Archive for February 2011
The last day in a short month, as the war in Afghanistan goes on for US troops. God bless them and may they secure victory soon and come home.
Links from around the GWOT:
1.) Mosque Makeovers With Your Tax Dollars. Link to video below. Please contact your elected officials if you disagree with spending our tax dollars, in these hard times, on mosque makeovers. I have a question for my elected officials as to whether it is appropriate and legal under any circumstances because our enlisted troops and officers swear to uphold the US Constitution, and there is an implied “separation of church and state” so our tax dollars should not go to build mosques. Link:
2.) I thought this was a good report on a fallen Florida Marine. I know some news shows say this is a liberal site, but I just ran across this and liked the tribute:
3.) Questions about why we are staying in Afghanistan at all with the abandnment of Pech Valley. I thought this was a well thought out article. “US Military Loses its Way in Afghanistan”. Link:
4.) “The Wrong War” by Bing West. I haven’t read it but sounds like excellent read. It debunks the COIN theory US generals are using in Afghanistan, instead of focusing on winning the war. Link:
5.) Military Deaths from the Kansas City Star:
Another Sunday at war, time for Americans to pray for peace and victory in the war in Afghanistan. God bless U.S. troops.
Links from around the GWOT:
1.) General’s spokesman denies “psychological operations”:
2.) Do Psy-Ops really work?:
3.) U.S. pulling back in valley it once called vital:
4.) Combat troops on battlefield to get gay sensitivity training:
5.) U.S. Marines in Sangin, Afghanistan:
6.) 3/5 Dark Horse Marines recover from their wounds:
There is so much danger around the world and our troops are there to defend us. Let them fight or bring them home as one Gold Star father’s blog reads, former Marine John Bernard. I agree, let them fight or bring them home. Links from around the GWOT:
1.) Why are U.S. troops putting their lives on the line for an Afghanistan constitution which does not allow other religions than Islam? Why are we supporting a country which calls itself the “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan?” We are supposed to support freedom of religion and the U.S. Constitution. A Christian convert in Afghanistan was forced to go back to Islam by the government. Link:
2.) The futility of the Afghan War: letter to NY Times:
3.) Muslim cleric on trial in Indonesia, seeks to set up Islamic caliphate across region:
4.) Gen. Petraeus calls for investigation into psy ops operation in Afghanistan:
More U.S. lives lost in Afghanistan in a war that never seems to end. It seems less like a war we are there to win, and more like a scandal, the Afghanistan Scandal as the days and years go on. God bless our troops. Links from around the GWOT:
1.) Marine from 2nd Recon dies in his best friend’s arms in Afghanistan after stepping on IED. His mother questions the war at the end. I have the same questions. May this Marine RIP and may his family find comfort. Link:
2.) General Cartright cleared in investigation. It still seems to be poor decision making to have an aide who is drunken in a foreign country, and at a presidential event. I e mailed Pres. Obama and suggested he not promote him. Link:
U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, and it is a hotspot, but another hotspot in the Global War on Terror is at sea with pirates now having killed four Americans who they held hostage in their yacht this week. Several stories from past and present about pirates, and the U.S. Navy, under Commander-in-Chief Obama, was allowed to shoot if the hostages became endangered. But, in other cases, Commander-in-Chief Obama allowed pirates to be released in another catch and release scheme as is going on in Iraq, and now in Afghanistan. I wonder of any of the pirates who the US Navy released instead of killing them or sending them to Gitmo, came back and killed the Americans, or are otherwise “second chancers” as we have on land. Read the stories below and decide for yourself if they should be captured and released. In some cases, the American Navy even released them with enough fuel, food, and water to “go home”. Contact your elected officials and President Obama if you do not want pirates captures and released to terrorize again. Links:
1.) Refer back to my Jan. 14, 2011 post for a link to the story about the US Navy releasing pirates. There are also a few good links about how important ballistic glasses are to our us troops, yet Gen. Petraeus orders U.S. troops to remove their safety glasses! Link:
2.) U.S. destroyer Laboon captures then releases pirates to terrorize again! The U.S. taxpayer also paid for supplies the Navy gave the pirates including fuel, food, and water to get them “home”. I contacted the Commander-in-Chief and told him this plan is not acceptable, before the killing of the 4 U.S. citizens at sea by pirates this week. The pirates that killed them could be these that were released! Link:
3.) U.S. Navy grabs more pirates, lets them go! Even ABC news which reported this in 2010 could not believe it! These pirates that were released under policies OK’d by the Commander-in-Chief Obama and I contacted him and said this was not a good policy. Now, in 2011, we have pirates kill 4 Americans. Who knows, they could have been these very ones released. If these pirates are not killed, then Obama needs to send them to Gitmo, and good thing it is still open. It is unconscionable to release them to terrorize and kill again. Link to ABC story of pirate catch and release from 2010:
4.) U.S. Navy ships disrupt pirate attack. This is from 2011. This story does not say if the pirates were killed when the Navy blew up their ships. It does not say if they were caught and released with food, fuel, and water to “go home.” It does not show the blowing up of the mother ship. I assume the Navy blew it up and didn’t leave it floating. The story just does not say. If the Commander-in-Chief ordered the release of the captured pirates, then they very well could have killed the four Americans this week. Contact your elected officials and President Obama, Commander-in-Chief for details or ask for an investigation. Link:
5.) Pirate killings of 4 Americans; story from USA TODAY. Were the pirates who killed these innocent Americans captured and released as noted in stories above? Contact your elected officials and President Obama for an investigation and cross-reference at least of the pirates captured in this recent case to see if they match up of the retinal scans, fingerprints, and photos taken of the pirates captured and released as noted above earlier in 2011 and in 2010 in the ABC story. Link:
6.) Four Americans on hijacked yacht killed, from the NY Times. Note in this story is states that President Obama as Commander-in-Chief allowed for the U.S. Navy to talk to the village elders of the pirates, and allow two on board the U.S. ship to negotiate the release of the Americans, who were subsequently killed. Contact your elected officials if pirate catch and release does not make sense to you, talking to village elders, etc. Link:
7.) Interviews with pirates; four Americans killed:
8.) Ticking time bomb: Major Hassan radical Islamic attack at Ft. Hood report:
U.S. Marines are in Afghanistan today, but are they given a clear mission resulting in victory? I don’t know. I seem to be reading a lot about tea drinking missions. I know they could win this war in Afghanistan if given a chance.
I also know if the Marine Raiders were started again to go after pirates, we could have that problem solved too. There is a report in Marine Corps Times that a push was on to rename MARSOC (Special Operations Marines) Raiders, but Marine Commandant Amos said NO.
I believe calling the MARSOC Marines Raiders and a clear mission of defeating pirates and raiding their land bases would be a sure way to put an end to piracy. Our tax dollars are paying the Commandant’s salary, contact him if you want the name RAIDERS brought back, and to send them after pirates. I have extreme confidence that our current day Marine Raiders will put a stop to the piracy problem.
I love Marine Corps history and lore, and none better than that of 23 February 1945. See link at #1 for details. Links from around the GWOT.
1.) 23 February 1945, a day in Marine Corps history:
From the story:
Feb. 23, 1945: After several days of savage fighting, U.S. Marines capture the summit of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
Just after 10:30 a.m., a small flag is raised on Suribachi. But an officer orders a larger flag be hoisted so that it might be seen from the far end of the island. A large flag is found and brought back to the top.
Then, in what will become one of the most dramatic scenes of the war, five Marines and one Navy hospital corpsman raise the American flag over Iwo Jima. Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captures the moment on film. Rosenthal will win the Pulitzer Prize for the picture, and the famous Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia will be based on the same.
Only two of the five Marines will survive the battle. The sailor will be wounded.
Interestingly, the sailor – Petty Officer John “Doc” Bradley – is the man in the center of the picture, illustrating the extremely close bond between sailors and Marines in combat.
The Afghanistan war continues on, and soon Marines in the battlefield will be taught about the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and learn about gays serving openly in the military. What I don’t understand is this, and perhaps I will read an answer somewhere: Has the UCMJ been changed which forbids sodomy? If not, a gay soldier serving who is sexually active it seems, would be in violation of the UCMJ and still face a court-martial or dismissal under UCMJ. Maybe the UCMJ has been changed and I don’t know it. I just don’t know. So, I guess in this training, it the UCMJ has not been changed, then Marines in the case of the story at #1 will be taught to turn in and report those violating the UCMJ? As far as I know, for example, adultery is still in violation of the UCMJ too. Anyway, read about the classes and/or training the US Marines will have to go to at link #1. Also, will the Afghans, with whom we are sending Marines on tea drinking missions with, know they are drinking tea with gays? I thought that was culturally insensitive to the Muslim religion, which forbids gays. Oh well, what do I know? Links from around the GWOT:
1.) U.S. Marines will be trained on how to interpret the UCMJ so gays can serve in the military without violating it. I guess all Marines at all levels will have to go to law school to figure out how gays can serve openly and not be in violation of the UCMJ. Of course, as far as I know adultery is against the UCMJ so heterosexuals can also face problems if they are married and commit adultery. Link:
2.) Wounded lance corporal taken off life support, shot in neck in Afghanistan:
3.) Marine 2nd Recon Sgt. killed in Afghanistan: