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At a war council meeting last night, Pres. Obama is supposed to be making his final plans on how many troops to send to Afghanitan, or if he is going to use more bombs and less troops. The later is my estimaton of what can and should be done. Stories from around  the GWOT. Links:

1.) Good story on attacks at Ft. Hood. Hearngs in the US Senate:

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.4842/pub_detail.asp

2.) Not everyone sold on troops being policemen in a battle zone:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2009/11/marine_cops_112309w/

3.) New MarSOC commander:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2009/11/marine_marsoc_112009w/

4.) Catch and release policy, which resulted in US troop deaths apparently, is now in effect in Afghanistan:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-afghan-taliban23-2009nov23,0,2892908.story?page=1

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Written by orangekite1

November 24, 2009 at 2:00 am

Afghanistan Today-The GWOT Hotspot-Nov. 23, 2009-Mon.

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The war in Afghanistan drags on, while U.S. troops in Iraq are closing up shop or so it seems.  Military Channel was showing last night a story on the Battle of Iwo Jima and the brave US Marines who led the charge.The U.S. must get serious about winning the war in Afghanistan, and then get out!

Links from around the Global War on Terrorism, the GWOT:

1.)  Canadian troops are led by a general who believes the war in Afghanistan can be won by handshakes and smiles, and without guns. I don’t think so, but here is their story:

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091122/national/afghan_cda_coin_2

2.) Meanwhile, British soldier in Afghanistan  is hit by sniper and lives; see photo of scars! Link:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1230024/Brave-British-soldier-tells-brush-death-shot-patrol-Afghanistan.html?ITO=1490

3.) Australian defense forces deny printed reports that their troops get hooked on drugs in Afghanitan and come back addicted:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00728.htm

4.)  More reports of troops becoming drug addicted in Afghanistan:

http://blog.taragana.com/health/2009/11/22/oz-troops-battling-cocaine-addiction-in-afghanistan-iraq-16143/

5.) $53 billion down the Iraq reconstruction rat-hole. We don’t have money, this is China’s money. Can the US afford to spend China’s money in Afghanitan? Link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/world/middleeast/21reconstruct.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

6.) Hero paratrooper mourned; died in Afghanistan trying to save supplies, fellow soldier:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/11/21/hero_paratrooper_mourned_remembered_in_plymouth

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7.) More nation building in Afghanistan; will it ever end? How much will this cost? Link:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/afghanistan/091120/afghanistan-agriculture-national-guard

8. Gracie greets her soldier! Great link of dog welcoming home her soldier! Link:

http://www.pawnation.com/2009/11/17/happiest-dog-ever-welcomes-home-soldier-dad/?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl2|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pawnation.com%2F2009%2F11%2F17%2Fhappiest-dog-ever-welcomes-home-soldier-dad%2F

9.) Marines reflect on duty, death in Afghanistan:

http://www.scpr.org/news/2009/11/20/marines-reflect-on-duty-death-in-afghanistan/

10.) Military generals cashing in after retirement; good enough to read again and contact your reps:

http://www.usatoday.com/NEWS/usaedition/2009-11-18-1Amentors18_CV_U.htm?csp=34

11.) Game of trade-offs in Afghanistan; various Obama options, check out photo:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/23/world/asia/23military.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y