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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 3-16-13-Sat.

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Another weekend at war, pray for American troops. Bring American troops home  now and our money with them.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Afghans object to US troop presence:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/world/asia/objections-to-us-troops-intensify-in-afghanistan.html?_r=0

2.) Another US helicopter down, more US deaths:

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/03/16/2432250/us-helicopter-crashes-in-afghanistan.html

3.) The US gives $2 billion to fund military pensions: of Pakistani soldiers! (Restore Marine Corps Tuition Assistance now!)

First I heard this. The US gave $2 billion to fund the pensions of soldiers: the soldiers of Pakistan!!!!

Bring back Tuition Assistance now for US Marines, its cost is reported to be $50 million a year for 30,000 Marines, or which 25,000 are enlisted.

Link:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8864711/retreat-into-danger/

From the story:

In the time-honoured tradition of frontier politics, the Pakistanis have demanded the payment of hefty bribes to guarantee the safe passage of Nato men and equipment — although Americans already make a $2 billion contribution into the pension pot of the Pakistani military. And even if we roll over and let ourselves be blackmailed by Pakistan, there is still no real guarantee of safe transit. Withdrawal has only just begun, and the Taleban has already made targeting Nato convoys one of its main priorities. Then there is the Pakistani corruption factor to be considered: Canadian officials estimate around a quarter of their equipment went missing while in transit through Pakistan when they withdrew in 2011.

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Written by orangekite1

March 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

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