We’re losing the war on terrorism

Anyone who has seen one of my recent Facebook posts knows that I generally disagree with how the government is run and the possible socioeconomic consequences on the American people.
Something that really bothers me, though, is the way we wage wars. We have been at war with terrorists, on and off, for more than a decade now. But in a way, we’re losing, basically because we’re not winning.
We should own this fight like we did during World War II. Generals MacArthur and Doolittle put the enemy in their place. Of course, the way things are going against terrorism compare more to the Cold War.
When President Ronald Reagan was in office, we held an upper hand. With British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by our side, we pitted the world against the Soviets. In the U.S., we outspent the USSR and had advanced technology. We even tried to blow up Soviet satellites with massive railguns and giant lasers. We had Russia where we wanted them, but Reagan’s term ended, and he was followed by a weak President George H.W. Bush., and we never crippled our enemy.
The U.S. won against the Japanese in the 1940s because we went in, fought hard and treated them with respect when we won.
We need to control the current situation. If you think about it, both wars have some similarities, though not on the same scale. Pearl Harbor and 9/11 were pivotal events; the difference is we acted aggressively in 1941. We won that war. We are not winning the war on terrorism. We are losing because we can’t decide we want to win.