The Chilcot Inquiry is about to open into Britain's involvement into the Iraq invasion. (One of the reasons our Tone was said to be so keen on the
President of Europe role.)
One of our colonels, Col Tanner - chief of staff to General Stewart - has made the following devastating statement.
Assuming this to be true, the U.S. did behave badly.
But, now there is a U.S. President who is almost all talk, and no action. His own Afghanistan commander told him that more troops were needed THEN, or the mission was in danger of failing. Obama is still thinking about it.
Every week, more troops--American, and those of other nations--die, but Obama continues to dither.
He has said that he hasn't had enough time to decide. He's had enough time to play basketball, to play golf, and to jet to Europe for his failed effort to get the Olympics for Chicago (He was so self-centered that he spoke on how great it would be for him to walk from his home in Chicago to the Olympics, and how great the Olympics would be for Chicago--as if people's lives revolved around what HE would like, and HIS city--instead of speaking on how Chicago would be good for the Olympics). But, he doesn't have time to decide whether to commit enough troops to keep from failing--even though, in his campaign, he said that Afghanistan was the necessary war, and had to be won.
Presently, Obama is gifting the enemies in Afghanistan with all the legal rights of U.S. citizens. When enemies are captured, they are told that they have a right to a lawyer, and need not say anything which might incriminate them.
Back to the OP--the surge strategy in Iraq eventually worked. If the U.S. had listened to the British military commanders, would the winning strategy have been adopted sooner?
Bomb now and worry about it afterwards, that's the American way.