Yes, if we just lower the Top Marginal Rate and Balance the budget, everything will be fine. We can call a truce on everything else. Won’t it be grand?
Waddell ordered the snipers to hit the engine block of the tractor, disabling it so the man believed to be a bomb maker would not escape. The tractor was hit but no civilians were injured.
As a result, Waddell was demoted from executive officer, and the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Seth Folsom, determined he had violated rules of engagement that governed when Marines could fire, and at whom.
The Afghan theater is the theater of the absurd. From disarming our troops as they pass out of the country so they can be murdered in airports, to engaging in homosexual sensitivity training on the battlefield, to allowing unvetted Afghan nationals to be armed in the presence of allied forces, to denying our troops and our unit commanders the right not only to kill the enemy but to prevent his escape – the conduct of war has devolved into some kind of Keystone Cops routine that is not one bit funny.
The report stated that “noncombatant local nationals” were in the area of direct fire and that “the engagement resulted in a damaged local national vehicle.”
Two days earlier, a sergeant from India Company had lost both legs and a hand when a bomb detonated in their area of operation.
This is not just a matter of “we need to get the hell out of Afghanistan.” We are already on our way out of Afghanistan. This is about such basic, mundane issues of military operations as force protection, covering your retreat, and the like. And it is also about much larger questions of war and peace, national security, duty, honor, country and ultimately about whether the adults are ever again going to take part in the discussions, let alone make the decisions.