Troops’ Deaths Skyrocket Under Obama

By Allen West, the bolding his:

allen westAs a former combat commander, I can tell you that fear is difficult to avoid on the battlefield. But on today’s battlefields, a new fear haunts our troops: the fear of persecution by their own government. That fear leads to internal hesitation. And that leads to death.

Billy and Karen Vaughn, parents who know the pain of having their warrior son betrayed write on Breitbart.com:

“U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are now forced to fight a two-fronted war. Before each deployment, these soldiers understand fully that day after day they will do battle against relentless terrorists with shifting loyalties and unspeakable hatred. But what none of them could have foreseen was the killing field that would open from their rear: the Continental United States.

“Our government’s incessant tightening of already restrictive ROE (Rules of  Engagement), compounded by the failed COIN (Counterinsurgency) strategy—also  known as “winning hearts and minds”—has made an otherwise primitive enemy formidable.”

The chart below shows the awful truth about US military deaths in Afghanistan.

troop fatalities

In the first seven-plus years of war in Afghanistan (October 2001 – December 2008) we lost 630 U.S. soldiers. In early 2009, the Obama administration authorized the implementation of the COIN (Counter-Insurgent) strategy, more focused on “winning hearts and minds” than winning a war, and over the next five years, the U.S. death toll nearly tripled.

Seventy-three percent of all U.S. deaths in Afghanistan have taken place since 2009. In the first seven plus years of war in Afghanistan, 2,638 U.S. soldiers were wounded in action. In the next forty-five months (2009  – 2012) an additional 15,036 suffered the same fate.

Recently, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai decided to release Islamic terrorists with blood on their hands, that of our American troops as well as Afghan civilians. Imagine being a young warrior in Afghanistan at this time and having to ask “why am I here?”  Many Americans are now aware of the story behind Lone Survivor and realize that when faced with life or death decisions it seems our warriors fear lawyers and the media more than the enemy. They face a non-state, non-uniformed enemy that blends in with the civilian population and knows our ROE.

Our battle-tested men and women we send into harm’s way are confronted by the enemy and must make instantaneous combat decisions. Some, like Army 1LT Clint Lorance, find themselves afterwards sitting in a prison cell in Ft. Leavenworth.

Yet, while much evidence demonstrated links to Islamic totalitarianism and terrorism with former Army officer Nidal Hasan, and some were told to keep silent because of “political correctness.” That silence led to 13 dead and some 30 wounded in Ft. Hood Texas — shot by a man in American uniform shouting  “Allahu Akhbar.” And what did our leaders say to our warriors gunned down by a jihadist on a military installation in America? It was “workplace violence.”

In the last presidential election, for the first time in nearly 77 years, the sitting president, vice president and candidates for office had no military service. I’m not suggesting that the president of the United States must have served in the military — but the most important duty of the president is Commander-in-Chief. Our country needs a leader who can understand the sacrifices and commitment of those brave men and women who stand on freedom’s rampart, because he or she has been there.

As the Vaughn’s write, “Our best and brightest come home in body bags as politicians and lawyers dine over white linen tablecloths; writing, modifying, and re-modifying these lethal rules. Rules that favor the enemy rather than the American soldier. Rules so absurd they’re difficult to believe until you hear  the same stories over and again from those returning from battle.”

When the parents begin to feel this way, will America stop being the Land of the Free because parents will no longer sacrifice the brave?

We must make a stand for those who make the stand for us.

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Lt. Lorance served two combat tours; 15 months in Iraq and 7 months in Afghanistan. But upon his return home, the ground combat platoon leader in the 82d Airborne Division was sentenced to 20 years in Ft. Leavenworth on two counts of murder because he ordered the engagement of two Taliban scouts who were tracking his platoon’s movements while on a patrol in Kandahar province, a platoon that had recently experienced losses, including the previous Platoon Leader.

In the words of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, from his epic narrative, Lone Survivor:

Our rules of engagement in Afghanistan specified that we could not shoot, kill, or injure unarmed civilians. But what about the unarmed civilian who was a skilled spy for the illegal forces we were tying to remove? What about an entire secret army, diverse, fragmented, and lethal, creeping through the mountains in Afghanistan pretending to be civilians?

But we were also told that we could not shoot that camel drover before he blew up all of us, because he might be an unarmed civilian just taking his dynamite for a walk.

The truth is, in this kind of terrorist/insurgent warfare, no one can tell who’s a civilian and who’s not. So what’s the point of framing rules that cannot be comprehensively carried out by anyone?

Rules that are unworkable, because half the time no one knows who the goddamned enemy is, and by the time you find out, it might be too late to save your own life. Making sense of the ROEs in real-time situations is impossible.

 

In Bush’s eight years we lost 630 soldiers; in obama’s five years & 2 months, we’ve lost 2311, for a total of 2,941 because we changed the rules.

In 84 plus months, under Bush, 2,638 were wounded, and in 45 months, under obama 15,036 were wounded, for a total of 17,674, because we changed the rules. Once back in the States, they have to do battle again – this time with the VA.

We have had troops in Afghanistan for 13 long years. What ARE we doing there??

~Kathy

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19 Responses to Troops’ Deaths Skyrocket Under Obama

  1. “We have had troops in Afghanistan for 13 long years. What ARE we doing there??”

    We’re training the Taliban and jihadis how we fight and how to use our equipment so later, when they arrive here, under o’douchebad’s auspices, they can attack us.

  2. CW says:

    “Troops’ Deaths Skyrocket Under Obama”

    And yet the anti-war groups are much quieter than they used to be. Funny how that works, eh? It’s almost as if their motives were insincere.

    • Kind of seems like, after Nixon and Johnson, the whole morality of the executive branch (save for Reagan) went to hell. Bush II tried, but got slammed no matter what he did, or didn’t do. I believe he was caught in a no-win situation, no matter what he did, as his sources of information were woefully uninformed themselves.

      Great find, Kathy,,, And zero canned McChrystal for being honest. AND how many more?????

    • Kathy says:

      It’s almost like they’ve forgotten there’s still a war going on there, CW. People are too preoccupied with scandals and expensive health insurance.

      • I blame the meadia for this. Had they continued to RESPONSIBLY report the goings on over there, as well as all of the ACTUAL scandals this asshole has perpetuated, this country would be in an uproar.

  3. Mrs AL says:

    To answer your question first, Kathy, IMHO we are getting our behinds kicked just like Russia did. The amount of monies spent is going to have ZERO return relative to achieving anything. Again, just my opinion. If it were up to me, we would just turn it into a sandbox and build what airports we need (this last sentence is simply my frustration talking).

    Seems to me that any decent President would confer and probably defer to the commanders on the ground. But then “the Resident knows best.” Not.

  4. Hardnox says:

    Good piece albeit disturbing. The insanity of these policies is beyond rational thinking but it speaks to the over-all picture that this administration is woefully incompetent or is doing everything on purpose.

    If I were in charge, I would order that hell fire be rained down on the enemy and wipe out the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. I would tell Pakistan and the UN to pound sand. I would arrest the Karzai government for stealing our money and resources, and seize their accounts. I would spray agent orange on the poppy fields. When all that was done, I would order our troops home and issue a stern warning to the world not to eff with America.

    To drive that point home I would order a Navy destroyer and a submarine to the Somali coast and begin the target practice of pirate ships.

    In the meantime, all the tin-pot dictators of the world would be keeping real quiet.

    • Kathy says:

      Very disturbing when you consider the number of people we’ve lost and disabled for practically nothing. We should have gotten out of there a long time ago but we didn’t. When Karzai refused to sign the agreement, we should have loaded up every single soldier and every piece of equipment and leave him to figure it out.

      But no, this stupid admin is waiting to negotiate with his successor. Sheesh!

      • We should have been out of there in less than a year had we actually gone there to destroy the Taliban and al Qaeda. The place should have been flattened and laid waste in a matter of days. Just look at Baghdad after 100 days….

        • Oops! Wrong button – again.

          I firmly believe that our extended and wasteful involvement, in Afghanistan, is a means of weakening our military so o’dickhead and his “crew” can destroy this country without fear of reprisal or a potential coup.

  5. Obama plans on freeing thousands of drug offenders but these soldiers sit in prison at fort leavenworth, I cn not believe that this is America anymore. I feel we have lost our moral code as a country, so sad!