There is a nice discussion going on over at Bill Rogio's about Operation Matador. One commenter wonders why there is always another battle and the end is no where in sight. I respond:
Typically these types of wars are not won with one blow.
Even against regular forces no single defeat ends resistance until the last defeat.
It is always a contest of wills. The enemy will keep scraping up forces until there are no more forces to scrape.
Think of the Indian Wars in North America.
It looks like we have figured out a war winning strategy. Clear out opposition. Train a local army. Install democracy. Hold on until the democrats and the army are well established.
Give hope to all the democratic oppositions around the world to encourage more Rose and Orange Revolutions.
All we have to do to win is to stick to our game.