Counterinsurgency was the word. Protect infrastructure and provide security for the populace was the byline. But now we’re confusing counterinsurgency with defensive warfare. We’re not killing enough of the enemy and they’re making us pay.
So while we’re busy protecting gasoline powered generators, the Pakistani Army is killing Talibs. 40 militants killed + 43 arrested= 83 insurgents that the Pak government will never have to protect infrastructure or citizens from. Four bases gone, too.
We hope to stop a swarm with chopsticks instead of just destroying the nest. A man has his nose and ears cut off by the Taliban while on his way to a voting station. Things like that undo a lot of soccer ball giveaways and completely undermine US efforts. We can’t stop all of these events and even more important we can’t stop the media from reporting it, which is the only way the Taliban can win–but they are winning.
Because we refuse to fight a war of annihilation.
The Pakistani army is competent, well equipped and not barred by the delicate sensitivities of American Liberals who are always willing to let others die in order to uphold vapid restrictions on military force–as long as the rockets aren’t falling in their backyard.