What I am suggesting..
If total war is required to win the battle space, then so be it. Personally I believe never ending war is very bad, and achieves nothing. If you must fight, fight to win, and do so with absolute certainty of winning the battlefield encounters.
Part of the problem with this 'refraining' from fighting is it does not in the end cause less damage, or shorten the war, the bloodshed, or the destruction. We have achieved very little in Afganistan by the hearts and minds and 5.56mm.
All talk of the 5.56 being effective I am sorry to say is not shown up in the battlefield or battle space. It neither wins fights, and it leaves our troops out gunned and out ranged, and under fire. And I'm not really an advocate of total war for the sake of it. But as I said, you need to totally outgun, out tech, and overload on the opponent, and kill them whereever they are.
We have the science, technical, and military to take all of Afganistan, to have 24 hour coverage with evil 1984 overview, and to kill the enemy where ever they are. But to do this requires substantial elevation in our systems, weapons, and comms. As I said, we have for whatever reason reached a silly state where we have been at 'war' in peace time, and have tried stupidly to fight it on those terms. I believe when we ask a man to go and fight, and potentially die, the least we can do is provide the political and weapons view that wins the war, and kills the enemy. The country is not at war. Our industries and science is not being applied. We are and continue to be akin to fighting the indians with bows and arrows. Its just stupid.
10 years, and we only have XM25 in eval mode? What, we need another 10 to put into production?
If we are in a war and feel it must be won, then apply every last drop to making the war a winning effort and dominate without challenge. Or don't. If thats how it is, Bring home our tommies and the US marines, because each one of them is worth a million Taliban scumbags.
We don't need to be in Afgan to kill such scum, We can kill them from very long distance in the middle of the night, and we don't need to lose a tommy or a marine to bloody well do it.