Is it possible to defeat an enemy without roots? We couldn’t beat the viet cong because they had no bases to take, no lines to break. No matter how far we pushed, we couldn’t hold any ground. They were like water, flowing around our small pockets of force. Our “war on terrorism” is the same thing, on a global scale. We’re fighting a fluid enemy that has no base of operations, no dedicated communication network, no leader, no rules. How can you defeat something like that?