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  • Myron Blaine letter: It trickles down from the top

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  • It trickles down from the top
    Reports indicate U.S. soldiers and British Royal Marines have been urged to show “courageous constraint” by not shooting Taliban members spotted planting IEDs (improvised explosive devices) so “sleeping locals are not disturbed”!   From Breitbart news: “This news comes out on the heels of an investigation into the death of Royal Marine Sergeant Peter Rayner, whom witnesses say watched the Taliban plant IEDs at night but was ordered not to engage them. Families of other soldiers and Royal Marines are telling stories of how their loved ones were not allowed to use mortars or night illumination when they came across Taliban members in an area full of IEDs.  The reason given was that ‘the sound of shooting ‘might wake up and upset the locals.  This is not “courageous restraint”  - this is appeasement.” What kind of dim-witted, stupid, uninformed, inexperienced 90-day wonder has made it to a command position high enough to give such an order?  It’s unbelievable.  If I was on the ground in that situation, I would get a court martial for disobeying orders because I would without hesitation shoot someone planting an explosive device no matter what time of night.  I sincerely hope  and believe - there are troops on the ground who will do just that. It must be the dumbest order to come out of the Department of Defense.  This is the kind of non-sense that is coming out of this administration, and as they say “it trickles down from the top.”
    Myron Blaine
    Hannibal, Mo.

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