Ordnance Denial

Now, I understand the need to minimize civilian casualties on today’s battlefields. It makes the populace happy. You lessen death on the battlefield to innocent parties. However, some shit just goes too far. In my humble opinion, the decision of General McChrystal in July 2009, to forbid air strikes except in “the most dire circumstances” is grounds for a drug test. The order severely restricts the operational effectiveness of the men on the ground. Coming under siege by Taliban forces, one can no longer be assured that the wings in the air will be allowed to lose a few hundred pounds of ordnance in some hadji’s colon. Officers are second guessing themselves, because they know that if they order an air strike, it has to absolutely be defendable as a necessary course of action and is subject to review.

The American military does not get enough credit for the great measures it goes to to minimize civilian casualties. Billions of dollars have been poured into making bombs and missiles more precise; using less explosives; and being selective about targeting options. People like to bitch and moan about civilian casualties in Iraq. Well, here:

Afghani Civilian Deaths: 8,165 (most caused by Taliban forces)

Iraqi Civilian Deaths: 95,158 – 103,819 (which I may note, are not wholly from American forces)

WWII German Civilian Deaths:  780,000

WWII Japanese Civilian Deaths: 672,000

Korean War Civilian Deaths (N. Korea): 1,000,000

I couldn’t find proper statistics for Vietnamese Civilian casualties. However, as is clearly evident, we have been able to greatly improve our ability to minimize civilian casualties in time of war. What I don’t get (and have never agreed with) is the restrictions put upon fighting men and women on today’s battlefield. Some of it stems from insurgent tactics, some of it comes from trying to please the international community. But this, this is too much.

P.S. I will admit Iraqi civilian deaths were higher than I expected. But I stand by my original statement. I would really like to find numbers for civilian casualties caused by American air power, but that’s probably a lost cause.

P.P.S. I found one bullshit figure from an antiwar website (1,366,350). This, especially compared with previous engagements casualty rates, is nonsensical. I would also like to point out that this particular antiwar website links to the Iraqi Body Count that I used in my above statistics, giving them a variance of 1,200,000 or so in count.

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~ by BanditJack on January 26, 2010.

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