About that terrorist that really is dead now ...
An excerpt from Air Force officer (also writing from Iraq) Greyhawk's take on the matter:
You thought the blogosphere played rough with Dan Rather? You just try to mess with that Marine and you'll find out what rough is. If 2Slick and Greyhawk have to call for backup it won't be pretty.
Right on Red also has some comments, and a good link roundup.
Hat tip: The Daily Brief
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From thoughtsonline Our Marines should take no chances... if they're not absolutely, positively sure that an insurgent - wounded or otherwise - presents no threat to them or their buddies, then they have my permissionto shoot that insurgent in the head. If they're not sure whether a particular person is unfriendly, they have my permission to treat that person as an insurgent and shoot them in the head. Of course, my permission and $4 will only get them a Starbucks latte. During the campaign we heard so much about how Bush or Kerry did or would support the troops, whether enough troops were sent in the first place, whether the troops that were sent in had the appropriate equipment and so on. But to me, the best way of supporting the troops is to give them permission to kill our enemies - wherever they are found, in whatever condition they are found. The rules of engagement ought to be defined in such a way that our troops don't have to worry about some desk jockeys sitting on some tribunal miles away from the action nailing their a** for political purposes. I only wish I could serve on whatever panel hears these cases, it would be a rather short hearing.
Posted by: stevesturm | Nov 17, 2004 7:56:41 PMThank you for the link, sir.
Posted by: Johnny Walker Red | Nov 17, 2004 8:09:40 PMThe terrorist had not surrendered. The Marines gave him that chance. That's all I needed to see.
Posted by: ionstorm | Nov 17, 2004 8:46:28 PMThere's nothing but vipers in that snakepit.They can't grasp the nuances of democracy so might as well grind them under foot.It might have been the rat that shot Margaret Hassan in the head or barbecued the four contractors or beheaded Nick Berg or gassed 10000 Kurds.Good shooting Jarhead!
Posted by: Bill | Nov 17, 2004 9:56:30 PMWow, great posts. I'm not a vet but I sympathize with the accused young marine. In my eyes, he's a hero and did his job according to the book. The videotape made clear that he thought the tango was a threat. I hope the investigation is short and to the point. And that the young hero is given his return to duty ASAP. BBB
Posted by: Dr. Beard | Nov 17, 2004 10:22:07 PMTwo taps. Perfect execution. As Col. McCaffrey (ret.) said on the Today Show (surprising the hell out of al Quaeda Katy Couric): "if there hadn't been an embedded camera, the CO would have sat the men down, re-explained the rules of engagement, told them to grab sone shut-eye, and forgotten the whole thing."
Posted by: Kevin | Nov 17, 2004 10:41:08 PMHey, great post. Congrats on the Instalanche- I'm honored to be associated with it. Thanks for the link, thanks for coming by my site, and THANKS for your service to our great nation! I'll be coming back around...
Posted by: 2Slick | Nov 18, 2004 2:18:50 AMThe way we are fed our information via mass media is the same process that lost support for Vietnam; this time, some of us know better and can try to fight it better. Thanks for the link.
Posted by: Chap | Nov 18, 2004 6:22:11 AMI ran across an opinion about the Marine from a soldier's blog that's been to Iraq and is going back again. Worth checking out. www.adayiniraq.com
Posted by: Robert | Nov 18, 2004 7:57:41 PM
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