I disagree, Chris. We are at war with Muslim extremism, or, should I say, the Muslim extremists are at war with us. For whatever reason, we sugarcoat this in the interest of political correctness, placing our men and women armed service members in harm's way without giving them the proper tools and directives to effectively fight those who wish to kill them. This happens not just in faraway places like Iraq and Afghanistan, but even within our own borders, at our own military installations.
Members of the military give up many rights and privileges when they join the armed service; in return, we owe them the courtesy and respect of allowing them the resources and authority to fight our enemies wherever, and however, necessary.