. Since WWII, we have signed treaties, peace resolutions and disarmament agreements.
The United States has turned fighting wars into legal skirmishes that we settle out of court.
Besides, it is impossible to win a war on terrorism, just like it is impossible to win the war on poverty, racism, hunger or drugs. Those are not wars, any more than the ‘War on Terror’ we are currently ‘fighting’ is a real war!
We are not in a war in Afghanistan. We aren't even in a real fight. We are in a messy, highly regulated and micromanaged military skirmish, not a war.
Unfortunately, America speaks in the language of linguistic symbolism; we don’t speak in literal terms about important things anymore. We have substitute words for difficult issues and actions.
Instead of actually conducting war, we ‘talk’ war. We battle 'insurgencies' and kill 'innocent civilians' with unmanned drones. We play footsie with terrorist maniacs who will strap bombs to their women and children and blow up innocent civilians and our boys just to get attention!
Our soldiers spend the majority of their time searching for buried roadside bombs. Our guys have a million rules and restrictions on who, when, and where they can use firearms. What we are doing is more theatre than combat...
Everyone knows there is never going to be a surrender.
It makes me sick to admit that what we are doing is more of a government public relations campaign than a war.