Comment on RoE by General Petraeus plus lots of other interesting comment by a man who certainly has a new approach.
Rules of engagement (ROE), highly criticized as being too restrictive and sometimes endangering our troops, have been âclarified.â âThere were unintended consequences with ROE for too long,â Petraeus acknowledged. Because of what junior leaders perceived as too harsh punishment meted out to troops acting in the heat of battle, the ROE issued from the top commanders were second-guessed and made more restrictive by some on the ground. The end result was unnecessary - even harmful - restrictions placed on the troops in contact with the enemy.
âIâve made two things clear,â Petraeus emphasized: âMy ROE may not be modified with supplemental guidance lower down. And Iâve written a letter to all Coalition forces saying âyour chain-of-command will stay with you.â I think that solved the issue.â