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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 1-5-12-Thurs.

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The war drags on in Afghanistan. God bless American troops. Links from around the GWOT:

1.)  Last Haditha defendant stands trial:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/01/ap-marine-frank-wuterich-last-hadithah-defendant-stand-trial-010412/

2.) Pilot alleged to have killed 3, then himself, including fellow pilot and sister:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/01/navy-shooting-coronado-murder-suicide-pilots-010412w/

3.) Removing gear from Afghanistan proves difficult:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/01/ap-afghanistan-removing-gear-proves-difficult-010312/

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January 5, 2012 at 12:12 am

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Wed. 12-28-11

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Another holiday season past us, another new year dawning. For U.S. troops in Afghanistan, it’s another day, another year at war. God bless American troops and may they secure victory soon and return home. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Marine General Mattis, head of Central Command offers guidelines on operations on Pakistan border. Again, the story refers to Pakistan’s lawless border area. If the area is “lawless” then it is not under the control of Pakistan. Why is it “lawless”? Link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/top-general-orders-commanders-to-improve-coordination-with-pakistan-correct-maps-of-border/2011/12/27/gIQA2LWwKP_story.html

2.) No welcome home parade planned for US troops this story says. I again wrote my elected officials and Pres. Obama and asked for not only a parade for Iraq war vets who served honorably, but also an IRAQ VICTORY MEDAL with motto: VICTORY THROUGH STRENGTH:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/27/as-iraq-war-ends-no-parad_n_1171414.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl4%7Csec3_lnk1%26pLid%3D123364

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Sat. 12-17-11

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The countdown to Christmas begins for Americans. Shopping, eating, spending, and going about in all the hustle and bustle that is the commercial Christmas season in America, while our troops in Afghanistan secure our freedom, warmed by their camaradie and dedication to our country, the silent warriors, defending our freedoms and securing our Constitutional rights. May God bless them and God bless the USA. Links from around the GWOT:

1.)  While operations in Afghanistan continue for American troops, the long war in Iraq comes to an end of its campaign, first the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and then the end of Operation New Dawn. The only remaining U.S. troops it has been reported in Marine Corps Times and other media outlets, are the approximately 50 Marine Security Guards at the US Embassy. There are reports that 16,000 Americans will remain in Iraq though, part of a contract security detail outside the Embassy Walls to escort and protect diplomatic staff, and to provide security to the State Department staff. At least, that is how I am reading it. Link to a story here about the end of US military operations in Iraq. I am asking my elected oficials and President Obama to authorize an IRAQ VICTORY MEDAL for those who served honorably there, with the motto: VICTORY THROUGH STRENGTH. Link:

http://www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/55254887/57803235/Iraq_A_war_of_muddled_goals_painful_sacrifice

2.) 3,170 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan era living in a six country area around Kansas City being paid earned VA disability payments. I have been contacting my elected officials and presidents for some time now, stating that the injury rate is unsustainable and leaders of our troops in war need to be made aware that getting our troops injured like this is not acceptable and required new tactics. God bless our troops, especially say a prayer for our injured. Link:

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/12/16/3324432/veteran-benefits-inflate-rising.html

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 11-30-11-Wed.

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The war goes on in Afghanistan, while America’s involvement in Iraq comes to an end soon, at the end of December 2011. There is an end date for the Afghanistan War in 2014.

1.) Iran gets in the picture now, attacks British Embassy in Tehran. Link:

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/11/30/islamic-republic-bites-back/?utm_source=FrontPage+Magazine&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5ff817b2cb-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN

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?) 10-21-11

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While U.S. troops are still in Afghanistan, our troops in Iraq are leaving that country per an agreement made by George W. Bush before he left office. God bless our troops. A true statement about the failure of nation building in Afghanistan needs to be dealt with immediately. The U.S. troops who served honorably in Iraq need to be awarded an IRAQ VICTORY MEDAL with the motto on the flip side: VICTORY THROUGH STRENGTH. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Meanwhile back in Iraq….all U.S. troops will leave that country by 12-31-11. President Obama made the announcement today. Link:

http://www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/9000/53968817/Iraq_war_over_US_troops_coming_home_Obama_says

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot-11-6-10 Sat.

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The war goes on in Afghanistan, while our President, the Commander-in-Chief, takes a trip to India, then off to his former childhood homeland, Indonesia.

The war in Iraq is off the radar, but troops are still there. The story at #1 is from April, 2008, but I just ran across it and don’t recall this happening. A former U.S. Marine who became a security contractor was kidnapped in Iraq, then found murdered. I wonder if the enemy who murdered him has been captured and held accountable for his actions? Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Back to Iraq, a story from 2008 about a former Marine, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq, where he went as a contractor. I wonder if the murderer of this former Marine has been found and held accountable for his actions? Link and from the story:

http://www.redding.com/news/2008/apr/13/munns-funeral-services-begin-protesters-show/?print=1

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Vince Noble, who served with Munns in Iraq and who was in attendance at the church with a number of Marines who served in the same platoon with Munns, said the huge crowd that filled the church was the young man’s legacy and a testament to his leadership and character.

“I’m a better person knowing him,” he said, adding that he will also always remember him.”

2.) From a couple of years ago, Army Col. John Nicholson (since promoted to Brig. Gen. and now is assistant to Gen. Petraeus) said the first Marine Special Ops unit, MARSOC-FOX, was intent on tracking and killing insurgents in Afghanistan. He also apologized to Afghans and said he is “ashamed” of the Marines. This story shows what is wrong with military wartime leadership. THAT IS WHAT MARINES ARE SUPPOSED TO DO: track and kill insurgents!!  That’s what our armed Predator Drones do too: track and kill insurgents, so is there a problem with this too? How could he now be promoted after this, and assist Petraeus? The Marines were exonerated and no charges filed. The Army Colonel who again criticizes the Marines the story says, has since been promoted. From the story and link:

Col. John Nicholson: “…the Marines seemed intent on tracking and killing insurgents.”

http://www.socnet.com/archive/index.php/t-75373.html

3.) Wooward to media: Be aggressive with miltary:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/11/military-bob-woodward-110510w/

4.) New generation of troops fighting in Afghanistan:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/11/ap-new-generation-of-troops-inherit-long-Afghan-war-110410/

5.) Do civilians and/or the media have a right to attend military trials, case concerning investigator (civilian) Carolyn Martin:

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/columnists/rogers/article_0a285517-e0d3-59da-afa3-0edd09c5bd4b.html

6.) Engineering firm Lewis Berger fined over $60 million for work in war zones:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/06/world/asia/06contractor.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

7.) Logistics Marine thanks God for life, earns Purple Heart:

http://lejeunedeployed.freedomblogging.com/2010/11/05/marine-thanks-god-for-life-speechless-for-purple-heart/

8.) Detainee catch and release in Afghanistan. I wonder if any of these detainees who were released, the number is up to 500 now it says, murdered or attempted to murder U.S. troops?

http://www.centcom.mil/press-releases/afghan-leaders-call-for-peace-as-14-detainees-released-at-helmand-shura?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsCentcomLatestNewsFeed+%28US+CENTCOM+Latest+News+Feed%29