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  • Rules of Engagement for the 21st Century Battlefield

    03/01/2016 6:54:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2016 | Allen West
    Rules of Engagement (ROE) is defined as a directive issued by a military authority specifying the circumstances and limitations under which forces will engage in combat with the enemy. In the history of warfare we have seen an incredible metamorphosis of the rules of engagement. Long ago, armies presented themselves upon the battlefield in open areas away from civilian populations. The fact that weapons were limited to that which was carried, sword and spear, meant that fighting the enemy meant close-quarter engagement. The rules then were quite simple: engage the enemy, defeat them, and pursue to bring about their ultimate...
  • What are the differences between Russian and US Military In Syria

    02/08/2016 7:27:16 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 23 replies
    SOTT ^ | 2/8/16
    A recent US intelligence report said that Daesh (also known as ISIL/Islamic State) is degrading. Two coalitions - one led by the US and the other by Russia - have been involved in fighting the terrorists. It is high time to figure out some differences between the two approaches. The Common Goal Russia, the United States, and Syria have one common enemy - the terrorist group Daesh. In September 2014, US President Barack Obama pledged to destroy Daesh with massive airstrikes. "Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy. We...
  • We Will Never Destroy ISIS Without a Full-Blown Declaration of War

    01/23/2016 6:17:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2016 | Larry Kudlow
    The speed of the news cycle and the media obsession with the presidential horseraces have crowded out a crucial development in the war on ISIS and related Islamic jihadist groups. House Speaker Paul Ryan has been sounding out colleagues for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The current AUMF, which was written in 2001 and targeted groups connected to 9/11, has not been renewed. Believe it or not. Bravo for Paul Ryan's statesmanship. But a new AUMF must be accompanied by a clear U.S. declaration of war against ISIS. We will never destroy them without a full-blown...
  • How Our Overly Restrictive Rules of Engagement Keep Us from Winning Wars

    12/21/2015 6:53:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2015 | David French
    The car was moving at high speed. It had just broken a blockade of American and Iraqi forces and was trying to escape into the gathering dusk. American soldiers, driving larger and slower armored vehicles, mostly the large and unwieldy MRAPs (mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles), gave chase. They were intensely interested in the target. Acting on intelligence that high-value al-Qaeda leaders might be present, a cavalry troop -- working with Iraqi allies -- surrounded an isolated village near the Iranian border. The mission was simple: to search the village and kill or capture identified members of al-Qaeda. It was the kind...
  • Walter Williams: Unnecessary Loss of Life

    09/29/2015 10:50:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    War is nasty, brutal and costly. In our latest wars, many of the casualties suffered by American troops are a direct result of their having to obey rules of engagement created by politicians who have never set foot on — or even seen — a battlefield. Today's battlefield commanders must be alert to the media and do-gooders who are all too ready to demonize troops involved in a battle that produces noncombatant deaths, so-called collateral damage. According to a Western Journalism article by Leigh H Bravo, "Insanity: The Rules of Engagement" (http://tinyurl.com/p59nlqs), our troops fighting in Afghanistan cannot do night...
  • Disaster: Today's Warrior Purge in the U.S. military

    07/16/2015 5:14:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/16/2015 | Robert K. Wilcox
    “Where do we find such men?” That memorable line comes from James Mitchner’s Korean War novel, The Bridges of Toko-Ri. It refers to intrepid aviators lifting from a carrier, flying into untold danger. They know they may not return. They launch anyway. In boldness unfathomable to many, they willingly, artfully fly into peril. They are warriors, men of rare talent, intellect, and courage – a combination essential for victory. Needed warriors are now being purged from the U.S. military. If America went to war right now with China or Russia, we could lose because of these purges. We’re losing...
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • McCain, Kaine unveil measure to change war powers

    01/19/2014 4:37:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 16, 2014 3:56 PM EST | Donna Cassata
    Two members of the Senate are pressing for significant changes to how presidents consult with Congress on sending the military into war. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., unveiled legislation on Thursday that would repeal the 1973 War Powers Resolution, often ignored by presidents of both parties, and replace it with a new law that requires greater consultation and a congressional vote within 30 days on any significant armed conflict. …
  • Boehner: Obama Must Consult Congress Before Acting in Syria

    08/26/2013 3:41:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 76 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 26 Aug 2013 | Courtney Coren
    Speaker of the House John Boehner called on President Barack Obama Monday to make a decision on the Syrian conflict, but not without the approval of congress first. "The Syrian regime has blatantly crossed President Obama's red line, the White House has acknowledged, by using chemical weapons on its people," the Ohio Republican wrote in a statement. "The options facing the president are complicated, have far-reaching ramifications, and may require significant resources." "That's why, if he chooses to act, the president must explain his decision publicly, clearly, and resolutely," he added. "The president is commander-in-chief. With that power comes obligations,"...
  • After Painting Himself Into a Corner and Losing All His Allies, NOW Obama Looks to Congress!

    08/31/2013 12:08:27 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 48 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 31 August 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    As an excuse to back down, that is...  then blame the Republicans, of course After days of talking VERY publicly of all the terrible things he could do to Bashir Assad's odious regime in Demascus... Russia's sent 6-7 warships in and told him to back off while France scampered and the Brits said 'pass'. All of a sudden now he wants to ask Congress, please. Either somebody warned Obama he's opening himself up to impeachment with another violation of the war powers act... or he simply realized he's been abandoned or opposed by just about everybody on Earth, including the UN. The Peace...
  • Constitution Gives Obama No Power to Use Force in Syria

    08/28/2013 8:36:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    "We're actively looking at the various legal angles that would inform a decision." That is what an anonymous administration official told the Washington Post this week about President Barack Obama's deliberations on whether he will personally involve the United States in another Middle Eastern war by ordering military action in Syria. But the only law that ultimately matters here is the one Obama swore to preserve, protect and defend: the Constitution of the United States. As recently as six years ago, Obama exhibited a clear understanding of the power the Constitution does and does not give the president in using...
  • Will Obama go to Congress before attacking Syria?

    08/27/2013 9:07:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The answer to that question is … probably not. Despite all of the handwringing by Democrats in the last administration about “imperial presidencies,” Barack Obama has exercised military powers unilaterally, especially in Libya, which was a war against Moammar Qaddafi in all but name. Based on the responses from the White House late yesterday, we can expect more of the same regarding Syria: Carney also downplayed a role for Congress in reviewing or approving any strike plan. “I’m not going to speculate about a [presidential] decision that has not been made,” he said.“I’m not going to itemize calls … [but]...
  • Lawmakers to Obama: Syria strikes need our OK

    08/27/2013 8:38:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2013 10:50 AM EDT | Bradley Klapper
    A Republican lawmaker is rallying support to pressure President Barack Obama into seeking congressional authorization for military strikes against Syria. Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia is asking colleagues to sign a letter to Obama that urges him to reconvene Congress and seek approval for any military action. …
  • Obama tells Congress U.S. deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq

    06/16/2014 3:46:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 139 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-16-2014 | Reuters
    President Barack Obama told Congress on Monday the United States was deploying up to 275 military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the country's embassy in Baghdad after militants seized control of the north of the country.
  • Fox News Fossil John Bolton: President Wages War While Congress Just Declares War

    09/01/2013 11:31:51 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 53 replies
    9/1/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I was watching Fox News last night, and John Bolton (R-GOP-e) was asked to give a reply to a previously recorded clip from Rand Paul, and Bolton seemed to be acting as if the president (Obama) is the one who gets to wage war, while Congress just gets to merely declare and/or authorize it. As if the president (be it Nixon, GHWB, or Clinton) sits on the throne and Congress' job is to merely place the crown on their heads and the scepter in their hands. Once again, it seems as if another Republican goes to bat for Obama (like...
  • Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization (against ISIL)

    11/19/2014 7:19:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 6:14 PM EST | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State, a top presidential adviser said Wednesday. Tony Blinken, currently President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, said discussions would continue with Congress on updating the legal basis for the U.S. intervention. There has been no progress on an authorization in the two weeks since Obama vowed to coordinate with lawmakers on establishing a stronger legal basis for military action. That has prompted growing frustration among...
  • Obama to seek new war powers from Congress

    11/06/2014 5:35:23 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 36 replies
    AP ^ | 11/6 | Deb Reichmann
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would work with Congress on new war powers to fight Islamic State militants and expressed cautious optimism about whether the international face-off over Iran's nuclear program will be resolved — two issues that could prove harder for the White House to maneuver with Republicans in charge on Capitol Hill. Obama spoke at a news conference the day after his party was thrashed by Republicans in midterm elections, leaving the GOP soon to be in charge of both the House and the Senate. When he approved U.S. airstrikes in late September against extremists who have...
  • Former Congressman accuses Capitol Hill of dereliction for ducking vote on ISIS war

    10/04/2014 11:39:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 4, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    He’s not the only one, but Tom Campbell may have the highest level of moral authority to rebuke Congress on this point. Now a law professor, Campbell filed a lawsuit to block Bill Clinton from ordering air strikes in Serbia in the late 1990s without an explicit Congressional authorization for war. Now Campbell tells Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox that the current Congress risks setting a precedent that will all but eliminate the legislature’s ability to control when America goes to war: “This is Congress running way from its responsibility,” the soft-spoken Campbell told Yahoo News in a telephone interview. “Is...
  • Congress in No Rush to Return for ISIS War Authorization

    09/25/2014 4:15:11 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9/23/2014 | Matt Fuller
    The United States has begun a bombing campaign in Syria, but don’t bet on Congress returning to Washington to vote on a new war authorization anytime soon. Shortly after airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria started, some lawmakers started pushing again for an authorization vote. But so far, leaders aren’t gearing up to bring their members back to town. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., tweeted Monday night it was “irresponsible and immoral” that congressional leaders had chosen to recess for nearly two months instead of debating and voting on war. And the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, Chris Van...
  • Obama Says He Has ‘Legal Authority’ To Strike Syria

    09/10/2014 7:07:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 9/10/2014, 12:10 PM | Ari Yashar
    US President Barack Obama says he has the “legal authority” to order US airstrikes on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) forces in Syria, according to sources present at a dinner with foreign policy experts at the White House on Monday. Obama “thinks he has the legal authority he needs” to expand action in Iraq and Syria under the War Powers Act, according to Jane Harman, the president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, who told the Washington Post about the dinner. Another attendee of the dinner, former undersecretary of defense for policy Michčle Flournoy, told the paper Obama...
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on the War Powers Resolution Report for Iraq

    06/16/2014 3:43:59 PM PDT · by kristinn · 4 replies
    The White House ^ | Monday, June 16, 2014 | Josh Earnest
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 16, 2014 Statement by the Press Secretary on the War Powers Resolution Report for Iraq Today, consistent with the War Powers Resolution, the President transmitted a report notifying the Congress that up to approximately 275 U.S. military personnel are deploying to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The personnel will provide assistance to the Department of State in connection with the temporary relocation of some staff from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to the U.S. Consulates General in Basra...
  • What's So Important About a Declaration of War?

    05/10/2011 7:36:54 AM PDT · by Tom Mullen · 19 replies
    Tommullen.net ^ | 5/7/2011 | Tom Mullen
    Presidential hopeful Ron Paul insists that the U.S. government shouldn’t go to war without a declaration of war. His son Rand has also taken this position, as have several libertarian-leaning Tea Party candidates. According to the U.S. Constitution, the congress is invested with the power to declare war. These constitutionalists say that obtaining one should be a requirement before military action is authorized. I’m not sure that this is resonating with those that are unfamiliar with what a declaration of war means. For most people, the declaration of war is a formality whereby the president makes sure that it is...
  • Rand Paul Calls for a Formal Declaration of War Against ISIS

    11/24/2014 6:16:29 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11-23-2014 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    Senator Rand Paul is calling for a declaration of war against the Islamic State, a move that promises to shake up the debate over the military campaign in Iraq and Syria as President Obama prepares to ask Congress to grant him formal authority to use force. Mr. Paul, a likely presidential candidate who has emerged as one of the Republican Party’s most cautious voices on military intervention, offered a very circumscribed definition of war in his proposal, which he outlined in an interview on Saturday. He would, for instance, limit the duration of military action to one year and significantly...
  • Don’t Authorize Obama’s War (Column: Why his request for war authorization is a trap)

    02/13/2015 7:39:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 13, 2015 | Matthew Continetti
    The authorization for the use of military force against ISIS that the Obama administration sent Congress this week is not worthy of the name. Its language is far more about what the president won’t do against the terrorist army that controls much of Syria and Iraq—limits on ground troops and a sunset provision for the authorization after three years—than what he will do. Congress should reject it. If the threat of ISIS is as dire as the president says it is in the preamble of his resolution, if ISIS really does pose “a grave threat to the people and territorial...
  • Obama asks Congress to authorize U.S. war on Islamic State

    02/11/2015 12:01:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 109 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 11, 2015 | BY PATRICIA ZENGERLE
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama asked Congress on Wednesday to authorize military force against Islamic State that would bar any large-scale invasion by U.S. ground troops and limit operations to three years. Republicans, who control Congress, put up swift resistance to the proposal. They say Obama's foreign policy is too passive and want stronger measures against the militants, also known as ISIL. With Obama's fellow Democrats wary of another Middle East war, it could be difficult for the White House to win enough support to pass the bill, even though six months have passed since the military campaign began....
  • U.S. troops battle both Taliban and their own rules [Did the Left worry and obsess over this?]

    01/31/2015 4:17:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November16, 2009
    *****November 16, 2009*****".....The [Washington] Times compiled an informal list of the new rules from interviews with U.S. forces. Among them: • No night or surprise searches. • Villagers have to be warned prior to searches. • ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches. • U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first. • U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present. • Only women can search women. • Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away...
  • US, allies conduct 29 airstrikes on Islamic State targets

    01/17/2015 12:28:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/17/15 | Peter Schroeder
    The United States and its allies carried out 29 separate airstrikes targeting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq on Friday, according to the Combined Joint Task Force. The strikes occurred between Friday and Saturday morning, and targeted a range of Islamic State vehicles, buildings, and other positions, according to Reuters. Sixteen of the attacks occurred in seven different Iraqi cities. Vehicles, buildings, equipment and fighting positions were targeted, as well as Islamic State units, according to the task force. In Syria, 11 more airstrikes were conducted around the city of Kobani. Those strikes destroyed a tank and other fighting...
  • Changing only our rules of engagement won't help much

    10/05/2014 2:50:58 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 5, 2014 | Dan Miller
    I posted this article from Israel Hayom at Warsclerotic, of which I am an editor. The article argues that to fight the Islamic State we need to change our rules of engagement. The parenthetical comment at the top of the Warsclerotic post is mine and is reproduced below. (Could the U.S. and her allies put effective boots on the ground, or have the boots and the nation become too multiculturally damaged to do what needs to be done? More than the rules of war needs to change. When the U.S. responded to the Russian supplied, trained and initially led North Korean invasion on June 25, 1950,...
  • 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 Fools.com ^ | 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 - http://frontpagemag.com - 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
    WND.com ^ | 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
    http://noisyroom.net ^ | 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
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 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...
  • OBAMA ADMIN SENT UNARMED BRITISH FIRM TO PROTECT U.S. MISSION IN BENGHAZI "No Bullets" ROE

    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. ....live 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
    cnsnews.com ^ | 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
    coachisright.com ^ | 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’...