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Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Another Reason I Oppose John McCain's Amendment.

[This discussion started here, continued here]

When politicians micro-manage the military bad things happen. Remember the 17 Special Ops guys that died in Somalia? They died because the White House at the time put politics before soldiers. How? By giving them an over-restrictive ROE (Rules of Engagement) that kept them from dealing with the bad guys in addition to the White Houses' denial of requested armor and AC-130 gunship support that would have directly affected the outcome of that battle.

9/11 would likely have been prevented if politics had not been put before people. In the late 90's, the White House, worried about politics, failed to deal with Osama Bin Laden. Also, the implication of the alleged Able Danger scandal is that the White House ignored the intelligence the unit provided because they didn't want to be accused of "racial profiling".

Now we are in a war where those who we are fighting on the battlefield are involved with operations that are to be carried out against civilians back home, whether home means the U.S., Europe, South Pacific, etc. Information and intelligence is key in this war.

Should we over-restrict the resources available to the people involved in attaining that information? I am not defending or advocating torture. However, if a detainee is scared of dogs and one is used to gain information that will be used to save the lives of our soldiers or civilians, and he is simply being barked at (and not bitten), or if he is deprived of sleep for a while (something our soldiers endure on a regular basis), then what is the problem? I harken back to the incident that occurred early in the Iraq war, where a Lieutenant Colonel was relieved because he fired a gun near the head of a enemy prisoner during an interrogation, who in turn gave up information on a massive ambush. That information saved the lives of the Colonel's soldiers, but he was relieved of his command because of the politics that resulted when news of the incident reached the media back home. Yet, if it was you or your family, who would you want him in command? I would, because he put his soldiers' lives first; and made sure they came home.

In this war we must put practical reality above idealistic politics. The enemy we are facing does not play by the rules, and if we begin restricting our military like we did in Vietnam ( by putting politics above good judgement), then we will surely lose. Then our enemies will recoup and attack us at home. We cannot afford to lose in Iraq.

As Vietnam, Somalia, and 9/11 have clearly shown, politics have no place on the war room, or the battlefield.

Yet I feel that is exactly what John McCain is advocating, the prioritizing of politics over our soldiers.