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Maybe It Is Time To Start My Own Army....

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Because this is what happens when you let the Puzzle Palace Douchebags (known to all hackers that pack the gear to serve overseas in a forward area as "PPDs") run the war.

Joshua Waddell, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marines, appeared on his way to a stellar career as an American military officer. The son of a retired Navy SEAL commander, Waddell was awarded a Bronze Star during his first tour of duty in Afghanistan and had returned for a second.

Then he made a decision in combat that military experts say has severely jeopardized his future in the corps.

But some military experts say the black mark on Waddell's record was undeserved, that he and other young American officers are being put in a difficult, if not impossible, situation by unreasonable rules of engagement foisted upon the military by politically sensitive commanders in the Pentagon.

Unreasonable ROE from the PPDs?  Really?  Hell you say!!!  Now, I suggest you read the story, but it appears that the glittering jewels of colossal retardation that think up the ROE (and then print it on a handy GTA reference card to be carried in your IFAK at all times) have decided it is OK to shoot bad guys (probably with some caveat like "on a Tuesday only when receiving permission from COMSUBLANT only after PSYOPS broadcasts the days of the engagements and the locations to be engaged, and only with 5 rounds fired at 3 hour intervals with watches synchronized to Zulu Time"), but if you kill a vehicle, why, it is the stocks for you young patriot, because we don't want any of that "can do" spirit here.  No, that just won't do... Seems that putting a bullet in a tractor will get you hemmed up for promotion and potentially drummed out of the service.

This is the insanity that I used to listen to my step-dad (101st in Vietnam) tell stories about when he talked about the war.  This is the insanity of fighting wars while paying close attention to the counsel of our fears that we may offend ourselves in the process of killing our foes and God Forbid, the equipment they use. This is also what happens when you put the lawyers and the bureaucrats in charge of fluid and ambiguous situations that have no real solutions other than cover fire and repeated mortar barrages.  This Battalion Commander of his is a real peach; must be an honest-to-goodness incarnation of that mental midget from supply that wanted to be in the Infantry that Gunny Highway had to endure.  What a Douche-bag... 

And I will say it; our OinC has turned up the pussification of this "right war" to a level that history will call him to account for.  Lives hang in the balance and this guy is driving without a license in the biggest, baddest, most advanced car on the planet and he is weaving aroung the lanes with zero clue and no cares as to where it might end up when he is done driving it.

Our enemies don't fear us because they are busy belly laughing themselves into oxygen deprivation over the fact that we worry about perceptions, appearances, and ensuring that we don't say or do scary things to make the villagers not like us; while they are burning down clinics, beheading aid workers, and throwing acid in women's faces.  It is like an episode of "Mean Girls" in Bizarro World....

I don't know how far we are going to free-fall down this rabbit hole, and every morning I wake up hoping I can just take the blue pill and this will all just go back to normal (as in bad guys dead, good guys safe and no one in trouble), but honestly, I never thought grown-ups could be this clueless and stupid....

So really PPDs, leave the fighting to those of us who know how to get it done...

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