In a May 22 interview between FOX’s Eric Bolling and U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, the congressman offered an insight that helps explain — though doesn’t justify — the Veterans Administration’s alleged problems with patient care.
If Rep. Gohmert’s numbers are correct, Afghanistan has become a killing field for our nation’s finest.
Under President Bush, 625 U.S. service members died and 2,638 were seriously wounded after seven years of fighting in Afghanistan. By comparison, said Gohmert, during the past five years, 1,628 U.S. troops died in combat and 16,366 were seriously injured — more than SIX TIMES the number of wounded under President Bush.
According to Rep. Gohmert, the increase in casualties correlates with the tightened rules of engagement (ROE) implemented under the current Commander-in-chief.
ROE are defined as rules or directives to military forces (including individuals) that define the circumstances, conditions, degree, and manner in which force, or actions which might be construed as provocative, may be applied.
In a December 2013 “Daily Caller” article, retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jerry Curry discussed the new directives.
“In Afghanistan under the new rules of engagement, airstrikes cannot be launched against enemy forces unless the person authorizing the strike is willing to declare for the record that no civilians will be killed,” said Curry. “Similarly, no Taliban terrorist can be fired upon unless the one directing the fire is also willing to certify that no civilian will be harmed during the action.
“The result is that it is not unusual for units in contact with the enemy to have to wait for hours for an airstrike to clear bureaucratic authorization hurdles and be launched,” he concluded.
Curry called these directives “nonsense.”