We said we were in a “global war on terror”. Terror is a tactic. You can’t declare war on a tactic. It’s the same as if FDR had looked at the attack on Pearl Harbor and declared war on aviation.
If we are at war, it’s with people that are bonded together by ideas and ideology. Who are they? Who declared war on us? Figure that out, then go destroy their ability to harm us by any means necessary. Quit being nice about it.
I have given up hope that we will do that.