You are totally clueless in this aspect. You have no idea how many of our guys have died by being overly protective of the civilian population, something jihadis use to their advantage each and every day.
I've seen the footage in question, and even I could see that these people were unarmed as they flew around the buildings. Use your goddamn binoculars. Just imagine what would happen if every soldier opened fire like this! And opening fire on unarmed people who are retrieving their wounded, even when they're combatants, would be one of the biggest no-no's for a soldier! (I've always been instructed not to!)
In war innocent people die. Doesn't matter who shoots at who, there will always be innocent people caught in the middle. You make it sound like all Americans go and shoot children but you do not know how many wish they were never there.
I know they wish they were never there. I know most guys are trying to be good soldiers, for as much as that is even possible. It's just the fact that your army recruits people who have criminal records which bothers me. I think this may have something to do with the misbehavior of some soldiers. For example when a whole Iraqi family got raped and murdered in their own home. This is unnacceptable. Have you heard about such incidents involving Polish soldiers? No, you haven't! But still some Americans have the audacity to call the Polish army crap, and this is why this thread bothers me.
You don't realize that American soldiers have families, children at home but were enlisted and shipped out somewhere where they would rather not be. They would prefer to stay home with their families than go shoot at children.
But the military does not represent all Americans.
No, but I think it wouldn't hurt Americans if they showed more outrage when such incidents occur, instead of covering them up, or trying to divert from their own **** ups by complaining about Polish soldiers in their newspapers. I probably view this article as showing a lack of respect for your allies. I've heard many good things about the Polish soldiers, and I know their military presence is much smaller in numbers, so I don't think American troops would do any better under such circumstances.
Apparently the Dutch were very successful We should pull out and let the Dutch take over. AJ how about an Afghan holiday?
Why do you think we left? Dutch people back home have seen these incidents, have seen how American soldiers were torturing their prisoners, learned that there were plenty of innocent people among them, even women, and they acknowledged that this war was more about natural resources than it was about prevention, so of course they threw a fit and protested to get our boys out. Some of our politicians weren't too happy with that, but at least our democracy still functions.
If you want moral support, you shouldn't lie to your allies about weapons of mass destruction, or accuse the wrong countries of harboring terrorist organisations. (If you're after Al-Qaida, you should probably look in Saudi-Arabia instead of Iraq.) It shouldn't surprise you that your government has insulted a lot of people with its dishonesty, and that a lot of people don't trust its motives anymore. (Go figure!) Can you blame them? Honestly?