Training suspended for new Afghan recruits
The move comes as NATO officials struggle to stem the tide of attacks on NATO forces by their Afghan colleagues. The attacks, which have killed 45 troops this year, have forced NATO officials to acknowledge a painful truth: Many of the incidents might have been prevented if existing security measures had been applied correctly.
But numerous military guidelines were not followed — by Afghans or Americans — because of concerns that they might slow the growth of the Afghan army and police, according to NATO officials.”
The election’s invisible war
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“Everybody loved him,” his brother, Dustin, 23, told the Fort Collins Coloradoan. “He was a really fun guy to be around.”
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“Everybody loved him,” his brother, Dustin, 23, told the Fort Collins Coloradoan. “He was a really fun guy to be around.
“On Tuesday, as the convention began, the Army identified a soldier killed with Birdwell: Spec. Mabry J. Anders, 21, of Baker City, Ore. Another coalition soldier, not yet identified, was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan the same day.
“On Thursday, the final day of the convention, someone in an Afghan uniform killed three more coalition troops…”
Cassi Creek: Romney, in his acceptance speech, ignored the war in Afghanistan.
This war began under the administration of President George W. Bush, with the enthusiastic support of the GOP and their base. Due to the WTC and Pentagon attacks on 11 Sept. 2001, the Democratic voters were early supporters as well. But the justifiable component of the war against the Taliban and their guests, Al Queda, was shifted to the trumped up war in Iraq.
When there was no Iraq left to break we pulled our combat troops out and returned focus to Afghanistan, where our troops had been quietly and without much support, dying in another war with no determined victory point and no allied support from the locals.
Obama missed his opportunity to order an immediate end to Afghanistan upon taking office. He’s prosecuted an increasingly unpopular war that is costing lives and injuries while our military is trying to wage a kinder, gentler, war for a populace that views us as the greater enemy, and that always will.
His opponent will hammer at him for continuing the Afghan war. However, should Obama be defeated, Romney and the teavangelists will suddenly be all for continuing the war against a non-Christian enemy.
Obama needs to declare an early end to the war, accept the concept that war is about killing people until one side gives up or goes home.
We’ve been there long enough. Our supposed allies are killing our troops for religious and cultural reasons. We can’t stop that and still train their army and other security forces. Our troops deserve better than being sent in by a GOP admin that then ignored them; then being handed an impossible task, a war without enemy casualties.
Charlotte would be the perfect place to declare the Afghan war over. Of course, it politicizes the war. All wars are politicized from the first shot fired. Bring them home, now!