Audio: Link for interview posted 10-15-09--Revised Rules of Engagement
We would like to thank 1st Sgt. USMC (ret.) John Bernard, father of slain Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard along with John Stone of Rep. John Carter, Tx. (co-chair of Army Caucus)-- Wayne Wood, Chm of Wiregrass 912 Group and Glenn Reeder (retired military) for their very informative discussion of the revised rules of engagement which will be aired 10-17-09. Mr. John Bernard needs our help as he sends out a call to our leaders to "let them fight" instead of tying the hands of our soldiers. He believes the war will not be lost by the military in Afghanistan but his concern is about the leaders in Washington D.C. who do not seem to understand this is a war that we must let our men fight to win. The price of losing is too great for us at home--so let's help them now while we still can.
Once you hear these men discuss in detail the issues that our military is facing today--you can not help but shake your head and feel the seemingly helplessness of the situation. Yet when you hear the clarity in the voice of Mr. John Bernard-- that this military can do the job right if allowed--you feel a sense of urgency for the situation warrants action. What they discussed will determine our future. The enemy is very determined and can afford to wait us out. They are seeing signs of weakness and they are taking advantage of it and our men are like pawns in the middle of this game the administration seems to be playing of trying to appease the Afghanistan--so they think.
Hearing from some of those that truly wants America to fight well and win--they know the price of war is civilian casualties and in all the wars they've been through America's road to almost 0 civilian casualty count, means a losing strategy. You need to listen to the interview and read the accounts for yourself and be shocked into calling your legislators at 202 224-3121 to let our soldiers fight!
The public relations war or as one termed it "armed social work" is an oxy moron. Social work comes after winning the war. The Afghans who did want us to win, realize winning must come first and with cost. They know it and accept it as part of what they've been through all their lives--war and some wants it to end.
But now with an administration that is sending signals of lack of resolve to win--the pro-American Afghan must tread carefully around their Taliban brothers who maybe just around the corner.
Our soldiers don't want to come home until they have won the war because they fear what may come next--the day of 9/11 would just be a small sample of what maybe to come. So let's do what we can to also fight for them as they fight to keep this the land of the free.
Here is a link to sites worth reading:
Mr. John Bernard's site --"Let Them Fight"