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Troops: Strict war rules slow Afghan offensive (Obama handicaps our troops against the enemies)
MSNBC ^ | 2/15/2010 | AP

Posted on 02/15/2010 4:22:28 PM PST by tobyhill

Some American and Afghan troops say they're fighting the latest offensive in Afghanistan with a handicap — strict rules that routinely force them to hold their fire.

Although details of the new guidelines are classified to keep insurgents from reading them, U.S. troops say the Taliban are keenly aware of the restrictions.

"I understand the reason behind it, but it's so hard to fight a war like this," said Lance Cpl. Travis Anderson, 20, of Altoona, Iowa. "They're using our rules of engagement against us," he said, adding that his platoon had repeatedly seen men drop their guns into ditches and walk away to blend in with civilians.

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To: bwc2221

The General is the agent of the Administration and is following orders.


21 posted on 02/15/2010 5:42:19 PM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: Nachoman
That is the way we did it in Vietnam.

But stupid can not learn from past mistakes.

22 posted on 02/15/2010 5:59:51 PM PST by TYVets (Let's Roll!!! The leadership of the GOP has no spine and no guts, but we conservatives do)
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To: tobyhill

Where these ROE’s also in place during Bush’s terms in office?


23 posted on 02/15/2010 6:01:06 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: tobyhill

Were these ROE’s also in place during Bush’s terms in office?


24 posted on 02/15/2010 6:01:26 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: garjog

Damn right. Bravo for reminding us.


25 posted on 02/15/2010 6:02:42 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: John-Irish

Yes,and they seemed to change every day.It made things tuff,I was in Tikrit March 2003-2004.


26 posted on 02/15/2010 6:30:35 PM PST by Hotmetal (Lead,follow,or get the Hell out of the way.554th REDHORSE)
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To: Hotmetal

Well God Bless you and thank you for your service. Were you Army? I can’t imagine your being hobbled like this. It’s beyond insane. Desk-bound bureaucrats and politically-correct pencil-necks who’ve never been where the rubber meets the road and they presume to tell a soldier how and when he/she can fight. Amazing.


27 posted on 02/15/2010 6:40:39 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: tobyhill

This reminds me of the air war in Vietnam. Rats every time.


28 posted on 02/15/2010 8:52:34 PM PST by Eaglefixer
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