LETTER: Endangering troops

Imagine our government preparing our loved ones to do battle by giving them the best training and equipment available. Then after ha
Sandusky Register Staff
May 13, 2010

Imagine our government preparing our loved ones to do battle by giving them the best training and equipment available. Then after handing them an assault rifle, some bullets and a few slogans, they ship them out to the battlefront with one arm and one leg tied behind their back. According to the Associated Press, "If a man emerges from a Taliban hideout after shooting erupts, U.S. troops say they cannot fire at him if he is not seen carrying a weapon -- or if they did not personally watch him drop one. What this means, some contend, is a militant can fire at them, then set aside his weapon and walk freely out of a compound, possibly toward a weapons cache in another location. Our men and women in uniform say the Taliban are keenly aware of these restrictions."

Due to "political pressures" from within our own country and all over the globe, our congressional leaders have a history of capitulating time-after-time to the naive or self-serving agendas of key influencers on how they want us to conduct our war. Instead of using the full capability of our military superiority, we are constantly hampered by these 'congressional ropes' that bind the limbs of our sons, daughters, husbands, and wives putting them at greater risk and unnecessarily extending the war. Once we declare war on enemies trying to destroy our way of life and kill as many Americans as possible the "kid gloves" must come off. War is "hell'"on Earth so let's help our enemies get there quickly. Maybe congressional leaders who vote for war should be made to lead the first assault with weapon in hand while the other hand and one leg are tied behind their backs. After all, leaders lead, don't they?

Don McGee

Huron

Comments

Yadayadayada

Just how many innocent women and children should we be allowed to kill to possibly protect one seviceman? three children? Four women? I am sure the scorecard for Iraq and Afghanistan is wildly out of line. As it is in most wars, but especially true in these two countries.
By the way just who are we killing in Afghanistan(besides innocent civilians) The Taliban religious group was our ally when they fought the Soviets. Weren't we supposed to be hunting down al-Quaeda terrorists?
What a waste, of our children and the Afghans.

Duhast

Yea, that baby with the pacifier that looks like a WMD should be shot on sight! Might be a bomb in it’s diaper too….

If we keep shooting and blowing up all of the civilians, the Afghan people turn to the Taliban and say, “they left me alone, I prefer them to the Americans”. Our military leaders recognize this and are acting accordingly. The Afghan people didn’t ask us to come in and fight the Taliban in their back yards. If the Huron police came in and had a shootout with your drug dealing neighbor, and in the process, your children and wife were shot, you’d throw a fit and sue the pants of them, right?