“We Were Surprised At The Civilian Victims”: Has Trump Changed The Rules Of Engagement?
"Another Iraqi special forces officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said that there had been a noticeable relaxing of the coalition’s rules of engagement since President Trump took office."
I get it.
Everybody's got an agenda and having an agenda means you sometimes have to argue out of both sides of your mouth.
And that's fine. I mean, it's not great for promoting balanced discussions of important issues and it's detrimental to the mental health of those who are looking for the truth but hey, the bills have to be paid whether figuratively in terms of winning votes or literally in terms of getting clicks.
That said, don't expect that someone won't come along eventually and call bullsh*t.
On Sunday, I'm calling bullsh*t.
Critics of Barack Obama's foreign policy were always quick to lampoon his administration for characterizing ISIS as the "JV squad" of terrorists only to see Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's brainchild roll up the Iraqi army and take control of Mosul.
But those very same critics were quick to criticize the very same Obama administration for civilian casualties when being over zealous in the fight against Sunni extremists accidentally (I hope) resulted in civilian casualties.
See the contradiction there?
Well now, Donald Trump is finding out how difficult it is to strike a balance between being "tough" on terror and not accidentally getting people who a
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