You hit the nail on the head with this one. Konoha needs to loose some battles. And not the whole loose the small battles but win the war type stuff, but the ones that are lost through mistakes like Anbu messing up.
I say again this KB vs. Kisami battle is up their with the Hokage vs Oro. It should be at least 2-3 more good chapters of pulling recoveries out of their ass type stuff.
And on the topic of bare chested Akasuki...well that just falls into the category of old school Star Trek and the Red Shirt's. You always know who's gonna die. It's been nice knowing you Kisami. Wish we could have seen you fight Guy just one more time.