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    Mattis told a pair of congressional hearings Tuesday night that he had been given freedom by the White House to review the rules of engagement in Afghanistan and to make changes he thought necessary to speed the fight against the Taliban.

    The defense secretary has implemented at least two changes, Military Times reported. The first removes the “proximity requirement,” that did not allow U.S. forces to engage the enemy unless it was within a particular distance of American troops.
    “These kind of restrictions that did not allow us to employ the airpower fully have been removed, yes,” Mattis said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, “We are no longer bound by the need for proximity to our forces.”
    “It used to be we have to basically be in contact with that enemy,” he added. “If they are in an assembly area, a training camp, we know they are an enemy and they are going to threaten the Afghan government or our people, [General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan] has the wherewithal to make that decision. Wherever we find them, anyone who is trying to throw the NATO plan off, trying to attack the Afghan government, then we can go after them."
    Meanwhile, the second shift in the rules of engagement allows American advisers to be deployed with Afghan units who are closer to the enemy than before. “Those units with NATO and American advisers win, and those without them often do not win,” Mattis said. “So we are going to spread the number of units with advisers to bring that air support to win.”

    More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/james-mat...031510752.html
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    Sounds like theres going to be an uptick in the bombing of wedding parties.
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    We could just hand the fight over to the Afghans and let them decide as we're leaving. That would speed up the fight, and save everyone thousands more lives and us from sinking billions more dollars in rubble and "rare earth elements".
    They fought the Wars
    They lost.
    They turned friends
    into enemies.
    Who became
    friends of our enemies.
    They stood alone, in splendid isolation,
    And said it was their only choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unknown View Post
    Sounds like theres going to be an uptick in the bombing of wedding parties.
    your keyboard went where my mind immediately headed.

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    It was a winning strategy in Vietnam.
    Theye have refused their Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    Theye have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    Theye kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies

    Theye have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution,

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    Theye plundered and destroyed the lives of our people.

    Theye are at this time transporting Armies of Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    It was a winning strategy in Vietnam.
    And Vietnam isn't the graveyard of empires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Origanalist View Post
    And Vietnam isn't the graveyard of empires.
    Well, it kinda was. But, point taken,
    Theye have refused their Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    Theye have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    Theye kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies

    Theye have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution,

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    Theye plundered and destroyed the lives of our people.

    Theye are at this time transporting Armies of Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    Well, it kinda was. But, point taken,
    I know what you're saying, and that occured to me right after I clicked the post icon..

    First France, then us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Origanalist View Post
    I know what you're saying, and that occured to me right after I clicked the post icon..

    First France, then us.
    Also Japan.
    Theye have refused their Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    Theye have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    Theye kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies

    Theye have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution,

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    Theye plundered and destroyed the lives of our people.

    Theye are at this time transporting Armies of Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    Also Japan.
    Lol, well $#@!, it's too late for an edit now. Doh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    Also Japan.
    Quote Originally Posted by Origanalist View Post
    Lol, well $#@!, it's too late for an edit now. Doh!
    Well I don't think they get credit for Japan, there were too many other factors involved.
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    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Well I don't think they get credit for Japan, there were too many other factors involved.
    I don't really know much about Japan there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Origanalist View Post
    I don't really know much about Japan there.
    Neither do I, I know that there was a Vietnamese resistance but I don't know much more.

    My point is that the US and China had a lot more to do with destroying Japan's empire.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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