You can ask if Bush is doing enough, but you can't seriously ask if Bush is no different from Clinton, can you?
Clinton was not prevented by from taking Osama because of 'rules of engagement'; but rather, Osama, despite being offered to Clinton, 'on a platter'. . .was insead saved by Clinton's fear; as an already 'engaged' President declined the opportunity. And for sure. . . Monica was just more 'pressing. . .
U.S. Military, OTOH. . .could not bomb the Taliban; because it would be a 'war crime' - prohibited because of Military's 'Rules of Engagement'.
Imagine the Dems howl over that one. . .would they say 'i m p e a c h m e n t'. . .faster than we can print it.P> And sure, why not change them. . .and sure. . .why not have 'real' prisons in Gitmo? Or why not call them 'terrorists' instead of criminals. . .or can we even say. ..Islamo Fascists. . .the list goes on.
. . .as does the nasty politics of war - right here at home.
posted on 09/13/2006 6:35:52 AM PDT
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The practicalities are we need "moderates" in the Islamic world to help us fight the WOT. (Whether there are REAL "moderates" in the Muslim world is another discussion!) We need their access, societal understanding etc. We also need their bodies out their taking the risks and getting killed. For both domestic political reasons & for international political reasons. If Muslims soldiers & policemen participate & die in the WOT, then it isn't a us -vs-them war (Puts a lie to the notion is Islam against Christianity! Again this may really be the case BUT thats another discussion!). It's the world's war, be they Muslim, Christian, Buddhist etc. The domestic political reasons are obvious. I am sure the "rules-of-engagement" were set up maximize concern for Muslim sensitivities regarding attacking religious rites like funerals. I am sure Bush & the JCS's were advised this was vitally important. (Maybe the ad visors are right.) Muslims can of course attack each other with utter disdain & with no regard to religious rites etc. However they are attacking each other as equals (yes there are sects that hate each other!). We are infidels therefore not an equal so I imagine thats much worse, drives the moderates toward the radicals. This is what I think the regarding the rules-of-engagement. I don't know if its actually sensible or not.
Its indicative of a plan, which is better then what the Democrats have. Ignoring it & hoping it goes away is not a plan !
posted on 09/13/2006 6:52:00 AM PDT
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