I have criticized both the Bush administration and the military brass for the way they have conducted both the Iraq and Afghan campaigns. My basic problem has been they seemed more attuned to avoiding being criticized by CNN and the international left than in protecting our troops. Numerous unauthorized reports from actual trigger-pullers have said much the same thing. They feel they are held back from responding aggressively, yet they are still put in harm's way, a classic no-win situation that anyone who was around for vietnam well remembers. Just when you think maybe the military has gotten a clue, you read something like this article below. So now our deployments are subject to popularity tests with locals, many of whom are terrorists or support them? And our generals apparently take orders from local politicians, who are probably running drug smuggling operations in their spare time. Bring the troops home. It's criminal to leave them exposed with the incompetent PC leaders they serve under. ************************************** Politics Top general in Afghanistan expels Marines 4 hrs ago Top general in Afghanistan expels Marines The top American general in charge of the forces in Afghanistan expelled a unit for the way the men handled a March 4 ambush. WASHINGTON (Map, News) - The top American general in Afghanistan has expelled a U.S. Marine special operations company for the way the men responded to an ambush March 4, Marine sources said. Maj. Cliff Gilmore, a spokesman for Marine Special Operations Command, confirmed to The Examiner that the company of 120 Marines is redeploying. He said the decision followed an ambush on the company's convoy by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. A second Marine source said the Marines retaliated and some civilians were killed. The action brought an abrupt end to what promised to be a historic deployment. The unit sailed in January from Camp Lejeune, N.C., as the first Marine Corps special operations company sent overseas. The Corps joined U.S. Special Operations Command a year ago. The company is now redeploying to Kuwait after just a few weeks in Afghanistan in what was supposed to be a six-month tour. A Marine officer assigned to special operations said Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, the top U.S. commander, took the extraordinary step of expelling the unit after he consulted with Afghan Prime Minister Hamid Karzai. A spokesman for Eikenberry could not be reached today. Gilmore said, "The unit responded to the ambush and the local population perceptions of that response have damaged the relationship between the local population and the Marine special operations company."