A new military medal for soldiers who avoid any possibility of killing civilians even at great risk to themselves has been proposed:
A proposal to grant medals for “courageous restraint” to troops in Afghanistan who avoid deadly force at a risk to themselves has generated concern among U.S. soldiers and experts who worry it could embolden enemy fighters and confuse friendly forces.
Lt. Col. Edward Sholtis, a spokesman for Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who commands NATO forces in Afghanistan, said that no final decision has been made on the award, which is the brainchild of British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter.
For the most part, I’ll defer to those who serve and who have served in combat zones for comment, but I do have this request that I’d like to take to the military brass: If you want to have a medal for “courageous restraint” for those who refuse to kill civilians, don’t offer it to our troops — offer it to the terrorists. I think that’s a much better, and more necessary, place to start.
Here’s the story. That sound you hear is Patton rolling over in his grave: