Cool old post still getting some comments:
How else do you fight in the damned desert? You fight dirty and sneaky and dishonestly or you’re dead. Real simple. The terrain itself doesn’t allow for honest fighting or even a lot of honest dealing really.
The desert’s a funny place. You think it’s empty til you go try to fight a war there. Good luck.
Are the Houthis beaten yet?
Did we ever beat the Iraqis?
How about the Taliban?
How did Israel do against Hezbollah?
How are they doing against the Palestinians?
And no one can seem to get rid of Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria, the Sinai, the Maghreb, Northern Nigeria, Tunisia, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Sometimes I wonder how anyone wins any war in the desert. Hard environments breed the hardest of men, perhaps by necessity, as all the weak men just die in the heat chasing mirages that never show up.