I asked this question about the war in Afghanistan for a while and never got a satisfactory answer. Maybe a reader knows one?
Why did the West never apply a "Hydra" strategy in PsyOps and policy?We could have pledged publicly (and told all Afghans about it) that we would send ten new soldiers for every KIA and two new ones for every WIA.Add in a thorough information on the size of Western military establishments and the claim that we've proved superiority over Russians historically.After every KIA and WIA, let new troops arrive - as pledged - and spread the word, including some increased activity.Yet we would also pledge to withdraw a certain number of troops every year.
The more violence against us, the larger and longer the presence. Resistance would be futile - even counter-productive.
edit 2015: I added the part about withdrawal. I was sue I had mentioned it from the start, but apparently I did not. It sure was part of my original idea.