Listen to Jonathan Landay's account of the action he was in. It is contained in the video that accompanies my earlier post. At one point you will hear him say that a request for artillery fire support for US troops in contact with the enemy was denied by higher headquarters on the basis of the Rules of Engagement (ROE) laid down by General Stanley McChrystal. These rules favor Stanley's crude theorizing under the influence of the COIN fanatics here in Washington. In Stanley's "thinking" possible casualties among Afghan civilians are more important than death and wounds among our people. To hell with that! To deny troops in contact fire support is to contribute to their deaths. Is McChrystal so heartless or driven by ambition or delusion as to not understand this?
McChrystal or whomever made this decision should be relieved and prosecuted for betrayal of our troops. pl