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‘I Didn’t Join to Be Sacrificed’: US Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Skyrocket Under Obama
Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis

Posted on 02/14/2014 5:18:58 PM PST by Kaslin

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have skyrocketed under President Obama. Since 2009, 73 percent of all U.S. deaths in the country have taken place, amounting to 27.1 fatalities per month, on average. Billy and Karen Vaughn, Gold Star parents of Special Operations Chief (SEAL) Aaron Vaughn who was killed in action in 2011, are speaking out about why.

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are now forced to fight a two-fronted war. Before each deployment, these soldiers understand fully that day after day they will do battle against relentless terrorists with shifting loyalties and unspeakable hatred. But what none of them could have foreseen was the killing field that would open from their rear: the Continental United States.

Our government’s incessant tightening of already restrictive ROE (Rules of Engagement), compounded by the failed COIN (Counterinsurgency) strategy—also known as “winning hearts and minds”—has made an otherwise primitive enemy formidable.

Our best and brightest come home in body bags as politicians and lawyers dine over white linen tablecloths; writing, modifying, and re-modifying these lethal rules. Rules that favor the enemy rather than the American soldier. Rules so absurd they’re difficult to believe until you hear the same stories over and again from those returning from battle.

Rep. Louie Gohmert has spoken out about the current ROE and COIN, which are so restrictive he doesn’t see the “merit in the potential further sacrifice and loss of American lives in Afghanistan.” This sentiment is echoed by some members of the military as well. The Vaughns continue (emphasis mine):

“In a delicate discussion with an Army Ranger who recently left the military, we heard the following: “I had to get out. I have a family who needs me. I didn’t join to be sacrificed. I joined to fight.””

Under the current ROE, U.S. troops cannot fire without first confirming that a Taliban fighter is armed, even if they are sure the target is the enemy.

And if they violate these rules, troops fear being court martialed, imprisoned, or kicked out of the service all together. “The last thing a warfighter should ever be forced to experience is unnecessary fear,” the Vaughns write. “Fear creates hesitation. Hesitation creates flag-draped caskets. Flag-draped caskets create fatherless children, widowed wives, and childless parents. Our heroes deserve the right to fight with swift hands, clear minds, and confident hearts.”

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jerry R. Curry sums it up best:

“To the American people an American military life is worth far more than the life of an Afghan soldier or civilian. For the current occupants of the White House and the Administration’s staff it seems to be just the opposite.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 0bamaadmin; afghanistan; military; ustroops

1 posted on 02/14/2014 5:18:58 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

No one wants to be the last soldier killed for that backward-assed country, but Obama is completely willing to throw away American lives for nothing.


2 posted on 02/14/2014 5:22:24 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Kaslin

ROE?


3 posted on 02/14/2014 5:24:30 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: ltc8k6

The reason, I mean.


4 posted on 02/14/2014 5:25:08 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Yes, it’s absolutely discussing. Pointless deaths and this time. Where is the anti-war crowd when they would actually have a point?


5 posted on 02/14/2014 5:25:49 PM PST by WHBates
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To: Kaslin

Where is the bastardized , so-called “media” and their reporting on these deaths like they did non-stop when Bush was CIC???

Bootlickers.....all of them!!


6 posted on 02/14/2014 5:27:43 PM PST by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: WHBates

The “anti-war” crowd is too busy worshiping their god, Obastard.


7 posted on 02/14/2014 5:28:36 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: WHBates

Wouldn’t want to upset their king.


8 posted on 02/14/2014 5:28:47 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Kaslin

...when you have muslims in the WH as advisers, and RoE don’t allow you to protect yourself and a president who is more concerned about fund raising than saving lives...sure numbers will climb


9 posted on 02/14/2014 5:29:14 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kaslin

Suicidal ROE policies!


10 posted on 02/14/2014 5:30:45 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: MountainDad

MIA, naturally


11 posted on 02/14/2014 5:32:06 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

What’s amazing to me is the lack of coverage.

27 dead per month?

That’s 1/4 the rate in Vietnam.

Which is still huge. And you hear nothing of it.

The military has been too successful in controlling the media. They do it to prevent the kind of distortion that CBS/NBC/ABC engaged in during the Vietnam war, but that means people don’t hear about this.

By the end of Vietnam everyone knew that the ROE were nuts.

Well, George McGovern and Hanoi Jane didn’t think they were all that bad, but...

There should be more reporting from the front there. Americans should know what’s happening and understand what is causing it.

It will be one more nail in the coffin of this criminal administration’s “foreign policy”.


12 posted on 02/14/2014 5:38:06 PM PST by Regulator
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To: WHBates
Where is the anti-war crowd when they would actually have a point?

Writing the ROE to ensure this is "the next Vietnam"--their words, not mine.

They have been making sure their propaganda prediction happens, in the press, and in the halls of policy, and they are willing to shed the blood of our troops (whom they have hated since the '60s) to make it happen, no matter the results.

13 posted on 02/14/2014 5:48:46 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Kaslin

Meanwhile Afghanistan is setting free the terrorists that these troops were sent there to deal with.

Bring the troops home.


14 posted on 02/14/2014 5:50:05 PM PST by Rodamala
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15 posted on 02/14/2014 5:50:43 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Kaslin

As a VietNam vet, we engaged in “winning the hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese people. Judging by the lack of the NVA expected “uprising and support’ from the South Vietnamese people for the NVA during TET, maybe we were partially successful. When Walter Cronkite was shown the total lack of NVA strategic military success in the 1968 TET Offensive, he replied, “that’s a great story but I’m probably not going to use any of it”. However, most of us were never subjected to ridiculous ROEs now imposed on our troops. Nonetheless, as in Nam, we were betrayed by our media, yellow bellied politicians and anti-American protestors. This is history repeating itself.


16 posted on 02/14/2014 5:51:47 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: Kaslin; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


17 posted on 02/14/2014 5:52:29 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Kaslin

bttt


18 posted on 02/14/2014 5:52:58 PM PST by Luigi Vasellini (End the political class.......TERM LIMITS NOW!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: MountainDad

With the MSM you would not even be aware the war was still going on. It does not exist in the news cycle. Under Bush, they meticulously reported every single death. It becomes glaringly obvious now, and we all knew its beforehand, that the MSM does not give a rats ass about the soldiers. To the MSM, the soldiers are useful only as a bludgeon for political purposes; the purposes being to destroy President Bush.


19 posted on 02/14/2014 6:03:14 PM PST by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Kaslin
Females took control of America in 2008 with their vote.. A female named Sandra Fluke summoned America's females to set the stage for the destruction of America. Females raised Obama. Females dictate WH strategy. Ask Hillary about Benghazi or Susan Rice what happened there, or the woman born in Iran who gave the stand down order there. America will not survive under the direction of females and the girly boy raised by females is taking it straight down the shiite hole. Females can't win wars, that would be "too mean". Rather, they forfeit them.

An emasculated America is dying before our eyes. Hillary in 2016? Sure, why not? We're gluttons for punishment aren't we?

20 posted on 02/14/2014 6:05:08 PM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Kaslin

We all know that at the end of the day Bammy will cut and run from Afghanistan just as he did in Iraq. I don’t want more brave men to die for a mission Bammy and the Dims will make sure fails.


21 posted on 02/14/2014 6:08:23 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Kaslin

This president likes to brag that he is really good at killing people.

Yeah, the wrong ones. He’s good at killing babies, border patrol agents, U.S. diplomats, conservative journalists, and U.S. soldiers.


22 posted on 02/14/2014 6:08:48 PM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: Flick Lives

Yeah. I know. Sad....
When my son was in Iraq for 3 tours under Bush, there was a steady drum beat of negative news just like I saw with Vietnam.
He had stupid ROE then, but got much worse with o’bozo. Then the allowing of fudge-packers and he had enough...
he got out after 8 years. 3.5 in combat zone.

I know there are many guys with the same or more in service that have “had enough”,and it makes me sick to see these brave warrior’s treated like crap!!!!!

(I better stop the rant now before I say something to get me in trouble with the mod’s)


23 posted on 02/14/2014 6:37:47 PM PST by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: Kaslin

In 1968 it was

Hey, hey, LBJ - how may kids have you killed today.

It’s worse under Obama


24 posted on 02/14/2014 6:41:24 PM PST by rdcbn
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To: MountainDad

Rant on, MountainDad, rant on!


25 posted on 02/14/2014 6:45:17 PM PST by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Kaslin

Had a campaign promise been kept no losses would hsve occurred to “nation building”. Granted it would be the same shit hole on exit as entrance. They like it that way apparently.


26 posted on 02/14/2014 8:33:12 PM PST by mcshot (We don't know much other then it's fraud.)
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To: ltc8k6

ROE= Rules of Engagement.


27 posted on 02/14/2014 8:57:23 PM PST by Ax
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To: ltc8k6

ROE= Rules of Engagement.


28 posted on 02/14/2014 8:57:34 PM PST by Ax
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To: Kaslin

Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer says that a major factor is the fact that it’s against Obama Administration, Pentagon policy to inquire about Afghanis’ opinions or beliefs, to try to ascertain if they’re truly friendlies, because of fear of offending them. So, police trainees or civilian traders around military bases are infiltrated by enemies.


29 posted on 02/14/2014 9:02:53 PM PST by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: Ax

I was asking if ROE was the reason, not for an explanation of ROE. Did you not read the very next post?


30 posted on 02/14/2014 9:58:04 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Kaslin

yeah but G.W. is Still the bad guy here there and everywhere.
And obammy is responsible for squat!


31 posted on 02/15/2014 3:36:27 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Joe Boucher

Exactly


32 posted on 02/15/2014 3:54:50 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: ltc8k6

Sorry.


33 posted on 02/15/2014 6:47:35 AM PST by Ax
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To: Ax

No problem.

This will brighten your day.

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/heartwarming-exchange-between-trash-collector-autistic-boy-goes-192909594—abc-news-parenting.html?vp=1


34 posted on 02/15/2014 8:06:11 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: ltc8k6

Aye, it did that, amigo. Thanks.


35 posted on 02/15/2014 12:24:13 PM PST by Ax
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