Well it seems as the military transitions from McChrystal to Patraeus the issue being most discussed is the Rules of engagement. So despite the fact that a promise has gone out to continue the same idiotic strategy one can hope that at least the stifling rules of engagement are being re-examined. It is so easy I think for those not on the front lines to say "hold your fire", "just let them go", or "be so careful to avoid collateral damage"! The reality is that there are many American and coalition forces that would like to go home safe and sound and they should be given every opportunity to do that, if that means a more aggressive posture than that is what we should do. Time will tell.
Zach you are in my thoughts every day, I love you son, you are superman, and you are my hero!