You really have to read this to see just exactly why we are losing ground and may have lost the entire war in Afghanistan:
U.S. military officials tell NBC News they had ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œhigh-levelÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? Taliban fighters in their gunsights during a July reconnaissance flight but decided not to fire. The decision to pass on the target angered some in the military, but commanders say they have ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œno regrets.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
Army intelligence officers confirm the grainy black and white aerial photo taken by a Predator drone and obtained by NBC News on Tuesday shows some 190 suspected Taliban militants standing in several rows near a vehicle in an open field in Afghanistan.
The military said Wednesday that the group seen in the Predator image was likely gathered for a religious ceremony.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œDuring the observation of the group over a significant period of time, it was determined that the group was located on the grounds of a cemetery and were likely conducting a funeral for Taliban insurgents killed in a coalition operation nearby earlier in the day,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? a coalition spokesperson said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œA decision was made not to strike this group of insurgents at that specific location and time.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
Even though U.S. military officials in Afghanistan had positively identified those gathered as Taliban fighters, including some ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œhigh-level Taliban leaders,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? they told NBC News they have ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œno regretsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? in refusing to give the order to attack the gathering.
You’re kidding me, right? We’re giving carte blanche to almost 200 dangerous enemy combatants because they’re at a funeral? What? Seriously, what? They’re praying over the bodies of guys who were just busy shooting at our guys and we have them right smack dab in our sights, and we don’t shoot?
What in the hell do we tell the families of the American or allied soldiers who get shot or blown apart by one of these 190 Taliban?
Does no one know how to fight a war?
(Cross-posted from Sideways Mencken)