Our troops in Iraq face threats that we civilians can not even imagine. IEDs, snipers, and suicide bombers present constant threats. The enemy knows no rules and disobeys the Geneva conventions at every juncture. Our troops are governed by complex rules of engagement that severely restrict how they can react to threats. A known bad guy can be observed walking down the street but our guys cannot touch him unless he is seen to be carrying a weapon. Moreover, he is probably there because of the generous catch and release policies in effect. That is no way to fight a war.

So, here’s my modest suggestion. Take all the Pentagon lawyers who draft these rules and put them in the front line in Baghdad, Ramadi and Fallujah for six months or so. When they get back, assuming they survive, then let them write the rules of engagement.