Holding the Torchia for Murder

February 14, 2010

More sterling service being provided here by the AP’s Christopher Torchia, embedded with U.S. troops in Helmand:

It was a small skirmish in the grand scheme of the Afghan war. The focus of the fighting was to the southwest in Marjah, where U.S. Marines launched an offensive a day earlier.

But the intense gunfight showed the difficulty of fighting an enemy who knows the terrain, watches, waits and strikes when it chooses — frequently appearing to capitalize on Western rules designed to prevent civilian casualties.

Yes, of course. Those rules. Badly designed, I’d say, if they weren’t a disgusting myth.


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