I understood that when I was typing my response. You're response summed it up better than I did, just put Taliban in instead of Iranians.The problem is war is no longer simply among Westphailian states. If your enemy is an idea, you can't beat them as long as one person remains to sit on top the pile of rubble to declare victory. -- jim
"Clear ROE and mission objectives". The Iranians are going to say "we beat you no matter what".
We did not lose, the Taliban terrorize the civilians, we cannot be everywhere, thus the civilians must abide the Taliban. The vast majority of the population would welcome us if they had a choice. They do not.