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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal): 12-31-10-Fri.

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The last day of the year. Another year at war in the books for U.S. troops. May 2011 be the year they are blessed with leaders who have a culture of victory they can instill in the troops they lead.  May God bless our troops in 2011.

1.) Gen. Amos, Marine Commandant wants to stop the illegal, immoral, and indecent Marine on Marine behaviors. Also, decisions will be made on a couple of Marine legal cases. Read all about it at this link:

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/military/article_cdc5ac11-dafa-5ae6-ae91-d62be119adaa.html

2.) The fallen of 2010. This blogger has attempted to list all the American fallen and their hometowns. He states that if someone is missed, contact him for corrections. Link:

http://www.registeredevil.com/archives/3096?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-fallen-of-2010-did-you-know-one

3.) More on the death of Lcpl Joshua Birchfield: killed in Afghanistan by Afghan contract security guard accused of being high on drugs when he shot this Marine. Our troops deserve better, RIP Marine. The Scandal continues in Afghanistan. Link:

http://civiliancontractors.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/afghan-security-guard-that-killed-lance-cpl-joshua-birchfield-a-frequent-drug-user/

4.) Report: Marine’s killer may have been using drugs. AP had to use Freedom of Information Act request to get this information. God bless our troops. RIP Lcpl Joshua Birchfield. Our troops deserve the best.

From the story: (The Marine’s family is not satisfied with the report. We owe it to them to make sure this scandal is properly investigated, their son gave his life for this.)

Birchfield’s mother, Shelley Hacker, said she and other relatives received the 220-page report in early December but did not plan to read the entire document until early January because the contents will be upsetting. Hacker said the family has been dissatisfied with previous answers from the U.S. military about her son’s killing.

“There has not been a real answer from any of the investigations. It’s all been different and to me it just looks like they’re trying to cover stuff up,” she said. “We’re just not happy with it.”

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/nation/2010/12/report-marines-killer-may-have-been-using-drugs#ixzz19l5mPG50

Link:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/nation/2010/12/report-marines-killer-may-have-been-using-drugs

5.) Seven dead, 24 injured in attack on Christian Church in Alexanderia, Egypt:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/afp/seven-dead-24-injured-in-attack-on-church-in-egypt/414508

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December 31, 2010 at 11:08 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal): 12/30/2010-Thurs.

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The year winds down, but for our hard hit 3/5 Dark Horse Marines, the dying continues. Another fallen Marine of 3/5, Cpl. Nguyen gives his life in Afghanistan. Pray for our troops and especially the 3/5 Marines. Pray for leaders who have a culture of victory they can instill in the troops they lead. Pray for an American victory so our troops can come home. God bless America. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) The 3/5 Dark Horse Marines suffer another death in Afghanistan. RIP Cpl. Nguyen. Link:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/12/marine-casualty-afghanistan-pendleton-122910w/

2.) Invisible ink tattoos could help identify troops:

http://www.livescience.com/technology/070119_radio_tattoo.html

3.) Author fights Pentagon censorship on book on Afghanistan War: says we are not on a patch to victory:

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=128051&catid=188

4.) Keep praying for the U.S. Marines, the 3/5 Dark Horse unit especially, as it has been very hard hit. This story describes 2 Marines who lost their legs in one attack, and five who died. Barely a word about this on the mainstream media. Please contact your elected officials and send this story for their review. Also, a Corpsman who saved one Marine himself was injured 2 days later and became a TRIPLE amputee, losing both legs and part of an arm including his hand. Link:

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2010/dec/30/injured-marine-had-ties-with-ky/

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December 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal) Wed. 12-29-10

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The  year comes to an end soon, let’s not forget our fallen heroes. Let’s not forget those serving now in Afghanistan and pray for them so they can have a trip home with victory secured. Links from around the GWOT.

1.) Do not forgot our heroes, do not forget the fallen in the Global War on Terrorism, which includes Pvt. Long who was gunner down in Arkansas at a recruiting station by a jihadist. Link:

http://firstarkansasnews.net/2010/12/they-will-not-be-forgotten/

2.) Contractor wins $46.2 million dollar contract for unmanned systems, perhaps they can be used on the US border? Link:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/12/ap-unmanned-aircraft-systems-122810/

3.) Behind the Blue Star: Op temp from hell, stories of our deployed and their families:

http://www.legion.org/magazine/90381/behind-blue-star

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December 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot-(The Afghanistan Scandal)-Tue. 12-28-10

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The U.S. continues on in a war that is becoming the Afghanistan Scandal. U.S. Marines now have another resource to help them and their families in this stressful time, see the link at #1. God bless our troops, and may they be led by officers with a culture of victory they can instill in the troops they lead.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Marines and their families have a new resource to combat stress and issues they face, the D-Stress web site and hotline. Link below. God bless our Marines. Link:

http://www.dstressline.com/

2.) Military One Source: this web site is still available and also has a line for all service branches to call for help. There are many excellent programs here. Link:

http://www.militaryonesource.com/home.aspx?MRole=&Branch=&Component=

3.) Putting a face on homeless veterans. Excellent story and photos from Canada Free Press:

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/31520

4.) No kissing at midnight. British married couple at Camp Bastion, forbidden to kiss or hold hands even while deployed. Link:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1342211/Armed-forces-couple-celebrate-New-Year-line-Afghanistan–kissing-allowed.html

5.) Medal of Honor: Ernest West: read the citation from the Korean War:

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=40832

6.) China has carrier killer missile U.S. Admiral says:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/27/china-deploying-carrier-sinking-ballistic-missile/

7.) Special Forces wary of repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/27/special-forces-wary-of-dont-ask-repeal/

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December 28, 2010 at 11:09 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal) 12-27-10-Mon.

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Another week at war, while Christmas is in the rear view mirror for our troops in Afghanistan.

Story at link #1 describes what American troops in Afghanistan. This should be read by all our politicians directing this war, including officers and generals.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) American troops fight to secure victory in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/26/AR2010122602622.html

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December 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal) 12-26-10-Sun.

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The day after Christmas, and another Sunday at war. While Americans return gifts to the malls or use gift cards, our troops face death and danger in Afghanistan. I think the story at link #1 explains it all. God bless our troops and God bless America.

1.) Incompetency a valid reason to leave Afghanistan, a letter in the Las Vegas Sun:

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/dec/20/incompetency-valid-reason-leave-afghanistan/

2.) Wounded Nevada soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan receives rousing welcome home:

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/dec/18/nv-wounded-soldier-homecoming-3rd-ld-writethru/

5.) The headline is worth it alone, “Let’s Un-Surge in Afghanistan”. Sounds like a good idea!

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703395204576023802726985500.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

6.) American Lt. Col. claims progress in Iraq. We have over 32,000 innocent American troops injured in combat in Iraq and over 4,000 killed. I would call  progress capturing and holding accountable those who killed or attempted to kill innocent U.S. troops. I have asked my politicians: Have we captured and held accountable the enemy fighters who killed or attempted to kill our troops?

I would call progress, the solving of the 32,000 attempted murderers of innocent U.S. troops.

I would call progress payment from Iraq for the U.S. troops injured there and requiring health care and artificial legs, etc. I would even call it progress if the Iraqi government thanked the U.S. taxpayers who funded their freedom, and the troops who carried it out, often at risk of loss of life or limb, and vowed to track down and hold accountable those responsible for these crimes against innocent Americans.

In any case, the switch is on, Iraq is ‘done’ and it is on to Afghanistan.

Link:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2010/1217/Don-t-believe-everything-you-hear-about-Iraq.-There-s-progress

7.) My diplomatic wingman: General’s take on Richard Holbrooke’s death:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/17/AR2010121706947.html

8.) Top Secret America: Monitoring America, good story on domestic survelliance:

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/monitoring-america/

9.) Afghan war just a slice of U.S. coverage. Not much coverage of the war that is costing us $320 million a day, and injuring and killing innocent US troops:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/business/media/20coverage.html?_r=1&src=busln

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December 26, 2010 at 11:59 am

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot, the Afghanistan Scandal-Christmas Day-Dec. 25, 2010-Sat.

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Another Christmas at war for U.S. troops. God bless them and may they soon be blessed with leaders in Congress and with military leaders who have a culture of victory they can instill in the troops they lead. A quick win is needed, the Americans can win ANY war we want to, and a trip home in victory for US troops. God bless them in this quest for victory. May God bless our troops and God bless America this Christmas and always.

Links form around the GWOT:

1.) The eve of Christmas in Afghanistan is like any other this holiday season. Night raids by US troops lead to Afghan criticism. Our hard-working innocent troops hardly ever get any credit for the good they do. Link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/25/world/asia/25afghan.html

2.) Obamas, from Hawaiian vacation, encourage support of US troops in their quest for victory in the war in Afghanistan. I would say this means they encourage prayers for victory in Afghanistan, which will support our troops in securing a win, and a trip home for the US military finally. The US can win any war we want to. Link:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-25/obamas-encourage-americans-to-remember-troops-during-holidays.html

3.) U.S. soldier recovers from blast that took both his legs. Pray for his continued recovery. I also wonder if the enemy fighter who did this has been captured and held accountable for his actions? Does President Karzai express gratitude for our troops such as this soldier, and contribute funds for his care and recovery? God bless this soldier.

His sister says it all: He should be a lot of peoples’ hero.

Link: American hero, innocent soldier: Army Special Forces Sgt. Brian Mast:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/12/army_sergeant_brian_mast_finds.html

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December 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm

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