Rules of Engagement

Our President appears to be intent on supplying grist for the mills of idiots, as in: journalists whose IQ’s are in line with the mentally challenged. The recent furor over Rush Limbaugh’s vulgar comments about a 30 year old female activist, purporting to be a law student, has marginalized stories about real life and death situations. While Rush apologized, and is still being condemned, Bill Maher’s constant four-letter-word diatribes against women go unheralded by the media. The pundits excuse this blatant reporting failure, saying that Maher is on HBO, and can therefore say anything he wants. President Obama comments on Rush and ignores Maher. But then, Maher donated $1 million dollars to the Obama Public Action Committee for re-election.

In Afghanistan, the Rules of Engagement, forced upon the American Military by the Obama Administration, have cost lives. President Karzai has decreed, and the Whitehouse and higher ups in the U.S. Military have agreed; that no night raids can be conducted against the Taliban in villages, insurgents caught in the act of placing explosives are later to be released, no air support can be called in unless the troops are imminent danger and civilians are not in danger, U.S. troops cannot fire unless they are fired upon first, and only female soldiers can search female Taliban suspects.

Then there’s the rule of behavior for searches and handling religious books. First an Afghan soldier must be called in; any Quran found must be handled with clean white gloves or a white cloth and cannot be put on the ground. If a U.S. soldier is in any doubt while conducting a search, he must call a military Chaplin for advice. You can’t make this stuff up…

President Obama’s apology for the, “accidental burning of Qurans,” at a US Military base in Afghanistan is nauseating at best, and a slap in the face to our Military at worst. The Qurans burned had notes scribbled throughout them and had been used by Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners of war to pass messages to each other. The holy books had already been desecrated by the prisoners. According to some Muslim circles, they were properly destroyed.  

Instead of insisting that the military contain the protest held by a gaggle of Afghanis outside the base walls, our President seized upon the incident as a way to further his touchy-feely-appeasement agenda toward enemies of the USA. Without intervention, the protestors grew in number. I have no doubt that if Barrack Obama had lived through one tour of duty in the Middle East, his perspective would be radically different, instead of just plain radical.

Any Viet Nam veteran will tell you that President Lyndon Johnson’s micro-management at the time cost lives and eventually, the war. Combat troops faced a similar situation where they actually had to ask permission to fire at the enemy. (I got that from a Marine who did two tours.) Afghanistan is apparently going the same way. We do not hear loud outcries by our media when eleven Afghan soldiers fire on NATO forces; when the food in a mess hall is poisoned by, “loyal,” Afghans, or when a British cemetery is desecrated by Libyans.  

More important, the word, “Victory,” has apparently been deleted from the dictionaries of both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Whitehouse.

On top of the apologies and his cow-towing to Arab kings, President Obama is now cutting pay for U.S. combat troops. As of February, according to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, soldiers who receive $225 monthly combat pay must prove they are in immediate risk of harm.

An active duty Marine posted this: “So, I just got a letter from Mypay (the way we get paid in the military,) saying that I will only reason Combat Pay while deployed for the days that I take fire or am in a hostile area. Now as an Infantry Marine, I am constantly in a combat zone…it may not always be popping off, but for them to take that away from us is bullshit.” I agree.

A person who puts their life on the line in combat doesn’t do it for a lousy $225 month; they do it out of a sense of duty. While it’s understandable that a President with no military experience could fail to empathize with the pressures of combat, or the sacrifices in blood and lives, he should not be denigrating active duty service men and women by cutting their meager pay. He should feel guilty that he hasn’t given them a raise! 

In the words  of John Bernard, who spent 26 years in the US Marine Corps and whose son was killed in combat in 2009: “…Our leadership is no longer interested in right or wrong, truth or lie, acts of desecration or accidental disposal, the survival of our nation or the perception of our strength. All that really counts is ensuring that the most despicable people and cultures of this world truly believe our heartfelt apology—for existing…” Bernard’s blog: “Let Them Fight or Bring Them Home.”

I know, Virginia, I do go on, but some things just get my goat! We need new Rules of Engagement for governing idiots. Rule #1: Any elected official who tries to run a war is automatically impeached! Rule #2: See Rule# 1. 

God Bless Our Troops!

 

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