"My son,(name deleted to protect both the Marine and his family: Fits)
in Helmand Province called yesterday(28th) which is his 20th birthday ,
he had just come back from an op with the rip force and called home.
They spent the entire night in security of an MRAP which hit an IED and
had wounded ,this happened about 2100 the night before, they sat there
til 0600 the next morning because helos could not be used as medevac
because of ROE( it might disturb the talibans sleep) so they had to get them out via ground. I find this unacceptable for our Marines to not be given the fastest medevac possible whether Afghan civilians die or lose sleep or whatever,they(Marines) should be the highest priority.
If we are going to fight with one hand tied behind our backs like Viet Nam we can expect the same scene on the embassy roof in Kabul in a year or two that we had in April 1975 in RVN. The ROEs should be kill the bad guys and try your best not to get the good guys. We all know it happens-thats war its not a science, it's an art. Science gives you a predictable outcome given variables and controlled conditions , an art is imprecise as is war.
Are there no officers willing to get these roes changed? I pity the Lts and Capts who have to do the heavy lifting in the field and have to explain this chickenshit to their Marines. If we are not going to fight to win -we should get out now and not lose another American, then when we are all out drop, an ICBM on the place."
The ROE's (Rules Of Engagement) in Afghanistan are problematic. To say the least.
The above email has been kicked all the way up to the Commandant of the Marine
Corps, with the typical "he-said, they-said" back and forth that tends to
cloud over lots of things coming from in-country.
Regardless, it has become very clear that the standing order for "compassionate response" has
superseded the usual USMC method of kill-em-all-and-let-God-sort-it-out manner of getting jobs
done. Oh, and sorry for the messed up formatting. Copying and pasting military emails can be