Imposting The ISAF

Handicaps…

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 Ordered Not To Shoot Taliban As They Plant Mines… ‘Because It WAKES UP Locals’

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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NATO’s Contemptible ‘Courageous Restraint’ Medal

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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18 Responses to Imposting The ISAF

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  2. LD Jackson says:

    It’s like asking a boxer to fight with one hand tied behind his back, except for the fact that his life is in no real danger. Why our soldiers would be required to place limits on their actions that put them in even more danger than they already are is beyond me.

    • Bob Mack says:

      The liberal way of making war, LD. I assume that the ROE’s would change the minute the politicians responsible for them were the ones who had to carry them out.

  3. There must be something in the water in D.C. When a military officer raises in rank and are promoted to the Pentagon. they turn into bleeding heart liberals.
    to see how we are funneling money to the Taliban checkout this story from the Washington Post
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-trucking-funds-reach-taliban-military-led-investigation-concludes/2011/07/22/gIQAmMDUXI_story.html?hpid=z2

  4. Angel says:

    Why dont we just hand them our heads to lob off BOB!!! sheesh.

  5. AFVET says:

    This is disgusting.
    WTF ????
    ‘courageous constraint’ ????
    How about a silencer on the rifle ????
    Don’t want to wake up the neighbors !
    Get them the hell out of there !!!!!!!!
    Where’s Patton when we need him ?
    This president and the military leaders have created a cesspool of unnecessary liabilities for our front line troops.
    WAR IS NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT !!!!!!!!!!

    What a mistake we made by putting this jackass in office !!

  6. righthook38 says:

    This is absurd. Why even bother being over there, if this is what we’re doing? This is ludicrous.

    The even crazier part of this whole thing is that Obama was pretty up front about his views from the beginning, but the media carried his water and never questioned him on anything. So much of the American public bought into his load of garbage, and never bothered to really research this guy. It was all there, right under our noses. He doesn’t give a d*** about our soldiers.

  7. Bob Mack says:

    Democrats always do this kind of thing. There were insane ROEs in Vietnam too. Of course, there were also some free fire zones…

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  9. samiam60 says:

    Am I surprised by this yes. Am I shocked by this, no. One thing I am sure of. If Obama declares Martial Law he will Order Our troops to shoot Americans.

  10. Matt says:

    Two thoughts…

    Liberalism, once again, kills.

    The purpose of the military is to kill people, and blow things up, solely when those people and things interfere with our national security. To use them in any other fashion is both treasonous and deadly.

    • Bob Mack says:

      And, of course, libs make sure that they’re never, ever in the line of fire from enemies who always happen to be lacking in “courageous restraint”.

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