Archive for September 2009
The last day in another month at war. The U.S. death counts keep going up with Gen. McChrystal’s restricted rules of engagement and the VIETNAM PLAN FOR AFGHANISTAN. No more troops until restricted rules of engagement are lifted. Links to various stories from around the GWOT:
1.) US Marines in Helmand, Afghanistan:
From the story:
And on the frontline the conditions remain the same. Last month an American commander criticised the British for their “standards of personal hygiene” in the field, apparently oblivious to the fact that re-supplying frontline bases is a deeply treacherous task and vital essentials such as ammunition and drinking water take precedence over anything but the most basic sanitisation.
2.) Terrorists make statements against the USA:
3.) Philippines suffering from typhoon damage; some U.S. aide noted below. I expect more US military help to be forthcoming. Link:
From the story:
The United States has donated $100,000 and deployed a military helicopter and five rubber boats manned by about 20 American soldiers from the country’s south, where they have been providing counterterrorism training. The United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Food Program have also provided food and other aid.
4.) Canadian general lashes out at Afghan tribal leaders who don’t tell who is putting landmines in the road which kill and maim Canadians:
5.) Information pamphlets fall of Afghan girl, she is dead. Link:
There is still uncertainity it seems from the White House as to the way forward in Afghanistan. I do not believe we should risk our troops lives with restricted rules of engagement and nation building.
Links from around the GWOT:
1.) This lists 3 possible ways forward in Afghanistan:
Afghanistan is the topic of many news stories now. What will happen next?
Various stories from around the GWOT:
1.) Navy Corpsman, member of Cherokee Nation, killed in Afghanistan. I asked my senators and representative and faxed President Obama on this and asked them to convene an immediate Marine Court of Inquiry into this incident. For one, the troops were denied air support as reported in other stories, and secondly the enemy fired on an injured Marine being tended to by personnel in violation of various international laws, so this should be investigated. Before any more troops go to Afghanistan, restricted rules of engagement must be lifted and U.S. troops must have air and artillery support:
During the battle, about 100 Afghan soldiers, border officers, Marines and U.S. Army trainers were pinned down as insurgents unleashed gunfire and rockets. They were on a training mission with Afghan forces, who were to search the village for weapons and then meet village elders under an agreement to establish government authority in the area. Insurgent forces had set up positions in the village and in the mountains on either side and apparently attacked as the men reached the first compound.
Layton was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, to train with a Marine Corps unit for a mission in Afghanistan. He had been in Afghanistan about two months.
2.) LETTER: If support lacking, bring troops home
The was in Afghanistan and to a lesser extent, in Iraq, wages on. In the meantime, at Camp Lejeune, 5,000 military personnel celebrate Cultural Diversity Day. I would believe Marines with diverse injuries should have been honored. I would think it should be a Celebrate America day! This would have been diversity. If Marines have time to plan for this, why not send them to war? Meanwhile, the request from Gen. McChrystal for up to 46,000 trooops simmers while Pres. Obama decides if he should scrap McChrstal’s plan, which I think he should do. It is not a plan that leads to victory. Various links from around the GWOT:
1.) Cultural Diversity Day at Camp Lejeune, NC in the middle of 2 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:
2.) 2/9 Marines, back from Iraq in April, celebrate Family Day:
3.) Woman, motherhood and the military:
4.) Marine dies in Afghanistan: WATCH THE VIDEO. Demand that our troops have full protection, air support and artillery, and do not send more troops until this is put in effect.
The war is heating up with calls for Gen. Stanley McChrystal to resign after his 66 page document on how to win the war in Afghanistan came out. Instead of ensuring victory, it appeared to be a death sentence for U.S. troops with restricted rules of engagement. Various stories from around the GWOT:
1.) Good story on restricted rules of engagement going back to Iraq:
2.) Combat Outpost Payne, Afghanistan:
3.) Big Hollywood reporter Michael Yon gives an excellent and sobering report on what is going on in Afghanistan:
Admiral Mullen met with Gen. McChrystal in Germany today. Restricted rules of engagement endanger U.S. troops in Afghanistan. McChrystal should be fired. Wonder what kind of global footprint that made, they both had to fly to Germany. They should have had Adm. Mullen fly over to Afghanistan to meet with McChrystal with regular troops going over, maybe in a C-130 and land at Camp Dwyer as they just put in an airstrip there which C-130’s can land on.
Then Mullen and McChrystal should have gotten on a 7-ton unarmored truck and each took turns driving to outposts, such as the one I read about online, COP Payne, the furthest south Combat Outpost on the Afghan border. Or, they could have cleaned out some of the generals at the Pentagon, and brought them along, and they could have had their meeting in the back of the 7-ton. First, they could have delivered supplies to U.S. troops, who should be paramount. Then, maybe deliver some honey bees to the Afghans. This was reported online-part of the U.S.-McChrystal policy had us sending honey bees and hives to the Afghans. They could have personally gotten out of the vehicles and walked on foot patrol into the Afghan village to test out their theories which deny U.S. troops air support and artillery, at times when pinned down under fire.
Sending in a contingent of older generals will show more respect to the village elders than sending in young enlisted troops, some only teenagers to try and befriend the elders.
I would suggest any commissioned officer of any branch, up to and including generals, now on active duty who has not earned a Combat Action Ribbon or Purple Heart be put at the top of the list to join the General McChrystal’s Counterinsurgency Brigade Afghanistan-Forward and have their orders issued immediately.
Without any further training, they should be flown out immediately to Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan. From there they should have all the 7-ton unarmored trucks ready and idling. The generals and officers from the Pentagon, the Command College, and any other venue or base who have not earned a Combat Action Ribbon, Purple Heart, and/or been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan should go first.
In addition to these officers and generals, officers who have earned the medals or have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and support Gen. McChrystal’s counterinsurgency policy should be on the next truck. All officers should have to sign a paper which states that they either support or do not support the counterinsurgency policy. The ones who believe on it should be on the next 7-ton truck. From Camp Dwyer they can put this Counterinsurgency Officer Surge on foot, out of their armored vehicles, and fan out to the villages. They will not need radios or communication equipment in the Humvee’s because the call on the ground for air strikes is not heeded anyway.
Do not send any more enlisted troops to Afghanistan until the results of the general and officer’s surge into the villages is in.
If their counterinsurgency plan does not work out, we will have the COMBAT TESTED OFFICERS who have earned Combat Action Ribbons, Purple Hearts, and enlisted men ready with their plan to WIN the war. The air power can be ready to go too. This is if the general’s counterinsurgency plan does not work.
Clear out the Pentagon and let the generals and officers there with the master’s degrees and education and theories, and send them to the Afghan villages and let’s see how their plan works to drink tea with villagers. Let’s do like I think they used to do in the old days of British wars, they stayed until the war was won. Leave U.S. enlisted troops either on the big bases, or at home.
Read the following stories for details and for more news from around the GWOT:
1.) The rules murdering our troops, by Ralph Peters-excellent story on how our troops are being killed due to the restricted rules of engagement set forth by Gen. Stan McChrystal. I faxed it to my representatives and gave them my opinion: That they should immediately convene a Marine Court of Inquiry and see how many commanders who denied air strikes should face criminal charges. Link:
2.) Fire McChrystal! I have been writing my reps since a couple days after he was put in charge and started making these bizarre losing statements which endanger U.S. troops. This is an excellent article explaining why Gen. McChrystal should be fired:
3.) British soldiers sent to slaughter in Afghanistan:
4.) Northern Afghan violence cutting American supplies:
5.) In Afghanistan let US troops be warriors argues Byron York. I agree. Link:
6.) British leaker of expense reports upset because British troops slighted, under equipped in Afghanistan:
7.) Reporter out with Marines in Afghanistan, very good report:
8.) Afghan leader Karzai calls for more US troops:
9.) Restricted rules of engagement might have had a role in the death of Marine Lcpl Joshua Bernard. In any case, to find out, they should convene an immediate Marine Court of Inquiry and I have written my reps and Pres. Obama about it, and to investigate the 3 Marine deaths and Corpsman death on Sept. 8, 2009. Excellent story. Write your reps, tell your friends: restricted rules of engagement in war do not lead to victory. They get U.S. troops killed:
10.) In Afghanistan, they take cash:
11.) Letter to St. Louis newspaper-Time to get out of Afghanistan:
More news on the ‘troop surge’ proposal: Will Obama go with what I consider an ill-conceived plan that endangers U.S. troops put out by Gen. McChrystal? Will he go with drones and air strikes like Pres. Clinton did in the former Yugoslavia?
Various stories from around the Global War on Terrorism, the GWOT:
1.) A picture is worth 1,000 words. Look at photo of Afghan man on donkey following German military vehicle. The man could be a scout for the Taliban or a Talib himself. Good story too. Link: