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#1 This situation creates disturbing incentives for troops on the battlefield. It encourages soldiers and policy makers in Washington to opt for the "five-cent solution" -- a bullet
"Opt for"......? A very, very charitable term of reference. Try the phrase; obsessive motivation traiing non-stop to the Oval office.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-09-29 08:39||
#2 kill em where they stand and tell the rest: "I had to, otherwise the Journalists might condemn me"
Posted by Frank G 2012-09-29 09:28||
#3 >THOSE who na´vely believed that the late Osama bin Laden's death and America's forthcoming departure from Afghanistan would usher in a new era free of threats from Al Qaeda have been proved wrong.
Er who believed that?
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2012-09-29 09:31||
#4 Killing them is also one way to prevent Obama, the NYT, the media, and the leftists from freeing them again to kill more of the soldier's buddies (or an ambassador or two).
Posted by CrazyFool 2012-09-29 09:36||
#5 Exactly correct CrazyFool, and the "buy in" from our Champ, was it difficult to arrange? No, of course not. Perhaps it was sold in sports jargon, an audible from the quarterback, the headman, the brewmaster, terms he understands and can not in agreement with. Take careful note of who executes the play action with regarding Predator strikes on selected high-profile, suspected Taliban and AQ personnel. It is not the US Air Force or the Army. Take note of the media play and who receives credit for the kill.
Micro-zapping these foks off the field one or two at a time is a small man's folly, a fools game. Waving a fancy beaded whisk at flies; it simply moves them around for a time. They are soon replaced by more of the same. The problem is much, much larger.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-09-29 10:35||
#6 a major weakness of America's current approach to counterterrorism. It deprives us of significant amounts of intelligence about what Al Qaeda is thinking and planning, and information that could help find other senior terrorists.
Which you can't get without asking nicely. No enhanced interrogation, let alone waterboarding. What is the matter with these idiots?
Posted by Bobby 2012-09-29 11:05||
#7 Not the only dysfunction, but what we are likely seeing is the painfully all too common dynamic of wars thin wars. Competition between the bloated bureacracies of the Diplomatic Community, DoD (less SOF), Intelligence Agencies, DoJ and Law Enforcement, Special Operations community, all vying for the same dwindling piece of bread.
Absent strong leadership from the top, expect more of the same.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-09-29 11:19||
#8 Self Criticism is often the first step toward enlightenment and illumination.
Unfortunately, this self criticism is only intended to destroy newsprint with ink. The NYT does not get the irony of the criticism of policies they've advocated in the past and the irony of advocating processes they emoted mightily against in the past
Posted by Bill Clinton 2012-09-29 12:25||
#9 I'm sensing that 45 bullets are going to fill in the void for "bringing them to justice".
Posted by Raider 2012-09-29 16:30||
#10 Dead men fly no planes into buildings - New York Times (post successful treatment for mental illness know as leftism).
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2012-09-29 20:37||