Skip to comments.Shades of Vietnam: Spike in U.S. troop deaths tied to stricter rules of engagement
Posted on 12/06/2013 8:01:56 AM PST by huldah1776
The number of U.S. battlefield fatalities exceeded the rate at which troop strength surged in 2009 and 2010, prompting national security analysts to assert that coinciding stricter rules of engagement led to more deaths.
A connection between the sharp increase in American deaths and restrictive rules of engagement is difficult to confirm. More deaths surely stemmed from ramped-up counterterrorism raids and the Talibans response with more homemade bombs, the No. 1 killer of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
But it is clear that the rules of engagement, which restrain troops from firing in order to spare civilian casualties, cut back on airstrikes and artillery strikes the types of support that protect troops during raids and ambushes.
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... and the beat goes on ...
The ROE are never in place to win any war.
Cowardly politicians and officers killing American heroes. Hate them.
It's called "giving aid and comfort to the enemy."
And by increasing the ROE, we end up increasing the number of our folks who will be killed and wounded because of it. Thus, instead of decreasing US casualties, it will guarantee an increase in casualties. Look what has been happening the last 4 years in Afghanistan, everytime the ROE are ‘strengthened’ in hopes of decreasing causalties, US casualties go UP>
Don’t shoot until shot at. And by then, it’s ususally too late.
What they must be enduring under the Kenyan Klown's ROE is almost unimaginable.
They might as well resurrect MacNamara’s old ROE. They managed to kill a lot of our troops needlessly too. Maybe they could get Fonda to go to Afghanistan and sit on a gun.
I imagine that thoughts today are going through the minds of our remaining troops in Afghanistan and their families back home of “No one wants to be the last soldier to die in Afghanistan when Obama withdraws all of the troops.” And will he and the thousands of dead troops who served before him be forgotten by most people here in the U.S?
Linden mother of last U.S. soldier killed in Vietnam meets granddaughter for first time
A meeting 40 years in the making
Tia McConnell stands with her grandmother, Mae Rucker, at the Veterans Memorial on the courthouse square.
Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 7:02 am, Sun Aug 5, 2012.
By Angela Guillory email@example.com
LINDEN Almost 40 years after the death of her son the last American soldier killed in Vietnam an East Texas woman finally met her granddaughter this past week.
Tia McConnell, the Asian-born daughter of John ONeal Rucker, tracked down her fathers family through DNA testing, driving across the country with her husband and children to meet them.
She said it was an emotional experience visiting Ruckers gravesite and placing a flag at the courthouse where a monument recognizes him as the last U.S. soldier killed in Vietnam.
Born March 17, 1951, in Kilgore, Rucker was raised in Linden. He was assigned to the 366 Combat Support Group, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, at Da Nang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam.
On Jan. 27, 1973, at the age of 22, Rucker was killed in a rocket attack just hours before the signing of the Paris Peace Accords that ended the Vietnam War.
His daughter was born an orphan in Da Nang. She was evacuated before the fall of Saigon and adopted and raised by Jack and Karen Whittier of Colorado.
But McConnell said she has always yearned to know her father and his family.
From the mind of the guy who spent three months in ‘Nam and came home with three purple hearts...
Sickening if even ONE American dies because a bunch of attorneys set the rules of combat. Just sickening.
ROE should be:
See enemy, kill enemy.
Next question please.
Empowering the enemy, destroying the US military, demoralizing the troops,while all the while not winning the hearts and minds of the foreign peoples and causing them to hate and disrespect us - one American soldiers life at a time.
Anyone joining the military must know that the CIC does NOT have their back! He & Valjar couldn’t care less.
War casualties as of December 2013
Why don't we talk about the sanctuary in Pakistan the Taliban and Haqqanis have? Google Chaman and Quetta. Go talk to your neighbor who just came back. Maybe he is uniform, maybe he's a contractor. The story is the same: we should have won this years ago.
If families that lost loved ones over here challenged their elected representatives, maybe we'd get some where.
Germans and Japanese citizens should be irate over this. We killed them in droves, but I guess since they are white and Asian and not camel concubines they don’t count.