Originally posted by BillHicksRules
Do you actually bother to read what you post?
"if the permission is denied, they usually can't do so without repercussions. That U.S. pilot who attacked the Canadians while being told not to got
into some serious trouble."
You are saying that US pilots regularly disobey orders. Furthermore sometimes they get in to trouble but not always.
All this and you wonder why a dim view is held of the relative differences between US military personnel and those of your partners in Iraq, those
from the UK.
"We do not shoot first and ask questions later. We ask first, get told not to shoot and then do it anyway".
Uhhh, yes, I read it, and I thought it made perfect sense. If a pilot is denied the order to attack someone, I believe (though I am not certain) that
if the pilot themself is being fired upon (heavy fire) and in order to be able to survive, must attack, I believe they can disobey and fire.
That is what I meant by saying "usually there will be repercussions but not always." I should have made that clearer. In general, if a pilot is told
not to attack, they'd better not, but in some instances, I believe they are allowed to fire back regardless of the order.
And no I do not wonder why a dim view is held of the U.S. forces in Iraq. It's part jealousy and part ignorance pretty much on most people's part.