Tag Archive: Rules of engagement


Speculation? Second guessing? Accusations of Trump being a neocon, a warmonger? Even some daring to compare him to Hitler? Take a hard look at the cost of freedom.  10,000 of our own were lost at Normandy.  We fought to annihilate a dire threat, to prevent it from ever being posed again. To decisively end it.

We didn’t fight to satisfy a “status quo”, to “win hearts and minds”, or be culturally correct.  Our troops were not hamstrung by fallacious, self destructive “rules of engagement”.

If we retained that mindset, and not cow towed to the U.N. in 1950, Korea would have been made a free country.  That “police action” cost us 33,600 killed in action.  More than 8,100 are still missing.  Exact statistics vary with different sources; from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war

The threats we face today do not deserve one drop of American blood, for the sake of a “status quo”.  War is a last resort; and only when there is a clear, direct threat to us.  Moreover, this enemy will use any means to win; there are no clear battle lines, their guerilla tactics call for an entirely different approach.  Any of them, age notwithstanding can be a combatant.  When not warring with us, they are at war with themselves.  They seek to destroy our culture and replace it with theirs.  We shouldn’t be drawn into Syria, or other middle east involvement.  We’ve lost too many of our own, and spent too much.

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The reason for this title will be made evident in due time; I must preface this with my personal opinions, and perspectives.

Ephesians 6:12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

For the record, I am starting this at 0438 PST.  When I finish, I will enter that time, since the time stamps given have never coincided with the actual posts.

This is for all Americans with a wit of common sense left in them; it is for the candor, and forthright blogger Hammerhead.  It is for all who serve and have served this country, indeed it is for those without a voice, being under “rules of engagement”…

Finally, it is in part, why I created the blog Profiles In Courage; those who would take up arms again, were they alive, to exact a terrible retribution against the evil that has befallen this once righteous country.

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I am a professed Christian.  I have no righteousness of my own; it is by imputation, by the One who was perfect, and made a sacrifice for us.   I regret my sometimes feeble attempt in the continuing battle to conform myself to Him, and forsake the trappings of this world.

I am also but flesh.  I fail to “not let the sun go down on my anger”, when I am made angry.  I recognize my failure to follow the directives given at the Sermon on the Mount.   I rail against being good to my enemies…

Luke 6:27-29King James Version (KJV)

27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.

What we learn long before we reach our teens, sets precedents for our future behavior toward ourselves and others.  I won’t go into that further, it is still too raw at times even at 63, to be specific.  I will say that by the time I was seven, I realized that there were some individuals that recognized and respected only force; power to power, and regarded kindness as weakness to be exploited.  Indeed, Israel does well to “NEVER FORGET”

Two days ago, Hammerhead Combat Systems posted a column about Veterans who became victims of Burn Pits.  Rather than repeat it all,  please find it HERE     When you’ve read it, you will know why I will take so long in finishing this commentary.

I am having to blend directness with prudence, and force with civil language. NOT EASY.

Despite great divisions among Americans, we have tried to set a good example.  After WWII, the persons in power carved up the globe, setting the stage for what was to be called the “Cold War”.  Seemed we had learned not a damned thing from WW II.  The U.N. had their precious “Police Action”; Korea has been called the “forgotten war”.  It cost many American lives.  The Veterans who suffered so much must have felt betrayed, and in retrospect, it accomplished nothing.

I was inclined to enlist several times between my Senior Year, and 1971, when I became “eligible” for service.  The quotes are intentional.  I kept this to myself though, not saying anything even to my close friends.  When I was 19, it had ceased to be a draft.  It was a lottery; my number had come up in the high 300’s, so I wasn’t going anywhere.  Yet, I considered joining the Navy anyway, until I noted the attitude toward returning troops which was plain disgusting.

Vietnam was repugnant to me; if I just knew they would unleash our military, instead of the piecemeal application of troops, and egregious F*****g “Rules of Engagement” I’d have enlisted in a New York minute.

At some point, there is a line that can’t be crossed without pushing back, and swiftly.  God almighty gave us a brain with reasoning powers; we are not supposed to let others do our thinking for us, we are not supposed to be led around by our nether regions, we are not supposed to allow evil to flourish because we don’t have the Cajones to stand up and say enough is enough.

The term “Intelligence” when referring to the military has become a bad joke.  Hammerhead’s column was a grim reminder of how badly these men are used and abused by insane rules and procedures; I can’t accept virulent stupidity, it is one of my hot buttons, which kindles an unhealthy anger within me.

In my opinion, due to actions by the Viet Cong, I can read between the lines as to undisclosed reasons why commanders of troops in the Middle East required burn pits; (the vets that read this will fully understand) yet why they couldn’t be located a safe distance from troop concentrations, and placed so as to be downwind at least most of the time escapes me.  If this is a continuing practice it needs to be loudly, and publically addressed.  Government ineptitude in the management of the VA is another issue that can’t be swept under the rug.  Those who protect us ought not to have the suicide rates that have come into public notice, while illegal immigrants get handed everything legitimate citizens are left begging for.   I am left with utter disgust, and nothing further to say.

It is 0702 am, PST, regardless of the time stamp posted.

 

 

 

 

 

War is war. A last resort when other methods of resolution fail.  The carrion birds in government need to get the hell out of micromanaging the military.

Full prosecution, and unconditional surrender, when going to war has been decided -as in WWII- not hamstringing our troops.  The entire Regime is guilty of subversion, and other treasonable acts; (see The Worst Cancer – Government Islamics   Exposed: Muslim Recruiting Station on Lackland Air Force Base, TX)  but I was not aware of the exact extent of these egregious “rules of engagement”.   X.  CLICK ON LINK:

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Thanks to JCscuba; please read all of Walter Williams post.  X

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crew-22312 In conducting war using rules of engagement from the Geneva Conventions is complete and utter folly.Where in said rules does it call for maiming, slitting the throats of infidels, and hanging homosexuals.Following said rules would be akin to bringing on suicide.Commanders in the field following such rules would have been fragged.

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The term fragging was coined by military personnel of the United States during the Vietnam War. Fragging is the assassination or attempted assassination by a soldier of a fellow soldier, usually a superior officer or non-commissioned officer. Initially, the killings were most often attempted with a fragmentation grenade, sometimes making it seem as though the killing was accidental or during combat with the enemy.

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 non combatant deaths, so-called collateral damage.

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According to a Western Journalism article by Leigh H Bravo, “Insanity: The Rules of Engagement” our troops fighting in Afghanistan cannot do night or surprise searches. Also, villagers must be warned prior to searches.

Troops may not fire at the enemy unless fired upon. U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present. And only women can search women.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said: “We handcuffed our troops in combat needlessly.

“This was very harmful to our men and has never been done in U.S combat operations that I know of.”

Collateral damage and the unintentional killing of civilians are a consequence of war. But the question we should ask is: Are our troops’ lives less important than the inevitable collateral damage?

The unnecessary loss of life and casualties that result from politically correct rules of engagement are about to be magnified in future conflicts by mindless efforts to put women in combat units.

In 2013, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta officially lifted the ban on women serving in ground combat roles.

On Jan. 1, 2016, all branches of the military must either open all positions to women or request exceptions. That boils down to having women serve in combat roles, because any commander requesting exceptions would risk having his career terminated in the wake of the screeching and accusations of sexism that would surely ensue.

The U.S. Army has announced that for the first time, two female officers graduated from the exceptionally tough three-phase Ranger course.

Their “success” will serve as grist for the mills of those who argue for women in combat.

Unlike most of their fellow soldiers, these two women had to recycle because they had failed certain phases of the course. 

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 At CPAC, who attacked the damnable, hamstringing Military “Rules of Engagement” ? Was it Scott Walker? Donald Trump? (I found his speech to be direct, honest and bold) Rand Paul?No. None of these potential candidates directly addressed this issue. Who did? SARAH PALIN !

We didn’t go to war to defeat fascism under any liberal, political, or other “rules of engagement”; only one “rule”, go and annihilate the enemy so they could pose no further threat.

At CPAC, Sarah immediately spoke up for veterans, the issues they are facing, and how we’ve failed to follow through with our obligations to them in view of their service and sacrifice.  

She hit the proverbial nail on the head. To H*** with politicians hamstringing our military!  You’ve got to see this bold and direct statement, that, to my knowledge, has not been addressed by any other speaker:

 I think the question/answer segment afterward was unduly abbreviated. Sarah was almost too polite. No need to say “sorry.”   It is the American public that should be sorry.  X

 

US Troops Fed Up With Insane Rules of Engagement

Posted by on  February 13, 2014 at 12:49 am

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“In a delicate discussion with an Army Ranger who recently left the military, we heard the following: “I had to get out. I have a family who needs me. I didn’t join to be sacrificed. I joined to fight.”

“This decision came shortly after he lost a close friend to the ROE (Rules of Engagement). He explained how the Taliban had attempted an ambush on his friend’s squad but quickly realized they were in a battle they couldn’t win and began retreating. While chasing them, the U.S. soldiers were ordered not to engage due to the slight chance the Taliban had laid down their arms as they ran through some type of shack. While arguing with leadership at the JOC (Joint Operations Center), his friend was shot and killed.”

This story is being told all too frequently in military circles.

Story here.

“In the first seven plus years of war in Afghanistan (October 2001 – December 2008) we lost 630 U.S. soldiers. In early 2009, this administration authorized the implementation of the COIN strategy. Over the next five years, the U.S. death toll skyrocketed to 2,292.”

COIN – the failed Counterinsurgency strategy also known as “winning the hearts and minds of the enemy.” This and “our government’s incessant tightening of already restrictive ROE (Rules of Engagement), have made an otherwise primitive enemy formidable.”

The Obama Administration is telling our young men to win a war with their hands tied behind their backs. Slaughtering them. Unbelievable. Our Commander-in-Chief is aiding and abetting the enemy. Impeach Obama.

“Seventy-three percent of all U.S. deaths in Afghanistan have taken place since 2009.”

“In the first seven plus years of war in Afghanistan, 2,638 U.S. soldiers were wounded in action. In the next forty-five months (2009 – 2012) an additional 15,036 suffered the same fate.”

Excerpts are from an article written by:  Billy and Karen Vaughn who are Gold Star parents of Special Operations Chief (SEAL) Aaron Vaughn, KIA 6 Aug 2011. Billy is the author of “Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17.” Read more or schedule the Vaughns for a speaking event at http://www.forourson.us.

Related article here about our troops being at greater risk since Obama’s new Rules of Engagement.

It mentions the situation under investigation where Aaron Vaughn was needlessly killed…”the Afghan Taliban’s downing of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter last year that killed 30 U.S. troops, including 17 members of SEAL Team 6. The report notes service members’ frustration at seeing people they knew were Taliban fighters during the August 2012 operation in Afghanistan’s Tangi Valley, but they were denied permission to shoot.”

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Read more at http://victoriajackson.com/10529/us-troops-fed-insane-rules-engagement#Iqz6JZLGcTmiJQOg.99

Enough – No more damned politically motivated “rules of engagement” Go to win, or stay the hell out.

– I Included one comment from this post at bottom- “X”

‘These people are BAD people, Dad. They’re not normal’

It’s a story that may leave you in tears. But it has to be told.
Here’s how a U.S. Marine actually predicted his own death, and it came to pass.
But WHO killed him and WHY will leave you stunned …

WND EXCLUSIVE

U.S. Marine predicted own brutal murder by ‘ally’

Father’s heartbreaking account of betrayal

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Marine Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr.

WASHINGTON — They say there is nothing more devastating than losing a child.

Imagine, then, what it must be like to have a son predict his own brutal murder, and stand by helplessly as his prediction comes true.

WND’s camera was rolling as Greg Buckley Sr. summoned all his strength and told the heartbreaking story of his Marine son’s violent death to the crowd at the “Reclaim America” rally across the street from the White House Tuesday.

Visibly shaken and struggling to keep his emotions in check, it obviously took all the willpower the proud father could muster to tell how Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. was shot to death by a supposed ally – one of the Afghans the U.S. military is assigned to train and protect.

Buckley Sr. recounted how his son, safely stationed in Hawaii, volunteered in March 2012 to replace an injured buddy slated to go to Afghanistan.

The Marine was sent to Forward Operating Base Delhi, and it quickly became apparent that all was not well there.

When Buckley Jr. predicted his own death, his father could not understand: The Marine should be safe because he was not on the battlefield.

But his son would explain why he felt being on the base with the people he was supposedly there to protect was so much more dangerous than being in combat.

‘You don’t understand how bad it is here’

The Marine told his father about training the Afghan police and described their chief as “a bad guy.”

“They’re going to kill me here,” the son told his father. “They’re going to murder me inside my facility. These people are bad people, Dad.”

“You people don’t understand how bad it is here,” he explained. “They don’t care about us. They don’t want us here. They said it to me. But we have to do what we’re told to do because we’re Marines.”

Buckley Jr. described how he how he wasn’t scared about fighting; he was scared about being murdered at night while he was sleeping.

“They’re not normal people, and we shouldn’t be here. We’re serving no purpose. We’re being lied to. They’re telling us one thing and it’s a whole other agenda. They have their reasons for us to be there. And as soon as we stand up and say something, they make us disappear,” the son confided to his father.

Deadly premonition

A few weeks later, the Buckley family received a goodbye letter from the Marine.

He thanked his parents for everything they’d done for him and told his two younger brothers to grow up to be great young men and always to do the right thing.

A few days later, the Marine was dead.

Fifteen months later, Buckley Sr. said the family still hasn’t received a report on the incident from the Marines.

The Marine Times reported, “Staff Sgt. Scott Dickinson, 29, Cpl. Richard Rivera, 20, and Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley, 21, died Aug. 10, 2012, after an attacker opened fire on them with an assault rifle at a base gym. A fourth Marine, Staff Sgt. Cody Rhode, sustained five gunshot wounds, including one that shattered his elbow, according to a Marine Corps news release. They were all members of a police advisory team attached to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.”

‘Tea boys’

The accused shooter is in custody, but Buckley Sr. strongly believes the real culprit is an Afghan police chief who is not facing any charges.

Buckley said that man was involved in prostitution of young boys, called “tea boys,” drugs and the Taliban, but the U.S. military allowed him to be inside the base.

“Tea boys” are part of a child-molesting cultural tradition in Afghanistan WND has reported on called bacha bazi, or “boy play.”

WND military expert Michael Maloof reported, “In the practice of bacha bazi, boys ages 9-17 are dressed up as women to dance for leering Afghan men who then use the boys for sex and make them their property. Sources say that the dancing boys are, in effect, sex slaves owned by Afghan police, diplomats and wealthy drug lords.”

“It’s a disgusting practice. … It’s a form of slavery, taking a child, keeping him. It’s a form of sexual slavery,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, U.N. special representative for Children and Armed Conflict, told PBS’s “Frontline.

The U.S. State Department has called the Afghan practice of owning “dancing boys” a “culturally sanctioned form of male rape.”

Never been vetted

Buckley Sr. said it was the police chief’s 15-year-old “tea boy” who pulled the trigger.

The father described how, on that fateful night, his son was in a gym on his base at 8:30 at night, lifting weights, laughing with his friends.

“And the chief of police gave his ‘tea boy,’ and we know this for a fact, his AK-47, because I found out the serial number matched his (rifle.)

“He gave it to him and told him to ‘Go into the gym and to murder as many Marines as you can.’ So at 8:30 at night, he walked into the back of the gym, walked over to my son and shot him in the chest with an AK-47. And then shot his best friend, right behind him,” said Buckley. He continued to explain how the boy shot two more Marines. One victim survived.

The Washington Post reported, “Aynoddin, who, like many Afghans, uses only one name, was in high school when he started work for Garmsir’s police chief, Sarwar Jan, in the southern province of Helmand. He spent his days cooking for Jan and cleaning up after him. Both Afghans and Americans knew him as the boss’s ‘tea boy.’”

The paper said the teenager had easy access to the weapons arsenal of the Afghan police and had never been vetted.

Buckley is all the more distraught because he said the Marines were warned 15 days before the attack, and now, he said, the Corps is turning the whistleblower into the fall guy.

The fall guy?

According to CNN, Maj. Jason Brezler, a Marine Corps reservist, was going to graduate school in Oklahoma “when he received an e-mail from Marine officers in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, a deeply troubled area where Brezler had been deployed in 2009-2010.”

The subject line of the e-mail he received said in all capital letters with three exclamation marks “IMPORTANT: SARWAR JAN IS BACK.”

Kevin Carroll, Brezler’s attorney, said, “When Jason was serving in Afghanistan in 2010, he caused Sarwar Jan, a police official, to be fired from that position because he was raping children.”

Carroll told CNN “within minutes” Brezler wrote his colleagues back at Forward Operating Base Delhi, warning about Jan. He attached to the e-mail a classified document that included allegations about Jan, claiming he had ties to the Taliban.

“When the Marines in Afghanistan wrote back saying that some of that information might have been classified, (Brezler) immediately turned himself in,” said the attorney.

Had the Marines simply heeded Brezler’s warning, Greg Buckley Jr. and two of his fellow Marines might not have been killed.

Instead, Brezler is facing a disciplinary hearing.

Marine Col. Francis Piccoli told CNN that because of “the mishandling of classified information, Maj. Brezler has been ordered to show cause of retention in the U.S. Marine Corps before a Board of Inquiry.”

Two New York elected officials from the Buckleys’ home state have come to the aid of Brezler.

“Maj. Brezler was in a position where lives were in danger and time was of the essence, and in the end his assessment of the threat proved accurate,” wrote New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in a letter to the Marines.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., King wrote to Marine Commandant Gen. Jim Amos that it is “unfair for Maj. Brezler’s good-faith effort to warn his fellow Marines, of what sadly proved to be mortal danger, to derail his reserve career.”

‘We can make a huge change in this world’

But none of that will bring back three dead U.S. Marines.

“Since my son’s passing, I have never slept through a whole night yet,” said Buckley.

All he asked is that people join his son’s Facebook page. “Help me and my family.”

“If we all come together we can make a huge change in this world,” he said. “Bigger than you think.”

Not in vain

The Marines still have not issued an official explanation for why Brezler’s potentially life-saving warning was ignored.

The Corps still has not explained why an accused child molester was allowed on base as a police chief or why he was allowed to have a child servant who had not been screened by security.

But, the death of those Marines was not in vain.

Buckley Sr. put a lot of blame for the death of his son on the rules of engagement in Afghanistan.

His sister, Mary Liz Grosseto, described the deadly absurdity of a situation in which, “Marines were not allowed to have loaded weapons on their base. The Afghans that they were training had loaded weapons. They all had AK-47s.”

“This is why the boys in that gym were killed,” she insisted. “They didn’t have a weapon on them. They weren’t permitted because the Afghans found it offensive. And, God forbid we offend the Afghans.”

But, despite all the gloom, a silver lining finally appeared.

The family was furious with the Marine Corps over the rules of engagement, venting their anger before national and local media.

The night before they buried her nephew, they were in the funeral home home when they received word of something that made her very proud: A general had “ordered that all Marines from then on would carry loaded weapons with them at all times.”

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I would like to add my two cents worth to this super emotional string of comments concerning this tragedy.

I would appreciate all of you blind patriots remaining civil and respecting my right to speak my mind. I have done very extensive research into history and politics. I had 9 relatives in the Vietnam conflict and two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan for two tours. I have interviewed them all about their experiences over in a combat zone.

FIRST, our form of government was created to protect and enhance our unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

SECOND, our founding fathers warned us, in a very strong manner, that we should never get involved with foreign conflicts as it would lead to the unnecessary death and wrongful use of our sons in battle. They were so right in their warnings.

THIRD, the rules of engagement for our men in combat is completely unacceptable and insane. Only a misguided and “brain-soiled” soldier would fight under those conditions. I have never served in the military and this is by choice. I did report for the draft during the end of the Vietnam conflict as I was required to do so. I almost joined out of my deep love for country but was spared by speaking to my returning relatives from Nam. They shared with me all of the injustice done to the American soldiers by our government and the CIA. I refused to give my life for drug lords and opportunists in America who were making billions on the Vietnam conflict.

FOURTH, did everyone just simply forget what happened to the Russians in Afghanistan back in the 70s and 80s? Do you not remember that the CIA gave millions to Osama Bin Laden and helped train his men in warfare to fight the Russians? Do you not remember Bill Clinton illegally sending troops to Afghanistan without the permission of We the People?

FIFTH, the death of this young and brave American son is a perfect example of how absolutely stupid our leaders are.  They have sent our beloved youth to fight a war that will never be won because of the rules of engagement they burden our warriors with!  You don’t restrict a warrior, you unleash him when it’s the only option left!  We are currently in foreign conflicts, not to win wars but to perpetuate the wealth of the elitist world rulers.  Our sons and daughters are not fighting for freedom for the United States of America!  They are being used and I strongly suggest you keep your children home and let the Congress, Senate, Supreme Court and the White House send their children to do battle.  We wouldn’t have any of these problems if you educated your children on history.  They wouldn’t join a military controlled by a dictator if you educated them in history.

One last statement here please, I love and respect all of those in the military and in fact I care so much about them that I am speaking out and have done so politically.  I have gone to battle for our fighting men and women so that they would not be used in the improper manner.  I have spent more of my money and time than most anyone I know in this great cause of freedom so please don’t insult me for my opinions.

God bless America and may God keep our warriors safe.

Afghanistan – VietNam revisited

I was unable to locate an old posting I’d made showing a topographic map of Afghanistan, and why the logistics made being involved in a war there a bad risk. This is no small country. Land Area: 251,826 sq miles.        Imagine TWO Arizona’s side by side  –  AZ has 113,642 square miles, double that, (227,284 square miles) and there is still an additional 25,000 square miles left over.  About 35% of Afghanistan is very mountainous; some of the most difficult terrain on the planet.

Now when you read what our troops are enduring, this will become more real.  “X”

 

Courtesy of Duckyack 

OBAMA’S WAR: US SOLDIERS ARE TOLD THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR THE AFGHAN PEOPLE, NOT FOR THE US

IT’S TIME TO BRING THEM HOME!
 
U.S. soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalio...U.S. soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division search for Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A U.S. Soldier hands an Afghan girl a bottle o...A U.S. Soldier hands an Afghan girl a bottle of water during Operation Champion Sword in Khost province, Afghanistan, July 29, 2009. The operation directs Afghan and international security forces to focus on specific militant targets and safe havens within Sabari and Terezai districts in eastern Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Freire See more at http://www.army.mil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

U.S Army Soldiers cross the Arghandab River to...U.S Army Soldiers cross the Arghandab River to assist Afghanistan police on a humanitarian mission in Kashani village in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Oct. 9, 2009. The Soldiers are assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Specialist Tia P. Sokimson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 
 
 
 

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Col. Harry D. Tunnell IV, commander of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division

By 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 Afghanistan that we are fighting for the Afghan people – this is a rather mercenary outlook and ignores the fact that the United States was attacked September 11, 2001.”

2. Contrary to the lies Joe Biden told the American people during the VP debate on October 11th, Afghan Security Forces are not able to be properly trained:

The idea that Afghan forces can lead operations such as Marjah, as was touted in the media when the operation began, is pure fancy.”

“As part of our formula for success we place a remarkable amount of emphasis on the Afghan Security Forces without understanding the men who make up that force. It is very unlikely that we will be able to provide Afghans with a level of education and training to make them an independent and reliable force that can deny Afghanistan as a safe haven to terrorists…. The Soviet Union’s attempt to create a professional independent military collapsed as soon as the Soviets withdrew (from Afghanistan), which is what contributed to the ascendency of the Taliban. This should provide an obviously cautionary tale.”

“An overview of a few cultural behaviors of Pashtu men might help one make an informed assessment about the efficacy of plans requiring independent performance from Afghan Security Forces – to determine if the objective is consistent with the reality. This cultural information is well known, there are numerous anecdotal reports, and there is a growing body of research from Human Terrain Teams and others.”

“… Afghan security forces… lack of technical skills… Out of a class of ten at our recent academy to train a Fire and Rescue Service for Spin Boldak District, only two of the trainees had ever driven a vehicle – and that is giving credit to the trainee who had driven a tractor once or twice in his life. Even simple tasks… present challenges.”

“Attempts to integrate women into the security forces… Afghan males are among the greatest misogynists in the world. The Burqa is not a Taliban invention; it is a Pashtu cultural norm.”

Health and hygiene will not be maintained at an acceptable level… Afghan military units – particularly small outposts – are bastions of filth.”

Aberrant sexual behavior is acceptable. Considering the misogynistic culture… There is an acceptance of pedophilia that is wide spread and boys are sometimes kidnapped. Leaders have been known to sexually assault male subordinates…” See: Afghanistan’s dancing boys

“NCOs… are largely illiterate.”

“…the population does not like how the Taliban deliver but the incontrovertible fact is that the Taliban are Pashtu and their cultural norms are the same as any other Pashtu male… In fact, religiously inspired Pashtu movements are a traditional part of life in southern Afghanistan. The British… had a nickname for them: “Mad Mullah Movements”. The most frequently ignored fact is that the average farmer in southern Afghanistan will appreciate far more what Mullah Omar is proposing than what we are…”

3. US military resources are misappropriated, leaving our US soldiers ill-equipped and vulnerable to greater risk of death and injury.

“Formations that are assigned maneuver tasks without the requisite training or equipment will suffer increased and unnecessary casualties.”

“There are two important things to note: (1) this mission, to secure Kandahar City and its environs, was exactly how American forces were arrayed before being dispatched in the ill-conceived freedom of movement mission and (2) all of the maneuver was done by United States Army units – an extravagant use of tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars to placate British units and commanders.”

“In addition to marginalizing American leaders, British forces take advantage of American resources such as Full Motion Video from Unmanned Aerial Systems, Route Clearance Packages, and other capability that should go to American soldiers. We had instances when these tools were denied to American troops in contact because they were not released from British control (even though they were observing no enemy activity). A more direct example of disregard for Americans is the manner in which Task Force Helmand addressed the catastrophic IED strike on an American engineer vehicle supporting their operations. The vehicle was attacked with an IED and one US Soldier was killed. The killed and wounded were evacuated, but the remaining Soldiers were left for several days on the disabled vehicle before recovery…. American engineers were eventually forced, at great risk, to get the equipment themselves – having another Route Clearance Package battle damaged in the process. Another instance… when conducting a joint resupply patrol with the British and was abandoned half way through the patrol. The British took the American Route Clearance Package and simply left. The engineer task force sent two Route Clearance Packages to recover this BSB patrol – it took two because the first one was blown up.”

The denial of American resources to American soldiers that is commonplace is heart-breaking. The United States and Romania allow military personnel to travel on aircraft that do not have armor or defense capability, but several other partner nations do now. The result is that foreign military members are frequently prioritized at a higher level to fly on United States military aircraft which takes seats from Americans who are left to fly civilian contracted air. We expose our own service members to greater danger for the convenience of our partners and the American taxpayer, who has provided this capability for the protection of Americans, is deceived.

4. Rules of engagement were changed under Obama’s command, thus ensuring greater risk of death and injury to our soldiers.

Our potential for greater coalition casualties does not have to be inevitable, but due to our flawed approach to operations we wind up enabling our enemy. The population-centric approach which places the population as the center of gravity is applied to the point of absurdity. The enemy is entrenching himself among the civilian population as we cede to him territory and lines of communication. Our poor military approach, inadequate tactics, and haphazard operational art are compounded by NATO partnership in general and British leadership specifically. A gross lack of concern for subordinates manifests in guidance that “zero” civilian casualties are acceptable and coalition soldiers may have to be killed rather than defend themselves against a potential threat and risk being wrong and possibly resulting in injury or death of civilians – a verbal order from MajGen Carter.”

Population-centric approaches to war have resulted in senior officers that are almost pacifistic in their approach to war; while they may have a public persona that seems offensively spirited, that is not the reality when they are issuing guidance to subordinates.”

“It is clear that US Army units are employed in ways that are grossly inconsistent with sound military tactics.”

Related to the emphasis on the population, and ignoring an improved capability against the enemy, is the contempt for technology… We are far behind where we should be and this has contributed to increased American deaths and non-combatant casualties while our enemy retains freedom of movement and maneuver locally, regionally, and internationally.”

These truths in Colonel Tunnell’s letter are corroborated by the dramatic increase in US soldier fatalities, injuries and suicide under the Obama regime. As recorded by ICasualties, here are the number of fatalities and wounded to date:

US Soldiers – Fatalities are now up 410% under Obama. (an average of 401 US soldiers per year under Obama versus 79 per year under Bush).

US Soldiers – Wounded are up nearly 1200% under Obama. (an average of 4,010 US soldiers per year under Obama versus 330 per year under Bush).

In addition, US soldier suicide rates have increased to levels never seen before. This began when Obama took over as Commander-In-Chief in 2009. Here is a June 2012 article. Here is a January 2010 article which describes the 2009 suicide rate as follows:

“…the toll of military suicides last year was the worst since records began to be kept in 1980.”

Recall that on the campaign trail in 2008, Obama told the American people that Afghanistan was the war we needed to be fighting. The media promoted this and the majority of Americans unfortunately believed it, along with all the other lies, and elected this man into the Presidency.

On September 21, 2009, eight months after Obama took office, John McHugh was sworn in as the Secretary of the Army. Let us be clear that John McHugh was Obama’s pick.

Less than a year later, in August 2010, John McHugh received Colonel Tunnell’s sobering letter and has done absolutely nothing to address the reality of the conditions on the ground in Afghanistan and the unspeakable risk to our beloved soldiers.

How can we be sure John McHugh has done nothing to slow the slaughter of our soldiers? The skyrocketing rate of US soldier fatalities, injuries and suicide has not subsided; it has remained consistently high throughout Obama’s Presidency.

Who gives John McHugh his marching orders? As the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh carries out the orders of the Commander-In-Chief of the United States – Barack Hussein Obama.

Despite recent reports that US soldiers are being killed by the Afghans Security Forces they are ordered to train, Obama and McHugh have done nothing. They render our soldiers virtually defenseless among terrorist predators that may be right next to them.

  • Weakening our military strength is deliberate and occurring on several fronts.

  • We’ve shown evidence of what Obama is doing to our troops in Afghanistan, how he has put them at great risk and how he cedes US military control to the coalition.

  • Obama and Reid pushed for the START Treaty to cede control of US nuclear defenses to Russia.

  • Obama and Panetta are moving forward to radically slash the US Defense budget.

  • Obama embraces of our enemies – the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood – and brings them to unimaginable heights of power in the Middle East (e.g. Egypt), plus brings them into our White House and into the highest levels of our government.

  • Obama transferred US wealth and weapons to the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood (and their organizations – the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.) who want to destroy the US, Israel and the rest of Western Civilization.

  • Obama waged an illegal war in Libya and his recent actions have cost more American lives. Obama refused to protect them leading up to 9/11 (this year) and he and his administration persistently lied to the American people every step of the way. The cover-up they have been manufacturing is breathtaking – and criminal.

  • Obama assaults Tricare coverage, making it far more expensive for our soldiers and their families.

  • Obama and Holder fight to push for the lawless blocking of our soldiers’ right to vote.

Even if Obama loses in November, he will remain at the helm for another three months. That timeframe may prove to be the most dangerous for our soldiers and our country.

Telling US soldiers that they are fighting for the Afghan people is treasonous and Obama, by his actions as Commander-In-Chief, has created the conditions for the unnecessary slaughter of so many of our soldiers. This is not a mistake or incompetence; this is deliberate.

Those who want our troops to come home now are on the right side of history. As long as Obama is President, our soldiers remain in danger. Colonel Tunnel’s letter, coupled with rate of death, injury and suicide under the Obama regime eliminates any doubt about the danger.

Trevor Loudon, political activist from New Zealand and author of the book Barack Obama and the Enemies Within, provides factual information, connections and insight into Obama’s deliberate plan to weaken our military beyond repair. This video is a must see…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3iWZCiidBkc

SANGIN, Afghanistan - American and British sol...
SANGIN, Afghanistan – American and British soldiers take a tactical pause during a combat patrol in the Sangin District area of Helmand Province April 10 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Colonel Tunnell’s letter ends with the following:

“The willingness to combat an enemy cannot be turned on and off like a light switch. Leaders are willing to conduct operations at the tactical and operational levels of war to decisively defeat the enemy or they are not. Soldiers join the military today to protect the United States, yet they are told once in Afghanistan that we are fighting for the Afghan people – this is a rather mercenary outlook and ignores the fact that the United States was attacked September 11, 2001. If we have an Army led by people unwilling to defeat a disorganized illiterate adversary such as we face today, even after a despicable surprise attack on our nation, there is little hope that we can defeat a modern sophisticated enemy that we may face in the future.”

http://sohereandnow.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/reblogged-from-askmarion/

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