That didn't work out too well in Vietnam did it? 50,000 Americans dead, a couple of million Vietnamese, and all for nothing.
I could't agree with you more. BTW, it was 58,000.
That 'war' was not a war. Somewhere between 1945 and that "police action", Americans turned into pussies or idiots. If you want to have a war, have a war. Define the objectives, send an ultimatum to the enemy, explain what will happen if they ignore it, and, if they do, go for it with nothing off the table. Instead, the morons at DoD played that escalation game. Which, de facto, put the enemy in control.
And, as if that stupidity was not enough, the US pilots had a list of 'prohibited targets', like the NV dikes because that might cause floods and disrupt their happy and peaceful life. Or a baby might drown. How pussyfied the US had became is best seen how they turned against it after the picture of a naked girl running down the street was published.
Bring body bags daily was tolerable, but that was too much for the people who just won WW2 by nuking Japs and fire bombing Dresden.