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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Sun. 7-31-11

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Heat fills the air in much of the USA, along with talk of our national debt. At the same time our troops face incredible heat in Afghanistan, spending money we do not have doing such things as building a high school with U.S. tax dollars in violent Sangin, Afghanistan. Marine Corps Times reported in its 25 July 2011 issue that in Sangin, 50 U.S. Marines have stepped on land mines resulting in 100 deaths and injuring of Marines. I do not believe we should be spending money we don’t have there on a high school when they don’t turn over who killed or maimed our Marines. The money should go to pay for their lifetime care, not to building a high school in Sangin. The US is out of money. We can’t waste money like this anymore. It is immoral anyway, to reward a village like this when our troops are suffering. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) This is the culture that U.S. troops are supposed to respect? Going along with that faulty COIN (counter insurgency, nation building theory) then we should “respect” the father of this young Afghan woman (who “believes” she is 17 because records are not kept!) who wants her killed and her boyfriend? Read the story for details:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/world/asia/31herat.html?pagewanted=2&tntemail1=y&_r=1&emc=tnt

2.) Two NATO troops killed in Afghanistan:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/world/asia/31afghanistan.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

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July 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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Afghanistan Today the GWOT Hotspot-(The Afghanistan Scandal?) 7-30-11-Sat.

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Another month of war almost at an end. And the months keep piling up, soon it will be ten years since the 9-11-01 attacks. God bless American troops. May they secure victory and come home. Links from around the GWOT:

1.)  Video of US Marines on patrol in deadly and dangerous Sangin, Afghanistan:

http://www.afghanistan-news.us/marines-in-afghanistan-foot-patrol-with-charlie-15-2nd-platoon-in-sangin/

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July 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Fri. 7-29-11

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Our American troops in Afghanistan face dusty, dangerous, hot days, keep them in your prayers.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Gold Star father, and retired Marine John Bernard writes about the Norway shooting, and the latest Ft. Hood incident:

http://letthemfight.blogspot.com/2011/07/media-absurdity-and-knee-jerk-analysis.html

2.) Female Engagement Teams in Sangin, Afghanistan. These are women Marines such as the supply clerk interviewed in this story.

As I am reading this, I think of a Marine Corps Times story I read yesterday, as I received my print issue in the mail, featured on the cover, saying: “Inside Sangin: On the Ground in the Corps Deadliest AO” (AO= Area of Operations).

The story states, “Although they’ve unearthed nearly 400 unexploded bombs, more than 50 have been detonated by Marines on foot patrols, killing and wounding more than 100 troops.”

I have to wonder who is providing security for these women Marines? Afghan soldiers? This story about the FET does not say. It raises other questions in that it states the U.S. Marines are respecting Afghan culture, but why aren’t Afghans respecting American culture? Link:

http://sharing.govdelivery.com/bulletins/GD/USDOD-15C64C

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July 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 7-28-11-Thurs.

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A heat wave continues across much of America while our troops face oppressive heat, and incredible danger in Afghanistan, as they secure our freedom.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.)  The mayor of a major city in Afghanistan is assassinated by the member of the Taliban who hid his suicide bomb in his turban. Link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/world/asia/28afghanistan.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

2.) Harvest Hawk adds offensive edge, I might add the rest of the story: If the commander on the ground is allowed to have this offensive edge, often they are turned down for any air support. Google “Dakota Meyer” and see if his unit received the air power they needed? The answer is NO! (And U.S. troops died because of the denial of support.) He will be awarded the Medal of Honor. LET’S GIVE OUR TROOPS THE OFFENSIVE EDGE THEY NEED TO SECURE VICTORY IN AFGHANISTAN! Link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/world/asia/28afghanistan.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y 

3.) Second Ft. Hood attack planned?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/report-u-s-soldier-arrested-in-possible-plot-to-attack-ft-hood-again/

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July 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 7-28-11-Wed.

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Well into another week in a war zone for U.S. troops. May they secure victory soon and come home. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Questions into discharges for injured troops. I just wonder if maybe the injured troops who want to stay active duty could be assigned to the Pentagon and all the officers and others there who are able bodied could go to the war zone, and drink tea and talk to the people of Sangin, Afghanistan. I think the able bodied should be in Sangin. If a service member wants to stay active duty, they could be assigned to the Pentagon. Just an idea. Link:

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/07/military-veterans-wounded-limbo-murray-mccaskill-072611w/

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July 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal) 7-26-11-Tue.

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American troops continue the fight in Afghanistan. They need our prayers and support. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Rundown of military action all over Afghanistan. With the U.S. out of money I don’t know how we can fund this. Link:

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64790

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July 26, 2011 at 12:25 am

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Mon. 7-25-11

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Another month of war for US troops is winding down. God bless them, and may they come home in victory soon. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) US military prisoners at Ft. Leavenworth had a “mutiny” of sorts, read the story for details. There are several there from actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Link:

http://www.military.com/news/article/mutinied-leavenworth-inmates-face-more-time.html?ESRC=marine-a.nl

2.) US tax dollars go to fund the Taliban. We are broke. Contact your elected officials. We cannot afford this any loner, morally or financially. Link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-trucking-funds-reach-taliban-military-led-investigation-concludes/2011/07/22/gIQAmMDUXI_story.html?wpisrc=al_national

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July 25, 2011 at 2:47 am

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