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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?) 11-13-11-Sun.

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God bless our troops who secure our Constitutional freedoms, such as attending the church of my choice this morning. Pray for them as they wind down a victorious Iraq campaign and continue on toward victory in the Afghanistan campaign. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Republican presidential debate last night, rundown. I thought the only one who gave a coherent Afghanistan policy plan that I liked, was John Huntsman who said we should stop nation building there.MSNBC reported in the last few weeks that the US taxpayer is sending $2 billion dollars a week to Afghanistan. A billion is a thousand million. So, we are sending two thousand million dollars weekly!

Link:

http://www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/55254887/55497502/ANALYSIS_GOP_searches_for_voice_foreign_policy

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 11-11-11 VETERAN’S DAY

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God bless American veterans on this day, Veteran’s Day 2011. 11-11-11: God bless the USA. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) President Obama observes Veterans Day:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2011/11/ap-obama-observes-veterans-day-at-arlington-111111/

2.) Troops and hoops for Obama on a Navy warship:

http://www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/9000/55383105/Troops_and_hoops_for_Obama_on_a_Navy_warship/2

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot-8-14-10-Sat.

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Tomorrow is V-J Day, August 15, 1945. The day we celebrate V-A Day can’t come soon enough! Victory in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the Afghan survivor of the attack in which 10 Christian aid workers were killed tells his story.

God bless the USA and God bless our troops. May victory in Afghanistan come soon.

Also, I am still reflecting upon the movie I saw yesterday, and highly recommend, RESTREPO. Go see it! I will list the trailer again below. Captain Kearney and his Army Rangers give interviews after they returned to Italy, and there is extensive footage of the Afghan villagers we are trying to win the hearts and minds of, as well as combat footage. All Americans should see this movie for insight into what is going on in the war.

1.) Afghan survivor of attack that killed 10 Christian aid workers, including 6 Americans, tells his story:

http://rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/9000/18690438/AP_Exclusive_Afghan_attack_survivor_tells_story/full/

2.) RESTREPO: Excellent movie, highly recommended. Visuals are astounding, makes you understand what our troops are going through and where they are in Afghanistan. Extensive interviews with Captain Kearney and his men. Here is the trailer:

http://restrepothemovie.com/

3.) Editorial on the deaths of the aid workers in Afghanistan and the war there with the Taliban:

http://www.mlive.com/opinion/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/08/editorial_the_taliban_in_afgha.html

4.) Pentagon press to push out brass:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/12/AR2010081206232.html

Written by orangekite1

August 14, 2010 at 10:59 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

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot: 7-28-10-Wed.

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While the Wikileaks data still is coming out on Afghanistan, the US Congress voted to fund the war. Or, that might be fund the “wars” (undeclared) in Afghanistan and Iraq I believe.

The American troops on the ground continue to pay the price for our freedom. God bless them and God bless their families. The American Congress I heard now goes on six weeks of vacation. Maybe they could spend their vacation at a military hospital helping our war wounded, at a Wounded Warrior Barracks on a military base, or  out on patrols with the troops in Afghanistan, or helping those left in Iraq pack up and leave. In Afghanistan, the politicians who send them to war can try to win the hearts and minds of the Afghans. Just an idea, but I think these are ideas Congress should follow on their reported six-week vacation. (And I suppose the vacation is paid too?)

The sacrifice of our vets is shown by Kansas 3rd District Congressional Candidate in the Republican Primary. This is candidate Daniel Gilyeat who lost his leg in Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This U.S. Marine wants a new mission in the U.S. Congress! God bless our Marines!

The sacrifice of our vets is shown by former Marine, Daniel Gilyeat, Kansas 3rd District Congressional Candidate in the Republican Primary. Gilyeat lost his leg in combat in Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This U.S. Marine wants a new mission in the U.S. Congress! God bless our Marines coming back from the war and being willing to run for elected office!

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) NY Times opinion writer on the “maze” that is Afghanistan:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/opinion/28dowd.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

2.) Letterwriters have some very good points concerning the conflict in Afghanistan (I hate to call it a war because the US has not declared war, and our leaders continue to send our troops out with restricted rules of engagement which do not allow for US victory):

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/opinion/l28afghan.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

3.) $59 billion approved to spend on America’s two wars:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/world/28prexy.html

4.)  Another story on the war funding approved by the American Congress. It mentions debate over whether what they now call “Obama’s counterinsurgency strategy” can work:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/world/28prexy.html

5.) Another story on the war funding bill. I would ask: Will these billions of US tax dollars ensure VICTORY? Link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/27/AR2010072704655.html

6.) Marine Gen. Mattis before Congress, nominated to be Gen. Petraeus boss. I am not sure how he was nominated with his record in the Lt. Col. Chessani case and the undue command influence, I would think that this endangers all Marines who serve under him with the possibility of undue command influence if they ever had a trial. I guess we will find out how he performs as Petraeus’ boss if he is confirmed. I would like to know if he can lead the US warriors to victory? That is what matters, how soon he can lead the US to victory on the battlefield. As Petraeus’ boss, will Mattis immediately drop the restricted rules of engagement which prevent victory in Afghanistan? Maybe he can pull Lt. Col. Chessani out of retirement and put him on the battlefield to help lead the victory over Afghanistan. Link:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-07-28-mattis28_ST_N.htm

7.)  Another story of Marine Gen. Mattis. I just don’t know how he got nominated to be Army Gen. Petraeus’ boss with the undue command influence in the Lt. Col. Chessani case on Mattis’ record? I don’t know. I just hope if any of our troops face a trial in the future, that there will not be undue command influence and they can get a fair trial. But, better than that, I would like to see a VICTORY in Afghanistan and a quick win so US troops can come home. A question about this story: If Al-Qaeda is such a threat, why not DECLARE WAR and fight like it is a WAR and WIN?:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-27/al-qaeda-threatens-all-of-mideast-central-asia-u-s-general-mattis-says.html

8.) Navy culinary specialist kidnapped and missing in Afghanistan, another sailor killed in incident. I am not sure what a culinary specialist was doing traveling with only another sailor on dangerous Afghan roads, but the point remains that one was killed, and there are reports his body has been recovered, and the one sailor remains missing. May God comfort their families, and may the kidnapped sailor be found alive soon. Pray for his safe return. From the story:

“Newlove is a 2003 graduate of Seattle’s Chief Sealth High School. He spent five years on active duty in the Navy and was ranked as a culinary specialist, according to a Navy biography.”

Link:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012459380_missingsailor28m.html

9.) Report: What I saw at Moba Khan:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703977004575393523349648264.html

10.) France DOES declare WAR ON AL QAIDA! Link:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ga4XEojgZWdslYXywXNUjbZmpUTgD9H7JU5O1

Written by orangekite1

July 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot-Wed. 7-7-10

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The news out of Afghanistan remains grim. Today there are reports of a friendly fire incident where 5 Afghan soldiers were killed by a U.S. bombing strike. Buried in the story is the news that 3 American soldiers died in a roadside bomb. Where is the outrage that Afghans are killing Americans, not in friendly fire incidents, but on purpose? Who has been arrested and held accountable for the deaths of these U.S. troops?

Rest in Peace American troops killed in action, RIP to our 3 good and faithful soldiers. May God bless their families in this time of loss. Photo: July 2010, Lebanon Chapel, Wilmington, North Carolina

Rest in Peace: RIP to our 3 good and faithful soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan. May God comfort their families in this time of loss. Photo: July 2010, Lebanon Chapel, Wilmington, North Carolina

In the meantime, repercussions of the Iraq war continue, as well as the war itself as the U.S. leaves that country. Where are the Iraq Victory Medals for U.S. troops who served honorably? There is constant talk of how the U.S. won the Iraq war from the politicians who approved Gen. Petraeus’ demotion from head of Cent-Com to lead the Afghan war as Gen. McChrystal’s replacement. Petraeus had been McChrystal’s boss. Anyway, there is praise that Petraeus won the Iraq war.

Well, that happened, if it happened, because of the work of U.S. troops on the ground who fought restricted rules of engagement there, as well as had the detainee catch and release problem to deal with. If the U.S. won the Iraq War and Petraeus gets all the praise, then the Congress should prepare for the President to sign, an IRAQ VICTORY MEDAL for U.S. troops. Not a day should be wasted, not another day should go by before this medal is issued for our American heroes who served honorably in Iraq.

Also, not another day should go by before Gen. Petraeus drops the restricted rules of engagement and detainee catch and release in Afghanistan.

Contact your elected officials if you want change. The changes being: 1.) Iraq Victory Medal for U.S. troops who served honorably in Iraq.  2.) Drop restricted rules of engagement and detainee catch and release in Afghanistan, both of which could endanger U.S. troops and prevent an American victory in that county.

U.S. soldiers and Marines who are in the brig for actions in war should be given a clemency, just as the U.S. grants clemency to Taliban fighters. The clemency for Taliban fighters has been written about, and last night on MSNBC on Rachel Maddow show from Afghanistan she showed the ceremony.

Afghans who have apparently maimed or killed U.S. troops and who are in prison, or for other crimes against troops in this war, are allowed to “swear” they will not fight against Americans again, and released to their families. Then a village elder or some such also “swears” that the prisoner will not fight again. Then they are released to their family.

If this is done for the Afghans, then the U.S prisoners who are in the Leavenworth brig due to actions in war should be allowed the chance to swear off violence and that they will not attack Afghans or Iraqis again, and be released to their families.

God bless the USA and God bless American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

American flag flies against a dark sky in Wilmington, North Carolina, July 2010.

LONG MAY IT WAVE: American flag flies against a dark sky in Wilmington, North Carolina, July 2010.

Links:

1.) 3 U.S. troops killed by Afghan roadside bomb; 5 Afghan troops killed in NATO airstrike-a friendly fire incident. Link:

http://www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/9000/14345848/NATO_airstrike_accidentally_kills_5_Afghan_troops

2.) Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC from Afghanistan; click on links at site to view information on her Afghanistan reporting:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/