Yesterday, over at 3 Boxes of B.S., I left this comment:
…I think it’s the U.S. government’s job, including the President, to protect and defend the United States. Civilians in other countries? Not so much. Minimize the enemy civilian casualties, to be sure, but keeping U.S. troops safe as possible while achieving the mission in a war zone is the prime job.
If we kill enemy civilians and our sons come home safe, I’m okay with it. If you are not, we will always disagree, and you are free to think whatever you want about that. If we had to kill a couple of million of them to end this war with one less wounded or dead American GI, I think Pr. Obama should do exactly that. Anything less is a violation of his oath of office.
Today, another old Marine emailed me this article from Military.com . Four Marines died while their unit requests for artillery support went unanswered. The responsibility for this goes all the way to the top. The President of the United States is the Commander in Chief. Four Marines died because the rules of engagement had been changed again to protect the enemy. Now all the enemy has to do is huddle in close to “civilians” and we won’t strike. Four Marines died while defending our country because their own commanders would not defend them. Four Marines died unnecessarily.
Four families will get Marines in Dress Blues on their doorsteps this week. Four families will bury their sons, their brothers, their uncles. Four families will always have an empty place at Christmas dinner, old pictures to remind them on birthdays, four families have been torn with an unrepairable wound.
When you lose someone you love, you die too, and you wait around for your body to catch up.