No, the only credit I do give the U.S. military these days is in their efforts to not take civilian cassualties when bombing the shit out of something and we have become quite good at it!
There was a piece on NPR's This American Life, about a man who worked for the defense department, who was involved in strategicly placing rockets onto targets in such a way as to limit civilian casualties. One of these was a military instalation right next to a civilian hospital. The story details his efforts to plan the attack in such a way that the blast would not hurt the hospital. He eventually got to go to Iraq and see the fruits of his labor, only a few windows in the hospital got blown out.
No, here in America, war is not just about winning. I don't agree with much of what our millitary has done recently, but don't assert that we should not give a damn about such things. Again, you sure as hell don't speak for America!
"Please, he's no different from the rest of you organisms. Shooting DNA at each other to make babies ... I find it offensive." - Bender
"..it's a success that hasn't occurred yet." -Homeland Security Advisor to Bush Frances Townsend, on the subject of the failure to capture Osama Bin Laden.