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There is counter insurgency that can be extremely efficient. Modern JDAMS along with smart drone technology can severely limit collateral damage on non combatant citizens.
There are smart munitions under development that can target an individual. Yes, the common bullet is an example, but the new munitions are guided from great distances.
You still always come back to the fact that even if you kill a proven insurgent, the community will never see it that way. To them, you murdered Fred. And for every Fred you kill, ten more will take his place.
 

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You still always come back to the fact that even if you kill a proven insurgent, the community will never see it that way. To them, you murdered Fred. And for every Fred you kill, ten more will take his place.

Then you take out that ten.
The US bombed Germany into oblivion.
Germany is or was one of our greatest allies after that war.
The problem with your theory is that winning hearts and minds never works. The politicians have tried that in every conflict after WWII.
The people in those third world countries have been beat down for so long that the only thing they recognize is power.
They will give allegiance to anyone that can harm or kill them to save their lives.
American troops build schools and infrastructure. When they leave the people that attended those schools are killed typically in a non pleasant manner so to send a message to the rest of the population. Life is rough in those countries.
 

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Then you take out that ten.
The US bombed Germany into oblivion.
Germany is or was one of our greatest allies after that war.
The problem with your theory is that winning hearts and minds never works. The politicians have tried that in every conflict after WWII.
The people in those third world countries have been beat down for so long that the only thing they recognize is power.
They will give allegiance to anyone that can harm or kill them to save their lives.
American troops build schools and infrastructure. When they leave the people that attended those schools are killed typically in a non pleasant manner so to send a message to the rest of the population. Life is rough in those countries.
Sure, but we didn't enslave Germany after the war. We helped them rebuild into the greatest economy on the continent. Most of the Germans saw us as liberators. Once they understood we weren't going to torture them and rape their women as Hitler had promised we would, they were pretty thankful to have us there. Their own elected republican government is far more draconian than we ever were.
 

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