The offensive item we agree upon was an amendment to H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Amendment No. 56â€”Reps. Chaffetz (R-UT), Welch (D-VT): The amendment would require U.S. ground troops to withdraw from Afghanistan, leaving just those who are involved in small, targeted counter-terrorism operations.Â The amendment would also require the Secretary of Defense to submit a withdrawal plan to Congress within 60 days of enactment.
I cried in the shower for a couple hours but couldnâ€™t scrub off the filth.Â Then John Stuart Mill dried me off, wiped the snot from my nose, the tears from my eyes and whispered something in my earâ€¦
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Kucinich, and most Democrats, are exactly the miserable creatures Mr. Mill spoke of.Â Nothing is worth war!Â BusHitler!Â Bush Lied People Died!Â Unless you are an increasingly unpopular President and you need something to boost your poll numbers with a specific group of voters.Â Then sending our troops to Libya is fine and dandy.Â Continuing the war in Afghanistan is all rosy and wonderful.Â Mr. Mill should have saidâ€¦
Politics is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded soul of those who would sacrifice the lives of a Nations youth merely to gain political favor, who hold nothing more important than promoting their own personal power and privilege are miserable creatures and must be removed from office by men better than themselves.
The current ROE is shameful, our Soldiers self-defense is called into question, necessary supporting fires are withheld for fear of collateral damage, Soldiers are urged to run away rather than execute their own well trained and rehearsed Battle Drills.
If you are in a situation where you are under fire from the enemyâ€¦ if there is any chance of creating civilian casualties or if you donâ€™t know whether you will create civilian casualties, if you can withdraw from that situation without firing, then you must do so.â€
â€œThere is a strong sense in on the ground by the company commanders and platoon commanders that the rules of engagement are too restrictive,â€ he told reporters.
â€œThey result in more casualties. They donâ€™t allow for the kind of immediate engagement. The enemy understands these rules of engagement and manipulates them.â€ General Zinni (USMC Ret.)
Army officers were cited for poor planning and oversight of a Sept. 8, 2009, operation in Ganjgal, a remote village near the Pakistan border with Kunar province. Three Marines and a corpsman were killed on the battlefield after they were repeatedly denied air and artillery support while pinned down by more than 100 insurgents.
The CIAÂ passed up a chance last year to kill Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of an anti-American insurgent network in PakistanÂ that is closely linked to Al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban, when it chose not to fire a missile at him from a Predator drone because women and children were nearby, U.S. and Pakistani officials say.
h/t The Captainâ€™s Journal (there are more examples, click the link and read for yourself)
There is no plan to achieve victory; the President canâ€™t even bring himself to say â€œVictoryâ€ unless he’s talking about 2012 and the third term of Jimmy Carter.
I still dance a jig of celebration at the thought of Bin Laden finally reaping his just rewards but his well deserved death has no bearing on my support of withdrawal or the Democratâ€™s â€œOverseas Kinetic Contingency Operation.â€Â He was successful in perpetrating an idea; that of a Muslim Caliphate encompassing the globe. Â That idea struck a spark in the minds of evil men around the world.Â Progress is made daily across Europe by, more or less, peaceful subterfuge.Â The same tactics are at use and supported by the â€œOâ€ministration and their evil Party right here in the United States.Â Till those evil men are sent to join Osama the threat will continue.
Millions of Americans have given the last full measure of devotion for ourselves and countless others across the world, millions of parents, wives and children have paid the price asked of them by our Leaders and we enjoy the fruits of their sacrifice today.Â They fought for Victory, they died for a cause, for something bigger than themselves.Â If the only cause and the only victory we can find today is the re-election of the socialist Barack Obama then bring them home.Â Nothing is worth that.