Thursday, December 17, 2009

Troops In Afghanistan Face More Restrictions Than Your County Sheriff

This article is almost a month old, but worthy of mention for anyone with loved ones in Afghanistan, as my family has.

It speaks for itself but fails to point out an important salient fact. Your county sheriff, or any other law enforcement officer in the US, has more latitude in fighting crime than Army and Marine officers have in fighting terrorism.

I understand the problems involved in counterinsurgency from an academic standpoint, having researched and delivered papers on the subject. There must be an understanding of the population's role. However you must make the population feel secure to get them on your side. These rules of engagement would seem to weaken the US military's ability to offer that kind of security.

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