UPDATE: Sign this petition for 1st Lt. Josh Waddell – Marine’s career threatened by controversial rules of engagement


Hi there – I know Josh Waddell personally (we went to college together at Virginia Tech) and am outraged that this is happening to him. We have started an online petition for people to sign who support him. If you would like to sign it, here is the link. Please feel free to repost and share with your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.
http://www.change.org/petitions/we-support-1st-lt-josh-waddell
Thanks.

Thank you Melissa, we can not do enough to stop the demonizing of our Troops.

By: Sara A. Carter | 01/23/12

Marine Corps 1st Lt. Joshua Waddell, 25, in Sangin, Afghanistan, is executive officer with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Corps Regiment, from Twentynine Palms, Calif. (Courtesy photo)

Marine Corps 1st Lt. Joshua Waddell, 25, in Sangin, Afghanistan, is executive officer with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Corps Regiment, from Twentynine Palms, Calif. (Courtesy photo)

Joshua Waddell, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marines, appeared on his way to a stellar career as an American military officer. The son of a retired Navy SEAL commander, Waddell had won a Bronze Star during his first tour of duty in Afghanistan and had returned for a second. Then he made a decision in combat that military experts say has severely jeopardized his future in the corps.
But some military experts say the black mark on Waddell’s record was undeserved, that he and other young American officers are being put in a difficult, if not impossible, situation by unreasonable rules of engagement foisted upon the military by politically sensitive commanders in the Pentagon.
The facts in Waddell’s case are spelled out in Marine Corps documents. But how those facts should be interpreted is a matter of heated dispute.
On Nov. 1, Waddell, a 25-year-old executive officer with 3rd Battallion, 7th Marine Corps Regiment, was monitoring a surveillance camera in Sangin, Afghanistan, when he spotted a man who had been identified as a bomb maker working with area insurgents. Two days earlier, a sergeant from India Company had lost both legs and a hand when a bomb detonated in their area of operation. The man spotted on the camera was believed to be responsible.
After receiving permission from his battalion commanders, Waddell ordered Marine snipers to open fire on the man, and he was hit. A group of Afghans rushed to the man, put him on a tractor and attempted to flee. Waddell ordered the snipers to hit the engine block of the tractor, disabling it so the man believed to be a bomb maker would not escape. The tractor was hit but no civilians were injured.
Then, about three weeks later, the civilians who helped remove the wounded man from the area were found to be teenagers.
As a result, Waddell was demoted from executive officer, and the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Seth Folsom, determined he had violated rules of engagement that governed when Marines could fire, and at whom.

Read More: http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/world/2012/01/marines-career-threatened-controversial-rules-engagement/2127401

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/world/2012/01/marines-career-threatened-controversial-rules-engagement/2127401#ixzz1kQBeCfYl

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7 Responses to UPDATE: Sign this petition for 1st Lt. Josh Waddell – Marine’s career threatened by controversial rules of engagement

  1. Melissa says:

    Hi there – I know Josh Waddell personally (we went to college together at Virginia Tech) and am outraged that this is happening to him. We have started an online petition for people to sign who support him. If you would like to sign it, here is the link. Please feel free to repost and share with your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/we-support-1st-lt-josh-waddell
    Thanks.

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  2. Sherry says:

    Good grief! How does a soldier know the ages from a surveillance camera? Our soldiers must check for ID now? 😕

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    • a12iggymom says:

      Actually yes…the Rules of Engagement have sent more service members to their graves and if they survive the battle are arrested and put in Leavenworth. Over 110 now wrongly convicted of just doing their jobs and the American people just don’t give a damn. Google Michael Behenna or Cory Claggett…just 2 I follow in this travisty…at least they couldn’t railroad the Haditha soldiers.

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    • boudicabpi says:

      Very sad Sherry.
      Bob A.

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  3. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on Boudica BPI Weblog and commented:
    Please take this viral. Go to and reblog from a12iggymom’s Blog
    Bob A.

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  4. boudicabpi says:

    This Obama guy has to be removed from the presidency asap. This is insane and the no balls top brass go along with it.
    Bob A.

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