"A US-German rift over a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan on Friday escalated, as US commanders accused the German military of undermining guidelines that seek to avoid civilian causalties. ... Afghan and Western officials have said betweeen 70 and 130 people died, including many civilians. ... Civilian deaths are undermining Western efforts to marshal Afghans' support for the fight against the Taliban and further threatening support for President Hamid Karzai. ... Public disquiet is growing in Germany about the country's role in Afghanistan, only three weeks before Germany's national elections. ... Public pressure is rising for the German government to clarify the purpose and duration of its Afghanistan mission. ... According to a written report by Germany's defense minstry to German lawmakers, Taliban militants hijacked the two fuel trucks and killed one of the drivers, before the trucks got stuck on a sandbank in the Kunduz River about four miles from a base housing German military and civil-reconstruction personnel. ... A senior US defense official said investigators are trying to determine whether Germany's stringent battlefield restrictions, known as caveats, contributed to the bloody airstrike by limiting German forces' scope for actions on the ground", my emphasis, Marcus Walker, Matthew Rosenberg and Yochi Dreazen at the WSJ, 8 September 2009, link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125229769546989199.html.
George Patton couldn't have said it better, my 9 August 2008 post: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2008/08/what-should-general-do-2.html. Stanley, please read this. Learn your trade.