Anyone who believes we can root out AQ without laying waste to the country is seriously misguided IMO ...
suffering from severe Bush Hate Recovery Syndrome.
Let's put it in perspective. We had 150,000 of the best trained and best equipped troops on the planet in Iraq for five years and the best we had, until the Surge was a draw. And that was after Shock and Awe, full Military occupation and complete control of the battlefield.
In Afghanistan we went from a stable situation to one where we started losing ground, again with the best trained and best equipped troops in the world.
And ALL were under the command of a Commander in Chief who did not have "group hug mentality". Where did it get us? AQ is still a worldwide organization and is still viable. We have no proof they are weaker than previously. We only know that whoever is Number 2 always dies.
The point is laying waste to a country to attack an enemy that has no country is not a battle plan. We know, as an example that there have been in recent past AQ cells in England. Should we lay waste to England next? What about France, Detroit, Buffalo, Indonesia? What country do you want to lay waste to?
The only reason to ramp up Afghanistan is to be closer to the perceived nexus of AQ. IF they don't mobilize and head somewhere else that might work. It will not stop the organization but it can slow it down. But Afghanistan is not the enemy. A very small, persistent group of terrorist fundamentalists are the enemy. And they can be anywhere and everywhere.