Archive for the ‘Operation New Dawn begins’ Category
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.”
3.) Wooward to media: Be aggressive with miltary:
4.) New generation of troops fighting in Afghanistan:
5.) Do civilians and/or the media have a right to attend military trials, case concerning investigator (civilian) Carolyn Martin:
6.) Engineering firm Lewis Berger fined over $60 million for work in war zones:
7.) Logistics Marine thanks God for life, earns 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?
The war goes on in Afghanistan, may American troops secure victory soon. Some Afghans suggest Americans are supporting Osama bin Laden, examples given in story at #2 about how US taxpayers are funding the Taliban. Links:
1.) Link about the Stryker Brigade with soldiers facing charges from Afghanistan tour. The commander was against counterinsurgency, said they were there to kill Taliban. Link:
2.) U.S. taxpayers funding the Taliban, Afghans think Americans are supporting BIn Laden. Link:
Another month at war for U.S. troops. Victory can’t come too soon. Meanwhile in Iraq, the campaign called Operation Iraqi Freedom ends and Operation New Dawn begins its campaign. I don’t know if it should be called Operation New Dawn or Operation Sunset.
God bless U.S. troops and may they have a victory soon in Afghanistan as they did in Iraq. I was disappointed in President Obama’s speech last night in that he did not award the IRAQ VICTORY MEDAL. I hope he issues it soon, those who want to see it issued soon should contact him and their other elected officials and get the IRAQ VICTORY MEDAL awarded to American troops.
Links from around the GWOT below.
1.) Operation New Dawn begins:
2.) Marine Mom perspective on war:
3.) Camp Pendleton Forces had lead role in Iraq:
4.) Army Reservists says unit not ready to deploy:
5.) Tennessee delegation confused, despondent about Afghanistan mission:
6.) Afghan troops learn rules of the road:
7.) Troops wonder: WTF are we doing in Afghanistan again?
President Obama gives a speech, and I hope awards the IRAQ VICTORY MEDAL to all American troops who served honorably there. What a morale booster that would be as they head back to war in Afghanistan.
In the meantime, more US troops died in Afghanistan today, the 3 day total is mounting, close to 20 now at last count.
1.) One of the latest American deaths in Afghanistan, member of CT National Guard, may he RIP:
2.) Master Sgt. killed in Afghanistan: look at all his awards; may he RIP and his death not be in vain:
3.) Gunnery Sgt. killed in Afghanistan: look at all his awards; may his death not be in vain, may he RIP:
RIP Marines: God bless you for fighting for our freedom