United States soldiers may need search warrants to conduct night raids on the Taliban in Afghanistan in the future
After the horrific killing of 16 Afghan citizens by Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, and the outrage that followed, Barack Obama is trying to calm the situation down and smooth over the tension that has grown between he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Barack Obama is in negotiations with the Afghan leader and appears willing to cede some United States authority in Afghanistan to quell the anti-American violence in the country.
Here is one of the concessions Barack Obama has reportedly offered to Hamid Karzai:
The administration’s most significant proposed concession on night raids would subject the operations to advance review by Afghan judges, U.S. military officials said. One option under discussion in U.S.-Afghan talks would require warrants to be issued before operations get the green light
I know that the Obama regime calls our actions in Afghanistan an “overseas contingency operation” or some other nonsense like that, but this is still a war we are trying to fight, and here we have the president of the United States offering the enemy the opportunity to be forewarned before the United States engages in night operations against the Taliban or al Qaeda.
Never before in the history of warfare has a country willingly or knowingly provided advance notice of an operation designed at rounding up the enemy and Barack Obama is on the verge of doing just that. If the United States has credible intelligence that there is an al Qaeda or Taliban target in the region they will have to go to a judge and get a search warrant before moving in on the suspect if Barack Obama has his way and it is true what is being reported.
What could possibly go wrong here?
In a best case scenario everything would work according to plan, the United States would apply for and be awarded a search warrant, and the suspect would be apprehended. But there is always the possibility of a sympathetic judge tipping off the target thusly giving him the opportunity to escape, or in a worse case scenario, set a trap for the soldiers when they carry out the raid.
In the end this will not help to lessen the anti-American tension in Afghanistan–nothing less than a full withdrawal will be acceptable to most of the people in that country–all this does is make our troops in the region less safe, and put further restrictions on already overburdening Rules of Engagement.
If this is the way the United States is going to proceed in the prosecution of the war moving forward, then it is time to give Afghanistan what they want; get the hell out of there and let them fight it out themselves after we are gone.