So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.
The relative strength of a super power to a terrorist network is such that that the terrorist targets are always weak. ALWAYS.
A terrorist network poses no existential threat to the United States whatsoever. At best they pose a limited threat to individual civilians roughly on the same scale as bathtub related accidents.
In other words, we aren't fighting WW2 here, we can well afford to take the high moral road, and attack harder targets.
The art of using troops is this:
When ten to the enemy's one, surround him;
When five times his strength, attack him;
If double his strength, divide him;
If equally matched you may engage him;
If weaker numerically, be capable of withdrawing;
And if in all respects unequal, be capable of eluding him, .for a small force is but booty for one more powerful.
Except we're already beyond the ten to the enemy's one. More like 1000 to the enemy's one. So we can simply surround and arrest them like criminals. We certainly don't need to be bombing weddings like cowards.
Bombing weddings is what *terrorists do*... because they don't have a massive force advantage. They can only inflict damage against against us in the most indirect ways; in small numbers; against extremely soft targets. THEY are the ones looking to elude their enemy (us) and withdraw.
There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all Hell. -- William Tecumseh Sherman
Yes. War is hell. Bombing weddings is not war; although its also pretty hellish.
I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country. -- Patton
So how many weddings do we need to bomb before we've won? Or are we actually just creating more enemies to fight faster than we're killing them?
It is not cowardly to use one's military advantages.
It's not necessarily cowardly. But it absolutely can be. In this case: it is.
If I have a gun that shoots a mile and yours only shoots a half a mile, why should I close to a half a mile, I should stay out of your range and kill you when you are easy prey and can't shoot back.
Ok. Now, if you have a gun that shoots a mile, and I'm not carrying a gun at all, because I'm just a regular joe at a wedding? What do you think you gain by shooting at me? I'm not even your target.
Now, that said, lets talk about your target. The guy with a gun that only shoots half a mile. That is 7000 miles from your border. Do you really need to shoot him at a wedding? Or can you wait until he's at least close enough that maybe he might eventually be in range?
Its not like he's a mile away and closing on you. If you don't shoot him now, he's gonna get you. Because that's not what's happening. He's a 7000 miles away, at a wedding, and if you don't shoot him now, he's gonna be 7000 miles away tomorrow too. So you can bide your time and hit him some other time. He's not even remotely even close to being anywhere near able to strike the US... so what's the panic rush?