McChrystal to Restrict Airstrikes

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Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10:29 am

So he tells The New York Times. This renders inoperative something I said to Jezebel’s Megan Carpentier this morning. We’ll see how this plays out in practice, but Gen. McChrystal appears to be emphasizing this in a thorough manner:

“Air power contains the seeds of our own destruction if we do not use it responsibly,” General McChrystal told a group of his senior officers during a video conference last week. “We can lose this fight.”

“When we shoot into a compound, that should only be for the protection of our forces,” he said. “I want everyone to understand that.”

He didn’t go that far at his confirmation hearing earlier this month, but he said that the mark of progress would be the number of civilians spared from violence.

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joshuafoust
Comment posted June 22, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

““When we shoot into a compound, that should only be for the protection of our forces,” he said. “I want everyone to understand that.””

I was under the impression that that was ALREADY the case. Deliberate air strikes have a very small collateral damage, approaching zero. The problem is CAS strikes, which ARE to protect troops, but DO kill lots of innocents as well. He's missing the point.


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