There is no question Maj. Hasan should have been court-martialed based on the previous known fact that he was communicating with the enemy, the Yemen-based radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki on jihadism. This failure resulted in 14 Americans (including an unborn child) losing their lives in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Military commanders who had oversight responsibilities for Maj. Hasan must be held accountable.
Then there's the case of the three elite U.S. Navy SEALs from SEAL Team 10 who face criminal charges after capturing one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq, Ahmed Hashim Abed. This man was credited with the murder and mutilations of four American security guards in Fallujah. Their bodies were burned and dragged through the city, then two of the bodies were hung from a bridge. The charges against the SEALs are based on an accusation that the terrorist was punched in the stomach and had a "bloody lip."
When you consider that the Defense Department is well aware of the al Qaeda training manual that provides guidance to its terrorists that if "they are captured, they should claim they were tortured and/or mal-treated," the absurdity is obvious.
In November, the The Washington Times compiled an informal list of current ROEs in Afghanistan. The ROEs are said to reflect a change in our operating culture and put the Afghan people first. A partial list includes:
c No night or surprise searches.
c Villagers have to be warned prior to searches.
c U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first.
c U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present.
c U.S. forces can fire at an "insurgent" if they catch him placing an improvised explosive device but not if "insurgents" are walking away from an area where explosives have been laid.
Clearly, political correctness has had its impact. There have been too many instances where our forces have been put in jeopardy because we did not employ available capabilities for fear of collateral damage.
Like I said read the rest over at Washington Times. It appears that while many are still playing the Washington game of sitting in rooms solving problems that don't exist, some at least (even though they're retired) have the pulse of the military and are seeking to solve the real issues of our times. Too bad they won't be listened to.