In saddle racing, they’re called ‘imposts’–the amount of weight a faster horse must carry in order to place him on an even footing with the competition; in chess, it’s the pion coiffé–the stronger player, to win, must checkmate the weaker with a particular pawn, marked at the start of play; in golf, it’s the number of strokes an amateur player is allowed to deduct from his total score. In Barack Obama’s America, they’re the fiscal and regulatory policies enacted to redistribute wealth from those who earned it to those who did not. And in his Afghan war, they’re called Rules of Engagement, and they’re getting our people killed:
Soldiers were ordered not to open fire on Taliban fighters planting mines in case they disturb local people, it has been claimed.
U.S. military chiefs ordered troops to exercise ‘courageous constraint’ and even warned them they could be charged with murder if they shot any Taliban without permission from above.
Washington’s Chairborne Rangers always seem to be pushing some such lethal nonsense on the troops as part of the contemporary liberal quest to fight wars without hurting anybody. Well, it’s easy to order restraint from 10,000 miles away–but it’s neither ‘courageous’—nor advisable. And the members of ISAF, the International Security Assistance Force, are paying the price.
An Iowa National Guard soldier who planned to retire from the military and start a family soon was shot to death Saturday by a government security officer in eastern Afghanistan.
The attacker also killed an American civilian contractor before exchanging gunfire with a second Iowa Guard soldier, who shot and killed the gunman, officials said.
The dead Iowa soldier was identified as Sgt. 1st Class Terry Pasker, 39, of Cedar Rapids. The other Guardsman, Master Sgt. Todd Eipperle of Marshalltown, was wounded in the gunfight.
[…] The incident happened in Panjshir province, one of the most peaceful areas of Afghanistan. Panjshir is a mountain valley north of Kabul whose people have strenuously resisted the Taliban.
The province is considered so safe that U.S. soldiers often walk around without wearing helmets or body armor, and they don’t routinely ride in the large, heavily-armored military trucks American soldiers use in most other parts of the country. [Honor The Fallen]
Safe places don’t exist in combat zones. And Rules of Engagement that endanger our fighting men shouldn’t either.
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