Cut The Crap And Come Home
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan sent a 14-year-old activist who was shot and seriously wounded by the Taliban to the United Kingdom for treatment Monday, saying she would require prolonged care to fully recover from the physical and psychological effects of the attack.
The shooting of Malala Yousufzai and two of her classmates as they were returning home from school in Pakistan’s northwest on Oct. 9 has horrified people inside and outside the country. Tens of thousands rallied in Pakistan’s largest city on Sunday to support her.
She was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education and criticizing the militant group.
So let me get this right.
Tens of thousands “rallied” to support her.
How many men exist in Pakistan? I want to know, because each of them should have immediately picked up an AK-47 (they’re available like water over there) and immediately hunted down every Taliban and put two in his cranium — just to be sure.
People with a sense of honor don’t sit for this sort of crap. This was not a militant who was shot trying to perform some sort of military operation. She was a girl who promoted educating girls and had the audacity to call these monsters what they are.
It is time for America — and the rest of the world — to tell these people that they must choose. They can either choose to live in fear, to strap on bombs and blow each other up in markets, to shoot one another like animals and screech in alleged “prayer” about how “their God” is going to bring all to salvation along with their 72 sacred virgins, or they can choose to say fuck that noise and deploy some US-style Second Amendment response toward all of these alleged “people of God” and send them to find out if their 72 virgins both exist and are not male apes.
This is not up to us. It is up to the Pakistanis and the Afghans. If they want to blow each other to smithereens and shoot one another until they either are all dead or run out of bullets, then finish up by using their AK-47s as clubs, that’s up to them.
Reality is quite simple in this regard — these sorts of “insurgents” and “radicals” cannot exist outside of a society that protects them either explicitly or implicitly. They exist because the people there are willing to let them blend in instead of calling them out with a 7.62×39 round to the head every time they’re seen.
There is nothing complicated here folks. This isn’t about us “bringing them to justice” or any such claptrap. It is about the people of Pakistan deciding that this crap is going to stop, right now, and then executing on that statement with extreme prejudice in each and every instance where it is necessary.
If they’re unwilling to do it — right here, right now, today — then we should tell them to all to fuck off and come home, making quite clear that while they’re free to do as they wish within their nation’s boundaries should any of it exit those geographical boundaries and impact the United States we will flatten anything that is plausibly linked to said activity from above.
If they don’t like that deal (and I assume they won’t) then they can choose to stand up and put a stop to this crap right now.
If not then the consequences are theirs.
Obama’s ROE Are Getting Our Warriors Killed
On August 6, 2011, while on their way to assist an ongoing mission in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, the CH-47D Chinook helicopter that they were riding in was shot down by an RPG fired by a Taliban fire team approaching their landing zone in Tangi Valley. All 38 American and Afghan service members who were aboard perished, including 17 Navy SEALS, 5 Navy Special Operations support personnel, 3 Air Force Special Tactics Airmen and the five-man Chinook crew, marking the largest loss of life in America’s 11 years of military operations in Afghanistan. Twenty of the twenty-two SEALs and SEAL support were from SEAL Team VI (DEVGRU).
The parents of one of the SEALs killed in the Chinook attack, Special Operations Chief Aaron Vaughn, are raising questions about how the Obama administration has pushed the limits of the military’s Special Operations Forces as part of its war policy (e.g. the Feb. 20th Newsweekstory, “Obama’s Secret Army”), and how constrictive “rules of engagement” intended to win the “hearts and minds” of the Afghan people directly contributed to the deaths of all those aboard the helicopter.
This is something I’ve been on for a while; we have outrageously-strict “rules of engagement” over there, and it’s getting our people killed.
Specifically, the allegation in this case is that the shooter with an RPG was seen before he fired, permission to take him out was requested and denied, he fired and missed and permission was still denied to shoot back until after he had fired a second time and struck the chopper, killing those on board.
The alleged reason is that firing on the guy with the RPG “might have hit innocents.”
What do you think the guy with the RPG intended to do with it? Further, after he fired one time and missed, was there any doubt as to his intentions? I think not!
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this sort of complaint about the rules of engagement.
The simple fact of the matter is that war is not about winning the “hearts and minds” of the people in the area where you’re fighting. You go to war for one reason and one reason only — diplomatic attempts to resolve your differences have failed and you’re convinced that if you don’t start shooting the other guy will shoot first, and in doing so he will kill you.
You therefore kill him first, not because you want to but because if you don’t you’re going to die, and given those options it is better that he die for his country than you die for yours.
That’s all there is, in the end analysis. If you’re not willing to go into a war with a “kill anything that moves” sort of mentality then you have no business being there in the first place.
This administration, and the one before it, have absolutely no regard for reality when it comes to these issues. These are not nice people who are shooting at us and a guy with an RPG is not there to “take your picture and show it to the kids.” He intends to kill you if he’s able, and if you don’t kill him first that’s exactly what he’s going to do.
I’m tired of this crap; we have had our men and women killed in far too large numbers under circumstances where they should not be the ones who are dying. Death is an inherent part of war and casualties are part of the bill, but I refuse to sit silently while we do stupid things that increase our rate of death and decrease our opponent’s.
It’s supposed to be the other way around and any traitorous bastard in the chain of command who is unwilling to make it so has no business being in their position.