By Skip Chatterson - September 15, 2011
This is an honor that may have never been given or needed to be given. I am not taking away from the heroic actions of Sgt Meyer, No, I am saying his heroism shouldn’t have been necessary.
Sgt. Meyer was honored because his team was pinned down by Taliban fighters. Sgt. Meyer’s team set out at around 3 a.m. on patrol with 60 Afghan soldiers, 20 border police and 13 Marines when they were soon fired on by the Taliban. The Marines radioed back for air support but found out that the Obama administration had changed the Rules of Engagement. The new ROE’s did not allow for air support or artillery if there was the possibility of injuring or killing civilians.
“U.S. commanders, citing new rules to avoid civilian casualties, rejected repeated calls to unleash artillery rounds at attackers dug into the slopes and tree lines—despite being told repeatedly that they weren’t near the village,” Landay reported. “We waited more than an hour for U.S. helicopters to arrive, despite earlier assurances that air cover would be five minutes away.”
Unfortunately by the time the helicopters got there four Marines and eight Afghan troops lay dead. However during the six hour fight with the Taliban a real hero stepped foward.
Sgt.Meyer entered the kill zone five separate times to evacuate the wounded, provide essential aid and, ultimately, saved the lives of 13 U.S. Marines and soldiers in addition to 23 Afghan soldiers,” the Marine Corps wrote in a summary of Meyer’s heroic actions meriting the citation. “Meyer personally killed at least eight Taliban insurgents, while providing cover for his team to fight their way out and escape certain death.”
Sgt. Dakota Meyer you are a true hero and you deserve this award. Best of luck to you through the rest of your life.
President Obama, you need to apologize to Sgt Meyer and his team for putting him in that situation. Your decision created and hero but it killed Marines and Afghan soldiers.
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