We shed far too many lives, for these people. We should have worked Balkan style, from the air.
Mingling among them, subjects us to their terrorist tactics. They are not worth the risk.
We need to radically review our overall approach to war with the Islamic world.
The only thing that's stops them is big defeats. The kind that stall them for decades and centuries.
That would mean making flat warnings: For every one of ours, we will kill 1,000 of yours. Therefore a roadside bomb killing 5 Americans, equals a town of 5,000.
Target towns which harbor enemies of ours.
Just do it a few times, and observe if it works. I think it will.