There is idealism Americans can not suffer to hear, such as the Dali Lama's teaching "to harm the enemy is to harm yourself". There is idealism that a Texas governor is the supream authority on International relations and world war. This we accept at a 90% approval rating according to official announcments.
The virus like enemy we face is said to be within the body of of country and spread throughout the world. We are poised with nuclear weapons at the ready. We are prepared day and night to shoot down our own airliners.
It will be hard to know when and how we can declare victory one day. Even after such a declared victory we will live in a psychological state of remission. If there are questions to be asked I thought I would ask them now. As Tom Lehrer said "if there are any songs to come out of WWIII we better write them now". When asked "what to do" I attempted to answer the challenge. The point that there are no winners in modern war of mass destruction , only war itself is the winner ... was understood by many.
Some of us are long winded and detailed , some of us are succinct and vague but we are all trying to come to grips with "winning" yet another domestic and global war.