Hey, what good is proposing a new medal for “Courageous Restraint” if you don’t mandate an opportunity for the troops to win one?
From Human Events:
Commanders have ordered a U.S. military unit in Afghanistan to patrol with unloaded weapons, according to a source in Afghanistan.
American soldiers in at least one unit have been ordered to conduct patrols without a round chambered in their weapons, an anonymous source stationed at a forward operating base in Afghanistan said in an interview. The source was unsure where the order originated or how many other units were affected.
When a weapon has a loaded magazine, but the safety is on and no round is chambered, the military refers to this condition as â€œamber status.â€ Weapons on â€œred statusâ€ are ready to fireâ€”they have a round in the chamber and the safety is off.
Zip, who’s on top of military issues, adds this about Rules of Engagement:
Iâ€™ve had email exchanges with several troops serving in Afghanistan and they all say the same thing, the overly-strict ROE are worse than what weâ€™ve been toldâ€¦
For a related story in a parallel universe, let’s go back in time just a bit: President Obama nominates Phil Donahue as Secretary of Peace