Before Benghazi ... Extortion 17
I know some of you don't like Pam Geller, but this a book review. The book is written by one of the parents of one of the SEALS that died in the mission Extortion 17 ... the helicopter attack that killed most of Team 6 that killed Bin Laden.
Now Billy Vaughn (the father of Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn) and U.S. Army Major General (ret.) Paul Vallely have teamed up to write a shocking new book:Betrayed: Exposing the High Cost of the War on Terror(coming in August from Hugo House Publishers). It tells the story of how on August 6, 2011, Taliban jihadists ambushed Extortion 17 as it was transporting American forces to an area where Army Rangers were engaged in a firefight.
The father researched the rules of engagement that are in use in the ME wars. The following refer to items mentioned in the book itself (according to Geller's review)
... disastrous Rules of Engagement place our troops -- like Aaron Vaughn -- in unnecessary danger, and have cost countless American lives. When Extortion 17 was fired on, it wasn't allowed to fire back -- because of the Rules of Engagement.
Our troops in Afghanistan are so restricted in ways that they're not even allowed to fire on the enemy without permission -- which means that the Taliban and al Qaeda can shoot at our soldiers at will and then disappear while our forces are trying to get permission to return fire. And that isn't even the worst of all. The COIN doctrine forbids us to try to vet Afghans who want to work with the military.
The result has been massive infiltration and an ever-growing number of green-on-blue attacks by our supposed "allies" against the American troops who are risking their lives to train them. And the green-on-blue attacks are only one aspect of the infiltration. The Taliban always seem to know what operations our troops are going to undertake.