Patton knew what war was about. He also butted heads with politicians getting invoved with Military operations (Patton kept getting told to do stupid things in order to be politically correct).
What I am afraid of here is the following. As far as I can tell, there has been no clear, specific military objective defined for this campaign. In WWII, the objective was "unconditional surrender". Whenever the military is sent somewhere, they should be given a specific mission, and be allowed to do whatever it takes to achieve it. "Do this, how you do it is up to you." The danger is when objectives change with the whim of politicians, who also have a say in what military options may or may not be taken. This is what happened in Vietnam and other places.
But I cringe whenever a sitting U.S. president, during a campaign that has been maybe going on for months, says "This morning I ordered...", or "This evening I authorized..." when talking about some strike or attack. He should have nothing to do with it.
God bless those on the front lines, because they are the ones who will have to pay if the politicians are foolish.
The only thing you should feel when shooting a terrorist: Recoil.