I remember the feeling that came over me last year when my husband asked my son who is in the Army and was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan what their mission objective would be. My son replied, "Winning the hearts and minds of the people." My first thought was that this objective was VERY inappropriate for our military! It sounded more like a public relations job. The military is to protect our country! The military is to show strength! The military is for war!
I am sure you can imagine my displeasure when I read the following article after my son was deployed about the "tightened rules of engagement" that are endangering our soldiers and causing unnecessary deaths!
"Obama’s Afghanistan Surge was coupled with tightened Rules of Engagement aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the locals. The ROE’s restricted how soldiers could fight the Taliban and cost plenty of lives, but it appears that ISAF’s Hearts and Minds project has hit a new low.
When reading this keep in mind that half of deaths in Afghanistan under Obama were caused by IEDs.
Soldiers were ordered not to open fire on Taliban fighters planting mines in case they disturb local people, it has been claimed.
U.S. military chiefs ordered troops to exercise ‘courageous constraint’ and even warned them they could be charged with murder if they shot any Taliban without permission from above.
The claims were made by a former Royal Marine who spoke out following the inquest into the death of Sergeant Peter Rayner last week.
Father-of-one Craig Smith, 36, who quit his job with 40 Commando in January and now works for a Newcastle security firm, documented the ‘outrageous’ orders issued to troops in a diary of his six-month tour of Afghanistan’s Helmand province last May, according to the Sun.
His notebook cites several examples and claims troops were ordered to stand and watch when they spotted a Taliban fighter as the sound of shooting would ‘wake up and upset the locals’.
He also reveals how they were told not to shoot or use mortars for illumination when they came across Taliban soldiers in an area full of hidden explosive devices.
He told the newspaper: ‘In Kajaki I saw Taliban digging in IEDs and was denied the chance to do anything about it for fear of upsetting the locals. Permission to open fire was denied as it would alarm the population.’
The real story of the 2,000 dead in Afghanistan is that the majority of those deaths happened under Obama because his surge was linked to a complete disregard for American lives and compulsive appeasement of the locals."
Political correctness is killing our soldiers, it is killing our country AND quite frankly, God showed me that it is killing the Church!
The Lord reminded me of this article last week after I listened to a message Pastor John Kilpatrick gave at a pastors mentoring session that Dean and I attended in 2009. Pastor Kilpatrick stated that there would be a changing of the guard. He said:
"Guard in the Bible means watchman. Watchman is a military term that means guard, a commander who stands on a fortress and watches over walled cities. God calls spiritual watchmen in his church to watch over His people, guarding sound doctrine, guarding from internal and external enemies. Watchman implies something must be protected. Apostle Paul told Timothy, he said, guard the deposit. He's saying an adversary is present to steal something of value. Today's watchmen are really distracted."
This is what God told Ezekiel about being a watchman...
"And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul." (Ezekiel 3:16-19)
As you can see, God calls watchmen and takes the position VERY serious. The Lord is "the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8). He appointed watchmen in Ezekiel's day, He appointed watchmen in the Apostle's day and He has certainly appointed watchmen for today. Is a watchman supposed to go along with the crowd? Are they to politely and quietly try to warn people without causing a commotion? NO! They are supposed to sound the alarm!
"Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed My covenant, and trespassed against My law." (Hosea 8:1 KJV)
"I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, KEEP NOT SILENCE, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth." (Isaiah 62:6-7)