Bill...I'm surprised at your assessment.
I'm not one to blindly wave the flag...in fact I am terrifically ashamed of our country and growing moreso every day (I listened to the Iranian UN response and feel "we've" been out manuevered in the eyes of the world and mine too). but when fighting an unidentified opponet who doesn't even bother to pull on a ski mask, it gets difficult to figure where to point these wonderful weapons.
There's a couple of other things fucking up a decent fight...one is, although when pressed, the Islam types can put together a very reasonable and cultured seeming rational for thier actions, allthough I deduce from their actions, that there must also exist a strain of insanity along with their powers of reason.
To wit: A second year college engineer with excellen grades and a fine future, having a wealthy family and living in privelged circumstances, is accosted by his cousin who asks/tells him to strap on a dynamite vest to blow up some Jews...tells him to take his time and think it over...the student thinks it over, straps on the vest and blows himself away...I assume he was hot for those seventy-odd virgins...you remember how it was when we were kids.
My point being that there is no profiling of enemy combatants...no age or sex limits on who will kill you...and if you add to this IED's penetrating power and how many vehicles on hand that can survive such a hit...coupled with each man's vested interest in not taking a chance on killing children, women, camels and goats...pissing on olive trees...as the whole world is up the soldier's ass these days, then with this in mind, I think you should give them high marks for dealing with all this shit.
Hell...I give them high marks for not stuffing butch's plastic turkey with a shit-seeking short fused IED. could have save the world and us a world of trouble.
In fact I would feel so moved by the "accident" that I would push to personaly deliver his eulogy...just thinking about it makes me tremble with a rush of patriotism...or is that laughter....whatever.