It is a war that is long running, it is a war that Obama pledges to win yet there are no clear objectives.
I have issues with the American raids (and Obama supported) over the border into sovereign Pakistan territory but given the 'enemy' crosses the border at will, the area is virtually lawless and as the 'enemy' has safehavens it is impossible to confront them any other way.
Many locals are corrupt and making strategic decisions difficult.
Basically there is no focus or clearly defined aim.
Recipe for lots of young guys dying and achieving nothing.