I previously wrote that we should leave Afghanistan, that staying wasn’t worth the loss of men and money. It’s not that I don’t believe we can win (whatever that might mean), it’s that we don’t have the will to win. Our leaders have no idea what victory is. The enemy knows and they know how to play our moral weakness. We are so worried about offending someone that we can’t fight.
Afghan rules of engagement force U.S. soldiers to free insurgents caught red-handed
Several Taliban detainees who had been captured in February after being observed placing bombs in the culverts of roads used by civilians and military convoys near Kandahar were fed, given medical treatment, then released by American troops frustrated by a policy they say is forcing them to kick loose enemies who are trying to kill them.
Despite what American soldiers say was a mountain of evidence, which included a video of the men planting the bomb and chemical traces found on their hands, there was nothing the soldiers who had captured them could do but feed and care for them for 96 hours and then set them free.
In another incident, members of a unit attached to 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment survived an attack by a suicide bomber on their convoy when his device failed to detonate. Soldiers managed to capture the would-be martyr, but he too was released after being held for four days.
"We put our lives on the line to capture the enemy," a soldier with the Stryker regiment told The Washington Examiner. "Since my deployment, every insurgent we’ve captured has been released."