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So will that new medal be a bleeding heart with a yellow ribbon and a **** cluster?

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Posted on May 6 2010 2:26 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Disturbing news:

NATO commanders are weighing a new way to reduce civilian casualties in Afghanistan: recognizing soldiers for “courageous restraint” if they avoid using force that could endanger innocent lives. (…)

Those who back the idea hope it will provide soldiers with another incentive to think twice before calling in an airstrike or firing at an approaching vehicle if civilians could be at risk.

First, Major Hasan’s superiors were so brainwashed by the (highly litigious, career ending) demands of political correctness that they literally let him get away with murder.

Now NATO wants to reward potentially lethal hesitation, and (at least from what it sounds like to this civilian) encourage soldiers to defy legal orders.

We remember (one hopes without fictional embellishment) and condemn My Lai because it was an abhorrent aberration. But now, a medal for “courageous restraint” tacitly implies that every American soldier’s moral default position must be “Lieutenant Calley,” instead of “Hugh Thompson.”

I can’t think of anything else to write about this matter.

I am literally speechless.

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