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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot-Sun. 10-31-10

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It may not a happy Halloween for our American troops at war, but they trudge on, another month down, time marches on, deaths and injuries pile up in Afghanistan. They volunteered for the duty, but they need a plan for victory, a heroic general to lead them, they need to know their sacrifices are toward the goal of victory and total surrender of the enemy who has engaged this nation for over ten years.

A friend coined a name for the troops of today’s wars, the “Invisible Veteran”, which I find apt, as we see little talk of the war, the war wounded, or how to secure victory in Afghanistan, and during this political season, the American people, after ten years, are turned off to the war various polls show.

While we enjoy freedom in the USA, another “Invisible Veteran” dies from wounds in Afghanistan, another Marine lance corporal gives his life for that right. This time, a 19-year old Marine dies, he is not invisible to his family, but to many in America, time marches on, and this hero is quietly laid to rest. Let’s not let him be an “invisible veteran”. Contact your elected officials concerning the war, our veterans, and don’t let them remain invisible, don’t let the war effort remain invisible, as the American people need to reconnect with their military, those valiant 19 year olds like Lcpl. Honeycutt who laid down his life in the sands of Afghanistan. His family said their farewells to him at a hospital in Germany where he was taken. Rest in Peace Marine, and may God comfort your family, you are not an “invisible veteran” here, see his story at link #1.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Another “invisible veteran” of today’s wars passes on, this time a 19-year old Marine lance corporal who gave his life for us. RIP Marine, may your sacrifice not be forgotten. I encourage everyone to contact their elected officials concerning this war and our veterans. Do not let our veterans be invisible or forgotten. Do not let this Marine hero be forgotten. Pray for his family.

RIP to another US Marine hero:

Marine Corps Flag

Marine Corps flag at the exit of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia, Sept. 2010

Link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/30/AR2010103003890.html

2.) U.S. Military Deaths as published in the Kansas City Star print edition on Sunday, October 31, 2010, includes Lcpl. Honeycutt noted above. Contact your elected officials, including President Obama about these military deaths, our veterans and the wars continuing in Iraq and Afghanistan. I want a strategy for victory so the troops can secure unconditional surrender of the enemy, and can return home. Otherwise it seems we will be in a constant state of terror, such as with the recent cargo plane bombing threats. We have been a nation at war for 10 years now in the latest incarnation in Iraq and Afghanistan after the 9-11-10 attacks. Of course, the wars go on much longer than that, there was the USS Cole 10-12-2000, and other attacks on our Embassies in Africa and on and on. God bless our troops, and may the families and friends of these troops killed in action find comfort in their loved ones service to our country. Remember those injured also, and say a prayer for them too. Link:

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/30/2372124/military-deaths-for-10-31-2010.html

The list:

The U.S. Defense Department’s latest identification of casualties:

•Army Staff Sgt. Adam L. Dickmyer, 26, of Winston-Salem, N.C., was killed Oct. 28 by an improvised explosive device near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

•Marine Lance Cpl. Terry E. Honeycutt Jr., 19, of Waldorf, Md., died Oct. 27 from wounds received Oct. 21 in combat in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

•Army Sgt. Michael D. Kirspel Jr., 23, of Hopatcong, N.J., was killed Oct. 27 by an improvised explosive device near Khwaja Kinti, Afghanistan.

•Army Sgt. 1st Class Phillip C. Tanner, 43, of Sheridan, Wyo., was killed Oct. 26 at Ali Al Salem, Kuwait, in an incident not related to combat.

•Army Pfc. David R. Jones Jr., 21, of St. Johnsville, N.Y., was killed Oct. 24 in Baghdad in an incident not related to combat.

•Army Spc. Thomas A. Moffitt, 21, of Wichita, was killed Oct. 24 in Sarobi District, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

•Army Staff Sgt. Aracely Gonzalez O’Malley, 31, of Brawley, Calif., died Oct. 22 at Homburg, Germany, of injuries suffered Oct. 12 in an incident unrelated to combat at Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan.

•Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles M. Sadell, 34, of Columbia, died Oct. 24 at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device Oct. 5 at Arif Kala, Afghanistan,

•Army Spc. Steven L. Dupont, 20, of Lafayette, La., was killed Oct. 24 by an improvised explosive device at Rangrizan, Afghanistan.

•Army Spc. Ronnie J. Pallares, 19, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was killed Oct. 23 by an improvised explosive device in Andar district, Afghanistan.

3.) The Pat Tillman Story – movie comes out, reviewed here, I have not seen it yet but think I will try to. The last Afghanistan War movie I saw was just incredible, recommend it to everyone either at the theatre or on DVD, don’t know if it is out yet, it is called: “RESTREPO” about a combat outpost named after a soldier with the last name Restrepo who was KIA. Link to Tillman Story review:

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/28/2362115/the-tillman-story-a-gripping-battle.html

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October 31, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot-Sat.10-30-10

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The news goes on in Afghanistan, another month at war almost ended. Various links from around the GWOT:

1) Soldier’s widow confronts husband’s killer at Gitmo. This is a real brave lady, a real fighter for her family, her husband’s honor, and for our country. This story needs to get out, link:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/ap-guantanamo-christopher-speer-widow-testifies-at-sentencing-102810/

2.) Election draws near, elements of the GWOT, Sharia law thrown in, overall the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not issues. This story is on Sharron Angle and her comments on Sharia law. Link:

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/29332

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October 30, 2010 at 4:54 am

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot-Fri. 10-29-10

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The war in Afghanistan drags on. The video at #1 is incredible, American combat outposts.

1.) Combat outposts in Afghanistan, American troops fighting in video:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2009/feb/13/us-military-afghanistan-outpost

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October 29, 2010 at 4:31 am

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot, 10-28-10 Th.

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Today at war, we have Brig. Gen. John “Mick” Nicholson explaining how killing the enemy is lowering the enemy morale. When did we start using the word “killing” and “enemy”. All I get out of the generals is the statement, “We can’t kill our way to victory.” This statement doesn’t even look at history and how WWII was won Any general who says this should receive this answer, “Sure we can.”

1.) BG John Nicholson uses the words “killing” and “enemy”, what ever happened to the saying heard repeatedly, “We can’t kill our way to victory?” (The answer to this is: SURE WE CAN). Link:

http://defensenews.com/blogs/ausa/2010/10/25/petraeus-aide-afghan-insurgent-morale-impacted-by-u-s-ops-tempo/

2) U.S. has not achieved much in the battle with the Taliban, seems to refute what BG Nicholson said in story at #1. Link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/26/AR2010102606571.html?sid=ST2010102606575

3.) Heavy fighting in Sangin, Afghanistan for  Camp Pendleton Marines:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/oct/26/camp-pendleton-marines-see-heavy-combat-sangin/

4.) Trial stops for terrorist-murderer’s prayers:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/26/1891112/deal-gets-child-soldier-8-years.html

5.) USS Cole families press charges against Sudan:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gzRHF-jyUb1JFlvNJeZJ7hVd0r4g?docId=1626c0abeaf74835bcc1652c8659330d

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October 28, 2010 at 4:18 am

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot, 10-27-10 Wed.

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While the wars were going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Marine killed a fellow Marine in North Carolina. Read the latest story at post #1. God bless American troops, and may they come home in victory soon. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Wars wage overseas, but on US shores, a Marine admin clerk kills a fellow Marine, a pregnant female Marine at that. Link:

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/105529258.html

2.) Pat Tillman received Purple Heart, why not these two officers? God bless all their families, and may these soldiers RIP. Link:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/gannett-purple-heart-petition-102610/

3.) Afghan President Karzai in hostile press conference, bans private security contractors, admits taking money from Iran:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/26/world/asia/26afghan.html?_r=1

4.) Afghans doing some fighting; U.S. bombs, Taliban rig explosives to entire village:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/25/AR2010102505658.html?sid=ST2010102606575

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October 27, 2010 at 12:46 am

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot, 10-26-10 Tues.

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U.S. Marines face constant danger in Afghanistan, keep them in your prayers. May victory be secured soon so they can come home. Links from around the GWOT:

1.)  Marine describes life in Afghanistan, shot at, bit by fleas, but at the end he states he signed up for it and knew what he was getting into. God bless him and all our Marines with him and may they win the war for us, and come home in victory. Link:

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/10/25/corporal_details_marines_hard_life_in_southern_afghanistan/?rss_id=Boston.com+–+Top+political+stories

2.) As I have been told by veterans there is a way to save fuel: WIN THE WAR AND BRING THE TROOPS HOME. Don’t have 10 year occupations and restricted rules of engagement. Link:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/marine-push-for-alternative-fuels-102510/

3.) North Wazaristan: epicenter of terror:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/ap-pakistan-north-waziristan-new-epicenter-of-terror-fight-102510/

4.) The name that none dare speak. And, as it mentions, why are U.S. Marines being brought to trials and court of inquiries for keeping us safe and doing their job? Link:

http://www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=durhama&date=101022

5.) How Obama will fight future wars:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-10-25-column25_ST1_N.htm

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October 26, 2010 at 12:23 am

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot, 10-25-10-Mon.

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The wars go on, God bless U.S. troops, may they secure victory and come home soon. Story #1 is from Indonesia, but mentions church burnings there by Islamic militants. Let’s hope the GWOT does not spread there. Links:

1.) Church burning in Indonesia. Link:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/10/25/church-violence-spreading-‘outside-jakarta-west-java’.html

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October 25, 2010 at 3:33 am

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