I’d also bet it’s the top brass - whoever the top Taliban are - who insist on making the shite roll downhill.

Isn't that the case in every conflict? Although ISIS fighters seem to take a lot of personal initiative when it comes to rape and murder of civilians.

We're flying electric helicopters on Mars yet you can't turn on your clothes dryer in Texas. That's because scientists are in charge of Mars, and Republicans are in charge of Texas.