I agree with OP. There is no peaceful war. The invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan is an exercise in self defeating futility.
However the problem is not the rules or war, rather the, pussification of society that gave birth to them.
War is a complete activity, war as violence. A winning strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan, would be to kill all the men, and carpet bomb the nation with Hillbilly, Black, & Latino substitutes. Permanentely repratriate these men there, and have them make half Iraqi families, giving birth to a little America in the Middle East.
This is how things were done in the past. The places where this occured created the foundation blocks of many nations and cultural identities we know today. Half war, and sorta war doesn’t work. Appeasement of alien population when you’re trying to control them doesn’t work. You must remake the ethnic group in your own image.
We have no reason to be in Iraq and Afghanistan, unless we commit to fully destroying or fully conquering that civilization. If we conquer it, then we must integrate through intermarriage.[/quote]
Sounds like an awesome fairy tale…and potential Michael Bay blockbluster.