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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hot Spot-Fri. 4-30-10

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The last day of the month and another month at war in the books. It’s an endless war until we get American generals and officers with a culture of victory that they instill in the troops they lead.

Another story about an unannounced visit, this time by Gen. Petraeus who comes to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Did the United States announce in advance the invasion of Normandy, the storming of the beaches of Okinawa, or Iwo Jima? Link to story below. God bless American troops and may they be led by generals and officers with a culture of victory when they go into battle.

1.) Gen. Petraeus makes UNANNOUNCED trip to Afghanistan. When will the Taliban sign a treaty of total surrender?

I started reading today a book I bought called, “The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Forged a New Afghanistan”, by Eric Blehm, the story of the initial invasion into Afghanistan to kill the enemy shortly after the 9-11 attacks on America.

Gen. Petraeus visits where the attacks on America were planned: Kandahar, Afghanistan. If this is the place where the attacks on America were planned, why isn’t the place flattened if it is so vital to American security? I will admit: I don’t know why.

All I see are stories of U.S. taxpayers pouring billions of dollars of our money into Afghanistan and in return U.S. troops are maimed, tortured, and killed; and I never see Afghan President Karzai giving the Americans an apology for the murderous treatment of his citizens towards US and NATO troops.

I never see where the person or persons who murdered or attempted to kill U. S. or NATO troops are captured and held accountable. I just don’t know. If it could be explained to American people like me, in a way we could understand, it might make sense, and instead of trying to win the hearts and minds of Afghans which seems impossible to do since they are a different religion and view members of other religious faiths as infidels, it would be worthwhile for the generals to have their officers focus on winning the hearts and minds of the American people. Link:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/04/ap_afghanistan_petraeus_043010/

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April 30, 2010 at 12:44 am

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hot Spot-4/29/10-Thurs.

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American military officers should have a culture of victory they can instill in their troops. We need winners to be promoted to general. I have written my elected officials also, and asked why Hassan retains the title Major, and why he is in the Army and still receiving a pay check? I have not gotten an answer either. We need to read this story about Gen. Casey and contact our elected officials. We need strong generals who can win wars, not ones who make comments like Gen. Casey’s. Read the exclusive article from Family Security Matters and contact your elected officials. Link:

1.) It seems that General Casey cites loss of diversity as a greater tragedy than shooting at Fort Hood. Read this story and contact your elected officials. The politicians vote on and approve generals nominated by the president. Granted, Casey apparently is a Bush general, appointed by Pres. G. W. Bush. Perhaps Pres. Obama can be convinced to nominate only generals who have a culture of victory who can instill this in the troops he (or she) leads:

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/pub_detail.asp?id=6094

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April 29, 2010 at 11:43 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot-Wed. 4-28-10

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While innocent U.S. troops are hurt and sometimes killed in Afghanistan, man’s best friend, also totally innocent, is also suffering wounds of war, sometimes even shot as this bomb sniffing dog was by the enemy.

The story does not say if the enemy who shot the innocent U.S. dog was captured and held accountable for their actions.

God bless our innocent troops in this war, and the innocent animals who work with them to secure victory over a vicious enemy. God bless the USA and may victory be secured soon.

1.) Innocent American dog shot by the enemy in Afghanistan:

http://www.centcom.mil/en/news/dakota-the-bomb-sniffind-dog-survives-firefight.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsCentcomLatestNewsFeed+%28US+CENTCOM+Latest+News+Feed%29

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April 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot-Tue. 4-27-10

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This month at war comes to a close soon, but the war plans and training go on. Here is a story about the “hands” program, I suppose like the hand holding shown in photos with U.S. Marine officer holding hands with Afghan elders, and others.

1.)  The Afghanistan “hands” program is ready to go:

http://www.centcom.mil/en/news/first-af-pak-hands-grads-deploy-overseas.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsCentcomLatestNewsFeed+%28US+CENTCOM+Latest+News+Feed%29

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April 27, 2010 at 12:04 am

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hot Spot-4-26-10-Mon.

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The war drags on in Afghanistan, and I bought a TIME Magazine at Target today for about $5.00 with a cover story on Afghanistan on it, called, “A Captain’s Story”. Purchase it or try reading at their web site, a must read.

1.)  Time Magazine has a cover story “A Captain’s Story” about the counterinsurgency (COIN) experiment in Afghanistan.  I purchased the magazine, I would suggest people do that and pass it on. The cover of the magazine says their web site is the one below. Link:

www.time.com

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April 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot-4/25/10-Sun.

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The war in Afghanistan is not supported by up to 95% of U.S. troops as reported at various web sites, including Gold Star Father John Bernard’s excellent site, “Let Them Fight or Bring Them Home” (Google it for the link).

Here is another good post by Diana West at #1.

1.)  Diana West discusses “South Park”:

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/blog/id.5073/blog_detail.asp

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April 25, 2010 at 12:15 am

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT HotSpot, Sat. 4-24-10

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The link at #1 says it all as to the war in Afgfhanistan being fought under restricted rules of engagement which endanger U.S. troops.  Contact your representatives and let them know this is not acceptable. Let them fight or bring them home.  In the meantime, a second Navy Seal was found not guilty in a court-martial which should not have been in the first place. Links:

1.) This article says it all. Contact your representatives and demand they LET THE  U.S. TROOPS FIGHT OR BRING THEM HOME. Link:

http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/1370/-Commander-on-the-Ground-vs-Reality-on-the-Ground.aspx

2.) 95% of U.S. troops in Afghanistan don’t believe in the current prosecution of the war with limited rules of engagement: (this might be a low number)

http://www.captainsjournal.com/2010/04/22/depressing-report-from-afghanistan/

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April 24, 2010 at 12:26 am

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