Archive for the ‘special ops’ Category
Before American troops were in Afghanistan, where the “Vietnam Plan for Afghanistan” is taking place, as if there wasn’t a template for this already with Vietnam, there was the actual Vietnam experience. See link#1 for a most excellent story of a 3rd Recon Marine mission in Vietnam, and one of the injured Recon Marine’s stories. Recon Marines are TOP TIER! God bless them! Before the GWOT there was Vietnam. Links from around the GWOT:
1.) 3rd Recon Marines in Vietnam. A most excellent story, needs read by Americans, and especially our elected officials and military officers. God bless our Recon Marines, they are TOP TIER! Look at the haunting photo of the two 19-year old Recon Marines in Vietnam before their helicopter was shot down in 1967, where one died, and one was seriously injured. God bless you 3rd Recon, then and now! Link:
One weekend after another, US troops remain in Afghanistan while Americans at home go about their business largely unaware a war is even being lost by American politicians who still have US troops stationed in Afghanistan. The US packs up from 12+ years of war, with a deadline of leaving on 31 December 2014. There is no longer talk of a US victory, not even from the politicians who sent US troops there. God bless America’s enlisted men and women as they furiously pack up, closing down bases by the dozens as they go.
In the meantime, the new Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, visits Afghanistan and is greeted with nearby bombs. Stories indicate he heard the noise of the explosions but was nowhere near when they went off.
Links from around the GWOT:
1.) Bombs go off when US Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel visits Afghanistan:
The US Marines have had their Tuition Assistance cut due to sequestration. Other service branches at this time are going to continue TA. There are funds to pay for our Marines’ Tuition Assistance, and I have an example below of where $300 million can be found right now for this funding. Don’t send $300 million to Afghanistan for Afghan women: use it for US Marines for their Tuition Assistance right now.
The end of the week comes for most Americans on a M-F schedule, and they face a weekend of relaxation, college basketball, NASCAR races, eating out, and enjoying the fruits of their work and freedom. Meanwhile, US troops are packing up equipment and closing bases in Afghanistan as quickly to leave Afghanistan by 31 December 2014. I hope the packing is complete before then and the US troops can come home before then, and bring our money with them.
1.) US taxpayers to fund $300 million to go to women of Afghanistan. I am asking Congress and our Senate to STOP this funding NOW. This money needs to go toward US active duty Marines whose Tuition Assistance is being cut. The President could step in with an executive order NOW! This $300 million needs to go to the US Marine Corps to fund tuition assistance. Link:
Sunday in America and another day at war for US troops remaining in Afghanistan. God bless America’s enlisted troops, and may they have new leadership which will consider them paramount, and have a culture of victory to instill in the troops they lead. The heartbreak from a lack of winning leadership in the US military general officers, reverberates as each limb is lost, and each life ebbs out of our innocent American troops. This music video expresses the heartbreak of losing a son to war. God bless our troops. Keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Links from around the GWOT:
1.) “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice expresses the heartbreak American families face with losing a son or daughter to war. Excellent video and song. Tear jerker. Link:
A weekend at home in the USA while our troops still toil in the Afghanistan war which is becoming more scandalous as the days go on. The enlisted troops are doing their jobs, but those at the top do not have a focus on victory. God bless the US enlisted man (and women). Links from around the GWOT:
1.) New US commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. Dunford already issuing apologies. In fact, I believe he game apologies immediately after his arrival, this isn’t the first time he has apologized. Story states that NATO accepts responsibility for the deaths of 2 Afghan boys. US troops need to come home now and bring our money with them. Link:
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:
I read early today that a NATO helicopter went down in Afghanistan. If it is a US helicopter, that is another expense the US taxpayer can’t afford. The articles said no casualties or at least no fatalities. In reading about PTSD, I read the article at link #1. God bless American troops and may they come home NOW and bring our money with them from Afghanistan, not almost two years from now on 31 Dec. 2014. Links from around the GWOT:
1.) PTSD is mentioned in this article, various ramifications of such a diagnosis for our troops and veterans: