But a speech doesn't win (or lose) a war. What actually counts is what goes on where the rubber meets the road.
The Captain reminds us of the existing Rules of Engagement for our warfighters in Afghanistan:
Having read those, perhaps you better understand why SF operators are now put on trial for the 'war crime' of inflicting a bloody lip during capture of a war criminal.
• No night or surprise searches.
• Villagers have to be warned prior to searches.
• [Afghan Army] or [Afghan Police] must accompany U.S. units on searches.
• U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first.
• U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present.
• Only women can search women.
• Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away from an area where explosives have been laid.