There are five dangerous faults which may affecta general:(1) Recklessness, which leads to destruction;(2) cowardice, which leads to capture;(3) a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults;(4) a delicacy of honor which is sensitive to shame;(5) over-solicitude for his men, which exposes himto worry and trouble.--Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Our elite media and political leaders are getting their old martial muscles limbered up again and unpacking all the post-9/11 "Hurry up and bomb somebody already!" rhetoric from its cosmoline.
But war remains old men talking and young men dying, and nothing is stupider than letting yourself be goaded into the fight your enemy wants to have on the ground of his choosing, and more often than we like to admit. there is nothing left in the toolbox but bad options and worse options. So until I hear something very persuasive to the contrary, I will continue to believe that the United States has no business stepping across a dozen national borders in an effort to once again wheedle and bribe the people whose back yards are on fire into getting their shit together long enough to put the fire out.