The new commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, sent out a letter to all 4 branches of the service saying that our troops need to conform to their rules of engagement and battle the enemy "fairly" so as to engender good-will among the Iraqi citizens.
"Hard as it might be, however, we must not let these emotions lead us — or our comrades in arms — to commit hasty, illegal actions," he said. "In the event that we witness or hear of such actions, we must not let our bonds prevent us from speaking up."
What bothers me about our new "top" commander is how quickly he is going after our own troops, reminding them of their brand new "rules of engagement" which, in effect, puts them on notice that if they're found operating outside those rules, they could face criminal punishment and, perhaps, lengthy jail time.
Notice how this weasel used the words "illegal actions" in the quote above? We now have a desk jockey from Washington with a legal team sitting on his shoulder and whispering in his ear telling him to throw our boys under the bus if they're found doing something "wrong" during a firefight. This guy has never seen active combat - he miraculously got to Viet Nam just before the withdrawl, got to Kuwait right after the bullets stopped flying, got to Afghanistan right after all the dust settled. It's probable that he never fired a round in anger in his whole life.
Yet this Political Prop is now deigning our soldiers be held accountable while on the battle field? What a fucking tool this guy is.
Sadly I see the same dynamics on the Chicago Police Department as I do in Patreus' case. We have a Superintendent who is beholden to our Mayor and will do whatever it takes to keep his ass in the top chair. The Mayor routinely chews him out, dresses him down and demands his pound of flesh whenever an officer gets "out of line". Patreus is beholden to Bush and is now Bush's Political Hack in charge of operations in a theatre of War.
Every day that goes by I feel worse and worse for our troops over there. Some of our boys are now going out on patrol with video cameras attached to their helmets in order to keep from being courts martialed and sued.
If this story boils your blood, send an email to George Bush and tell him that he should take the cuffs off our boys and let them do their jobs. He should grant FULL AMNESTY for every soldier accused of wrong-doing. Those dirtballs in Iraq did nothing but maintain Hussein and his sons and now we're there cleaning up their mess, they could at least look the other way if our troops make a mistake in the field.
Mistakes are made in every war - except this time the ACLU and CAIR are ready to sue and imprison our soldiers if they make them.