From Lt G at Kaboom – an encapsulated insight into how we are letting lawyers and back office idiots endanger our troops:
… the Iraq War has become so PC, so cluttered, so trigger-shy five years into the war, that any round fired – no matter how justified or understandable at the time of the incident – yields paperwork inquiries and scrutiny more fitting of a Senate Judiciary Committee report. Staff monkeys have found new purpose in this combat zone as Monday morning quarterbacks, conducting investigations with omnipotent spotlights to cut through the fog of war days after the storm passed.
I didn’t want to spend the next decade at Fort Leavenworth cutting stone, and certainly didn’t want any of my men to do that, either. Maybe that’s what would have happened if I had ordered them to shoot then. Maybe not. Anything now is just surmising, reflecting back with the benefit of hindsight on decisions made in mere seconds during a black tempest of confusion. We employed proper rules of engagement, just like we’re taught to by the Army lawyers hired to teach us how to avoid jail-time and war crimes and sensationalized scandals reported by a clueless, leaching mass media to an equally clueless public addicted to shock and awe. For every Abu-Ghraib there are hundreds of stories like this; unreported acts of trepidation brought on by the castigation of our combat operations in the name of nation building.
So Haditha and Abu-Ghraib have served their purpose for the leftists and the media. It comes as no surprise that we have very intelligent people in our Army and none of them wants to have their name splashed all over the media and even if they are exonerated know that their honor will be be-smirched forever.
So how many men have died for the media? There’s lots of leftist media types who will go to their graves with blood on the hands and on their souls. I only hope they receive the appropriate punishment for their denigration of the people who allowed them to sleep safe in the beds at night. And that the souls of those they had a hand in killing torment them forever.
Borders. Our borders remain as porous as ever, and the virtual fence is a high-priced, “high tech” disaster. A PC screwing of gargantuan proportions–and the American public knows it. The PC-ers think they can “finesse” this one by browbeating us with name calling (xenophobia, racism, etc.) or appeals to our “reasonableness.”
The war on terror. Only a moron–or someone who can’t see beyond his politically correct nose–could look at all the acts of terror committed before and after 9/11–and come to the conclusion that terrorism is “an exaggerated threat.” PC-ers still think we can “jaw-jaw” with suicidal maniacs who boast that their principle advantage over us is they love death while we love life. What level of atrocity it would take to blow the cobwebs out of these peoples’ brains is anyone’s guess. 3000 people exterminated in an hour-and-a-half wasn’t enough. Their threshold? 56 million people died in WWll, beginning a year after Neville Chamberlain, the historical epitome of political correctness, secured “peace in our time.” Apparently we have a long way to go.
We are not arguing that one had to agree with the surge or the Bush decision to go into Iraq. Dissent is a deep tradition in U.S. politics, and this war has become a bitter subject.
It is evident, though, that the opposition to Iraq after the Democrats won control of Congress in 2006 has put these candidates in a corner. For the past year, Democrats in both the Senate and House have enforced rock-solid party opposition to every jot and tittle of the Bush policy. They now have four candidates running for the U.S. Presidency who seem to believe it is to their political advantage to deny manifest reality.
Over the past 12 months, U.S. troops in Iraq have risen every day and gone to work, dangerous work, implementing General David Petraeus’s counterinsurgency strategy. The surge. Across the political spectrum, observers have announced the surge a success. This achievement must be a source of enormous pride to the U.S. soldiers and Marines who have pulled it off.
So what we take away from the four Democratic Presidential candidates’ stunning display of misinformation and false statements about the surge Saturday evening is that they have simply stopped thinking about Iraq. They seem to have concluded that opposition to the war permits them to literally not know what the U.S. or the Iraqis are doing there. As the nation commences the selection of an American President, this is a phenomenon worth noting.
Has the self-directedness of these candidates gone so deep that they now believe they can get away with saying anything at all on national TV?
I’m war-weary. Not as a soldier is, good heavens, no. But tired of being a nation At War, and doubly sick and tired of defending that notion against leftist dolts—I mean that with all venom and fury—who refuse to acknowledge the simple fact that 7th century barbarians want to annihilate us and will do so IF given the chance
I hate it, I’m tired of war, hate the casualties and want peace for the Iraqis. Most Americans probably do feel the same—hence the unpopular status of the war. But that does not and never has meant we want to lose it!
The war is unpopular because war sucks and we want the damned thing to end with the United States VICTORIOUS. Only blisteringly stupid far left liberals really believe their own moronically idiotic stereotype that conservative knuckledraggers want the war to go on forever because we like the taste of blood.
The only ones who are going to lose, now, are the liberals, Democrat office-holders and Big Media
This is really good news! And of course it is nowhere to be found in the mainstream media. Our mainstream liberal propaganda machines want us to keep thinking we are in a quagmire, the army is broken, hope is lost, and it’s all Bush’s fault. Hello…. we are winning this war!!! Thanks to our resolute President and our magnificent armed forces.
IT is whispered about at the margins of meetings, and discussed in Washington parties where rumour is passed around with the wine and canapes.
It even appears, fleetingly, to be fact.
“The day nobody died from violence in Iraq” is a date that has been much anticipated in the White House – where US President George W. Bush is desperate to hail the success of his surge of 30,000 troops this year.
But no one can quite say when this event occurred.
“It was some time this week, wasn’t it?” says a senior military source. “Or maybe last week.”
Another diplomatic official confidently asserted that there were “at least two such days this month”. When, exactly? “Not sure,” he replied.
Such vagueness may be concealing a truly significant transformation on the ground in Iraq.
There have certainly been several days in the past month when no US or British soldiers were killed.