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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/

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