For the record, xp-T, I don't think you're a psychopath. A psychopath wouldn't care. But as an ex-military man you should make yourself familiar with the teachings of General Sun Tsu: The Art of War. Know your enemy, choose your battles wisely, and know when not to fight. First: know your enemy. The Taliban are a problem of our own making. They are training kids? Sure, in Madrassa we financed, with children's books exalting Jihad printed in the good ol' US of A. All to fight the Soviets in the Eighties. The West thought they would be a stabilising influence on the country, so what if they're fundamentalists? In 1996 the Taliban were visiting Texas to discuss oil and gas deals. They don't think like you and me. They have a religion in which we are the evil one's who should be nuked. And although the locals may not like them much, they like us even less because we are just another foreign invader messing up their country since the Sixties. The Taliban share their culture, language, religion. You forget that most Afghans don't really undestand why we are there. They rightly perceive themselves to have nothing to do with some Saudi nutters blowing up a distant village on another continent called:"New York". Most Afghans are dirt-poor illiterate farmers eking out a living in the dust. The Taliban are a fact of their daily lives, and by all appearances there to stay. At some point we'll have to talk to them too. Choose your battles wisely: it's pretty hard to kill a guerrilla army that hides amongst innocent citizens in a huge country. They all look the same to us. So what do we do, carpet bomb them? Worked so well in Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon (Hezbollah). Shoot car bombers? How do you know those guys at the road side are not trying to fix their battered jalopy that has broken down once again, instead of trying to plant a bomb in it? Shoot the wrong guy and you have already lost. Know when not to fight. The Taliban have a religion that is all about fighting infidels. It's their reason for living and dying. Evil is not out to win. Evil's purpose is to keep playing the game. You cannot beat them because for them it is not about winning --it is about fighting. The purpose of power is to have power. Boot stomping on face, forever. So what you have to do is reverse the trend we (quite deliberately) helped set up in the Eighties: give young people in Afghanistan a better prospect than being a struggling illiterate goat herd or a Taliban Jihadist warrior. Give them a future to live for, rather than to die for. Educate the women, because it has been shown that the children of educated mothers are less likely to join the Jihad. Improve health care so babies survive, and people start to have long-term ambitions for them. Make people feel safe so that they can start thinking about a future rather than just day-to-day survival. Waking up every night to gunfire does not help with that. The real solution, xp-T, does not lie in killing people wholesale. Never has. You cannot defeat an enemy who are not out to win, but to fight forever, because they have nothing else in their lives. People stop fighting if they have a future to work together for.