Thank you all for the comments.
First, because I have to maintain a high security clearance to do my job, I cannot go into specfic details but let me give you two examples of the type of stupidity that has prevailed throughout these two wars. I believe this type of "thinking" is a microcosm of current "leadership" tactics.
Now, I am neither an intellectual nor a philosopher, just someone who has spent the last 8 years in some Mid-East/Central Asia shithole. Currently I am working in the Kandarhar/Helmand area. Since it has already been mentioned in the media, ISIS is making inroads into this area. During a discussion on this issue and what the future plans would be to deal with this, a fine gentleman from one of our government agencies, suggested building a park in Kandahar city, so the youth would have another outlet besides joining ISIS. oh, yeah, brother, thats our thinking........un-fucking-believable.......and the sad part? He probably believed it would help.
Several years ago, I was providing security for another fine gentleman for a meeting in Sadar City. Being a typical representative of this distinguished government agency he was polished and dressed in a 2 thousand dollar suit. After the meeting, he turned to me and said" Do you know what this area needs? " Yeah, I thought "glassed". But being a good little tin man, I said "what? Giving me that pompous stare that only the "upper class" can give, he said" "we need to build these people some basketball courts", "get them off the streets"
Now in 3 years in Iraq, I never saw an Iraqi with a basketball, much less court in some park... I just wonder what planet he was from. Two examples of my "leadership" at work and the thinking behind winning these wars. Fuck me running.