Actually, I think the so-called “brass” need to be hammered flat like their namesake metal, but let’s move on.
During the awful Obama years, it became obvious that soldiers were not, in fact, supposed to really act like soldiers. And when they did, the criteria for punishment were not “this is what happens on a battlefield” but instead, “it’s not a battlefield, it’s a garden party.”
Soldiers got prosecuted for shooting bad guys because said bad guys hadn’t actually done anything bad, yet. In WWII terms, this would have equated to not gunning down a column of advancing Nazi bastards because they hadn’t started shooting, yet.
Which as any fule kno, is ridiculous except when Obama-era senior officers say it isn’t. Here’s the story behind the conviction of one unfortunate officer:
He ordered his men to shoot three Taliban insurgents who were charging at his platoon on a motorcycle in Afghanistan on July 2, 2012.
The Taliban did not heed orders to stop. Lorance could have let them men pass and possibly kill some of his own American soldiers by blowing themselves up with a suicide bomb (as has happened in other cases) or by gunfire. He chose to stop them and save American lives.
Sending a soldier to prison for defending his troops in a war zone should never have happened and should never happen again.
God-Emperor Trump, however, seems to know what’s what, and has pardoned or reinstated those unfortunate soldiers who fell foul of the Obama milquetoast rules of engagement.
And it’s about time. He should have done it on Day One of his presidency, is my only criticism.
Now the next item should be to go after the fucking officers (up to and including generals) who approved both the rules of engagement and this travesty of justice — it’s the .dotmil, there’s a signature on a document somewhere — and either demote them or toss their asses out. And the sooner the better.
We need fighting spirit in our senior officer corps, not rules-bound wokeness and pussyfooting.