Wednesday, September 09, 2009

McChrystal's Rules Suck


We walked into a trap, a killing zone of relentless gunfire and rocket barrages from Afghan insurgents hidden in the mountainsides and in a fortress-like village where women and children were replenishing their ammunition.

"We will do to you what we did to the Russians," the insurgent's leader boasted over the radio, referring to the failure of Soviet troops to capture Ganjgal during the 1979-89 Soviet occupation.

Dashing from boulder to boulder, diving into trenches and ducking behind stone walls as the insurgents maneuvered to outflank us, we waited more than an hour for U.S. helicopters to arrive, despite earlier assurances that air cover would be five minutes away.

U.S. commanders, citing new rules to avoid civilian casualties, rejected repeated calls to unleash artillery rounds at attackers dug into the slopes and tree lines — despite being told repeatedly that they weren't near the village.

Four dead U S Marines. Eight dead Afgan-army and/or police.

Evidently Gen. McChrystal learned battlefield tactics in the Oval Office--from LBJ, or McNamara.

It's a helluvalot easier to fight a war from a paneled office, isn't it, General?

HT: JustOneMinute

1 comment:

Billiam said...

They've figured out how to lose a war. They refuse to fight total war. Amazing. If you're not going to fight to win, get the f**k out. All you do is get good people killed for nothing that way. Amazing.