The United States simply --loses--Fourth Generation Warfare, because it obtusely fails to understand it. The Viet Nam War, ten plus years of futile destructiveness to no end whatsoever, would have taught the mechanism of 4GW if America's geopolitical and military mindset were capable of learning it, and Iraq, a land time has forgotten in the Darkest Ages, or more to the point, three distinct lands carved on the maps of Victorian European gentlemen, no more a true country than "Yugoslavia" was, proves that it cannot learn. In 4GW terms, ending the desperate life of Abu Masab Al Zarquai along with his spiritual leader and the usual assorted hapless bystanders is virtually meaningless, because we created him with our unwarranted and inept crusade. Before the invasion, there was no "Al-Queda" (the term itself is nearly meaningless now) in Iraq. Our actions reshaped the secular Arab Nationalist petty dictatorship into the very Islamist "republic" voted into power under our own occupation regime. We support other such Sadaam-like secular regimes - In Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Khazakstan, to name a few. On the face of it, we are supporting a country developing and Islamist Theocratic Regime nearly identical to the one in neighboring Iran, which our muddled president mulls over dropping The Big One on. This is all seriously deranged foreign policy. It addresses 4GW with classical military strategies used against classical nation-states. In fact, Islamism is a transnational product of a globalist economic agenda with no center and no leaders
as traditionally understood.