We could achieve anything we desired if we could only remove the media element. ROE would be based on tactical and strategic objectives and not media biased opinions. If we accept an arguement that our way is the best way (and I am not necessarily promoting "our way"), than an all out results based campaign should be waged and not a "touchy feely let's not hurt anyone's feelings before we prematurely depart the area of operation precluding doing any more damage without actually achieving any appreciable victory, all the while continuing to kill them" approach. I still stand by a "lets worry less about those who would see every American (infidel) parrish in flames" and worry more about our own failing domestic policies. BTW, As the world didn't end, looks like I can't put off the NY resolutions any longer.
Without sounding like a pacifist, let's just get the heck out of those third world S#!T holes. Does anyone expect those places to look any different 24 hours after the last soldier leaves, than they did 24 hours before they got there? Face it, if you are stuck in the 4th century, no amount of "peace buidling" will sway you to a democratic way of thinking. Presuming a democratic way is best for them may not be practical or achievable.
I haven't flow VA. Is this a good thing? I have flown Delta, American and most of the other carriers and wouldn't want to see any of them adopting any look that included the word chic. Although UTILITY might be more appropriate for some. Perhaps overalls.
The only people that complain about things pilots do are their wives and other pilots. Wives becausee pilots leave their dirty pilot clothes all around and other pilots because they think they know that the other pilot is doing something wrong. "He shouldn't be "buzzing" that tower!" It was wrong in TOP GUN, it is still wrong today.
There is already nearly continuous electro-optical coverage from CA to the Gulf with the Aerostats thethered at 15000'. Doesn't anyone think that this could be a first step in a more sinister effort to surveil the US side?