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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Missed Opportunity

I mean... what better place to kill a bunch of Islamofascists than at a funeral? Talk about the right place at the right time.

Taliban terror leaders who had gathered for a funeral - and were secretly being watched by an eye-in-the-sky American drone - dodged assassination because U.S. rules of engagement bar attacks in cemeteries, according to a shocking report.

U.S. intelligence officers in Afghanistan are still fuming about the recent lost opportunity for an easy kill of Taliban honchos packed in tight formation for the burial, NBC News reported.

The unmanned airplane, circling undetected high overhead, fed a continuous satellite feed of the juicy target to officers on the ground.

"We were so excited. I came rushing in with the picture," one U.S. Army officer told NBC.

But that excitement quickly turned to gut-wrenching frustration because the rules of engagement on the ground in Afghanistan blocked the U.S. from mounting a missile or bomb strike in a cemetery, according to the report.

Pentagon officials declined comment and referred The Post to Central Command officers in Afghanistan, who did not respond to a request for comment or explanation.

Agonizingly, Army officers could do nothing but watch the pictures being fed back from the drone as the Taliban splintered into tiny groups - too small to effectively target with the drone - and headed back to their mountainside hideouts.

Given the smartbombs that we have, we probably could have:
  1. blown a huge crater in the ground in front of the Talibanis;
  2. dropped another bomb behind the guys in formation - knocking them into the crater; and
  3. dropped a MOAB on the whole scene, sealing up the grave.
In all seriousness, this seems to be a return to fighting the Islamofascists with one arm tied behind our back. We were already calling off engaging jihadists if there were in a mosque (as shown in this footage from an AC-130 gunship in Afghanistan).

And I suspect that this will have one of two results:
  1. Jihadists will never regroup at a funeral, fearing that the ROE has changed now that it's be publicized and we're begging our government to get tough
  2. The Islamofascists will now accessorize their current "uniform" with a coffin and a spade, allowing them to claim that they're always participating in a funeral and thus protected from attack by the US.
Surely the Islamofascists are laughing at us... what in the hell is wrong with us?

Michelle Malkin is covering (of course)

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (2)
Pat said...

So, Lt. Gen. John Abizaid, Commanding General of Central Command, who is in charge of the Middle East, has established rules of engagement which prevented the U.S. Army from the easy July air attack on approximately 200 Taliban soldiers drawn up in ranks at a funeral in a cemetery in Afghanistan. Well let us reflect for a moment. The General is an American of Lebanese background who speaks Arabic and would seem perfect for the job. In line with the old tradition that if you fight America, we can appoint American Generals who speak your language, understand your culture, and will crush you! In John Abizaid’s case, this has not, to say the least, happened!

Consider for a moment, the same situation with General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower, an American of German extraction. In 1942, SS-Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard “The Beast” Heydrich, head of the Sicherheitsdienst and acting “Protector” of Czechoslovakia, was assassinated by allied agents and, after the usual Nazi atrocities, the Germans subsequently held an elaborate funeral for the Obergrupppenfuhrer. Did General Eisenhower, out of concern for German sensibilities, order the great U.S. Army Air Corp not to attack German military funerals? Do pigs fly?

It is time for John Abizaid to be assigned to a command within his level of ability. Enough is enough! John Abizaid has clearly been promoted well beyond his level of competency. Not too shocking, as it has happened many times before, and will again. Gen. Abizaid may feel that things were simpler and more basic in the days of WW II. No General, I was there, and they were not!

Pat West
Toronto

Vigilante said...

cui bono? The two questions arise:

1. Who benefits from continued suppression of this story?
2. Who benefits from leaking this story at this time?