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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Sat. 7/21/12

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US troops are suffering the heat of another Afghanistan summer. In the meantime, US troops are still being killed and maimed and the US media pays them scant attention. In addition to the elements, the US troops fight with hands tied behind their back, with handcuffs on, with restricted rules of engagement getting innocent US troops killed and maimed. Contact your elected officials and maybe media outlets too after you read the story at link #1 by a Gold Star Father of a fallen Marine in Afghanistan who questions why there is a lack of media coverage, and why the casualty rates which have sky rocketed in Afghanistan on Obama’s watch, are not covered as in the previous 8 years of Bush. Why are US troops still suffering under a failed COIN (counter insurgency doctrine of nation building)? Why are US troops still dying and being maimed due to restricted rules of engagement, lack of air support, etc? Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Gold Star Father of Marine who recently fell in Afghanistan asks the above questions, why are innocent US troops suffering casualties, maiming and deaths under President Obama, the Commander-in-Chief’s COIN (counter insurgency nation building) theory?  Why are US troops denied air support? Contact your elected officials if you so desire. Link:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20120707/NEWS/707079900

2.) Full statement of Gold Star Father of Lcpl Hunter. The link above seemed to not be working some said, although it seems to work now. Anyway, here is the Gold Star Father’s statement in full:

Statement by the father of Lance Cpl. Hunter “H.D.” Hogan

Lance Cpl. Hunter “H.D.” Hogan entered the USMC 26 OCT. 2009.

He served with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

The most outstanding custom in the Marine Corps is simply “being a Marine” and all that it implies. Call it morale, call it esprit de corps, call it what you will — it is that pride which sets a United States Marine apart from the other armed services. It is not taught in manuals, yet it is the most impressive lesson a recruit learns in boot camp. It is not tangible, yet it has won fights against material odds. Perhaps Sen. Paul H. Douglas has best defined it:

“Those of us who have had the privilege of serving in the Marine Corps value our experience as among the most precious of our lives. The fellowship of shared hardships and dangers in worthy cause creates a close bond of comradeship. It is the basic reason for the cohesiveness of Marines and for the pride we have in our corps and our loyalty to each other.”

Lance Corporal Hunter “H.D.” Hogan was proud of his Corps and believed it to be second to none. He was loyal to his comrades and to the Marine Corps, adhering always to the motto Semper Fidelis, Always Faithful.

H.D. on his personal side was all about, as he said the 3 F’s… family, friends, and fun. With emphasis on fun! Hunter lived his life at 110 miles per hour. Whether it be his passion for rodeo and bucking horses, his enthusiasm hunting and fishing, or with his time in the Marine Corps.

H.D. had the ability to make people around him push themselves to be better at whatever they were doing. Be it with a quick-witted comment or on occasions with his brutally honest sharp tongue. Hunter was a man that people gravitated to. Recent comments that have been posted to his Facebook page trumpet one thing about this young man. Saying not that H.D. was my best friend in 2nd grade or in football or in high school rodeo. Going down the list of posts they all began or ended with H.D. was my best friend, period. And there are few better than him to have on your side.

Hunter had opportunities to college rodeo. He chose the Marine Corps instead. Saying that he just wanted to serve his country for 4 years and he’d get back to rodeing afterwards. In doing so it brought him into the love of his life, Brittney. He was never so happy as when they were married on December 29, 2010. For those of you who were blessed to be around them, you all knew that they were a perfectly matched couple. You could also see the true pure love that they had for each other.

We as family and friends of H.D. have all suffered a tremendous blow with the loss of this amazing young Hero. But through this tragedy some wonderful positives have begun to emerge.

His wife and father have decided as these positive things are popping up, that H.D.’s up in heaven with us all in a pot. And he’s occasionally reaching into it with a stick and giving it a quick little stir. Then sitting back with his crooked grin and giggling.

Hunter H.D. Hogan (pause) Fearless and Brave (pause) Man, he sure could Cowboy.

We as family and friends of Lance Cpl. Hogan and other service members, want to know why the media in our country has coddled instead of covered this Teflon coated administration!

We listened every night on the news for 8 years with the previous administration the casualty reports. With the present administration nothing is reported!

With the news of our recent loss of H.D. and others in his battalion, many people have made statements like “I didn’t think anything was going on there anymore.” “I thought the Marines were leaving there.” Etc. etc.

Here’s the statistics in Afghanistan for the 8 years of George Bush. The total killed in action under him is 660. Barack Obama in 3 years and 5 months the total killed in action is a total of 1,398.

Wounded under George Bush is 2,637 in 8 years. Wounded under Obama up to January 31st of this year is 11,529.

Why isn’t the media covering this instead of covering the protestors of these brave service men and women’s funerals?

The policies of this current administration and the rules of engagement are a huge factor with these casualty reports. The limited air and artillery support our men receive. The limited company level support such as motors, as well as the approval to return fire are hampering and adding to the danger they are in daily. Not to mention the severely limited night operations, that is approved, because it scares the Afghan people.

Let the military run the war. They are the professionals. Or get our people out of there.

How many more black walls full of names are we going to build?

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We would like to invite everyone out on July 20th and 21st to Junction Motor Speedway in McCook, Neb. where the H.D. Hogan Memorial Bull Ride will be held on that Friday and Saturday night. A huge tribute to the Armed Forces will be held both nights with donations made to the H.D. Hogan Memorial Rodeo Scholarship Fund with Cornerstone Bank.

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Written by orangekite1

July 21, 2012 at 12:27 am

Posted in Afghanistan

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