Skip to comments.U.S. troops told to stop Taliban pursuit if civilians are at risk
Posted on 07/02/2009 11:07:35 AM PDT by STARWISE
Beginning Thursday, American soldiers in Afghanistan will be under orders to back down when they're chasing Taliban fighters whenever they think that civilians might be at risk.
Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, will issue the directive as part of an effort to cut down on civilian casualties, which have enraged the Afghan government and residents. Instead of calling in air support or firing into civilian homes where Taliban fighters have sought refuge, commanders will be instructed to reach out to tribal elders or undertake other efforts to dislodge the fighters.
The order is consistent with what national security adviser James L. Jones told McClatchy Newspapers in Washington Wednesday was President Barack Obama's concern about civilian casualties in Afghanistan.
"General McChrystal has been given instructions when he left here that, in all military operations, that we redouble our efforts to make sure that innocent loss of life is minimized, with zero being the goal," Jones said, noting that, "In one mishap you can create thousands more terrorists than you had before the mishap."
(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...
Taliban hides behind skirts and children. God help and protect our troops.
Is this an intercepted communication from LBJ to Westmoreland?
I would rather hear that Obama was concerned about American troop casualties...
However, I am sure our smart Generals will formulate an effective war plan that gets the job done even with these ROI.
And at point do the lawyers get inserted?
Hadcuffing the troops is no way to win a war. We should have learned this in Vietnam.
They can check with the Palestinians if they want expert advise.
In other news, Barack Obama has ordered the military wear new BDU’s with large red and white concentric circles on the chest and the back...
You cannot run a war like a police action...
Oh dear God..this is insanity! It’s bad enough that the order was given..but to broadcast it in ADVANCE..just as we are sending our soldiers into the field?
And to be fair, let the Taliban take at least one shot at you before you fire back.
Of course, our guys are accused of killing women and children regardless, but never mind.
~~Pray for our troops ..........
"Here, tali, tali, tali, tali" "C'mere, tali, tali, tali, tali"
Wonder if Obama's personal Security force will show the same restraint when they come after us?
It is! This is a purposeful plan to lose our
advantage and appease the Muslims, injure and
eliminate our dear troops from the battlefield
in the process, and setting the stage for more
devastating attacks here.
God .. help us, save us, protect our heroes.
“Wonder if Obama’s personal Security force will show the same restraint when they come after us?”
I used to say the same things, then I realized, I have a different set of values, morals, and rules than they do. The socialist/facist has no qualms about lying/cheating/killing in the forward of progressivism.
So, now I am trying to change the way I think about the approaching battles. I cannot win if I do not fight the way they do.
And how are US personnel going to tell the difference?
Under Obama rule, since the Taliban and al Queada don’t wear uniforms, they are civilians as long as they aren’t pointing their AK-47 AT you....
This is the end of it.
“I cannot win if I do not fight the way they do.”
Winning is all about will.
But, but, “zero is the goal,” as the article stated.
“injure and eliminate our dear troops from the battlefield in the process”
Send those White boys up to Tora Bora and those well-connected, well-armored caves and let them be cut to pieces. Send lots of ‘em. I can just see that private conversation, 1 on 1, being held somewhere a while back. It makes my blood run to ice.
“Make no mistake: we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan.”
Say after me: Viet Nam
I’m sure glad we didn’t do this during WWII. I feel for the civilians but the country is at war.
Thanks, Zero, for emasculating our troops.
a friend’s son is there. We pray daily for him. He is serving with other good men under the rule of FOOLS.
“Say after me: Viet Nam”
God bless and protect our troops!
this is the most depressing story yet out of this Administration .. and there is just so much competition.
That brings tears to my eyes.
I’ve been teary since I read this news.
How could they ?
“The order is consistent with what national security adviser James L. Jones told McClatchy Newspapers in Washington Wednesday was President Barack Obama’s concern
Barack Obama is a backstabbing bass turd.
Our BHO rules of engagement: Mirandize, surrender, and ask the UN to hold our rifles. Frankly, the military is smart enough not to injure civies if they can help it. After all, the Left would put them on trial. The rats!
Videos from Afghanistan fighting .. it’s 110 degrees. Prayers..
From Russia about the Afghan operation
From Al Jezeera, with statements from Gen. McChrystal and Sec. Gates
“President Barack Obama’s concern about popularity polls on the war he’s conducting after campaigning on a peace platform...”
Don’t shoot until you’ve read them their rights, taken them into custody, given them a fare trial...
A terrorist is one who will attack to "create terror". They target civilians and other weak targets. Women. Children. Hospitals.
If there is ANY sort of military engagement that can encourage them to kill innocents in their own nation, then they are already "Extremists".
I can't fathom any circumstance under which it would become defendable practice inside the borders of this country. No matter if the Soviets had conquored. Attacking a public school would not change that one bit.
The administration is giving credence to the concept of "terrorism". Moral equivalence and all that. They engage in war crimes. They deliberately target civilians. They are never denounced for their actions. We are told that we must "understand" their rage and "negotiate" with them.
They must end their supremist ideology. It can no more be tolerated than Nazism. They don't have to agree that Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, and converts away from Islam aren't damned but they cannot kill them over it.
Well, I was speaking more to personal battles with treasonous a-holes in this country or my city that I may have to fight someday.
The administration is putting in place ROE that will result in defeat in Afghanistan. Can’t fire on houses that may contain civilians, can’t fire on enemy forces if civilians might be put at risk. Of course all Taliban forces will now hide behind their population or run to civilian houses after a strike. You have to wonder why they sent 30,000 more troops there and then tied their hands.
what a joke
I remember hearing an order like this in Nam. We all know how that turned out ?
Taliban is a bunch of kitties (just not that word, LOL!) As is obama.
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