Archive for the ‘Raiders’ Category
While parts of the USA await a blizzard, US troops still face danger and cold in Afghanistan. Pray for victory for American troops and that US leaders, both military and civilian, will focus on VICTORY THROUGH STRENGTH. The US no longer has the funds to carry out a long occupation and nation building. Win and bring the troops home long before the 31 December 2014 deadline for victory. Links from around the GWOT:
1.) American Marines in MARSOC (Special Operation Marines) describe their role in a Philippine rescue of Filipino special operators. Note the award given to the MARSOC Marine: What is this? Some defense contractor award? Read the story for details. Are the contractors moving to the Philippines to drum up business as the Afghanistan Scandal winds down? God bless American troops. Let’s get civilian and military officials in there who have integrity and who are not going to retire and work for a defense contractor. In these times of budget cuts and tight budgets, and the end of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan is it time to disband MARSOC like the Marine Raiders were disbanded at the end of WWII? It seems to me with the huge budget of the Army compared to the Marines and the Navy budget, the Navy SEALS and Army Rangers and Army Green Berets can handle the Special Operations work now that the wars are over. This would save money and much duplication, and with the Marine Corps shrinking, allow these MARSOC Marines to get back into the fleet and doing what Marines do: TRAIN TO WIN WARS, and when called to war: WIN THE WARS. Link:
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:
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:
3.) Editorial on the deaths of the aid workers in Afghanistan and the war there with the Taliban:
4.) Pentagon press to push out brass:
Another Friday at war, with a second troops surge going to Afghanistan soon, led by the Marines. If they won’t let the soldiers and Marines there fight and have air strikes and use artillery, what good will sending more troops who can’t shoot do?
Restricted rules of engagement must be dropped before sending this second troop surge. We should have learned that from the first troop surge of 21,000–with restricted ROE and lack of air strikes not enough enemy fighters were killed and now we need 30,000 more to make the total of surge troops for first and second surge 51,000. 21,000 from March 27, 2009 strategy and 30,000 from Dec 1, 2009 strategy.
Before coming up with the second surge strategy which was announced on Tuesday, did anyone study and see what role the restricted rules of engagement for the first surge had on killing the enemy? If not enough enemy fighters were killed, then perhaps before second surge of 30,000 troops, restricted ROE must be dropped.
With this second surge, they should start-up the Marine Raiders again and get them going, as they will ‘complete the job’ or whatever the President wants done. Since we have an end date, send in the Raiders! I know we have MarSOC Marines, but they are were thrown out of a war for doing their job, in error, and were exonerated, but those who threw them out have yet to face their punishment for their wrong decisions to show weakness to the enemy in throwing out the Marines. Therefore, the Real Marine Raiders need to be started again by President Obama if he wants to get this war won in 18 months.
Links from around the GWOT, the Global War on Terrorism:
1.) Canada has captured enemy fighters: Afghanistan will not take them. This is a dangerous situation for U.S. surge troops already there, 21,000 of them, and the 30,000 who are coming, plus other American troops already there as they may face these enemy fighters on the battlefield if Afghanistan will not put them in prison. This is unacceptable. Link:
2.) U.S. troops again involved in supporting one religion over another, building mosques and repairing them in Afghanistan. I believe this violates the spirit of “separation of church and state”? Why are U.S. taxpayers paying for building or repairing a religious structure in any country? I have asked my representatives this and received no answer yet as this is not the first time I have read about American troops repairing or constructing mosques with U.S. tax dollars. Are U.S. troops building synagogues and churches in Afghanistan too? Furthermore, I have noted that many official U.S. military publications and online such as the official Marine Corps web page dateline their news stories “The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.” I wrote my senators and representative and asked them for clarification on this, but am still waiting for a response. I just questioned how U.S. tax dollars in the billions can go into promoting one religion over another? What business do non-Muslim U.S. troops have in an “Islamic Republic” because by being non-Islamic they do not have the same equal rights of Muslims. How can U.S. democracy be promoted in an “Islamic Republic”? Furthermore, just what does it mean, “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan?”
I also want to know why the U.S. military is giving out their attack plans? In addition, why aren’t they using MORE BOMBS, LESS TROOPS if the roads to Marja are laced with landmines, and the terrorists are there inside the city? Just bomb it and save the legs and lives of U.S. troops. This is a no-brainer it seems.
3.) Logistics plays key role in second U.S. surge into Afghanistan:
4.) Rep. Duncan Hunter defends Navy Seals:
5.) Navy Seals face charges, will terrorist testify?
Yesterday, President Obama gave his strategy speech for Afghanistan and announced 30,000 troops will be sent. He did mention the new strategy does not include an open-ended nation building experiment.
God bless and protect our troops going for this second surge. 21,000 troops were sent in the first surge and for the strategy announcement by Obama 3-27-09.
1.) Families react to Pres. Obama’s second Afghanistan surge, first surge announced 3-27-09 of 21,000 and this second surge of 30,00 troops. Link:
2.) Navy Seals face charges:
Another month at war has come to an end. The month ends, but the war goes on. It’s now December and so many American troops face another Christmas at war. Let’s let or troops WIN the war so they can all be home for Christmas next year.
A presidential speech by Obama tomorrow should explain the change in Afghanistan strategy since the last speech and first troop surge March 27,2009.
Here are my suggestions for victory in Afghanistan, total victory with unconditional enemy surrender:
a.) Start up the Marine Raiders again. We have battle hardened majors and captains who can lead them just like in WWII, and let them do the things they did in WWII to WIN THE WAR! If Pres Obama announces this tomorrow, that will be progress: Start up the Marine Raiders again.
b.) More bombs, less troops. Any general who tells Pres. Obama we cannot “kill our way to victory” should hear Obama’s answer: “Sure we can,” and he can remind them of WWII.
With the activation by Pres. Obama of the Marine Raiders again, and the policy of MORE BOMBS, LESS TROOPS, Obama should have complete and total surrender of the enemy and victory in hand in Afghanistan so we can bring our troops home. He will be one of the most popular presidents ever if he follows this advice and WINS THE WAR. Then he needs to issue IRAQ VICTORY MEDALS for all Operation Iraqi Freedom vets, along with AFGHANISTAN VICTORY MEDALS for Operations Enduring Freedom vets who saw time in Afghanistan. God bless our troops! On to complete victory and total surrender of the enemy!
1.) Road to Torkham. The road many travel on Afghanistan-Pakistan border. President needs to have the Marine Raiders take care of the problems of terrorists on this road. I am sure they would have the road cleared in short order. He can also send the newly re-activated Marine Raiders to solve the Somali pirate problem. With the Marine Raiders to take care of the pirates, there won’t be a Somali pirate problem for long.
2.) Thank God for U.S. Marines: this is how they live and die, to support us and keep us free. Some are at Camp Dwyer, Afghanitan:
3.) President Obama’s new strategy for Afghanistan and troops to be deployed:
From the speech, sounds like it’s is a no-go for open-ended nation building:
“Indeed, some call for a more dramatic and open-ended escalation of our war effort, one that would commit us to a nation-building project of up to a decade. I reject this course because it sets goals that are beyond what can be achieved at a reasonable cost and what we need to achieve to secure our interest.”
Americans could go to church today and celebrate the first week of Advent, thanks to our troops and their sacrifice to keep us free. Please pray for our troops so they can have leaders who lead them in victory, and not to die for defeat.
One thing President Obama can do in his speech Tuesday where he is supposed to announce his second surge to Afghanistan of 34,000, along with his first surge of 21,000 for a total surge of 55,000 troops, in addition to American troops already there, and the NATO and troops from other countries, is to announce he is REACTIVATING THE MARINE RAIDERS. This is something that needs to be done! They should have the LARGE RAIDER flag on their vehicles and when the terrorists see that coming they run to dismantle any IED’s!! The Marine Raiders could also be used to END the pirate problem. Put the Marine Raiders on the job. If he does not announce the reactivation of the Marine Raiders to win the war, then I have decided the surge is just to nation-build and not to kill the enemy to win the war.
Various stories from around the Global War on Terrorism, the GWOT:
1.) Marine Raiders photo from WWII. Let’s bring them back and get this war in Afghanistan won! Link:
2.) Marine Raider emblem: Bring back the Marine Raiders and make this skull emblem into a huge flag to be displayed on their vehicles and let’s go on to victory in Afghanistan. No nation building. Link:
3.) Marine Raiders and their War Dogs, I say: BRING THEM BACK, we should get NEW Raiders, battle hardened Marines sent in to kill the enemy just like the WWII Raiders. Until we have the Marine Raiders back, we will not have victory in Afghanistan:
4.) World War II Marine Raiders story:
5.) James Roosevelt, eldest son of the president Franklin Roosevelt, led the Marine Raiders, as described at this post. These units need to be started up again today to win the war in Afghanistan and put an end to the pirate situation at sea. President Obama has the opportunity now to start the Marine Raiders again to win the war. He gives a speech Tuesday, we will see if he wants to win the war against the pirates and the war in Afghanistan, or if he wants to nation build and hand out contracts for another 10+ years without victory. Link:
6.) Pizza shop where piazzas are taken out and baked at home accepts food stamps. Link from a blog I ran across. It applies to the GWOT in that our tax dollars are being drained all around. Domestic programs such as this, all legal, as it is take and bake pizza, and then all the billions spent in Iraq, and now with nation building being proposed for Afghanistan, how much longer can our country afford a military operation with many injuries, deaths, and passing out money? That’s how I tie it together. We are sending troops to war on credit from China, and domestically spending is sky rocketing with programs such as this one where pizzas can be bought with food stamps, proposed Cap and Tax program, proposed health insurance purchases for the uninsured which will cost billions if not trillions. Interesting link:
7.) Support John Hatley web site, Iraq vet, read the web site for more information:
8.) A lot of news from Afghanistan, a lot of nation-building already even before President Obama’s speech on Tuesday. Link:
9.) British soldiers at higher risk than U.S. troops for COMPLETE LOSS OF GENITALIA in roadside bomb explosions! Now British scientists are in a mad scramble to prevent this from happening. I would suggest using all available assets: artillery, bombs, and more to kill the enemy before they can set up roadside bombs to maim British and U.S. troops. Link:
10.) Bush administration accused of letting Osama Bin Laden go:
11.) THE VIETNAM PLAN FOR AFGHANISTAN TO BE ANNOUNCED by President Obama on Tuesday. God help U.S. troops fight their way to victory with these restricted rules of engagement. I hope and pray that the U.S. tax dollars will not be wasted on building more mosques as they have been because this is against the U.S. Constitution for our troops to uphold one religion over another. May no U.S. tax dollars go to build clinics, schools, and other such structures in Afghanistan. We have already spent $53 BILLION doing this in Iraq it was reported in the news last week: going down a rat hole. Let the U.S. troops secure victory by killing the enemy, and our troops can leave and let the NATO troops from the non-fighting countries use their tax dollars, along with Afghan money to build that country.
12.) THEY NEED TO ADD TO HEADLINE: AND U.S. AND BRITISH TAX PAYER FUNDED FERTILIZER IS REPORTED TO BE USED TO BOMB THEIR OWN TROOPS! Not sure why Marja is still standing except for PC reasons, why risk another Fallujah like attack with injuries and deaths to US troops, plus related murder charges if they kill the enemy, when we would just bomb it now and go toward victory in this war. Or, as I said, start up the Marine Raiders again and send them on a mission to kill the enemy in Marja. Link:
13.) British father loses soldier daughter in Afghanistan, writes book about pet horse and dog she left for him to take care of:
14.) First woman to receive Navy Cross in British Royal Navy, action in Marja (see #12 above):