I know the media is only focused on the ongoing Brian Sack/Jonathon Seidl Kindle war, but there is another war the media has long forgotten... Afghanistan. Yup, we are still there. And yup, our troops STILL have their hands tied.
One would think that after all this time, American politicians would have learned their lesson on how to fight a war. In a perfect world (preemptive response - yes, I realize in a perfect world there would be no war), Congress would vote yea or nea to authorize a war (*cough* Libya) and then they'd get the heck out of the way and let the military do what they do best.
But we don't do that. Instead, we send our soldiers to war with a thousand pound 'rules of engagement' manual/noose around their necks. Those ROE guidelines are arguably the most deadly killer in any America's current combat operations. After several complaints from soldiers on the ground about the problems these rules of engagement cause, there were promises from military leaders and Congress that they would be reviewed and changed where appropriate.
Sara Carter is reporting that so far, nothing has been done.
As a result, she reports, Taliban in Afghanistan are being caught and - despite overwhelming evidence such as video footage and bomb and chemical traces found on their hands - released. Often times, the terrorists are even given medical care and food before being sent on their way - likely back to the front lines trying to kill American troops. Here's some of the report:
Several Taliban detainees who had been captured in February after being observed placing bombs in the culverts of roads used by civilians and military convoys near Kandahar were fed, given medical treatment, then released by American troops frustrated by a policy they say is forcing them to kick loose enemies who are trying to kill them.Despite what American soldiers say was a mountain of evidence, which included a video of the men planting the bomb and chemical traces found on their hands, there was nothing the soldiers who had captured them could do but feed and care for them for 96 hours and then set them free.
In another incident, members of a unit attached to 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment survived an attack by a suicide bomber on their convoy when his device failed to detonate. Soldiers managed to capture the would-be martyr, but he too was released after being held for four days.
"We put our lives on the line to capture the enemy," a soldier with the Stryker regiment told The Washington Examiner. "Since my deployment, every insurgent we've captured has been released."
It's inexcusable to continue to send our soldiers into battle with their hands tied behind their backs. If Washington was serious about winning this war -- they'd take the cuffs off and get the heck out of the way. But they aren't serious - and as long as we continue to worry about our war etiquette and who we may or may not offend around the globe -- more American soldiers will suffer.
h/t Washington Examiner