How does an American soldier not attack, as described in the link, when he sees his fellow soldiers in big trouble?
Here's a paragraph that tells it all.....from this abc link:
"But in this war, making sure you kill the enemy -- and no one else -- can take far more discipline and even courage, as we would soon find out. In fact Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is the commander in Afghanistan, calls this discipline, "Courageous Restraint." It means even if someone on the ground is in trouble, you have to make sure you know what your target is and that you do your best not to hurt innocent civilians. "
And another couple of paragraphs:
"Sometimes not firing can be tough. Pilots say it’s hard to watch their fellow soldiers on the ground taking fire."
“We have to use restraint when it’s tough,” Col. Jack Briggs said. “We’re listening to these kids on the ground, and they’re taking fire."
Who wants innocent people dead? Do your best not to hurt innocents....but SAVE OUR SOLDIERS, please! Where do we go from here when our soldiers are being told to put others' lives in front of our fighters? How do you look your comrades in the eyes when they're not really sure you will be there for them, which I believe is THE most important thing boot camps, etc., teach our kids? I have never been in the armed services, but am I wrong about this?
And, the very thought of a town honoring its fallen hero, like the one in the video above, because his fellow soldiers COULDN'T put his life first and save him is almost more than America should bear.............z