"I think we have to be careful about over-arming ourselves, and I'm not talking about where you end up attacking each other," Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, told reporters. Instead, he said, it's more about "accidental discharges and everything else that goes along with having weapons that are loaded that causes injuries."If his soldiers are not trained sufficently well to carry personal sidearms that millions of American civilians can safely carry, or if he thinks his soldiers are too stupid to be armed to defend themselves, then that is a withering indictment of the Army's entire training program, and everyone responsible, including the Chief of Staff, should be forced to resign immediately.
We are at war with an implacable, cruel, and unscrupulous enemy. We had better adopt policies, principles, and rules of engagement that are appropriate to the tasks before us.
If not now, when?