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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 10-14-12-Sun.

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Another Sunday at war while those of us in America can attend the church of our choice, our troops are still stuck in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Pray for their quick victory and return home immediately, not in 2014, but now, as soon as a quick victory is achieved. We should have done this for sure after Bin Laden was killed by President Obama. The speech that night should have said as a result, US troops were returning home from Afghanistan and bringing our money with them. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) An interesting take on the NY Times call for the US to leave Afghanistan now. 45% of US troops applying for disability benefits it says. Hundreds of thousands more have PTSD from combat stress. Link:

http://rupeenews.com/2012/10/nyt-says-time-to-pack-up/

2.)  Now U.S. Marines install machine guns around Camp Bastion. The Marine base Camp Leatherneck is next to the British Camp Bastion. Link:

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/351963/Tighter-guard-at-Bastion

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October 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Sat. 9-15-12

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God bless American Marines guarding US Embassies worldwide. And God bless the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Marines going in to back them up in real hot spots around the world. Links from around the GWOT:

1) FAST Marines sent in to back up US Marine Security Guards at Embassies world-wide:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/14/marines-deployed-yemen-after-anti-us-protesters-tr/

2.) FAST Marines are sent to Libya to back up US Marine Security Guards there:

http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2012/09/12/1203676?sac=fo.military

3.) Marine FAST Unit sent to Sudan to back up Marine Security Guards at US Embassy. Link:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/14/us-sends-marines-to-yemen-after-embassy-attack-protests-spread/

4.) Camp Leatherneck attacked in Afghanistan, while British Prince Harry is at Camp Bastion next to the American Marine base. Two U.S. Marines reported to be killed. Also reports that there is a lot of damage on the base. Link:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/14/us-sends-marines-to-yemen-after-embassy-attack-protests-spread/

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 12-25-11-Sunday

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U.S. troops celebrate Christmas in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan again this year, as the drawdown there has already begun. Within two years they are supposed to be gone in 2014, just like U.S. troops are out of Iraq. God bless American troops in Afghanistan as they celebrate the Christian tradition of Christmas in a foreign land. Links from around the GWOT  and Merry Christmas! Links:

1.) Meanwhile, cyber security remains in the news with Stratfor, a US security think tank being hacked:

http://www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/55254887/58321610/Hackers_target_US_security_think_tank

2.) After 10+ years things seem the same, another suicide bomber at a funeral in Afghanistan, killing 19:

http://www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/9000/58326516/Suicide_bomber_strikes_Afghan_funeral_killing_19

3.) The Pope calls for peace, Muslim extremists answer with bombings at Catholic church in Nigeria. God bless Christians under attack this Holy Day and every day around the world. Link:

http://www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/9000/58324167/Nigerian_blasts_mar_popes_Christmas_peace_appeal

4.) British troops mark Christmas in Helmand, Afghanistan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16328386

5.) Marine point man on patrols survives, returns home for Christmas:

http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Brookfield-Marine-trades-danger-for-family-this-2423670.php

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December 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 12/9/11-Fri.

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The workweek ends for most Americans, another weekend to relax, attend church, and attend to home and family. But for American troops in Afghanistan the war continues. Our British allies are also paying the price of COIN (counterinsurgency) or nation building in Afghanistan. God bless our troops. Links from around the GWOT:

1.)  British soldier dies after being injured in Afghanistan:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16120334

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December 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 10-19-11-Wed.

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Another day at war for U.S. troops. God bless them. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Despite massive amounts of foreign aid from U.S. taxpayers, Afghanistan remains one of the most poverty stricken countries on earth. Link:

http://features.rr.com/photo/05sA8eL2U29xT?q=Afghanistan

2.)  British inquest into death of one of their soldiers in Afghanistan. Another verdict of unlawful killing. Now, may the murderer be arrested and held accountable for his actions in this unlawful killing. Link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-15370803

3.) The Vietnam Plan for Afghanistan:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2011/10/ap-allen-new-op-targets-afghan-haqqani-network-101911/

4.) “Last Men Out” by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin is an excellent book I am now reading about the true story of America’s heroic final hours in Vietnam. Tells a lot about the Marine Security Guards (MSG’s) stationed at the US Embassy in Saigon. Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Men-Out-Americas-Vietnam/dp/1439161011

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Wed. 2-9-11

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British troops are dying in Afghanistan, along with Americans, as you can read about at story link #1. God bless American troops and our British allies, may this soldier RIP. An inquiry was held in the UK into his April 1 death. The British soldier was only 19 years old. It does not say whether the murderer was captured and held accountable for his actions, or if the murder case has been solved. I hope the murderer is arrested and off the streets so he does not murder other US or British troops.

1.) Inquiry in the UK into murder of 19-year-old British soldier in Afghanistan:

http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2011/02/09/soldier-19-killed-in-action-by-bomb-61634-28138519/

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February 9, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Afghanistan Today-the GWOT Hotspot-Fri. 8-6-10

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Another workweek ends for Americans but the fight goes on for troops in Afghanistan. That is Americans who have jobs, as the unemployment numbers came out, still hovering at 9.5% with what are reported as massive job losses.

The British troops are hard at work, as described in story #1. British Royal Marine saved by his body armour. In the meantime U.S Army General Petraeus issues orders to U.S. troops, and I have asked my representative and senators, as well as President Obama, Commander-in-Chief if they are illegal, for them to remove their ballistic glasses, often called “Oakleys” (a brand name) which are issued for their protection to keep shrapnel, debris, sunlight, and anything else harmful out of their eyes and preventing blindness. In addition to blindness, the shrapnel could travel into the brain causing brain damage. I asked them to clarify this order to remove protective gear which US taxpayers are paying for to protect our troops vision and lives, and let me know if it is an illegal order.

1.)  British Royal Marine saved by his body armor:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2010/08/06/scots-soldier-reveals-taliban-bullet-deflected-off-my-armour-and-through-my-arm-and-i-didn-t-feel-a-thing-86908-22468846/

2.) Three British brothers all serving in Afghanistan:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1300860/Meet-real-Band-Brothers-Three-siblings-fight-country-Afghanistan-time.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

3.) Marine General Mattis confirmed by Senate to be head of CENTCOM and be Army General Petraeus’ boss. We will see how this all works out. A quick victory needs to be planned by these two, and our troops brought home. Link:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/08/ap_military_mattis_centcom_080510/

4.) Defense budget cuts to pay for teacher bailout:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/08/military_teacherbailout_defensebudget_080610w/

5.) U.S. represented at Hiroshima, first time in 65 years-Obama Administration sends U.S. Ambassador. Maybe somebody in the Obama Administration should ask China about how the Japanese slaughtered them in WWII, and go ask the Korea’s what the Japanese did to them in WWII, and ask the Bataan Death March survivors what the Japanese did to them in WWII, ask the US Marines held prisoner by the brutal Japanese when they served in China how they were treated. It was the Japanese who started this war with the attack on Pearl Harbor. Let’s get the Obama Administration up to speed before he goes over there to bow down as he has done and is photographed bowing down to various countries. Link:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/08/ap_wwii_hiroshima_memorial_080510/

6.) U.S. troops are issued combat eye protection,  when deploying. Is it illegal to be ordered to remove it in a war zone? I have asked my senators, representative, and President Obama and will find out.

Link: (about combat eye protection)

http://www.crdamc.amedd.army.mil/default.asp?page=crc_goggles

7.) VISION READY IS MISSION READY. So, U.S. troops should not remove their ballistic glasses in a war zone despite the fact Gen. Petraeus orders them to remove their safety gear, their ballistic glasses?

http://www.spangdahlem.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123137858

8.) Former Quincy Cop on Terror Suspect’s Hit List:

http://www.patriotledger.com/news/cops_and_courts/x312166978/Former-Quincy-cop-on-terror-suspect-s-hit-list

9.) DoD/VA Vision Centers of Excellence (our troops must keep on their ballistic glasses in war zones, so they have a better chance to stay out of the Vision Centers of Excellence) Link:

http://www.health.mil/News_And_Multimedia/News/detail/10-03-01/Director_of_the_DoD_VA_Vision_Center_of_Excellence_to_Deliver_Keynote_Address_at_the_American_Optometric_Association’s_Congressional_Advocacy_Conference.aspx