The (not so) Straight Path
Perhaps God still looks after the United States, even when its' being drunk and childish.* Consider this; to walk the Straight Path (jihad) the erhabi first negotiate their families, who either have instilled in them the values that make them fight even though it goes against the "liberal mainstream" values of the ruling elites**or they radicalize and must truly divorce their families first (as opposed to the false denunciations of Osama and Dr. Z's families). Then they must negotiate the ruthless security services** of their own country, make a dangerous journey thru several hiding with new friends from new foes along the way to the land of two rivers.
Then they face us, hostile locals, pick their moments carefully or die quickly.
Now we come to we Amiriki's. We too usually come from traditional families, warfighting families, take up arms in defiance of the liberal consensus (the central pillar of which is that nothing is worth killing over) but also with the tacit approval of our soft, degenerate princes as long as we don't do something ugly on TV (getting caught). We then must journey a morally and spiritually dangerous path past cowardly ner-d0-well trainers, crooked contractors and leadership paralyzed by their peers jellyfish stings if they're not the mindless stinging jellyfish themselves. If you want to see this in action, attend a staff meeting.
The role of the political police is performed internally by JAG, CID, NCIS, OSI...who being guardians of the law are of course exempt from it. Externally we face the relentless scourge of the media. All of these Iscarioti betray us with a kiss (support the troops). When we come to the land between the rivers we chose between our life and our liberty each time we unsafe our weapons. Our superiors; faithless, false and owing allegiance only to themselves will surrender us up to the howling jackals upon demand, like a crafty sheik who senses the wind has changed.
In fact, the only people we can trust..maybe..are our brothers in the platoon. For a platoon to be successful over here it requires a level of trust within, and paranoid distrust without precedent in Western militaries. You almost have to be as tight as....a cell.
So without planning it...our corrupt princes are creating within us a true match for the enemy by duplicating his training process.
*or perhaps he just wants to watch a good evenly matched fight.
**but with the tacit approval and covert support of many of same, as long as you don't get caught.