Wednesday, September 13, 2006

How about this for a plan...'we win, they lose'.

Taliban dodges assassination because U.S. rules of engagement bar attacks in cemeteries... and as Michael Reagan suggests, it's kill or be killed:
... This incident is an example of the out-of-control political correctness that is driving the U.S. strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan. Out of fear of offending the people whose freedom we are fighting to ensure, we are waging a war by half-measures.

Our enemy is a furtive force lurking hidden among the civilian population, using civilians as human shields. The only way to deal with these fanatical insurgents is to kill them all, and in order to kill them all you have to be willing to inflict unintended damage on the civilian population, just as we did when we bombed Berlin and Tokyo and Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

When you fight this kind of war, you incur the wrath of the media and the anti-war left, who remain ever-alert for any chance to charge the U.S. with committing “atrocities.” When you allow fear of their reaction to dictate the rules of engagement, you allow them to lead you to defeat.

“War is Hell,” Sherman once said. It still is, and always will be. Live with it, or go hide someplace and hope the victorious enemy won’t find you and cut your head off, a form of political incorrectness that doesn’t bother them one bit. ...
Taliban funeralYou've got to be freaking kidding me... we're doomed:
... U.S. intelligence officers in Afghanistan are still fuming about the recent lost opportunity for an easy kill of Taliban honchos packed in tight formation for the burial, NBC News reported.

The unmanned airplane, circling undetected high overhead, fed a continuous satellite feed of the juicy target to officers on the ground.

"We were so excited. I came rushing in with the picture," one U.S. Army officer told NBC.

But that excitement quickly turned to gut-wrenching frustration because the rules of engagement on the ground in Afghanistan blocked the U.S. from mounting a missile or bomb strike in a cemetery, according to the report. ...
Complete and utter insanity. "Rules of engagement"? I'm sorry... when it's clear that your enemy's only "rule" is that there are no rules, you must adjust and do what is necessary to defeat them.

Coming right after ABC's "Path to 9/11" that noted the numerous government failures to kill the enemy when the opportunities presented themselves, this is even more mind-numbing.

Tony Blair admonishes anti-AmericanismIt seems clear that we're not going to have the cojones to truly take the upper hand in the war against Islamic Facism. I'll say this though: Tony Blair has done his part.
"The danger with America today is not that they are too much involved." ... "We want them engaged. The reality is that none of the problems that press in on us can be resolved or even contemplated without them"
Bravo Mr. Blair.

(hat tips to Michelle Malkin)

Fred Huchison get's it:
"Islamo-fascist terror represents the greatest unleashing of cosmic evil since the Communists and the Nazis. Islamo-fascists seek nothing less than the destruction of civilization, the destruction of the West, and bringing the entire world under barbarous, totalitarian, Islamist regimes."

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