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:

Via the Navy Seal blog, some mock-ups of suggestions for what the medal should look like are here.

Comments

4 Responses to “How About Offering the ‘Courageous Restraint Medal for Not Killing Civilians’ to Terrorists Instead of Our Troops?”

  1. Mark1957 on May 13th, 2010 4:02 pm

    I wonder if there is a bugle call for " Tickle-Fight" ? Rather than carry guns into battle they can just carry two chairs so they can sit down and talk to the enemy.

  2. jojo on May 14th, 2010 1:48 am

    I take it the medal is to be awarded posthumously?

    Will they call it the
    'John Kerry How Does My Ass Look When I'm Running From a Fight Award'?

    What kind of commander in chief would allow this?

  3. R A Doyle (USMC) on May 14th, 2010 5:13 am

    The Government says they want to award a "Restraint Medal" for troops holding back. FUNNY… the same Secretary Gates states before he can not award such a generic award because of the cost and buildup of troops overseas when asked to approve award to ALL those who served during 1945-1991 the COLD WAR and wanted a medal to recognizing their efforts…..TURNED DOWN by government. The COLD WAR MEDAL is more appropriate then awarding a "Restraint Medal". What kind of message you telling our troops. If they have to think about it…THEY ARE DEAD SOL:DIERS. The cold hard truth. NO RESTRAINT MEDAL it is thier job anyway.

  4. archer52 on May 17th, 2010 12:09 pm

    Now that just darned silly. PC gone amok. How about "He refused to leave the base on patrol because he was surrounded by idiots in command" award. It could be hooked to the restraint award since he can't kill anybody sitting on his cot.

    Idiots.

    RW http://www.truthandcommonsense.com

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