"We are pinned down. We are running low on ammo. We have no air. We've lost today," Marine Maj. Kevin Williams, 37, said through his translator to his Afghan counterpart, responding to the latter's repeated demands for helicopters.
Four of Williams’ Special Operations Command Marines lay dead near a fortress-like Afghan village Tuesday—as their comrades fought on, their ammo running low.
America, your sons are being slaughtered—intentionally sacrificed—because Commander-in-Chief Obama and his top commanders want to limit possible civilian casualties in the war-torn country… buying Afghani lives for Americans.
With sniper rounds impacting old inches away, Maj. Williams persisted in his demands for gunships, air strikes, arty… anything that would keep the dug-in rags’ heads down so his people could pull back to a better defensive position.
In early June the new U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal ordered new operational standards, including a directive to refrain from firing on structures where insurgents may have taken refuge among civilians unless their own troops are in imminent danger. Officials hoped the change in ROE (rules of engagement) will reduce tensions between U.S. forces and Afghan citizens, and build a "civilian surge" to improve reconstruction and governance.
But thousands of miles from the air conditioned Oval Office, the four Marines were placed in body bags along with eight Afghan troops and an Afghan interpreter who were killed in the ambush and battle that raged from dawn until 2 p.m. in eastern Kunar province, close to the Pakistan border.
Embedded reporter Jonathan S. Landay, right:
"This is unbelievable. We have a platoon (of Afghan army) out there and we've got no Hotel Echo," (Army Capt.) Swenson shouted above the din of gunfire, using the military acronym for high explosive artillery shells. "We're pinned down."
Finally, more than an hour after the ambush was sprung, a string of dense smoke, white phosphorus artillery rounds was used to shield the unit’s retreat to better cover.
Of his new policy, Gen. McChrystal has said his measure of effectiveness will be the “number of Afghans shielded from violence” — not the number of militants killed, adding that is our troops taking fire from and they can remove themselves from the area safely, without any undue danger to the forces, then that’s the option they should take.”
During the firefight, Afghan women and children inside the village compound were observed resupplying the Taliban fighters with ammunition.
It’s been a very long time, but America used to be a country of winners, a nation that had the ability to unleash overwhelming, full-on, titanic, and therefore short, low-casualty wars.
Apparently we left all that in the locker after WWII.
Korea—only five years after WWII—was fought in exactly this manner. Gone was “go big or don’t go at all”, the unofficial motto of vastly superior armies, and in its’ place Robert McNamara and Lyndon Johnson would later be personally picking bombing targets in North Vietnam.
The first choice of today’s limp-wristed, metro-sexual politicians is to not fight at all, become an equal-partner world government via the United Nations…. I call that surrendering without firing a shot.
Barack Hussein Obama is only a little lighter in the loafers…. scared of his own shadow, apologizing for this own country, and hoping that our enemies will eat us last; you know… the guy that doesn’t like the sound of the word “surrender”; what’s his alternative….? “Yankee, you die!!”, “banzi!!, or perhaps, “do you want a blindfold?”
We can’t fight back, we can’t yell: get the f**k outta that damned mosque! We’re vaporizing it in an hour”; we can’t use certain ammunition, we can’t use our superior firepower.
- no shouting, pushing, or taking his library card
- tell him he’s facing east when he’s really pointed north.
- telling him his mum died.
- Forcing the detainee to be naked, perform sexual acts, or pose in a sexual manner.
- Placing hoods or sacks over the head of a detainee; using duct tape over the eyes.
- Applying beatings, electric shock, burns, or other forms of physical pain.
- Using military working dogs.
- Conducting mock executions.
- Depriving the detainee of necessary food, water or medical care.
- Threats to turn the individual over to others to be abused.
- Certain humiliating or degrading treatment.
- Implying harm to the individual or his property.
- Threatening to separate parents from their children.
“Good evening, Mr. Iwishi Hadanaudi. Let me tell you about tonight’s specials here at Club Gitmo.”
So what all this means is that without intel from newly-captured POWs/captives, an important—if not the most important—weapon, is neutralized.
As one jarhead observed last month: “The Iraqis (on the battlefield) already know the game. They know how to play us. Unless you catch the Iraqis in the act, it is very hard to pin anything on anyone; we can’t even use basic police interrogation tactics.”
So……. right now, right this very moment Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, 23, of Hailey, Idaho, has been missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan on June 30.
On July 3, officials declared him "missing-captured."
He has been ID’ed in this photo released by the Taliban.
Bergdahl is a member of 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and I assure you that he now lives in terror every moment of his young life.
And….. I’ll guarantee you that America will let him die—probably by a slow and crude beheading, because we won't peel back someone’s fingernail(s) to find out where in the goddamedhell he is.
His father would, his mom would, his grandma would, my friends would, I would.
Goodnight, Pfc. Berghdahl, you acquitted yourself with dignity, but your nation failed you.
Rest in Peace.