“There have already been instances where troops under ambush were denied artillery support because of new ROE” Was it ROE or the tactics, techniques and procedures that put those Troops in such a positions of vulnerability being left tactically exposed without support?
Helicopter gunships http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2401279/posts?page=1
What I am referring to is an article posted here a couple of months ago about a US platoon caught in an ambush and pinned down by a couple hundred Taliban. They desperately requested artillery support fire but were refused because there were civilians in that area and the new policy doesn’t allow it (in order to win Afghan popular support). The platoon commander told them that he could see the area in question, and there were no civilians there, but was still refused. Eventually they managed to fight their way out without support, but with additional casulaties.
I am for sending whatever troops the commander needs, as long as the mission makes sense. But the strategey being used now will not, IMHO work. We will likely win every battle and lose the war (and there’s your Vietnam comparison).