""That's why Iraq dragging on for years is beyond comprehension. "
It's not incomprehensible if you consider that politicians fought the war and boo hooing liberals who screamed whenever an alleged milk factory got bombed or a mosque harboring munitions was targeted.
If the wars in the ME were fought like WW2, they'd be over in weeks
#23 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-20 04:49 AM"
It is astounding how much power you ascribe to screaming 'boo hooing liberals'! Especially since, until very recently, the GOP enjoyed the control of all three branches of government for two years. Even now, the GOP has only partially been hampered in the exercise of their power.
BTW, wasn't there involvement of the Middle East in both WW1 and WW2? Weren't those conflicts "fought like WW2"?
How'd that work out? As long as we seem to be given over to simplistic solutions to the political situation in the Middle East, I'll conveniently do likewise and minimize the millennia of decentralized/tribal governments having any bearing upon the present situation.
The problem, IMHO, is not so much the capability (or lack of capability) of various armies to inflict shock/awe as the inability to have an effective plan of what to do once the dust settles. Much of the intensity of today's woe's in the Middle East can be directly traced to the FUBAR that the British implemented after WW1:
As Frank Zappa correctly noted in 'Trouble Comin' Every Day':
" 'Cause the fire in the street
Ain't like the fire in the heart ..."
Until there's a solution to the 'fire in their hearts', no amount of munitions will effect more than a temporary halt to the hostilities.