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Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 9-6-14 Sat. (117 days to go)

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117 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan, keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they continue with retrograde operations, closing bases and packing equipment. As Afghanistan has mineral wealth as shown at link #1, time for the US to bring her money home with our troops, to bring our money with us, as they can pay for their own military. The US is in debt and needs to use the money now paying Afghan troops, to take care of our own troops and veterans.

I just finished reading “Level Zero Heroes” about Marine actions and restricted rules in Afghanistan among other things. Please order this book, or go to the store and buy it, or download it to Kindle, etc. This is a story that needs to be told! Let’s put this book on the best seller list!

Links from around the GWOT:

Link:

1.) Afghanistan’s mineral wealth:

http://www.designntrend.com/articles/19031/20140905/afghanistan-sitting-on-goldmine-worth-an-estimated-1-trillion.htm

2.) Be sure to purchase and read, “Level Zero Heroes” about Marines in Afghanistan and the restricted rules of engagement they faced as they fought and bled in Afghanistan. Link:

http://www.levelzeroheroes.com

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Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 9-5-14 Fri. (118 days to go)

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118 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan, or thereabouts. See the link #1 about all the riches Afghanistan has. Time to bring US troops home, and our money with them. The US can no longer afford to fund the Afghan military, we need to fund our own military and our American veterans.

Remember, a good read for this weekend would be the newly released book about Marines in Afghanistan and the restricted rules of engagement they endured, “LEVEL ZERO HEROES”. I just finished this book and give it my highest recommendation.

Time to have a huge investigation or tribunal after end of this war on 31 December 2014, and hold accountable those politicians and military officers responsible for the losing counterinsurgency theory that led to massive US casualties throughout the 13 or so years of war that we have been in Afghanistan since 2001.

Let’s make sure these officers, and the various losing war plans and strategies are NEVER used in war again! We have already had one Vietnam, why did we use the “Vietnam Plan for Afghanistan?”

In future wars, the US military motto should be: “VICTORY THROUGH STRENGTH.”

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Afghan riches. They should use them to pay for their own country and military. Link:

http://news.yahoo.com/1-trillion-trove-rare-minerals-revealed-under-afghanistan-114520215.html

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal 4-23-14-Wed. (252 days to go)

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252 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan before they are all out of there by 31 December 2014.

The story at link #1 describes the role players MARSOC (Special Operations Marines) is hiring to train for future operations. I was wondering with all the defense cuts, if MARSOC can continue as there is already a larger, more well funded, with more years of experience Army Special Operations? The Marine Raiders were disbanded after World War II. I am just wondering. There is speculation MARSOC will be active in Africa. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) MARSOC (Special Operations Marines) hire role players to train for future wars after Afghanistan mission ends 31 December 2014:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140422/NEWS/304220060/New-MARSOC-role-players-very-specific-qualification-requirements

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April 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 3/29/14 Sat. (277 days to go)

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277 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan. December 31, 2014 can’t come soon enough.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) The first MARSOC Marine Commander, Major Fred Galvin (ret.) will pen the forward to the upcoming book, “Level Zero Heroes.” Sounds like an excellent book, I wish them great success! (Note the revision / correction at the bottom of the link now. Also read the comments for more details.) Link:

http://blogs.militarytimes.com/battle-rattle/2014/03/27/former-marsoc-commander-to-pen-forward-for-level-zero-heroes/

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal) 3-3-14-Mon. (303 days to go)

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303 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan as they complete retrograde operations to close US bases and pack equipment so all American troops can be gone by 31 December 2014. Pray for their safety in this still dangerous country.

Afghan President Karzai expresses anger at the US government but appreciation for the US taxpayers who have funded his country and military the last 13 years.

It is now time for Karzai and his government and military to stand up as the “Vietnam Plan for Afghanistan” takes place and his soldiers will be responsible for places like Bati Kot, Ganjgal, ¬†and Sangin, places where American soldiers and Marines, MARSOC Marines, Navy SEALs and Army Rangers fought, died, suffered amputations, and gave their blood for his country and sacrificed so much mentally and physically for Afghanistan and American national security.

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1.) Afghan President Karzai appreciates the taxpayers of the United States who have funded his military the last 13 years, but is angry at the US government. Well, as I see it, with cuts to US troop and veteran budgets, the US taxpayers can no longer fund his military. He and his successor are going to have to use their mineral, gas, coal, and oil riches to fund their own military and their own government. The United States taxpayer has done it for 13 years and can’t afford it anymore. Link:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/03/afghanistan-war-interests-president-hamid-karzai

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 2-26-14-Wed. (308 days to go)

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With 308 days to go in Afghanistan for US troops, do the majority of American people know what the mission is until they are all gone from that country on 31 December 2014? The story at link #1 says Gen. Dempsey went to Afghanistan and told the troops to focus on their mission. But, it would be nice to tell the American people too, what the mission is as the troops complete retrograde operations to pack up equipment and close bases before 31 December 2014. The general might have explained the retrograde mission, just so the American people reading this could understand what is going on, and how dangerous it still is in that country, with Americans still taking casualties. Just today, I read that MARSOC Marine Master Sgt. Aaron Torian is being laid to rest at Arlington, after his death in Afghanistan earlier this month. RIP Master Sgt. Prayers should go out for his family. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Gen. Dempsey tells American troops to stay on mission. From what I have read in other stories, they are on mission, a retrograde operation mission to pack up and close bases by 31 Decemer 2014, in this still dangerous country, with Americans still taking casualties. Link:

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/world/Joint+Chiefs+chairman+urges+tight+focus+mission+Afghanistan/9552700/story.html

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 22 Feb. 2014-Sat. (312 days to go)

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312 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan, as they spend another Washington’s Birthday at war. It is a still dangerous country for US troops as they complete retrograde operations, packing up equipment and closing down US bases, so keep them in your prayers.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) General Allen, now retired, spout off on war planning. Something about this is not right to me. I believe these retired generals, McChrystal (who was on CBS the other day hawking a book), Petraeus, and Admiral Mullen, who presided over a failed Afghanistan and Iraq war plan, focusing on COIN (nation building) should spend the rest of their lives tending to the wounded troops, the amputees, and those with other injuries who suffered these casualties under their military plans. These same generals and admirals, now retired, should also spend their days in Ganjgal, Afghanistan, Bati Kot, Afghanistan, Sangin, Afghanistan, and other hot spots talking to the elders, with a contingent of guards, if they want to continue their COIN plans. Link:

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/02/21/allen-us-generals-must-improve-war-planning.html?comp=700001075741&rank=2