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In military operations sh*t happens, it’s the nature of the business. It’s dangerous, even the training is dangerous.

However, what is more dangerous is some dude who is not on the ground making decisions for the guys on scene. I would not want to be calling Kelley Barracks all the time just to get approval to do my job.
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We have a small contingent of US soldiers working with 40 to 50 local soldiers. If the local commander decides that he is going to chase the bandits, do our guys ask to be let out of the vehicles?
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I know of multiple times that a small contingent of US sailors altered their plans without asking for permission and were never questioned. Somalia is a perfect example after the Army had a few helicopters shot down. Units saw the smoke and made their way to help with the rescue mission. If you start to punish people for independent thinking on the battle field we will become an ineffective fighting force.
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LTC Jeff Shearer
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Bill that is the problem with our OPSEC. We don't need to openly discuss things. We have good commanders on the ground with a good chain of command. We need to let them do their job. I know our NCO's and Officers who find themselves in those places with those units have been well trained. In addition they are well trained for just that reason. This is a horrible situation, 1) they are American military, 2) they are SOF, 3) the bullshit that has happened since.
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