Budget cuts killing military readiness, but rules of engagement killing troops

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The Obama administration’s decimation of the military doesn’t stop with just budget cuts, an assault of the command structure or social engineering. Unreasonable rules of engagement are literally decimating our troops.

As reported by the Washington Times,

“In Afghanistan, the [rules of engagement] that were put in place in 2009 and 2010 have created hesitation and confusion for our war fighters,” said Wayne Simmons, a retired U.S. intelligence officer who worked in NATO headquarters in Kabul as the rules took effect, first under Army Gen. Stanley M. McChrystal, then Army Gen. David H. Petraeus.

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“It is no accident nor a coincidence that from January 2009 to August of 2010, coinciding with the Obama/McChrystal radical change of the [rules of engagement], casualties more than doubled,” Mr. Simmons said. “The carnage will certainly continue as the already fragile and ineffective [rules] have been further weakened by the Obama administration as if they were playground rules.”

Rules of engagement are designed to reduce civilian casualties, but also mean airstrikes and artillery strikes – the kinds of support that protect troops on the ground – are also being curtailed.

According to the Washington Times, since 2009 commanders:

had to insure that a Taliban fighter was carrying a weapon before they could authorize direct fire. A unit engaged in combat on the ground and requesting airstrikes must convince commanders — and lawyers — back at headquarters that no civilians would be harmed.

In just one example, Medal of Honor recipient and former Army Captain William Swenson said he made repeated calls and waited hours to get clearance from headquarters as he was surrounded and attacked by more than 150 Taliban fighters.

But as we’ve reported previously, the decimation of our military starts way before troops get in harm’s way. Recently, General Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the US Army, admitted the Army has not trained for six months. Budget cuts have forced the Air Force to ground 13 combat squadrons of approximately 15-20 aircraft each. And Commandant General Jim Amos announced the Marine Corps would need to reduce its force to a “minimum acceptable” level of 174,000 as a result of sequestration budget cuts.

We are not able to effectively train and arm our men and women for combat and when they do get to the battlefield our own “rules” prevent them from effectively fighting.

But who cares? Gay soldiers can now openly serve, in the Air Force you may no longer have to mention “God” in the oath of service and the Marine Corps is fretting over “girlie” hats.

We have the finest fighting force the world has ever known –if we’d just let them fight.

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