I know I should be honoring labor today, so on this Labor Day, I am honoring the labor of our soldiers for our Country.
Once upon a time our traditional goal in war and can anyone doubt that we are at war? – was victory. Once upon a time we were proud of our strength, our military power. Now we seem ashamed of it. Once upon a time the rest of the world looked to us for leadership. Now they look to us for a quick handout and a fence-straddling international posture. Barry M. Goldwater, Why Not Victory?, 1962.
The deliberate demoralization of all things American to me seems in full swing, as Obama mocks our holidays or remembrances by usurping their meaning; apologizes for America abroad, hypnotizes school children, lawlessly ignores the Constitution, and distastefully and foolishly bows to the Saudi King as well as bowing in other ways to many foreign leaders. It feels like an attack on American sovereignty from within, perpetuated by our supposed ‘President.’
One important key to the destruction of national sovereignty is the demoralization of our troops, those on the battlefield and at home. This can be done by denying force protection, food, and equipment, changing the rules of engagement, and in the most despicable way, blaming our troops for the failure of the war in Afghanistan–a failure of policy, not soldiers.
I’m with Lame Cherry: the gloves are off when it comes to the treatment of the men and women who risk the highest price for their service to our nation. Demoralization of our troops is what Lame Cherry has called “Obama’s Afnamistan”.
Obama Changes the Engagement Rules
Although the most contentious part of the civilian deaths are those caused by drones and U.S. military air strikes, the new General Stanley McChrystal targets changes needed in the on-the ground troop engagement:
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who took command of international forces in Afghanistan this month, has said his measure of effectiveness will be the “number of Afghans shielded from violence” — not the number of militants killed.
McChrystal will issue orders within days saying troops may attack insurgents hiding in Afghan houses if U.S. or NATO forces are in imminent danger, said U.S. military spokesman Rear Adm. Greg Smith. “But if there is a compound they’re taking fire from and they can remove themselves from the area safely, without any undue danger to the forces, then that’s the option they should take,” Smith said.
McChrystal calls for a change in the ‘culture’ of the war. Is this prosecuting a war through political correctness?
This site offers a military analysis of the new rules of engagement, commenting first on the problem with the existing rules of engagement in Iraq:
Let’s briefly revisit the ROE. We have discussed the standing rules of engagement, the theater-specific rules of engagement for Iraq (ROE), and even the rules on the use of force (RUF). Our problems with the existing ROE and RUF are legendary, and include the insurmountable initial problem that they are constructed around defensive operations and personal and unit self defense and include no discussion or guidance for offensive operations. This is why General Kearney wanted to charge two Army snipers with murder for targeting a Taliban commander who didn’t happen to be holding a weapon.
Insurgents have learned to game the system, as reported by David Danelo, running between stashes of weapons so marines cannot return fire because insurgents are not seen running and holding a weapon.
Will the new rules of engagement help win the war in Afghanistan? The Captain’s Journal continues:
So it’s possible that that this change to the ROE will help the Taliban, or anti-Afghan forces.
General McChrystal’s guidance further complicates the matter and hamstrings U.S. troops. The guidance seems to be prima facie draconian, i.e., back off of engagements if possible. This is a sure recipe for failure of the campaign…and this raises the question of judgment and probability.
Distractions amidst the Demoralization
While we are preoccupied at home with so many multiple distractions and attempted demoralization of the citizenry, the uncertainty of the CIC’s real goals regarding a war in Afghanistan, and of the rules of engagement for our troops, should be a constant concern for us all.
For our troops, communicate with them, send them what you can, care packages, and let them know: we will not let them down. It is labor day–let’s not forget their labor for us and love for country.
Obama is a man who knows nothing of war except in his imagination, psyche, and having read romantic books on revolution and hung out with legendary radicals. Disguised as a ‘liberal’, he is doing the bidding of someone else.
The wars are now more transparent under Obama, a transparency I don’t think he meant when he promised it. The wars are about drugs, weapons, oil resources or transportation, demoralization of soldiers and breakdown of command structure, destruction of national boundaries and sovereignty, and, in the background, new power hegemony’s being structured for no American benefit.
Do not let what happened to our troops in Vietnam happen to those in Afghanistan or Iraq. Intend for and give them tools to win, or bring them home!