Sunday, September 30, 2012

INTENSE Firefight | Afghanistan | Live Action Combat Footage |



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A grim milestone has been reached in Afghanistan.  2,000 U.S. troops have been killed since the war started eleven years ago. 













VIOLENT AND BRUTAL BATTLE IN AFGHANISTAN



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The 18 hour siege of a building close to the Afghan Parliament, which saw heavy fighting between Taliban fighters and government troops in Kabul, has ended.














Saturday, September 29, 2012

BATTLEFIELD FOOTAGE OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN



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Action-packed video from the war in Afghanistan.
















Thursday, September 27, 2012

ARMY GENERAL REMOVED FROM AFGHANISTAN FACES SEX CHARGES


An Army General is facing sex charges from when he was in Afghanistan and made inappropriate sexual advances on females in the military.

Read more here:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/26/us-usa-crime-army-idUSBRE88P1SD20120926

'Teenage' suicide bomber hits Afghan capital




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I have found I have to go to the foreign press to find out what is happening in Afghanistan because the mainstream press in the United States has written off covering the war.  This report is from Al Jazeera.














Wednesday, September 26, 2012

MINIGUN SPECIAL FORCES FIREFIGHT IN AFGHANISTAN




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1080p GoPro footage of a Minigun being used to engage enemy positions by U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan. This video has been cleared for opsec. This footage is part of the ongoing documentation of war in Afghanistan.




































Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FOX NEWS BEATS WAR DRUMS


FOX NEWS is bent all out of shape because they have been shouting from the top of their lungs that OBAMA let AL Qaeda kill the four embassy workers in Libya and the mainstream media is virtually silent on the matter.  What FOX NEWS never complained about is when 4,500 young Americans were KILLED in IRAQ in a phony war started by BUSH and CHENEY under false pretenses.

Fox News has been doing everything they can to start another war with IRAN, SYRIA or even North KOREA.

Monday, September 24, 2012

HOMELESS VETS

President Obama has been working quietly with the Veterans Administration to end homelessness for all veterans by 2015.

Read full story here:

http://tiny.cc/alt5kw

WHEN I WAS IN THE ARMY

 
When I was drafted into the United States Army in 1951 the Korean War was taking a heavy toll of American lives.


Before the war ended in 1953, more than 33,000 young Americans had been killed and another 107,000 were seriously wounded.


During my 16 weeks of basic training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia (8 weeks of infantry training and 8 weeks of combat engineer training), I watched as the Army started to eliminate basic elements from training for Army companies that were behind my company.


For example: Bayonet and hand-to-hand combat training was eliminated and yet everyone knew bayonet attacks and hand-to-hand battles were going on all over Korea.


As part of the engineer training, the Army did away with bridge building, road building and airport building which were a very important part of what a combat engineer does in a theater of war.


Also, the Army eliminated physical and mental requirements for draftees and so the new recruits were many times grossly overweight and many of them had severe mental problems.


Why do I mention all of this?


If you have been following the upcoming election as close as I do, you would know Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are taking nothing off the table including military action against Iran, Syria and possibly even North Korea.


Both Romney and Ryan have surrounded themselves with "hawks" from the Bush/Cheney administration to run their foreign policy if they are elected. All of these foreign policy "experts" are itching to start another war and even expand the war in Afghanistan.


Obama, on the other hand, has been criticized for dealing with these foreign governments by using diplomacy and sanctions instead of boots on the ground.


As many of you know, I have been writing a blog about the wars in the Middle East and everything I have read and printed has to do with how our military is spread to the breaking point and that is why some soldiers are on their fourth and fifth tour to Afghanistan. In short, we don't have enough people joining the all volunteer military and we have to keep sending the same troops back to Afghanistan.


The stress on our ground forces is seen by the number of cases of PTSD that is rising and a suicide rate that has spiked to the point where one out of every six returning GIs take their own lives.


The bottom line is we cannot get into another war without re-instating the military draft. That means that if you have young children or grandchildren, boys and girls, who will be military age soon then under a Romney/Ryan administration they would more than likely be drafted for a minimum of two years of active duty service in the military.


The most dreaded word you could see on your orders after completing basic training in 1951 was: FECOM. What that meant is you were assigned to the Far East Command which meant you were being shipped to Korea.


I hope you and everyone takes this upcoming election very seriously because if you vote for Romney and Ryan you can expect more wars to breakout and with more wars will come a need for more troops and that is when they will have to re-instate the military draft.


Thanks for reading this and pass it on if you care to.

OBAMA MAKES GOOD ON HIS PROMISE AND BRINGS 33,000 TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN



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President Obama has brought home 33,000 troops deployed to Afghanistan during the surge.  You won't read much much about this and certainly never hear a word about it on FOX NEWS.













 









Sunday, September 23, 2012

REPUB. SEN. LINDSAY GRAHAM WANTS TO KEEP TROOPS IN AFGANISTAN


Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham (R. S.C.) wants to keep troops in Afghanistan much longer than the 2014 deadline set by President Obama.

Graham represents South Carolina which is a major manufacturing base for the military industrial complex.

Read more here:   http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/09/23/894441/lindsey-graham-pushes-romney-to-keep-troops-in-afghanistan/

SO SAD: PHOTOS OF YOUNG AFGHANISTAN SKATEBOARDING GIRLS KILLED

Six young Afghanistan children were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 8.  Among them were two young Afghan female skateboarding stars. 

This stupid war continues to bring havoc to innocent people in Afghanistan and this is just one of many examples.

Click on link to read story and see pictures of young Afghan girls killed in the suicide attack:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/afghanistan-suicide-attack-skateboarding_n_1893740.html?utm_hp_ref=afghanistan-war-blog

Saturday, September 22, 2012

TOUCHING VIDEO: REAL COMBAT HOSPITAL AFGHANISTAN



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Shamrock Black was the call sign that informed the Combat Support Hospital that there was a mass casualty coming in. This is the powerful story of the U.S. service members who worked at the Salerno Hospital in Khost, Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010. This is a shorter version of the EMMY nominated documentary.

















Thursday, September 20, 2012

ASS-KICKING VIDEO: MINIGUN SPECIAL FORCES FIREFIGHT IN AFGHANISTAN

SENATE REPUBLICANS SHAFT VETERANS

Senate Republicans defeated a one billion dollar jobs bill that would have helped military veterans obtain a job.

Republicans do not want President Obama to get any credit for anything before the election even if it was designed to help military veterans.

You can read more here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/veterans-jobs-bill_n_1897377.html

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

DRAMATIC VIDEO OF A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF ONE ARMY PLATOON IN AFGHANISTAN



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In March 2010, 1st Battalion 87th Infantry, United States Army deployed to Kunduz Afghanistan, where the Taliban had taken control of nearly the entire province. Without having sufficient supplies, air support or even ammunition, the battalion had one year to effectively neutralize all Taliban forces in the province and restore control to the government of Afghanistan. Village by Village and day by day despite numerous casualties, the battalion achieved all objectives. This footage is dedicated to the men of 3rd platoon, Alpha Company.


All footage is shot by SPC Gannon or SSG Blum.












Reality Check: Afghan Attacks on U.S. Soldiers "trending" in the Wrong Direction




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Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at how the situation in Afghanistan is trending in the wrong direction and what President Obama says about these so called "Green on Blue" attacks
















Tuesday, September 18, 2012

U.S. SUSPENDS MILITARY OPERATIONS WITH AFGHANISTAN


The recent wave of attacks on U.S. forces by members of the Afghan police have caused the U.S. to suspend all military operations with Afghanistan.


Five people were killed overnight in a an attack on a mini bus in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Read more here: 

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/17/13923373-us-afghan-military-operations-suspended-after-attacks?lite

Monday, September 17, 2012

VIDEO: What it is like to be on a 36-Hour Patrol in Afghanistan



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POLITICAL POLLS


POLITICAL POLLS:  The Romney campaign senior strategist wants the media to quote ONLY the national polls and not state polls.  I hope he isn't talking about the RASSMUSSEN POLL or the FOX NEWS OPINION POLL because when I was a reporter/columnist I did a story on both those polling organizations and found they are heavily tilted to the right and their method of polling leaves most Democrats out of the stats they gather.  If "Morning Joe" ever quotes either the RASSMUSSEN POLL or the FOX NEWS OPINION POLL, I will alert everyone I know to never watch "Morning Joe" again. 

US Soldier knew he was gonna get killed In Afghanistan



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21-year-old Marine Greg Buckley Jr., the father revealed his son knew of an insider attack on the Afghanistan base that ultimately killed him.


















Sunday, September 16, 2012

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS RIGHT ON ISRAEL


Don't shout all at once.  Name ONE THING Israel exports to the United States.  The U.S. has propped up Israel for decades with billions of dollars as well as weapons and even nuclear arms.  However, Israel PM Netanyahu supposedly is ticked off because President Obama won't commit to sending in U.S. troops to help Israel if they decide to go to war with Iran.  If Israel wants to go to war with Iran with zero proof Iran has a nuclear bomb then I say let them, but not one ounce of American blood should be spilled in a fight we didn't start and have no business getting involved in what could turn into another Iraq, Vietnam or Korea with thousands of young Americans killed.

NEWS ALERT: FOUR NATO SOLDIERS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN BY AFGHAN POLICE WEARING U.S. ARMY UNIFORMS


This story is developing.

What we know now is four soldiers were killed in Afghanistan by Afghan police wearing U.S. Army uniforms.  It is not known if the dead are Americans.

Read more here:

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/16/13890273-four-nato-soldiers-killed-in-afghan-insider-attack

Saturday, September 15, 2012

U.S. MUST EXIT AFGHANISTAN NOW TO STOP ARAB UNREST (NEW VIDEO)


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Washington has deployed its marines across the Arab world, to protect U.S. missions, while the White House struggles to contain the fallout.

America's leadership has condemned the film, and stressed it had nothing to do with it.

But as RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports, the video is not the only grievance the protesters have against the U.S..

"FOX AND FRIENDS" END UP WITH EGG ON THEIR FACES


"FOX and FRIENDS" were left with egg on their faces Saturday morning when they sounded off on how President Obama had made a mess of Libya and Egypt situation. Then they brought on Romney senior foreign policy advisor and when TUCKER CARLSON asked him what he would advise ROMNEY to do, the ROMNEY senior foreign policy advisor stuttered and stammered and finally said it was too early to determine what should be done about Libya and Egypt and discussions with both governments should take place before taking any action. Needless to say the ROMNEY senior foreign policy advisor was ushered off the set as fast as possible because his advice is exactly what PRESIDENT OBAMA is doing.    LOL 

Friday, September 14, 2012

2 U.S. MARINES KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN ATTACK


Two U.S. Marines were killed Friday in an attack on a British air base where British Prince Harry is serving a four month tour. 

Details of the attack can be read here by clicking on this link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/us-marines-dead-afghanistan_n_1885596.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D205909

ROMNEY AND RYAN IGNORANT ON FOREIGN POLICY IN LIGHT OF MIDDLE EAST VIOLENCE ERUPTION


Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the GOP candidates for President and Vice President, have zero experience in the field of foreign relations, but that doesn't stop them from speaking out against the way President Obama and his administration are handling the massive display of anti-American hate in the Middle East. 

Asked by reporters what they would do differently under similar circumstances,  both Romney and Ryan acted like a pair of deers caught in the headlights. 

In short, Romney and Ryan don't have a foreign policy plan because neither of them have any foreign policy experience. 

Romney and Ryan have been joined in their criticism of the Obama administration by a gaggle of right wing "chicken hawks" and a mock news organization, Fox News, where you could count on one hand with three fingers left over anyone who ever served in the United States military or have any foreign policy experience. 

Paul Ryan addressed the Middle East crisis at a Conservative gathering on Friday.  Here is a report on what Ryan had to say:   http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/249565-ryan-middle-east-unrest-shows-need-for-new-us-leadership

FOX NEWS STAYS "LIVE" ALL NIGHT IN HOPES ALL OUT WAR BREAKS OUT IN THE MIDDLE EAST.


FOX NEWS is staying "live" all night in hopes all hell breaks loose in Libya, Egypt, Iran, Yemen, Jordan and other Middle East countries on Friday.  There is nothing more that FOX News would like to see than an all out war in the Middle East on Obama's "watch." FOX NEWS has dragged into their studios every right wing "chicken hawk" they can find in an effort to bolster their assertion that OBAMA should be send thousands of U.S. troops into the region.  What FOX NEWS will never say is the U.S. doesn't have hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops to engage in more wars without re-instating a military draft with no exceptions which would mean the children and grandchildren of Republicans would be drafted and sent to all these Middle East countries as "cannon fodder."  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

ROMNEY TAKES JOB AS MORMON MISSIONARY TO AVOID VIETNAM WAR DRAFT: NEGLECTS TO MENTION AFGHANISTAN WAR AT REPUBLICAN CONVENTION


Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for POTUS, has found himself in deep doo-doo when he criticized President Obama over the manner in which he handled the murder of J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, and three other staff members. 

Romney found fault with a news release from a staff member at the U.S. embassy in Egypt that suggested a video that a Conservative pastor from a little known 50 person church in Florida had released over You Tube and caused some of the Muslim population in Egypt to rise up in protest and storm the embassy in Cairo, Egypt. 

Romney, who has zero experience in the foreign policy field except for his role as a Mormon Missionary which found him in Paris, France for two years so he could avoid the Vietnam War draft also failed to mention the Afghanistan war when he accepted the nomination for President at the Republican Convention. 

Romney thought the press release by the embassy staff member in Cairo, Egypt was "apologizing" to the people of Egypt was inappropriate, but Romney didn't realize the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya didn't happen until six hours later, and the body of Ambassador Stevens wasn't discovered until eleven hours later at a hospital in Libya where he had been taken by Libyans friendly to the United States. 

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both spoke of the deaths of the U.S. embassy employees, but neither of them mentioned the confused and inaccurate comments made by Mitt Romney.  

Even though Romney was caught lying about the attack he came back the next day and doubled-down  on his initial remarks and went even further attacking President Obama for not offering more protection for embassy staff, and even suggesting military action on Libya should be taken. 

Romney, who pulled out all the stops to avoid the military draft during the Vietnam War, is surrouded by neocons from the Bush/Cheney administration who are always looking to go to war with Iran, Syria, North Korea or any other country they contend is a threat to the security of the United States.

The upshot is if Mitt Romney is elected President he will not be able to carryout all his military intervention into all the countries he assumes are a threat to the United States without re-instating the military draft because our present military force is stretched to the breaking point after the Iraq war and conducting the Afghanistan war which is now in its 11th year. 

Mitt Romney is a "war hawk" who is surrounded by "chicken hawks" who never served a day of their lives in the military, but are looking for any excuse to go to war with any country that doesn't live up to their twisted thinking.   

 

NEWS ALERT: MARINES AMBUSHED IN LIBYA. TWO MORE U.S. EMBASSIES UNDER ATTACK


The U.S. Marines who were dispatched by President Obama to Libya have been ambushed and additional attacks on two other U.S. embassy posts in Yemen and the Middle East as the situation spirals out of control.

Read more here: 

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/12/13833848-us-diplomats-marine-rescue-team-were-also-attacked-at-safe-house-libyans-say?lite

U.S. Ambassador to Libya "KILLED" in mob ATTACK on BENGHAZI compound

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

FOX NEWS BLAMES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR KILLING OF U.S. AMBASSADOR TO LIBYA AND THREE OTHERS


FOX NEWS has seized on the death of US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens to attack the OBAMA administration for responding too slowly (it was 2 SECONDS) and claiming OBAMA sounded apologetic about the attack.  MITT ROMNEY, naturally, followed FOX NEWS lead and said the same thing without knowing any of the details of the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens and three other staff members from the U.S. embassy in Libya. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

OMG: ROMNEY CALLS FOR ALL TROOPS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN BY 2014 AND FOX NEWS FREAKS OUT


Fox News is tearing their hair out because GOP Presidential candidate MITT ROMNEY has endorsed the same plan President OBAMA has annnounced about withdrawing all combat troops from Afganistan by 2014. 

FOX NEWS has been blasting OBAMA day after day for announcing the troop withdrawl and now ROMNEY is endorsing the same plan. 

Read more here:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/romney-renews-call-for-afghanistan-withdrawal-by-2014/

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Prince Harry back in Afghanistan as Apache pilot




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This is what happens to you when you go skinny-dipping and your grandmother is the Queen of England.
















WAR WEARY AMERICANS LOSE INTEREST IN AFGHANISTAN WAR


The Afghanistan War has been placed on the back burner if not taken off the stove completely by most Americans.

I've watched the "hits" to my anti-war blog skid from 3,000 a day to under 200 "hits" a day as Americans show they are no longer interested in the war even though we still have 100,000 troops in Afghanistan.

Interest in the Afghanistan is so bad that MITT ROMNEY and his VP partner PAUL RYAN never even mentioned the war in their speeches to the Republican Convention.

Read the USA Today report on how interest in the Afghanistan war has sunk to a new low here:  http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-09-08/afghanistan-soldiers-war-deaths/57698900/1#

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Marines attack key Afghan insurgent border hub



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Marines with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion struck a key insurgent trafficking hub on the Pakistan-Helmand province border March 14-17. The attack was a part of Operation Rawhide II, an effort to stop the flow of narcotics, weapons, and fighters into, out of, and around southern Afghanistan. The insurgency in Afghanistan traditionally reloads and goes on the offensive in the spring and summer seasons. As Sergeant Jeremy Ross reports, Marines in the far south of Helmand province went out to stop this year's spring offensive before it can begin.




















Thursday, September 6, 2012

AFGHANISTAN WAR NOT FORGOTTEN


Thanks Mr. President and Mr. Vice President for remembering our troops still deployed to Afghanistan.  A far cry from Romney and Ryan who never mentioned the Afghanistan war at all.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I DON'T AGREE WITH THIS VIDEO ON AFGHANISTAN WAR



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Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films, joins Thom Hartmann. Despite a lack of coverage on the mainstream media - the war in Afghanistan is still volatile - and far from over - as people continue to die every day. Can the US Government find a clean exit strategy for Afghanistan - or are we in store for more violence in the years to come?













HELICOPTER CRASH RESCUE IN AFGHANISTAN

Monday, September 3, 2012

Rachel Maddow - Don't mention it: At convention, GOP fails to address wars




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Mitt Romney accepted the nomination to be president of the United States of America without a single word for the over 80,000 Americans who are serving in Afghanistan. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow discusses why the election will fail us for the lack of debate about the war.











U.S. MILITARY MAKES DRASTIC DECISION ON AFGHANISTAN


It is about time the U.S. military has come to the conclusion that the mission in Afghanistan has been a total failure. 

Read what the military is going to do here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/02/afghanistan-police-training-green-on-blue_n_1850065.html

AMAZING VIDEO: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SOLDIER IS LEFT BEHIND BY HIS SQUAD IN AFGHANISTAN




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A soldier is separated from his squad during an intense firefight and left only with the support of a single ANA troop.






















































Sunday, September 2, 2012

AFGHANISTAN PRESIDENT KARZAI DENOUNCES U.S. TROOPS


Afghanistan President Karzai has denounced U.S. troops after two Afghan civilians were killed by U.S. troops. 

This type of rhetoric is even more of a reason why we should get out of Afghanistan ASAP.

Read story here:

http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php?sid/208808467/scat/b8de8e630faf3631/ht/Karzai-denounces-US-troops

IMPORTANT VIDEO: WHY IT NEVER GETS BETTER IN AFGHANISTAN


Saturday, September 1, 2012

BLOODY DAY IN AFGHANISTAN LEAVES 2 U.S. SOLDIERS DEAD

On another bloody day in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense has announced 2 U.S. soldiers were killed in combat.

Read full story here:

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/01/13602900-isaf-2-us-service-members-killed-in-afghanistan?lite

CAUTION: LEAKED COMBAT VIDEO OF AFGHANISTAN WAR

Click on link to watch a dramatic video of the war in Afghanistan including a C-130 Gunship run on Taliban fighters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XupigwIZa8