Cicilline Votes To Not Allow Soldiers to Defend Themselves
We’re going to send you to war in hostile territory. We’re going to put you in the line of fire with your life on the line. Will we let you defend yourself when the enemy is shooting at you? No. Or at least so says Congressman David Cicilline. (h/t Helen Glover)
An amendment numbered 38 printed in House Report 112-88 to require that the rules of engagement allow any military service personnel assigned to duty in a designated hostile fire area to have rules of engagement that fully protects their right to proactively defend themselves from hostile actions.
What’s the problem there? Just the language “proactively defend themselves”? Isn’t that what a war is? You go find the people you’re fighting against and you kill or capture them. We hear reports of the US military seeing the enemy planting roadside bombs or entering schools and mosques, but according to some rules of engagement, they are not allowed to engage and “proactively defend themselves”.
Fortunately, this amendment passed, but 142 Democrats (Cicilline, Barney Frank and Jim McGovern to name a few) and 18 Republicans voted against it.
To his credit, Congressman Jim Langevin voted in favor of the bill to let our military fight.