Don’t forget pursuing regime change in Libya and calling it a “no fly zone”Civilian Voters: "We won't tolerate another 9/11! You have to stop the terrorists by any means necessary! And by any means, we mean any means that don't involve Boots On the Ground™. Because the news reporter and my college professor told me that Boots On the Ground™ are evil and bad. Because that means we have a Quagmire Forever War™."
Politicians and DoD leadership: "OK, got it. Hmm, how do we bust up terror plots WITHOUT putting an assault team in to kill or capture them? I know, airstrikes. But we need persistent ISR to have any hope of finding the terrorists in the first place, because good HUMINT involves Boots On the Ground™ and that won't get half of us re-elected. Hmm. Oh, I know . . ."
(Politicians and DoD leadership step up drone strikes because they basically have to to accomplish the first paragraph)