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It’s Not Just How Many Troops, It’s How They (Are Allowed To) Fight

Anybody who’s spent time with Iraq veterans has heard complaints about the short leash attached to our military. Every now and then a story surfaces that gives a bit of detail, in which our soldiers mutter that they’re forced to put their lives at even greater risk because they often are forbidden to initiate action. They have to wait until they’re attacked and then shoot back.

Herschel Smith, whose Marine son is bound by the restrictive Rules of Engagement, is the cutting edge of research on this important matter. Have a look. It’s important.

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...


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