|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 1):|
You may remember that President Clinton restricted bombing operations to 15,000' or above as a ROE.
Do you have ANY evidence to back this up??
Because from what I've read, it was General Short who made that determination. You need to stop throwing out bogus statements.
|Quoting 11Bravo (Reply 2):|
The bombing of the Chinese Embassy had nothing to do with the ROE or the altitude restrictions. The target was misidentified. The attack was very accurate, they just picked the wrong target prior to the mission.
Exactly. I have no idea where he got the idea that the bombing was a result of piss poor ROE. I think it's pretty obvious that he's more interested in grinding a political ax.
In fact, SecDef Cohen later said, "...one of our planes attacked the wrong target because the bombing instructions were based on an outdated map."
I know of no investigation that fingered the ROE as the cause.
Anyway, it would be nice to think that after the lessons of Viet Nam, politicians would know to minimize their meddling in military operations. Micromanaging the fine details from the Situation Room has never been a wise move.
...But we still manage to trip over our own feet. Hell, Donald Rumsfeld was one of the biggest micro-managers to run the Pentagon. He literally got involved in which specific units would/would not deploy to Kuwait, for the invasion of Iraq. The idea of the SecDef taking charge of the TPFDL is the epitome of a broken system.
Your men have to follow your orders. They don't have to go to your funeral.