Will Afghanistan become the next Vietnam?

Blah, blah, blah…how many times do we have to hear this.

Did Obama run for president when he knew about Iraq and Afghanistan? Does he know the history of the Vietnam war and what happened after?

Presuming yes, then no this is not the next Vietnam.

U.S. and coalition forces have been fighting in Afghanistan for more than eight years, initially rooting the Taliban from control after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks against the U.S. because of its support of al Qaeda terrorists who carried out the attacks.

But after the U.S. went to war with Iraq in 2003, the Taliban regrouped, and fighting with U.S. and coalition troops has escalated.

In March, Afghanistan will become America’s longest war, surpassing the one in Vietnam, which cost more than 58,000 American lives.
Obama will announce his strategy for Afghanistan to the nation at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday….which I’m sure he is going to blame the Bush administration for what he has to do.

Published in: on December 1, 2009 at 12:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Obamas fix to the economy – Job Summit

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President Obama, facing a 10.2% unemployment rate, said Thursday he would hold a jobs forum at the White House in December.

He noted the encouraging signs of economic growth and a slowing of the loss of jobs in recent months, but said employers are still reluctant to hire and millions are desperate to find work. Ummm O-man, are you reading the same things that I am, because unemployment has gone up, not down.

But anywhos….

“Even though we’ve slowed the loss of jobs — and today’s report on the continued decline in unemployment claims is a hopeful sign — the economic growth that we’ve seen has not yet led to the job growth that we desperately need,” the President said in a statement delivered at the White House.

“We all know that there are limits to what government can and should do, even during such difficult times. But we have an obligation to consider every additional responsible step that we can to encourage and accelerate job creation in this country,” he added.

Those invited to the forum will include CEOs, small business owners, economists, financial experts, and representatives from labor and non-profits…..who I’m sure are all Democrats and this will be done behind closed doors.

Well, see you in 10 days O-man, have fun in Asia…dont worry Afghanistan will still be there when you get back.

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Published in: on November 12, 2009 at 9:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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Its Veterans day…so whats going on in Afghanistan??

The week and months leading up to Veterans day has not been a pretty time for the military, both at home and overseas. Too many lives have been lost. Too many decisions have not been made.

Americans are split over whether President Obama is taking too long to decide whether to send more U.S. troops to the war in Afghanistan, according to a new national poll.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey also indicates that, by a narrow margin, Americans think that the president should listen to the recommendations of the generals in charge of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The poll’s release Wednesday morning comes hours before the president is to meet again with his national security advisers to discuss policy in Afghanistan.

According to the survey, 49 percent of people questioned say the president is taking too long to decide whether to increase U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan; 50 percent do not.

Its not alot, its a small margin, but its time that something is done.

“There is a gender gap on this question, with most men saying Obama is taking too long and most women willing to give him more time,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “That’s due in part to the partisan differences between men and women, but gender differences on the use of military force, and maybe even differences in how the genders make important decisions, can also be contributing to the split.”

The poll indicates that 52 percent think Obama should listen to the generals, with 48 percent saying the president should take other matters into account as well. But a troop buildup remains unpopular, with a separate question indicating that a majority opposes sending more troops.

Roughly one in five Americans opposes more troops, yet also thinks that Obama should pay attention to the U.S. military leaders in that country, Holland said. “That suggests that a lot of people who don’t support a troop build-up are unaware of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s request for a bigger U.S. military presence there.

So where do we go from here??

A war is never any easy decision, but neither should leaving our troops there in limbo?

Make a decision.

Or am I wrong??

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Published in: on November 11, 2009 at 10:11 am  Leave a Comment  
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McCain urges for more troops & U.S Citizen jailed in U.A.E for terror links

On the heels of McCain urging for backing of McChrystal’s suggested 40,000 troops in Afghanistan a U.S man was arrested and convicted in the U.A.E for terror ties

So where are we in this “war on terror”? No one seems to know, it seems to be a big mess and the arrests made throughout the U.S a few weeks ago, seem for some reason misplaced. We heard about them over and over again for a few days but previously we heard nothing for a few years and since those few days, we have heard nothing again. I dont know why, but something seems amiss, almost staged….ahhh perhaps its the conspiracy theory going on in my head.

How many U.S citizens do we need to worry about both fighting for the US and against the U.S? Both seem to be on the excalting rise and nethier seem to have the detail they deserve.

In the words of Sen Sen. Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee something seems like its needs to be done “sooner, rather than later.”

O-man and the powers at be need to Focus or get some ADHD meds ASAP. But I guess fighting for the Olympics and receiving a Nobel can take your attention away, you know from the details

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Published in: on October 12, 2009 at 7:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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U.S Afghan base scheduled to be closed, heavily attacked.

A base that had been scheduled to be closed came under heavy attack on Saturday, killing 8 U.S troops.

The closing is part of a wider effort by the top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, to cede remote outposts and consolidate troops in more populated areas to better protect Afghan civilians

The U.S beleive that the insurgents had been planning the attack for days bringing in artilery and attacked when they saw the movement in the base.

How long did the battle last?

Approx 12 plus hours.

Even though the U.S was able to get air support within half an hour of the attack but a series of problems hindered mounting any sustained counterattack. The source said smoke from a fire lit by the insurgents obscured vision on the ground and in the air, and the narrowness of the valley hobbled any intense close air support, as well as constant attack on the landing zones.

So how many insurgents were killed?

Approx 100.

Thats still not enough.

Why do they fight with political correctness, why not just fight? Am, I wrong to think this way?

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Published in: on October 7, 2009 at 8:44 am  Comments (1)  
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U.S in Afghanistan for the long haul???

Thats what Bill Clinton’s wifey and Robert Gates are saying.

So does that mean Gates got his extra 40,000 troops he asked for? Not exactly, it seems the amount of troops is still under discussion

The Taliban insurgency currently has the momentum in Afghanistan, Gates said, adding that a Taliban takeover of the country would empower the al Qaeda terrorist network.

“Because of our inability and the inability, frankly, of our allies to put enough troops in Afghanistan, the Taliban do have the momentum right now, he said.

Ummm, okay so what is happening?

“We’re not leaving Afghanistan,” he declared, adding: “There should be no uncertainty in terms of our determination to remain in Afghanistan and to continue to build a relationship of partnership and trust with the Pakistanis. That’s long term. That’s a strategic objective of the United States.”

Okay, so I get the point of the meeting where the US will stay in Afghanistan, yet every though there are not enough troops in Afghanistan to stop the Talibana momentum the next step is not decided….way to take your time kids.

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Does Hil look like she about ready to fall asleep in her pant suit?

Published in: on October 6, 2009 at 7:59 am  Comments (6)  
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More troops being sent to Afghanistan?

Well it appears Robert Gates is certianly considering it.


Gates is inclined to back Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, in pursuing a counterinsurgency strategy, news outlets said yesterday.

However the amount of troops being sent is still up in the air as Gen. Stanley McChrystal would like approx 40,000

SO what does O-man say, well reports are that he met with McChrystal aboard airforce one for about 20 or so minutes on his return flight from his losing bid in Cophenhagan (Hmmm the Olympics and the bid not costing any taxes payers money huh?? I’m pretty sure tax payers pay for airforce one – but annnyyyway)

Robert Gibbs described the discussion as “quick” “robust,” with the president hearing from 17 different people.

Man that sure is alot of people on Airforce one for a return flight home

And of course Hillary had her two cents in and several sources said she was concerned with having enough troops present in Afghanistan to support the Obama administration’s civilian efforts, suggesting she may be leaning toward more additional troops as well.

Not so fast you damn hoppies about to jump down her throat the ever peaceful Hil said she made clear that she favors a more detailed examination of the mission before a decision on troop levels is made.

Once Obama finished all his quick robust meetings he then starting looking for his ego that squashed in Copenhagen.

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Published in: on October 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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There is a war is Afghanistan?

It seems the support for the war in Afghansitan is at a all time low, according to a CNN poll (considering a CNN poll is like a poll from Fox news and swayed one way, the numbers can be very iffy).

As only 23 percent of Democrats agree with the war compared to 39 for independents and 62 percent for republicans.

Which poses this question. Was the raid on the apartment in NYC where 4 Afghan men lived premature and perhaps jumping the gun a little in hopes of finding something to gather up more support, or were they just doing their job?

To me it seems a little close to the 9/11 anniversary and with the falling numbers in support for the Afghan war, I cant seem to put my finger on it, but it seems a little fishy, am I wrong?

I’ve read the news stories associated it with it and out of the men, it seems they were only focused on one who seemed to by sympathetic to Al Queda and there was imminet danger.

Although after the behaviour executed around the U.S this week the guy is more than likely thinking we are just attacking each other.

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Published in: on September 15, 2009 at 5:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Freed reporter had been abducted before

Stephen Farrell a New York Times reporter was rescued by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, known as the ISAF, this morning.

Crossfire in the rescue operation killed another reporter, civillians and a British commando.

But his was not the first time Farrell had been kidnapped, he was also kidnapped in Fallujia in 2004. He was was released then after showing photogrpahs of himself with long hair and pointing out that he was just bald and not a soldier

Mr. Farrell, it might be time to get another career, or perhaps stay behind a desk. Your dedication to your job is killing people, literally.

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Published in: on September 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm  Comments (1)  
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At least 50 Taliban dead in Afghanistan after air strike

At least 90 people including 40 civilians have been killed in northern Afghanistan after Nato launched an air strike on two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban, Afghan officials said

Militants seized the two trucks, which were delivering jet fuel to Nato forces. Nato, it seems are very serious when it comes to their jet fuel and decided if they were not going to have it, then no one was and striked backed.

So how did the civilans die? Well it seems when the trucks got stuck crossing the river and the Taliban in all their intelligence stupidity decided to release the fuel and local villagers decided that they needed some jet fuel, that was when the strike happened.

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Published in: on September 6, 2009 at 7:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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