Gen. Stanley McChrystal has had a heck of a career. His assignment to be the senior commander in Afghanistan came in June. He should resign tomorrow. It is the only remaining act he could take to salvage the tatters of his honor. Here, from an article in the New York Times, are his own words in support of the policy that cost the lives of U.S. Marines and their Corpsman:
Even in the cases of active firefights with Taliban forces, he said, airstrikes will be limited if the combat is taking place in populated areas — the very circumstances in which most Afghan civilian deaths have occurred. The restrictions will be especially tight in attacking houses and compounds where insurgents are believed to have taken cover.
Yup, I guess the whole chain of command from the President on down figured no one in the Taliban ever read the New York Times online. ‘Cause shit, sportsfans, I wouldn’t have to be the second coming of Chesty Puller to figure out that some mud huts full of women would give me a wonderful location to kill Americans from. Here’s the recollections from the embedded reporter, Jonathan S. Landay, click the link and play the audio, listen to the anger and frustration in his voice as he talks about the details of the 3 hour battle. Pinned down, left with out air support or artillery, a patrol left to die for political expediency.
The names have been released.
1st Lt. Michael Johnson
Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick
Gunnery Sgt. Edwin W. Johnson
HM3 James Layton, a Navy Corpsman, his body found where he had been providing aid to a wounded Marine. Another Corpsman who joins the long line of Navy Corpsman who risked and then gave all in support of their Marines. Semper Fi, Doc.
Public outcry should shake the entire command structure. Write your Senators and Congressmen, get this policy changed. Demand it.
We are pinned down. We are running low on ammo. We have no air. We’ve lost today.
–Marine Maj. Kevin Williams