Our Military Deserves Better

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January 16, 2014 by genelup

The movie, “Lone Survivor,” is a troubling on-screen experience.  The four Navy Seals and the several Navy Seals who went to rescue them are surely heroes.  Marcus Luttrell is the only one of them who made it out alive.  The movie is based on a true story of four Navy Seals who tried to kill a top Taliban leader who was discovered visiting in an Afghanistan village.

However, on approach to the village three shepherds stumbled on them and the Seals had to capture them and tie them up.  The Seals determined one young lad was a Taliban sympathizer.  They had three choices – kill them, tie them up and maybe the wolves would kill them, or let them go.  While arguing among themselves, one Seal said he didn’t want to be sent to Fort Leavenworth if they made what was considered a wrong decision.  So, the leader let them go; the young Taliban ran to the village informing Taliban elders of the nearby Americans.  Soon the Seals were under attack – three of them were brutally murdered and Luttrell survived.  He was severely injured.

My objection to this movie, although the director did over-dramatize certain scenes, is the stupid “Rules of Engagement” our military has to adhere to when facing combat.  Their hands are tied.  How many of our military men and women have died because they had to follow “Rules of Engagement.”  The Taliban and al-Quada don’t worry about Rules of Engagement.  Our military should be allowed to fight at will.  Individuals should be judged on a case-by-case basis concerning the Geneva Convention.  Pres. George W. Bush signed the Rules of Engagement and Pres. Barack Obama can care less to change it.

I also believe the military should have the final word on how to run a war.  How can a person who only was a community organizer or a civilian politician with no war experience, or even limited military experience, have the final “say-so” over our involvement in wars and the lives of our military?  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in his book released this week that Pres. Obama really didn’t believe we could win in Afghanistan.  How could he send our military men and women in harm’s way if he didn’t sincerely believe we could win the war?

Our Mass Media are quick to criticize the military and poison the minds of the public.  Consider this interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper with “lone survivor” Luttrell:

“Just the sense of all these wonderful people who died,” Tapper said. “It seemed senseless. I don’t mean to disrespect in any way, but it seemed senseless — all of these wonderful people who were killed for an op that went wrong.”

Luttrell shot back: “We spend our whole lives training to defend this country and then we were sent over there by this country — so you’re telling me because we were over there doing what we were told by our country that it was senseless?” And my guys — what? They died for nothing?”

“No,” Tapper replied.

“That’s what you said,” Luttrell countered. “So, let me just say, it went bad for us over there, but that was our job. That’s what we did. We didn’t complain about it.”

Politicians should stay out of America’s wars and we should let the military handle them.  On the tragic night in Benghazi why was Gen. Carter Ham relieved from duty because he wanted to send aid to those in Benghazi?  Granted, our military wasn’t all that involved since an ambassador, his staff, hired non-military bodyguards and CIA were in our Benghazi consulate.  However, the military should have been allowed to make the decision instead of our politicians (State Department) handle the situation.

It was revealed today in a Senate investigation on Benghazi that one severely injured person on the roof where two Americans were killed was there bleeding for 20 hours before he was rescued.  Why has it taken so long for this kind of information come out?   Who is stonewalling the truth?  It is obvious the current administration including our State Department is incompetent in matters of this kind of tragic events.  Decisions should have been made immediately.  Our military generals are trained to make these quick decisions, not our career politicians.

Our military deserves better.  I hope this movie, “Lone Survivor,” will wake Americans up.

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