The threat presented by the franchise operation we call al-Qaeda can only be neutralized by first class intelligence and police work. Rampaging through Islamic Asia as al-Qaeda's recruiting agent is manifestly counter productive.
In Afghanistan, the American military is only part of the story. There's also a polyglot "army" representing the U.S. that wears no uniforms and fights shape-shifting enemies to the death in a murderous war enveloped in a blanket of secrecy.
Why are TV political talk show hosts suddenly enamored of disastrous scenarios in Yemen, with war correspondents almost wishing worse would happen so they could be parachuted into another conflict zone?