Almost all of us have been furious (to put it mildly) with the crazy ROE our troops are being held to in Afghanistan. It’s unfathomable a member of Congress sitting in comfy Washington DC would have the balls to tell our troops in a life or death situation they can’t fire back when the Taliban are trying to kill them.
Via Andrew Bostom:
Florida Republican Congressman John Mica offered the following morally clear Amendment (5/25/2011-H.AMDT.318 (A018) Amends H.R.1540):
Amendment requires that the rules of engagement [ROE] allow any military service personnel assigned to duty in a designated hostile fire area to have rules of engagement that fully protect their right to proactively defend themselves from hostile actions.
The results? (tallied here):
143 out of 185 Democrats present — 77% — voted against this amendment; 217 out of 235 Republicans present — 92% — voted for it.
Oh, and Ron Paul voted against it as well.