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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Sat. 8-13-11

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Another summer is winding down, some school districts are already back in session soon in the USA, but in Afghanistan it is just another season of battle for U.S troops who labor under restricted rules of engagement. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) ¬†Questions as to whether last weekend’s Seal mission was necessary:

http://www.nationaljournal.com/mission-unnecessary–20110811

2.) The Johnson County Sun newspaper had in their print edition, the following editorial written on the opinion page of this Kansas newspaper, and it appears online below. This editorial by the Sun’s editorial board questions U.S. actions in Afghanistan, and gives a path to victory. I agree with it and believe it is one of the finest opinion pieces about the Afghanistan war that I have read. I passed it on to my elected officials and President Obama. Read it for yourself below, you may want to send to your elected officials:

“Honoring the Fallen”

From the story:

While we always will support our military troops, we cannot help but criticize the way in which presidents Bush and Obama along with their military advisers have conducted these wars.

The best way our government can honor those who have served and especially those who have given their lives, is to strike the enemy with swift and total vengeance in order to bring the war quickly to an end and our troops home.

They, and this nation, deserve nothing less.

http://prewww.kccommunitynews.com/johnson-county-sun-opinion/28811356/detail.html

Written by orangekite1

August 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (the Afghanistan Scandal?) 8-8-11- Mon.

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Friends and family remember the U.S. troops killed this weekend, when an American helicopter was shot down killing 30 US troops, including 22 Navy Seals. Links from around the GWOT:

1.)  Friends and family members of the U.S. troops killed in a helicopter shoot down this weekend remember them:

http://www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/9000/48103328/Family_friends_remember_fallen_fighters_as_heroes

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 8-6-11-Sat.

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A sad day as first thing this morning I got a text informing me of the shoot down of the U.S. helicopter with Navy Seals on board, killing 31 total troops. A later quote was sent to me with the simple statement and link at #1 below, “Someone talked…” Later, when I read this story at #1 I see it was members of Seal Team 6, the team that went in and killed Bin Laden. Some are saying, “Osama’s revenge”…. God bless our troops. We need leaders with a culture of victory they can instill in the troops they lead. We have had Marines in Sangin, Afghanistan, pinned down and enveloped (flanked) and trapped and still DENIED AIR STRIKES that would kill the enemy and save their lives and limbs. If we would allow these Marines to have killed the enemy then, we might not have had this shoot down today. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Taliban shoot down Chinook helicopter with members of Seal Team 6 aboard, killing 31 troops:

Someone talked…

‘Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan Kills Members of SEAL Team 6’

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/08/06/afghan-president-31-americans-killed-in-helicopter-crash/?test=latestnews

2.) Got this on a Google update on Afghanistan, otherwise I don’t go to Al Jazerra’s web site. This is a very sobering list of helicopter crashes in Afghanistan:

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/08/201186102131244458.html

3.) Fallen MARSOC Marine, father speaks, remembers:

http://www.wayneindependent.com/features/x919514676/Fallen-Hero-remembered-Staff-Sgt-Patrick-Dolphin