You act like this is a full scale war against an equal enemy. In which you throw our best weapons and soldiers against a primitive force. Where the characters should be proxy for proxy not best being taken out by primitive.
The whole strategist is incapable of seeing how to win this. They just know how to throw things under the bus. There is a winnable strategy and I have stated it many times to many professional strategist. But they would rather throw things under the bus than win.