John Kerry’s “Kindler, Gentler GWOT” Finally Sees The Light Of Day

We’re not quite at the stage of dropping poodles and bleeding ketchup, but, getting there!

At the nightly “hot wash” debriefing on the Dwight D. Eisenhower, a pilot from the Pukin’ Dogs squadron was explaining how he dropped a 500-pound bomb on a Taliban target in Afghanistan — and why.

The pilot, a Naval Academy graduate with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, would face two such cross-examinations before he could get some sleep after his 12-hour mission.

“It’s very professional but very gloves-off,” said the 34-year-old lieutenant commander, who asked that he be identified only by his call-sign, Thurman.

Pilots have always undergone intense debriefings after combat missions, but the questions focus now on whether they were certain that no civilians were endangered before they dropped a bomb or launched a missile. One Super Hornet pilot aboard the Eisenhower off the Pakistani coast says the grilling is a bit like defending a master’s thesis, with professors trying to poke holes in your explanations.

“They ask very pointed questions and you best have the answers,” Thurman said.

It’s hard to be a mud-mover — slang for a pilot who aggressively supports ground troops — when the bosses won’t let you push the button.

You just have to love it. Barry increases the troop levels for 1 whole years, and he will barely allow them to be protected. Remember when the Dems screeched about body armor and up-armored Humvee’s? Remember when they (falsely) claimed they cared about the safety of the troops?

Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says mission No. 1 is to avoid civilian casualties, even if it means letting suspected Taliban fighters escape. Civilian casualties, he said, are undermining Afghan support for the U.S.-led effort coalition.

Call me silly, but, shouldn’t job #1 be to kill the enemy?

As the saying goes, read the whole thing. If your blood pressure can take it.

Speaking of Ann Coulter, remember when she said

Liberals become indignant when you question their patriotism, but simultaneously work overtime to give terrorists a cushion for the next attack and laugh at dumb Americans who love their country and hate the enemy.

Oh, come Ann, that was just mean……..? (via Hot Air)

According to the Wall Street Journal, a district judge has ordered Mohamedou Slahi — a known al Qaeda recruiter who worked for Osama bin Laden — freed from Guantanamo. The Journal’s account does not explain the judge’s reasoning and the decision was not immediately available online. But the decision is inexplicable in light of Slahi’s notorious track record. There is no doubt that Mohamedou Slahi is one of the worst terrorists held at Gitmo…

Say, didn’t Holder and Obama say the prosecution of KSM was a slam dunk, and there was no way that the really bad AQ guys would get off? How’s that working out? Does it make people (excepting liberals) a bit nervous about trying them in civilian courts now?

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