War can’t be fought with one toe in the water. Plunge in head first to fight and kill your enemy in ruthless fashion. Violence of action as we call it in Special Operations.
There are a lot of great military leaders today that understand this (General Mattis is one), and some that clearly don’t. The ones that do are surely shaking their heads in disgust as they see the foolishness of the recent change in ROE handed down to Special Operations in Afghanistan.
This is the icing on the cake of over a decade of fighting in the region and no clear strategic objective in Afghanistan. In the U.S. wars are fought and won when everyone, including average citizens, understands what we are doing and rally’s behind a simple and clear strategic objective. Compare World War II with Vietnam and you’ll see two very clear examples of this.