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Old 09-17-2006, 08:16 PM   #1
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http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapc....ap/index.html

What do you all think of this story?
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Re: Missed opportunity to whack 200 Taliban...
Old 09-17-2006, 11:13 PM   #2
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Re: Missed opportunity to whack 200 Taliban...

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http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapc....ap/index.html

What do you all think of this story?
The "military spokesman" didn't even attempt to cast doubt on the authenticity of the photo- she just said (more or less) "We need to track that sucker down and send him to Guantanamo". So I guess we can assume it is authentic.

So what do I think of rules of engagement that bypass the chance to strike a big blow against scum like the Taliban at no human risk to our forces?

I think it shows that you can't run a war with officers and civilian leaders who have attended too many sensitivity trainings.

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Old 09-18-2006, 10:21 AM   #3
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I agree with the decision.* It is a religious ceremony and bombing it could be twisted to result in greater support for the Taliban.* With that said, if it were possible I would've tried to follow the participants to their hideout/village, with one of the various tools in spy technology.* Then let the games begin.

If you turn the tables and the Taliban started suicide bombing our funerals what do you think would happen?
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Give me a break. In Iraq, mosques have become major tactical redoubts, and the 2 Muslim factions are happily slaughtering one another in and around them.

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Give me a break. In Iraq, mosques have become major tactical redoubts, and the 2 Muslim factions are happily slaughtering one another in and around them.

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The difference is that's Muslim on Muslim violence. I think they will twist the fact that we are not Muslims, attacking one of their religious ceremonies into greater support for them.
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The difference is that's Muslim on Muslim violence.* I think they will twist the fact that we are not Muslims, attacking one of their religious ceremonies into greater support for them.
I see your distinction. But they will twist anything. I don't think we should let them choreograph our dance.

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They will twist anything, and radical Muslims are playing us like a fiddle.
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I see your distinction. But they will twist anything. I don't think we should let them choreograph our dance.

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agreed

imho, war is war...not a tiem to be P-C
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It's the military's job to attack targets without making martyrs. In the eyes of the world media this would be almost as bad as My Lai.

Now if one of those 200 is identified as a target, then keep the video rolling and get those Hellfire-equipped Predators in the air now.

Which was probably done anyway. It's far better to follow the targets you know, and start connecting the dots, than it is to indiscriminately slaughter them and have to deal with their unknown successors. We won't know what was done with this imagery for another 25 years (or until the next leak).

In WWII the Germans were especially ruthless at exterminating Russian prisoners during Operation Barbarossa. The Germans felt that they had to keep moving and prisoners would just slow them down, consume valuable heating fuel/supplies, or escape to cause more trouble. This heartless policy was soon reflected in the Russian's scorched-earth defenses and steadfast fighting to the death instead of a more "humane" retreat & surrender. Nothing stiffened the fighting morale of the Russian front more than the reports of German atrocities.

So it's probably better to choose the victims a little more carefully than to kill 'em all and let our gods sort 'em out.

Unless, of course, they shoot first.
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Re: Missed opportunity to whack 200 Taliban...

I think we don't know the whole story. Some of what is printed sounds incomplete or inconsistent with my previous experience to me, and I'm left with more questions than answers.

I noticed that the military folks who were interviewed seemed to be more concerned about the fact that the picture was made public than about missing a chance to shoot. This makes me think they wanted to follow one or more of those assembled back to a target of greater significance.

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