Belmont Club has a good post about the options Russia had available to it during the recent terrorist attack on a school in Beslan. They have this to say about America's prosecution of World War IV:
America's unmatched power allowed President Bush to select the most humane course of war available. No European power, nor all of them put together, could have embarked on such a precise campaign for lack of means. It was a rich man's strategy, a guerre de luxe.
Read the whole thing; it's short and to-the-point.