An immediate reduction in the deaths of American soldiers will placate, for awhile, an increasingly agitated public.
All we ever hear about the war anymore is how we're accomplishing nothing (or worse, losing ground), how we're running into delay after delay, and how another American soldier has died today. And another. And another. And three more. And four more. And another.
Unless they can pay off the media to quit reporting this crap, they need to have a day where no American soldiers die in Afghanistan.
In fact, they need a whole bunch of them.
Americans are not going to be content to continue financing this war with our tax dollars, when we don't know why we're even fighting it, and when all we hear in the media is how our own money is being used to fund Al Qaeda and or the Taliban; in effect, that our own tax dollars are being used to kill our children in uniform.
You know, we're not just going to sit here like a bunch of complacent cows when we have to read stuff like this every day.
Present a clear explanation of our objectives are over there, and untie our soldiers' hands so that they can attempt to accomplish it. Or bring them home.
But either way, the alarming spike in the casualty rate needs to cease. It needs to slow down. The media needs to be able to report that it isn't even higher next month. People with loved ones over there need to hear it.
I think that is why the ROE may be modified at this time.
Perhaps- I hope- the recent casualty rate, combined with our failure to accomplish anything worth a damn over there, is unacceptable even to our president and our military brass.
Even if it is acceptable to them, I'm sure they recognize that it's not acceptable to the American public, and that we aren't going to stand for it much longer.
Our soldiers are human beings, beloved fathers and husbands and sons, not walking targets made out of meat.
Let them defend themselves, or let them come home.