Barack Obama kept America’s military forces in handcuffs.
He imposed politically correct rules of engagement that put our troops at risk.
And now one whistleblower is exposing how Obama covered up his policies which ultimately led to the deaths of 28 soldiers.
In 2011, jihadist fighters took down a Chinook gunship in Afghanistan.
38 American troops were killed.
And the tragedy was made possible by Obama’s rules of engagement.
The mission took place on August 6th, 2011 when the AC-130 gunship – which contained former Air Force Captain Joni Marquez – was called in to reinforce Army rangers battling eight heavily armed Taliban fighters.
Six of the fighters were killed, but two crawled away.
The troops were unable to fire on them due to Obama’s rules of engagement.
“The Rangers had called in for assault helicopters to engage the enemy hiding among the rocky valley. The air weapons team fired on the Taliban fighters, but not all of the insurgents were killed as originally believed.
“I had the sensor operators immediately shift to the eight insurgents the helicopters had taken out,” Marquez told Circa, in her first interview about the incident. “Two were still alive.”
Marquez was the fire control officer aboard the AC-130 gunship, making sure that the sensors and weapons were aligned and allowing the crew hone in on targets.
That night it didn’t matter, because the gunship was not given permission to fire. “We had seen two of them (insurgents) moving, crawling away from the area, as to not really make a whole lot of scene,” she recalled.
Monitoring the scene from above, she relayed the scene to the ground force commander. “You have two enemy forces that are still alive,” she said. “Permission to engage.”
They were denied.”
The Taliban fighters escaped to a nearby village and rallied reinforcements.
A Chinook helicopter was called into the fight and crashed when it was blasted by a rocket launched grenade, killing 38 soldiers who were aboard.
Marquez told Circa that the rules of engagement – put in place by the Obama administration in 2009 – played a central role in the tragedy:
“The battlefield rules of engagement were tightened by Gen. Stanley McChrystal under President Obama in 2009, citing an “overreliance on firepower and force protection.” The idea was that this would reduce civilian casualties and win the cooperation of locals.
But Marquez said rules of when to engage the enemy, which continuously changed depending on who was in charge, prevented her crew from doing what they knew needed to be done.
“Ridiculous rules of engagement that basically state that you can’t shoot until being shot upon. A weapon has to be pointed, and essentially fired at you, in order for you to shoot and you have the proper clearance so that you don’t, you know, go to jail, that you’re charged with a war crime,” said Marquez, who had reached out to Congress, and some of the victims’ families.”
Had Obama allowed America’s troops to protect themselves and fight under the laws of warfare, this tragedy would have been prevented.