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  • Rules of engagement limit the actions of U.S. troops and drones in Afghanistan

    11/27/2013 5:48:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/27/13 | Rowan Scarborough
    The new U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement adds restrictions on already bureaucratic rules of engagement for American troops by making Afghan dwellings virtual safe havens for the enemy, combat veterans say. The rules of engagement place the burden on U.S. air and ground troops to confirm with certainty that a Taliban fighter is armed before they can fire — even if they are 100 percent sure the target is the enemy. In some cases, aerial gunships have been denied permission to fire even though they reported that targets on the move were armed. The proposed Bilateral Security Agreement announced Wednesday by Afghan
  • More On Benghazi-Gate And Our Military

    10/29/2013 2:11:59 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    City On A Hill [BlogTalkRadio] ^ | October | Radio Broadcast
    Listen to broadcast interview of retired Marine 1st Sgt John Bernard give his opinion after the Benghazi hearings and the non-response of the GOP and the explanation for the faulty reasoning behind COIN and the present rules of engagement.
  • Validation of Valor

    10/16/2013 7:16:49 PM PDT · by Noremac · 4 replies
    Blasted ^ | October 16, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    Just yesterday I heard the story of retired Army Captain William Swenson and his late in coming award of the Medal of Honor, earned in a tense combat mission, in Afghanistan in 2009, judged by many, to be one of the most, if not the most intense ever in that region. Because the outline of the story were gripping, I hunted down a handful of write-ups on the Battle of Ganjgal, and in the process, not only uncovered details that have only sparsely been alluded to, but a rare clip of raw video of one segment of the event as...
  • A Scandal Bigger Than Benghazi?

    08/12/2013 5:38:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 40 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 12, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    - FrontPage Magazine - - A Scandal Bigger Than Benghazi?Posted By Arnold Ahlert On August 12, 2013 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments In a story that has remained largely under the mainstream media radar, Congress announced late last month that it would finally investigate the Aug. 6, 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan that resulted in 38 deaths, including 22 members of SEAL Team 6, made famous three months earlier when they killed Osama Bin Laden. Grieving family members insist that soldiers in the elite unit were placed in unnecessary danger by the recklessness of the Obama administration, whose actions...
  • Chuck Hagel warns: Troops are ‘close to the breaking point’

    07/23/2013 9:20:54 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 73 replies
    Politico ^ | 23 Jul 13 | PHILIP EWING
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Monday that U.S. troops are “close to the breaking point,” after many deployments — and Congress risks worsening the situation if it doesn’t help the Pentagon with its budget. “Our people are strong and resilient after 12 years of war, but they are under stress — and so are the institutions that support them,” Hagel told the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the group’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky. “Last week at Fort Bragg’s Soldier and Family Assistance Center, I met a first sergeant who told me that in Afghanistan, he froze up and...
  • Proposed Army manual's scary message for our troops in Afghanistan (Don't criticize pedophilia)

    12/14/2012 10:43:56 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Michael Goodwin
    ..."Instead of blaming Taliban infiltration or other causes, the draft of a new Army handbook says ignorance of local culture drove many of the insider attacks that killed 63 Americans and other allied forces this year alone." ... The handbook says troops should avoid “making derogatory comments about the Taliban, advocating women’s rights, any criticism of pedophilia, directing any criticism towards Afghans, mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct” or “anything related to Islam.” ... "Maybe, just maybe, if Allen suddenly approves the outrageous field manual, the probe against him will be dropped. Stranger things have happened in the last four years."
  • My question for Barack Obama (query that gets to heart of president's 'disgraceful' policies)

    10/24/2012 10:47:33 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies ^ | October 24, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Barack Obama likes to answer questions – from John Stewart, from the gang on “The View,” from David Letterman, from a fawning media establishment. But the nation witnessed what happened when Mitt Romney asked him a few tough questions. He crumbled like an empty suit. I doubt very much if Obama will ever allow me to interview him – or even ask one tough question. After all, who am I? I’m only a guy running the first and largest independent news source on the Internet, with an audience of 8 million. I’m only a guy who before launching WND 15...
  • Obama’s War: US Soldiers Are Told They Are Fighting For The Afghan People, Not For The US

    10/14/2012 10:24:55 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 4 replies ^ | 10.14.12 | AJ
    An American hero, Colonel Harry Tunnell IV, Commander of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, documented the truth about the war in Afghanistan. What Obama is really doing in Afghanistan is treasonous. Dated August 20, 2010, a letter was written to John McHugh, Secretary of the Army, signed by Colonel Harry Tunnell IV. In the letter, four significant factors about military operations in Afghanistan were revealed. 1. When US soldiers arrive in Afghanistan, they are told that they are fighting for the Afghan people: “Soldiers join the military today to protect the United States, yet they are told once in...
  • State Dept Reverses Denial of Hiring British Security Firm in Benghazi

    09/18/2012 11:17:41 PM PDT · by Fred · 48 replies ^ | 091812 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland admitted that she provided false information Friday about the State Department's hiring of private security firms for the American mission in Benghazi attacked on September 11th: QUESTION: You also said there was no contract with a private security firm in Libya, and yet apparently some British security guards were hired. Is that your way of saying you didn’t contract with a firm but you did hire individual security guards? MS. NULAND: Thank you for that, because there was an error in what I said. The external security, external armed security, as we have been saying, outside...

    09/18/2012 10:05:42 PM PDT · by Fred · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 091812 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    EDITORS' NOTE: According to a source close to Breitbart News and high up in the intelligence community, the Obama administration's policy following Muammar Gaddafi's death has been to keep a "low profile" during a chaotic time. For this reason, according to the source, American Marines were not stationed at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli or the American mission in Benghazi, as would typically have been the case. In the spirit of a "low profile," the administration didn't even want an American company in charge of private security. Blue Mountain, the British firm the State Department hired, was willing to abide...
  • Gold Star Family: SEAL Team 6 Killed by Rules of Enogagement

    09/14/2012 10:42:29 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 14 September 2012 | by Breitbart News
    "Rep. Gohmert stated that the press conference was scheduled weeks ago, but emphasized how timely this discussion was in light of the attacks on the US embassy in Libya and Cairo. Billy Vaughn spoke about his son Aaron, who was killed along with 29 others when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down. The mission was so risky it had to be approved outside of theater. When the chopper went down, the air support did not fire to take out the enemy because there might be friendlies in the building and the ROE made no...
  • Marine Hunter Hogan's Father: Media Coddles Teflon-Coated Admin - Blasts Rules of Engagement

    07/10/2012 6:50:37 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 19 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-9-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    Marine Lance Cpl. Hunter Hogan was laid to rest in York, Nebraska on Friday, July 6th, 2012. He was 21 years old when he was killed in Afghanistan during operations in Helmand province with the Patriot Guard Riders on June 23, 2012. His hometown was Norman, Indiana. Hunter's father, Steve Hogan, says his son was "fearless," "brave," and "he sure could Cowboy." He loved to rodeo, had opportunities to do so in college but wanted to serve his country for four years and then get back to the rodeo arena. Mr. Hogan has sharp words for the media, accusing them...
  • COP Margah shows futility of Afghan war

    09/05/2011 4:14:30 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner: ^ | 08/20/11 8:05 PM | Diana West |
    | On the Afghan border with Pakistan in Paktika province, there is a tiny, isolated and primitive American outpost called Combat Outpost Margah. What happened there last fall never penetrated mainstream consciousness, but on Oct. 30, American forces were surprised in a wee-hours attack by hundreds of unusually sophisticated fighters who were "armed to the teeth and shouting "Allah Akbar." Or so David Axe reported, quite vividly, in Wired magazine, a lone outlet to cover the battle. It took 12 apocalyptic hours, but the insurgents were successfully repelled. Of course, this wasn't the first time this outpost in eastern Afghanistan...
  • Live Thread: POTUS speech on troop withdrawl from Afghanistan

    06/22/2011 5:11:03 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 228 replies
    Fox News Live Broadcast ^ | 22 JUN 11 | dcbryan1
    Awaiting Presidential remarks on the date of withdraw and number of troops abroad. 7 PM CST on Fox News. Pundits talking now
  • Under Obama, U.S. Casualty Rate in Afghanistan Increased 5-Fold

    06/22/2011 6:15:07 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 29 replies ^ | June 22, 2011 | Edwin Mora
    The average monthly casualty rate for U.S. military forces serving in Afghanistan has increased 5-fold since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009. 1,540 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since Oct. 7,2001, when U.S. forces began action in that country to oust the Taliban regime that had been harboring al Qaeda and to track down and capture or kill al Qaeda terrorists. During the Bush presidency, which ended on Jan. 20, 2009 with the inauguration of President Obama, U.S. troops were present in Afghanistan for 87.4 months and suffered 570 casualties—a rate of 6.5 deaths per...
  • Afghan officer shoots dead US soldier

    05/12/2011 2:07:56 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 20 replies
    PressTV ^ | May 12th 2011 | Staff
    An Afghan policeman has shot dead an American soldier and wounded three others in the southern province of Helmand. A member of the Afghan national police opened fire on the Americans on Thursday during a full scale scuffle in the provincial capital city of Lashkar Gah, located about 555 kilometers (344 miles) south of Kabul, a Press TV correspondent reported. The shooting marks the second incident of its kind in less than a month. On April 27, a veteran Afghan army pilot opened fire on foreign troops at Kabul airport, killing eight US-led soldiers and a contractor. Several US-led foreign...
  • An Interview with John Bernard

    02/09/2011 9:33:05 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 1 replies
    Diana West ^ | Paul Hair
    I first learned of John Bernard through Diana West (“ROE Are Merely Symptom of ‘Hearts and Minds’”) and the Stars and Stripes blog entry, “Photo of dying Marine forces a difficult decision.” Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan murdered Mr. Bernard’s son, Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard. Media outlets ignored his wishes and the wishes of the Department of Defense by running a photograph of his son as he lay dying from his wounds. This initially outraged me but because our nation bombards us with insult after insult, my outrage has subsided and now I simply keep this action in mind as the...
  • Lynn Woolsey: A National Embarrassment

    01/08/2011 3:47:49 AM PST · by Scanian · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 08, 2011 | Nancy Morgan
    My nephew, Lance Corporal Lee Morgan, will be deploying to Afghanistan next Friday. This will be his second tour of duty there. Lee will be putting his life on the line, once again, fighting a war which is described by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) as "an epic failure, a national embarrassment and a moral blight." While my nephew is risking his life to fight the war on terror, Ms. Woolsey is exercising her right to polish her moral vitaes (on the backs of others) by blithely passing judgment on what the Obama administration has re-defined as merely an "overseas contingency...
  • Ron Paul delays judgement on possible Sarah Palin presidential bid

    12/29/2010 3:22:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 15+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 29, 2010 | Steven Nelson
    Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul is declining to offer his assessment of Sarah Palin’s libertarian appeal, or her chances of winning his endorsement in 2012. Paul, a politician not known to mince words, is withholding judgment on a potential Palin presidential campaign, according to Jeff Deist, Paul’s chief of staff. “[Congressman Paul] doesn’t comment on Palin, especially as she is not a candidate at this point,” Deist said. Palin has been subject to significant criticism from establishment Republican figures, as well as potential rivals for the Republican nomination in 2012. Barbara Bush said in November that she hopes Palin “stays...
  • Mad as Hell Day is Sept 23: stand with the Leavenworth ten against cowardly Rules of Engagement

    09/19/2010 9:17:30 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 7 replies ^ | SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2010 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    Cruel. Despicable. Mean. Demonic. Deplorable. Duplicitous. Deceitful. Hypocritical. Dishonorable. No words in the dictionary are adequate to describe what is being done to 10 brave U.S. soldiers and Marines who are languishing in the Fort Leavenworth brigade. They are there for volunteering to protect us and after being placed into the fog of war to fight our enemies, “violating” our military’s feckless politically correct Rules of Engagement (RoE). Because of the “Catch and Release” policy that is sacrificing our young men’s lives for a touchy feely new war model, enemy combatants who attack our young men and women can be...
  • Rep. Jones wants ROE hearing as bloggers discuss Petraeus and Burger King

    06/27/2010 2:31:07 PM PDT · by Crush · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The US Report was one in a minority of voices in the political blogosphere months ago when we raised the issue of the Rules of Engagement for US forces, partly in response to reading milblogs as well as following dispatches filed by war correspondent Michael Yon. And Congress, at least, appears to be mindful. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) issued a statement on Friday after sending a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (MO-4) and Ranking Member Howard “Buck” McKeon (CA-25). Jones’ statement said he is “requesting a Full Committee classified hearing on Rules of Engagement and Tactical...
  • Petraeus to Loosen Controversial Afghan ROE?

    06/26/2010 12:10:04 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 6/25/2010 | Greg Grant
    Fox News, outgoing Afghan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s least favorite news channel (he banned it from the televisions in his HQ), reports that one of the first moves of incoming Afghan commander Gen. David Petraeus will be to loosen the controversial rules of engagement in Afghanistan to allow more artillery and air strikes. Troops in Afghanistan complain they’re fighting with one hand tied behind their back because of the various “directives” issued by McChrystal restricting the use of indirect fires in an effort to curtail civilian casualties. Not so fast, reports Leo Shane with Stars and Stripes, who asked Petraeus’...
  • Afghan agonies: grim news from the front

    06/21/2010 3:12:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 21, 2010 | George F. Will
    Torrents of uninteresting mail inundate members of Congress, but occasionally there are riveting communications, such as a recent e-mail from a noncommissioned officer serving in Afghanistan. He explains why the rules of engagement for US troops are "too prohibitive for coalition forces to achieve sustained tactical successes." Receiving mortar fire during an overnight mission, his unit called for a 155mm howitzer illumination round to be fired to reveal the enemy's location. The request was rejected "on the grounds that it may cause collateral damage." The NCO says the only thing that comes down from an illumination round is a canister,...
  • Soldier killed by friendly-fire

    03/22/2010 7:26:52 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 225+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | March 23, 2010 | Yaakov Katz
    IDF soldier Sgt. Gavriel Chepitch, 21, from Zichron Ya’acov, was killed Monday night in a friendly-fire incident along the border with the Gaza Strip. Chepitch, from the 77th Armored Battalion, was part of a military force near the Kissufim Crossing that apprehended three Palestinians who had allegedly succeeded in crossing the border into Israel. A force from the Golani Brigade was also alerted to the border and spotted a suspicious figure, whom the soldiers assumed was one of the infiltrators. The soldiers opened fire, killing Chepitch.
  • Under Obama, Rules of Engagement in Afghan War Are Political Correctness Which Slow Down US Troops

    02/20/2010 1:58:44 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 20 replies · 794+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | February 20, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Under the Obama Administration, the rules of engagement in the Afghan War are extreme political correctness, and this has brought well-earned criticism of the military's prosecution of the Afghan War from a very decorated source, Major General Robert Scales. Imagine if you're a Marine in Afghanistan, charged with fighting terrorists, yet you can't shoot at Taliban terrorists unless you see them actually holding weapons in their hands! If the Taliban terrorists only temporarily put their arms down, Marines are forbidden from shooting at them! Imagine that you also can't treat the captured terrorists "roughly"—as in using "harsh" language against them...
  • U.S. Marine At Battle Of Marja: Who Can Tell The Good Ones From The Bad Ones?

    02/16/2010 7:15:48 PM PST · by JLWORK · 25 replies · 506+ views
    David Horowitz's ^ | February 16, 2010 | John L. Work
    The United States Marines now fighting the battle of Marja, Afghanistan are facing a most difficult mission. They are tasked with clearing the town of Taliban fighters – and they are restricted by rules of engagement not seen heretofore in the history of U.S. warfare. Commanding General Stanley McChrystal has made limiting civilian casualties a higher priority than loss of American lives. And it is impossible to tell who is the enemy in a Muslim State that still resembles the Stone Age. The Los Angeles Times coverage by Tony Perry and Laura King is here:
  • Rules of engagement mean Marines see victory in holding fire

    02/06/2010 3:26:37 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 42 replies · 958+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 7, 2010 | By John Vandiver,
    COMBAT OUTPOST FIDDLER’S GREEN, Afghanistan Sgt. Jefferson Haney is a rarity, and his fellow Marines look at him with just a little bit of envy. The artilleryman with the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment is one of few who have done what they spent countless hours training for: firing his howitzer at the enemy. “Two rounds on an enemy bunker,” recalled Haney as he stood near the firing line at Fiddler’s Green, a combat outpost in Helmand province. “The bunker was destroyed.” With new and more stringent rules of engagement imposed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal in an effort to reduce...
  • US Marine: "The Rules of Engagement Prevent Me From Doing My Job"

    02/03/2010 3:44:38 AM PST · by kingattax · 27 replies · 728+ views
    Diana West ^ | February 02, 2010 | Diana West
    Someday, civilian and military leaders responsible for these rules of engagement, this policy of sacrificing American troops to make the barbarians of Afghanistan "like us" should come before at the very least a Congressional hearing, but at this point an out-for-blood people's tribunal seems more appropriate. What they are doing to our military, our treasury, our power and our prestige is an unconscionable national betrayal. The following news story describes the toll these rules, this policy is taking on our bravest young men -- amoebas in a petri dish to the mad, see-no-Islam social engineers masquerading as American statesmen and...
  • Proportionality in Modern Asymmetrical Wars

    01/24/2010 5:22:26 AM PST · by debka · 8 replies · 521+ views
    As the uses of force in Somalia, Kosovo and Iraq show, Western armies are very concerned about protecting the lives of their soldiers, and to that end are willing to risk many civilian lives. They also find acceptable the notion that civilian lives can be forfeited in order to attain important military goals. Israel’s Gaza operation clearly shows that Israeli commanders successfully followed the requirements of the administrative model of the principle of proportionality. The IDF required commanders to take humanitarian law into account in the planning stages of the operation. Legal advisors were involved in the planning of many...
  • Proportionality in Modern Asymetrical Wars

    01/24/2010 12:53:14 AM PST · by jerusalemjudy · 19 replies · 600+ views
    Global Law Forum ^ | January 24, 2010 | Amichai Sharon
    Asymmetrical conflicts are fought between a state following the laws of armed conflicts or international humanitarian law, and organizations that almost never follow these rules and have very little incentive to do so. While the Geneva Conventions and their protocols were framed in an era of “classic” military engagements, when wars were fought between nations and by armies that observed the rules of armed conflict, we should examine whether these norms are suited to modern armed conflicts. In practice there exist two very different approaches to the interpretation of the principle of proportionality: the human rights model, which gives preference...
  • Afgahnistan: Rules of Engagement that can only lose a war and Obama knows it.

    01/16/2010 8:41:01 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies · 555+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | January 16, 2010 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The ubiquitous yellow jugs joined to the hips of Florida pool owners are different icons in Afghanistan. They’re the carriers of fertilizer and diesel fuel terrorists use to blow up our boys with roadside bombs called IED’s. Question: “Was it our general and not our President doing the dithering in the 90 days of contemplation before Obama released 30,000 more of our boys to be fed into the maw of a war we refuse to win?” In a recent NPR interview Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman (just returned from being “in country,”) told hostess Renee Montagne he observed our Marines tracking...
  • Afghanistan: Rules of Engagement that can only lose a war and Obama knows it

    01/16/2010 6:00:23 AM PST · by brucek43 · 7 replies · 747+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | 1/16/10 | Suzanna Eovaldi
    The ubiquitous yellow jugs joined to the hips of Florida pool owners are different icons in Afghanistan. They’re the carriers of fertilizer and diesel fuel terrorists use to blow up our boys with roadside bombs called IED's. Question: "Was it our general and not our President doing the dithering in the 90 days of contemplation before Obama released 30,000 more of our boys to be fed into the maw of a war we refuse to win?” In a recent NPR interview Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman...
  • Current U.S. Rules Of Engagement In Afghanistan Problematic

    12/17/2009 12:37:51 PM PST · by johnqueuepublic · 15 replies · 609+ views LLC ^ | December 17, 2009 | William Mayer
    Current U.S. Rules Of Engagement In Afghanistan ProblematicBy WILLIAM MAYER December 17, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - - The response to president Obama's much delayed announcement regarding increased troop levels in Afghanistan has been predictable, with opinion divided predominantly along ideological lines and less concern devoted to matters of military necessity. Generally, the left hates the idea of committing as many as 30,000 additional troops to the Afghan theater by next summer with many on the political right, though basically supportive of the mission, in large part demanding the full complement of 40,000 troops that Gen. McChrystal...
  • Rules of engagement killing U.S. soldiers

    12/13/2009 6:49:35 PM PST · by USALiberty · 79 replies · 2,468+ views ^ | December 13, 2009 | F. Michael Maloof
    New military rules of engagement ostensibly to protect Afghan civilians are putting the lives of U.S. forces in jeopardy, claim Army and Marine sources, as the Taliban learns to game plan based the rules' imposed limits. The rules of engagement, or ROEs, apply to all coalition forces of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Their enactment is in response to Afghan President Hamid Karzai's complaints over mounting civilian deaths apparently occurring in firefights. Despite the fact that the newly arrived U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, imposed the more restrictive ROEs to minimize the killing of...
  • Obama did his part, now conservatives have to do ours (Frum on knees for President Present again)

    12/02/2009 8:38:24 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 43 replies · 1,201+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 12/02/09 | David Frum
    Having urged the president to honor his commitment to the Afghan war, we Republicans must honor our commitment to support him as he fights it. Given the public unenthusiasm for the conflict, there will be political temptations to “go rogue” on the president, if not now, then in the summer of 2010. That will be our test, for us to pass as the president has passed his. I know many Republicans and conservatives will say: “Hey – the Democrats did not give President Bush support when he most needed it.” Correct. They didn’t. And the country suffered for it. The...
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah): Bring home Afghan troops

    11/30/2009 6:50:35 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 113 replies · 2,896+ views
    Politico ^ | November 29, 2009 | By DANIEL LIBIT
    Saying it’s time for Republicans to do more than “take pot shots at ACORN,” freshman Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz will call on President Barack Obama on Monday to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan. Chaffetz’s push for a troop withdrawal — to be unveiled in a speech at the Hinckley Institute of Politics in Salt Lake City — runs counter to the position of House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio and other leading Republicans in Congress. But it also reflects the divisions within the conference about the question of Afghanistan. Chaffetz told POLITICO the issue “has been probably the...
  • New Obama Military Rules of Engagement:, Don’t shoot back

    11/11/2009 6:52:34 PM PST · by clove · 247 replies · 11,747+ views
    Backpacker ^ | Jul. 04 2009
    Recently on ABC television news, one of their videos showed a U.S. Marine hunkered down in Afghanistan complaining on camera that he was not allowed to shoot back when under fire. This situation resulted from Obama’s new rules of engagement from his new Afghanistan commander. General McChrystal explained it to BBC news that they are now advising troops to break off from firefights with the Taliban, "If you are in a situation where you are under fire from the enemy... if there is any chance of creating civilian casualties or if you don't know whether you will create civilian casualties,...
  • Fallen Marine's father wants change in Afghanistan (Hey Obama, listen up lightweight!)

    10/28/2009 3:41:21 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies · 1,155+ views
    AP ^ | 10/13/2009 | DAVID SHARP
    It was the last way John Bernard would have wanted his voice to gain prominence in the national debate over the war in Afghanistan. The retired Marine had been writing to lawmakers for weeks complaining of the new rules of engagement he believed put U.S. troops at unacceptable risk in the insurgency-wracked country. He got little response. Then Bernard's only son, 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard — a Marine like his dad — was killed in an insurgent ambush in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province, the latest victim of a surge in U.S. combat deaths. Three weeks later, Joshua became the...
  • Fallen Marine's father wants change in Afghanistan

    10/13/2009 2:53:34 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 62 replies · 2,515+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 10/13/09 | DAVID SHARP,
    It was the last way John Bernard would have wanted his voice to gain prominence in the national debate over the war in Afghanistan. The retired Marine had been writing to lawmakers for weeks complaining of the new rules of engagement he believed put U.S. troops at unacceptable risk in the insurgency-wracked country. He got little response. Then Bernard's only son, 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard — a Marine like his dad — was killed in an insurgent ambush in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province, the latest victim of a surge in U.S. combat deaths.
  • Fallen Marine's father wants change in Afghanistan

    10/13/2009 3:04:43 PM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 37 replies · 1,992+ views
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | 13 October 2009 | DAVID SHARP, Associated Press Writer
    NEW PORTLAND, Maine – It was the last way John Bernard would have wanted his voice to gain prominence in the national debate over the war in Afghanistan. The retired Marine had been writing to lawmakers for weeks complaining of the new rules of engagement he believed put U.S. troops at unacceptable risk in the insurgency-wracked country. He got little response. Then Bernard's only son, 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard — a Marine like his dad — was killed in an insurgent ambush in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province, the latest victim of a surge in U.S. combat deaths. ----- Bernard's...
  • Apache Pilots Shocked by Size of Attack on Afghan Outpost

    10/08/2009 5:58:02 PM PDT · by Joiseydude · 118 replies · 7,205+ views
    ABC ^ | Afghanistan, Oct. 8, 2009 | KAREN RUSSO
    The pilot of an Apache gunship, who flew to the rescue of U.S. soldiers nearly overrun at a remote outpost in Afghanistan last weekend, told ABC News today that he had "never seen that large of a force" attacking coalition troops in Afghanistan. By the time Warrant Officer Ross Lewellen and Warrant Officer Chad Bardwell arrived over the embattled outpost, dubbed Camp Keating, it was in flames and dozens of insurgents could be seen on the camp's perimeter. When the battle was over and the fire extinguished, many who survived had nothing left "except the clothes off their backs and...
  • The rules murdering our troops

    09/24/2009 3:19:19 AM PDT · by kingattax · 37 replies · 1,096+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 24, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    When enemy action kills our troops, it's unfortu nate. When our own moral fecklessness murders those in uniform, it's unforgivable. In Afghanistan, our leaders are complicit in the death of each soldier, Marine or Navy corpsman who falls because politically correct rules of engagement shield our enemies. Mission-focused, but morally oblivious, Gen. Stan McChrystal conformed to the Obama Way of War by imposing rules of engagement that could have been concocted by Code Pink: * Unless our troops in combat are absolutely certain that no civilians are present, they're denied artillery or air support. * If any civilians appear where...
  • Obama’s new Rules of Engagement are costing American Troops' lives in Afghanistan

    09/11/2009 7:29:33 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 37 replies · 1,835+ views
    The Taliban LOVES Obama, and why shouldn't they?! Obama's new Rules of Engagement (ROE) as Commander-in-Chief provide that protecting Afghan civilians is now to be our military's TOP priority, so that our troops, when fired upon, can NOT return fire if there is a possibility of civilian casualties. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has implemented Obama's new ROEs and made protecting Afghan civilians his top priority. How can you fight a war when the objective is no longer to win?? So, with our enemies now having the benefit our TOP SECRET interrogation technique manuals...
  • [Pentagon] Reform, and that

    11/29/2008 12:31:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 464+ views
    Neptunus Lex ^ | November 29th, 2008
    It happens like clockwork every time the presidency changes hands, especially when it changes parties: Retired colonels and majors, soi-disant “defense analysts” and tenured bureaucratic insiders whose opinions have been unfashionable under the ancien regime emerge to craft a series of Bold Recommendations On Reforming Defense. The latest Group of 13 from the Center for Defense Information throws on the mantle of “non-partisanship” - CDI’s mantra includes increasing international cooperation (read: the perenially effective UN); reduced reliance on unilateral military power to resolve conflict (read: passing the Global Test); reduced reliance on nuclear weapons (read: a second chance to lose...
  • FBI given new rules for investigations

    10/03/2008 4:44:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 724+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/3/8 | LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration issued new rules Friday designed to allow the FBI to pursue potential national security threats with the same vigor and techniques used against common criminals. Civil libertarians said the guidelines will come at a cost to constitutional protections. The rules, to take effect Dec. 1, are a roadmap to the FBI's transformation. The bureau made its reputation many decades ago by successfully pursuing bank robbers. The Justice Department says it wants to ensure that the FBI can now meet the biggest threats of the 21st century: national security and terrorism. The roadmap consolidates once-separate...
  • Troops 'ashamed' to wear Aussie uniform

    05/27/2008 10:10:44 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 26 replies · 83+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/27/08 | EPA
    Australian Army chief Peter Leahy has moved to reassure infantry troops frustrated that they are not seeing enough combat. The exclusion of Australia's infantry troops from frontline conflicts, including in Iraq, has left many feeling "ashamed of wearing their Australian uniform", Army Major Jim Hammett has written. The infantry, which makes up about a third of the army's combat forces, had not been assigned offensive actions since the Vietnam War and the special forces were seeing all the combat, he wrote. In a separate article cited by Fairfax newspapers, Captain Greg Colton, second in command of the Sydney-based 3rd Battalion...
  • The U.S. military embarrasses me

    05/01/2008 10:01:28 PM PDT · by Pylon · 142 replies · 154+ views
    My brain | 05/01/08 | Me
    I have really tried to accept things, but I have finally reached my point. Disclaimer, Mods, please move this wherever necessary. I have been watching "Carrier" on PBS plus a few other documentaries lately on our military and I am embarrassed. When did our military people turn into baby machines looking for a reason out because of a child they should not have had? They teach new parent classes on a ship, how about a class on how not to be a parent when you can't be one? And don't whine when you get deployed because you miss your kids....
  • Ralph Peters - 12 Myths of 21st-Century War

    11/01/2007 3:18:41 PM PDT · by ponsdorf · 24 replies · 438+ views
    American Legion Magazine ^ | 11/01/07 | ponsdorf
    We're in trouble. We're in danger of losing more wars. Our troops haven't forgotten how to fight. We've never had better men and women in uniform. But our leaders and many of our fellow Americans no longer grasp what war means or what it takes to win. Thanks to those who have served in uniform, we've lived in such safety and comfort for so long that for many Americans sacrifice means little more than skipping a second trip to the buffet table.
  • On This Day In History, August 22, 1992 - Ruby Ridge: FBI Sniper Kills Vicki Weaver

    08/22/2007 6:44:18 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 57 replies · 2,582+ views
    EVIDENCE FROM INVESTIGATION OF 1992 RUBY RIDGE MATTER ONLY SUFFICIENT TO CHARGE ONE OFFICIAL WITH CRIMINAL CONDUCT Disciplinary Penalties Being Weighed for Others WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After an exhaustive investigation involving hundreds of interviews and the review of hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, the Justice Department announced today that the available evidence does not support further criminal prosecutions of FBI officials arising from the August 1992 incidents, at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and their aftermath. In October 1996, E. Michael Kahoe, Chief of the FBI's Violent Crimes and Major Offenders Section, was charged with, and later pleaded guilty to,...
  • Killed by the rules

    08/17/2007 2:26:56 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies · 967+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 08/17/07 | Diana West
    Now that Marcus Luttrell's book "Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10" is a national bestseller, maybe Americans are ready to start discussing the core issue his story brings to light: the inverted morality, even insanity, of the American military's rules of engagement (ROE).