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Posted on 09/12/2009 4:46:48 AM PDT by kristinnEdited on 09/12/2009 4:47:41 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Please post your updates from D.C. and from news reports here as well as your photos of the day.
Our Walter Reed salute to the troops last night was very well attended. Upwards of 800 people were there over the three-plus hours of the demonstration.
Photos and video taken by This Ain'tHell taken in daylight before the bulk of the crowd showed can be viewed here.
Free Republic 9/11 Candlelight Vigil from Washington DC
New live feed
” Is FOX there? “
F&F has been cutting to ‘live’ segments a couple times an hour.. Tucker Carlson, and a couple of other reporters whose names I didn’t catch have been doing interviews....
and of course all the “reports” from the usual MSMsluts will say “...over 1000 people attended...”
Is this in DC? Now.
Thanks for the link.
Yes, it’s the live Traffic cam in DC!
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EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS!!!
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THIS is why Peters, and many guys with boots on the ground, are angry at the changes in ROE and McChrystals throwing caution to the wind where it comes to protecting our troops.
He thinks our TROOPS have acted too defensively in their own best interest and caused the poor, helpless civilians humiliation.
NOTE THE DATE.
General wants more troops for Afghan war
By: The Associated Press - The Sentinel-Record - Published: 08/02/2009
MORE TROOPS: Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the U.S. general in charge of turning around the war in Afghanistan, may recommend significant changes to U.S. and NATO operations in a report due in August.WASHINGTON - The U.S. general put in charge of turning around the war in Afghanistan is likely to recommend significant changes in the campaign and may include a request for more U.S. forces that the White House is expected to resist.
Gen. Stanley McChrystals long-awaited reassessment of the war against Taliban insurgents aims for a transformation of the shaky relationship between U.S. forces and Afghan civilians as troops press a counterinsurgency strategy of clearing and holding populated areas, said officials apprised of the reports contents.
The biggest change urged in McChrystals report is a cultural shift in how U.S. and foreign troops operate - ranging from how they live and travel among the Afghan population to where and how they fight, a senior military official in Kabul said Friday.
The latest draft of the assessment also urges speeding up the training of Afghan soldiers and police and nearly doubling their numbers to roughly 400,000, said a senior defense official in Washington, one of several uniformed and civilian officials who spoke on condition anonymity because the report has not been made public.
As McChrystal readies the assessment of the war, due in two weeks, numerous U.S. officials and outsiders aware of his thinking suggest that he will request in a companion report that more American troops, probably including marines, be added next year.
Several people familiar with the work being done cautioned that McChrystal could opt not to ask for an increase at all - a recognition that President Barack Obama and other White House advisers would not look favorably on adding new numbers to U.S. forces after already agreeing to boost their ranks by 21,000 troops earlier this year.
The main recommendations for change stem from the militarys new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, which is now designed to focus less on going after Taliban strongholds and more on protecting the local population.
The new U.S. strategy is also aimed at helping develop an Afghan government that civilians will embrace rather than siding with the insurgents, two senior military officials said. To achieve that, one official said, the latest draft of McChrystals assessment includes the following recommendations:
- Using intelligence less to hunt insurgents and more to understand local, tribal and social power structures in the areas where they operate. McChrystal is considering concentrating troops around populated areas rather than going after sparsely populated mountain areas where Taliban hide.
- Getting troops more active in fighting corruption. U.S. forces will need to take care in their dealings with local Afghan leaders to ensure that they are not perceived by the Afghan population to be empowering corrupt officials.
*PLEASE NOTE THIS PARAGRAPH IN PARTICULAR.
In preparing his assessment of the Afghan command, McChrystal found an American military culture that showed a great concern for troops protection sometimes at the expense of their relations with Afghan civilians.
To change those relations, McChrystal wants American forces to think twice about basic conduct - for instance no longer pointing their guns at people when they pass in convoy or blocking narrow roads with their convoys, while relegating Afghans to the ditches.
To deal with the most contentious aspect of those shaky relations, McChrystal has already committed to try to reduce civilian casualties by issuing new orders that restrict when troops should call in bombing strikes.
I should probably start saving up for one of them right now.
The signs are so freaking funny. My favorite so far reads: “putting government in charge if healthcare is like putting Michael Vick incharge of dogs”
Someone in the crowd brought a life size cut out of Obama. We’ll get to see Obama marching up toward the capital with the rest of the crowd. BRILLIANT!!!
We are on the road in MD trying to get to a Metro station. We got a late start from PA where we spent the night. Can’t wait to get there.
B U M P
Watching CSPAN, nothing as far as live shots yet. Washington Journal was speaking about TEa Parties and The Repub’s. ERRR. They were saying that Cantor and Boeyner want Wilson to apologize to Congress next week, WTF. You guys need to boo Cantor and Boeyner if they speak!!!
Many thanks to all who represent US in the Tea Party March for FREEDOM!!! You are awesome and much appreciated!
Make sure you wave for the webcams.
“James Madison, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson must be turning over in their graves at what is being done to the Republic they founded. At the close of Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin said we gave you “a republic if you can keep it.” At the moment, keeping it does not look promising.”
But I say, Today is something they would be proud of.
God help the Republicans and Democrats understand they are going to be voted out of office if they don’t recognize the will of the people.
They’re calling it the Freedomworks Taxpayer Rally.
Fire these idiots.
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