Hat tip to Dan Riehl.
Writing over at Riehl World View, Dan has some thoughts on the president’s feel-good but asinine rules of engagement for Afghanistan:
*No night or surprise searches.
*Villagers have to be warned prior to searches.
*ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches.
*U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first.
*U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present.
*Only women can search women.
*Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away from an area where explosives have been laid.
Not only is it obvious that Mr Obama’s understanding of military doctrine and strategy is not even up to playing a good game of Risk, it is also pretty clear that like most liberals the president does not have a loved one serving in the military. It’s all abstract to him, little toy soldiers on a map.
Do these fine Americans in his photo-op backdrop look a little skeptical to you?
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin had another great picture of a cadet sending a message to the commander in chief:
Several readers note the active service campaign ribbons and medals on the man’s chest and identify one of them as the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, showing he has been an Infantry Soldier under Combat. D. O’Brien writes: “The Cadet pictured in your piece on President Obama’s speech at West Point (December 1, 2009) is not a ‘traditional’ cadet. He is a former enlisted man – and an Infantryman who wears the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. This award is given only to Infantrymen who have participated in direct-fire engagements against the enemy.”