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  • Beau Bergdahl’s Duty—And Ours

    07/23/2014 5:29:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Beau Bergdahl has been returned to “active duty.” Apparently, that means a desk job while the Army considers what should be done with this young enlisted soldier. Bergdahl was held for five years by the Taliban since walking away from his post one night in 2009. President Obama greeted Bergdahl’s relieved parents in Rose Garden at the White House in a move widely criticized. And that was even before Americans learned that the Obama administration had traded young Bergdahl for five of the most murderous Taliban detainees from our facility at Guantanamo Bay. Duty. There seems to be much confusion...
  • Family considers killing 10-year-old daughter after mullah rapes her in Afghanistan mosque

    07/21/2014 10:40:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 70 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 20, 2014 | Rod Nordland
    It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defence that it had been consensual sex. But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an honour killing in the case – against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead. This past week, the awful matter became even worse. On Tuesday, local policemen removed the girl from the shelter that had given her...
  • Inside John Kerry’s Diplomatic Save in Afghanistan

    07/19/2014 12:17:43 PM PDT · by wmap · 12 replies
    Time ^ | July 18, 2014 | Michael Crowley
    The details of how Kerry defused the stalemate, based on accounts from a half-dozen officials familiar with the talks, reveals an Afghanistan closer to the brink than many outsiders may appreciate. It also illuminates rare foreign policy win for Kerry and for an Obama administration staggered by months of setbacks,
  • John Kerry brokers Afghan election deal but leaves behind confusion

    07/19/2014 8:36:20 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    ISLAMABAD: Even though US Secretary of State John Kerry succeeded in brokering a deal to resolve the deadlock over the Afghan presidential election run-off, confusion still persists about the proposal of forming a “government of national unity”. On July 12, Kerry announced the agreement in the presence of both rivals Dr Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul. “The winner of the election will serve as the president and will immediately form a government of national unity,” said Kerry. However, the top US official failed to explain the composition of the unity government. Kerry’s vague proposal has caused uproar...
  • Bowe Bergdahl thanks Obama for 'saving his life'; still won't speak to parents

    07/17/2014 10:19:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    Syracuse News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Ben Axelson
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finally broken his silence, using his first statement since being released from the Taliban to thank President Barack Obama for his support. "Sergeant Bergdahl is deeply grateful to President Obama for saving his life," said Bergdahl's new attorney Eugene Fidell. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Fidell said the former prisoner of war had authorized him to make that statement on his behalf. The exchange of Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners in U.S. custody has been controversial in part because several members of the Bergdahl's former unit have called him a deserter. They say he...
  • The turbulent summer of 2014

    07/17/2014 1:06:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters. Germany in 2008 enthusiastically hosted candidate Barack Obama for his so-called Victory Column speech. Now, Germans suddenly sound as if they are near-enemies of the U.S. Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly was furious that her cell phone was tapped by American intelligence agents. She just kicked the top CIA official out of Germany, further enraged that the U.S. had recruited at least one German official to provide intelligence on the German government. Polls show that Germans find Vladimir...
  • Some Afghans Wish John Kerry Would Be Their President

    07/14/2014 10:24:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 14, 2014 | Ariel Cohen
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) If U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ever needs a new job, he could find himself at home in Afghanistan. After a recent diplomatic visit to the country, Kerry was hailed as a hero and a great politician, so much so, that some Afghans wished he would run for president. “John Kerry is the greatest American and the best friend of Afghanistan. He helped prevent this country from going to civil war two times,” 29-year-old Kabul shopkeeper Maqsood Parwani told NBC news. “I wish if we could elect him as our president, but we cannot so hope the American...
  • Joel Brinkley: Why Is America Fighting and Dying for Proud Pedophiles?

    07/14/2014 5:08:41 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    DianaWest.net ^ | 8/29/2010 | Diana West
    Joel Brinkley, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, lifts a rock and finds Afghan culture -- predatory and abusive, twisted out of human shape by a fusion of Pashtun and Koranic influences. Western forces fighting in southern Afghanistan had a problem. Too often, soldiers on patrol passed an older man walking hand-in-hand with a pretty young boy. Their behavior suggested he was not the boy's father. Then, British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to "touch and fondle them," military investigator AnnaMaria Cardinalli told me. "The soldiers didn't understand." All of this was so disconcerting that the...
  • Freed American POW Bowe Bergdahl to return to active duty with US Army TODAY

    07/13/2014 11:58:33 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/13/14 | Staff
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is to return to active duty with the US Army on Monday just four weeks on from his return to the United States after spending five years in captivity with the Taliban. According to the New York Times, Bergdahl will begin work at the Army North headquarters in San Antonio's Fort Sam Houston, the same base where he has undergone therapy and counseling to deal with his reintegration back to the West. The soldier will also meet with Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, who is investigating the controversial and still publicly unexplained circumstances surrounding his disappearance in...
  • John McCain, Lindsey Graham: Audit disputed Afghanistan election (but not Mississippi!!)

    07/12/2014 7:39:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 7/5/14 | Jake Miller
    Less than a week after allegations of fraud prompted election officials in Afghanistan to delay the results of that country's presidential runoff election, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called Friday for the two remaining Afghan candidates to allow the results to be audited. "There's ample evidence of fraud," said Graham, according to the Wall Street Journal. "There needs to be an audit that is recognized by the Afghan people as legitimate and by the international community as legitimate." A failure to end the standoff, McCain warned, "could put not only the political environment in Afghanistan into a...
  • Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

    07/11/2014 7:26:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 10, 2014 3:13 AM EDT | Ken Dilanian
    When Gen. John Campbell, the Army’s vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son’s experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator’s tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system. This week, after an inquiry by The Associated Press, the Army acknowledged that Campbell misspoke about his son’s unit, omitting some key facts as he sought to defend a $4 billion system that critics say has not worked as promised. Campbell faces another Senate hearing Thursday morning, this one on his nomination to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan....
  • Bergdahl Pictured Smiling With Taliban While in Captivity

    07/10/2014 1:57:19 PM PDT · by dware · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07.10.2014 | Mushtaq Yusufzai
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — In a new salvo in the propaganda war with the West, a previously unseen photograph of what appears to be Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl smiling alongside a senior Taliban commander was posted to a Twitter account associated with the Afghan Taliban.
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • Defiant Abdullah claims victory

    07/08/2014 11:39:36 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 8 July 2014 | BBC
    Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah has claimed victory in last month's poll, despite results giving a lead to his rival, Ashraf Ghani. Addressing supporters in the capital, Kabul, Mr Abdullah repeated claims that the election was marred by fraud. US Secretary of State John Kerry had earlier warned against a power grab, amid reports that Mr Abdullah was planning a "parallel government".
  • At least 4 NATO troops reported killed in Afghan suicide bombing [Czech]

    07/08/2014 6:53:06 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    Updated News [Canada] ^ | July 8, 2014 | N/A
    Four NATO troops have been killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan’s Parwan province, the ISAF confirmed. The blast also killed two Afghan policemen and at least 10 civilians, local police said. Some reports say the NATO soldiers killed in the attack were from the Czech Republic. Earlier Ziaul Rahman Sayedkhili, a senior police officer in the eastern province of Parwan, said the blast had killed six NATO servicemen. He said a joint ISAF-Afghan force was deployed to the village of Qalandar Khil to investigate a rocket attack on a military base, which happened two days ago, and was targeted...
  • The Interpreters who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan, abandoned to die by US Govt.

    07/07/2014 9:58:40 PM PDT · by free_life · 33 replies
    ViceNews ^ | July 7, 2014 | Ben Anderson
    The interpreters who worked for American and NATO forces during the recent Afghanistan war are among our bravest and most loyal allies. They played an essential role educating foreign troops about the local culture they so badly needed to understand, and sourcing intelligence. As the US withdraws from Afghanistan, the tens of thousands of Afghans who put their own and their families’ lives at risk, because they believed US promises would be fulfilled, should now be offered safe haven. Instead, a majority of the interpreters are being denied transit to the US, or left in limbo for years on end....
  • John McCain, Lindsey Graham: Rethink Afghanistan in light of Iraq unrest [video] Face the Nation

    07/07/2014 5:47:29 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    CBS Face the Nation ^ | June 6, 2014 | video
    Fresh back from a trip to the Middle East, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-Ariz., discuss what lessons the U.S. can learn from the violence in Iraq as it prepares to leave Afghanistan.[video]
  • Soldiers reflect on Afghan war experience in 'Korengal'

    07/06/2014 1:22:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-2-14 | alter Addiego
    Sebastian Junger's "Korengal" is a kind of sequel to 2010's "Restrepo," but also stands on its own as an intense and affecting report on the experiences of U.S. troops in one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan. For the earlier film, Junger and co-director Tim Hetherington spent a year embedded with members of the Second Platoon of the 503rd Infantry Regiment in the Korengal Valley, which has been nicknamed the "Valley of Death." The new film is structured differently, but both are all about the men's experiences, leaving aside the politics or morality of the fighting. Junger uses some...
  • Joe Geoghagan Is A 31 Year Old Veteran And He’s Begging The VA Not To Let Him Starve To Death

    07/04/2014 6:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 3, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and he’s begging the VA not to let him starve to death. Let me repeat that. Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and he’s BEGGING the VA not to let him starve to death. Joe first came to my attention because he wrote the Right Wing News Facebook page asking for help. Imagine that: a veteran who did three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan reduced to writing the owner of a Facebook page because he doesn’t know where else to turn to get basic medical attention. After doing some basic...
  • They Lost China, and Iran, and Iraq, and Libya, and Afghanistan and Pakistan and...

    07/02/2014 1:25:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | John Ransom
    A victory beyond the wildest dreams of Osama bin Laden is within reach of fighters from ISIL, a group of which he would likely approve regardless of what current Al Qaeda leadership says about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. And it's all Obama's fault. “Iraqi troops battled to dislodge an al Qaeda splinter group from the city of Tikrit on Monday,” reports the Hindustan Times, “after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across a swathe of Iraq and Syria.” The caliphate claims worldwide authority over all Muslims, and...
  • Afghan election results delayed amid fraud accusations

    07/02/2014 4:33:30 AM PDT · by mgist · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-2-2014 | Harooni
    Preliminary results from Afghanistan's presidential election, have been delayed, an election official said, amid accusations of fraud. The contest pitted former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah against former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani. A senior U.N. official said the delay was intended to take account of allegations by Abdullah that his rival engaged in mass vote rigging. The election was intended to mark the first democratic transfer of power in Afghan history, a crucial step towards stability as NATO prepares to withdraw the bulk of its troops by the end of the year. ETHNIC TENSIONS Now the U.N. fears the standoff...
  • Afghan presidential runoff results delayed by fraud allegations

    07/01/2014 5:07:52 PM PDT · by mgist · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/1/2014 | carol williams
    Afghan presidential runoff results delayed by fraud allegations Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah at his residence in Kabul on Tuesday. He has alleged massive voting fraud in the final round of the election. Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah escapes bomb attack Carol J. Williams Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission announced Tuesday that results of the presidential runoff election will be delayed by at least several days as votes from nearly 2,000 polling places are reviewed in response to allegations of massive fraud. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, who was the clear front-runner with 45% of the vote in the initial eight-man...
  • Disgrace for 'Lawrence of Afghanistan': Decorated Green Beret Major lived in Afghan village

    06/29/2014 3:43:17 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 06/24/14 | James Nye
    Major Jim Gant was thrown out the military unceremoniously in March 2012 after his secret affair was discovered Had been living with former Washington Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson for a year The pair had 'gone native' with the Pashtun tribe living in Magwel, in the north of Afghanistan Gant and Tyson both were married with four children when they become involved Green Beret Gant had been serving continuously for 22-months Was respected and praised by then General David Petraeus - US commander in Afghanistan The former general encouraged Gant's unconventional tactics and called him 'Lawrence of Afghanistan' Gant was...
  • Green Beret Brings Girlfriend to Afghanistan

    06/29/2014 7:19:14 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 54 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 29, 2014 | Gary Buiso
    In a remote village in the dangerous northeastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, Army Green Beret Maj. Jim Gant was doing something few others had — he was making progress against the enemy. To do so, he and his men went native — trading their body armor for traditional Afghan garb, growing long beards, speaking the local Pashto tongue, and forging close alliances with tribesmen, who would come to revere Gant as “Commander Jim.” But when he went to bed at night, Gant had one thing his men did not — company. Ann Scott Tyson, a Washington Post war correspondent, quit...
  • Taliban Mount Major Assault in Afghanistan

    06/28/2014 1:16:53 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 27, 2014 | By AZAM AHMED and TAIMOOR SHAH
    KABUL, Afghanistan — In one of the most significant coordinated assaults on the government in years, the Taliban have attacked police outposts and government facilities across several districts in northern Helmand Province, sending police and military officials scrambling to shore up defenses and heralding a troubling new chapter as coalition forces prepare to depart. The attacks have focused on the district of Sangin, historically an insurgent stronghold and one of the deadliest districts in the country for the American and British forces who fought for years to secure it. The Taliban have mounted simultaneous attempts to conquer territory in the...
  • Warrior Nurse awarded Bronze Star

    06/24/2014 8:52:57 AM PDT · by Warrior Nurse · 80 replies
    6/24/2014 | Self
    Warrior Nurse was awarded the Bronze Star
  • How Did Michael Strange Really Die in Afghanistan?[Extortion 17]

    06/27/2014 6:17:23 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    Philadelphia ^ | June 26, 2014 | Jason Fagone
    [Subtitle]"After Northeast Philly’s Michael Strange was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, his father, Charles Strange, went on a quest for answers. It’s a journey that’s brought him face-to-face with Congress, the military bureaucracy, the NSA, a lawyer who believes Barack Obama is a Muslim, and the very dark heart of America in 2014." ***** "They had a whole long list of concerns, but most of them can be boiled down to one word: vulnerability. In reading about how the helicopter went in and went down, the families saw how vulnerable their loved ones had been. They were vulnerable, it seemed,...
  • Report: Bowe Bergdahl’s father was working on raising a $10 million ransom for his son

    06/27/2014 8:36:19 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6-27-2014 | Allahpundit
    So there was a ransom in the works. Fox News heard whispers about that soon after Bergdahl was released. So did the Free Beacon, from an intel official who speculated that a criminal syndicate like the Haqqani Network would have been much more interested in cash than prisoners. If you believe BuzzFeed, though, it wasn’t the U.S. government that was considering a ransom, it was Bergdahl’s father. And it’s unclear if it was a pipe dream or something he might have actually pulled off. Also, Bergdahl’s parents reportedly had “extraordinary insider access” to the military’s hunt for their son, replete...
  • ‘No reason to believe’ Bergdahl collaborated with Taliban captors, Army officials say

    06/26/2014 11:13:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    West Hawaii Today / The Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2014 | Stephanie McCrummen
    The Army has “no reason to believe” that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl collaborated with his Taliban captors during his five years as a prisoner, as some have speculated, and he has not said anything that might incriminate him in other misconduct, Army officials said Wednesday. A two-star Army general is currently investigating the exact circumstances of Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance from his post in Afghanistan, which led to his capture by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. Investigators have not yet interviewed Bergdahl, who was released May 31 as part of a controversial prisoner exchange with the Taliban. He is now living at a...
  • Soldier in Afghanistan Fights for Dog His Ex Sold Away

    06/25/2014 3:08:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | Yazhou Sun
    A soldier deployed in Afghanistan may be getting his dog back because strangers rallied to help him after his ex-girlfriend sold the pooch while he was overseas. The family that bought the pooch is also a military family, but were reluctant to surrender the dog because their children had become so attached to it. Robert Gabbert, a soldier based in Fort Carson, Colo., left his 3-year-old Shiba Inu named Baxter with his former girlfriend when he was deployed to Afghanistan in March. Instead of returning the dog to Gabbert's family, the ex-girlfriend sold the dog on Craigslist, supporters of Gabbert's...
  • Top Green Beret Officer Forced to Resign Over Affair With WaPo Reporter

    06/25/2014 12:38:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 117 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 24, 2014 | JAMES GORDON MEEK, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and BRIAN ROSS
    A legendary Special Forces commander was quietly forced to leave the U.S. Army after he admitted to a love affair with a Washington Post war correspondent, who quit her job to secretly live with him for almost a year in one of the most dangerous combat outposts in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Special Operations Command never publicly disclosed that highly-decorated Green Beret Major Jim Gant was relieved of command at the end of a harrowing 22 months in combat in March 2012. His commanders charged in confidential files that he had "indulged in a self-created fantasy world" of booze, pain pills...
  • Taliban battle Afghan forces for control of southern district [SANGIN]

    06/25/2014 6:05:50 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | June 24, 2014 | Stanekzai, M; Menon, P; Fernandez, C
    LASHKAR GAH Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban militants have been locked in fighting with Afghan forces this week to wrest control of a southern district, provincial authorities said on Wednesday, in a struggle that has killed or wounded dozens of people. The Taliban launched its summer offensive in the middle of May and has ramped up attacks across the country, a major concern for the government, as most foreign troops leave by the end of the year. As many as 800 Taliban fighters have targeted government offices and police outposts in the Sangin district of Helmand province, said provincial government spokesman...
  • Obama nominates 3 new military commanders

    06/24/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 24, 2014 5:58 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    President Barack Obama has tapped the vice chief of the Army to take over the U.S. command in Afghanistan later this year as America pulls out its combat troops and leaves a force of about 10,000 to train and advise the Afghan military. …
  • Knowing Bergdahl, Part One: “Bergdahl Was A Weird, Creepy Loner Ready To Blow”

    06/23/2014 6:43:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 23, 2014 | Bill Robinson
    Two platoon mates reveal some of the strange encounters they had with Bowe Bergdahl before he went missing. On Sunday, June 1st, less than 24 hours after the White House’ Rose Garden press conference announcing the trade for and release of Bowe Bergdahl, I was contacted by a man who told me “I work for the Pentagon.” He went on to tell me that “the American people need to know the facts regarding this ‘Traitor Trade’ for Bowe Bergdahl, and I want your help in informing them. They need to know about this whole treasonous mess. I read your...
  • 173rd Airborne Soldier to Receive Medal of Honor

    06/23/2014 6:05:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Miltary.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Richard Sisk
    A soldier who kept fighting despite grenade shrapnel wounds to the legs and arm in the controversial battle of Wanat in Afghanistan will receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced Monday. Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, who was medically discharged in 2009, will be the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. President Obama will present him with the nation's highest award for valor at a White House ceremony on July 21. Pitts will receive the MOH for his actions while serving as a Forward Observer with 2nd...
  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Praise to Obama for bringing him home, but scorn for an endless war

    06/23/2014 5:50:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 23, 2014 | Gerry Condon, Veterans for Peace, Tacoma
    Five more U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan June 10 [“5 US troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan,” Nation & World, June 10]. They were killed by a NATO airstrike, so-called “friendly fire.” Who is to blame for these deaths? Certainly not Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who did not order U.S. troops into an endless and pointless war in Afghanistan. Veterans for Peace has had few opportunities to applaud the actions of President Obama. We are profoundly disappointed that the president has continued the aggressive foreign policies of the Bush administration. But today, we can thank Obama for a couple...
  • How do people lose their native language? (Sgt Bowe Bergdahl spoke English for 23 years...)

    06/04/2014 11:44:25 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 65 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3 June 2014 Last updated at 19:07 ET | no byline
    Sgt Bowe Bergdahl spoke English for 23 years until he was captured by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan five years ago. But since his release, he has trouble speaking it, says his father. How can you lose your native language, asks Taylor Kate Brown. Some people have gone decades without speaking or hearing their first language but they retain the ability to speak it easily, says Dr Monika Schmid, a linguistics professor at the University of Essex in the UK. But others begin losing fluency within a few years of not speaking it. It's rare to totally lose command of a...
  • Former Afghanistan POW Bergdahl discharged from hospital: Army

    06/22/2014 5:09:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 22, 2014 | by Jonathan Kaminsky
    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released last month, has been discharged from a military hospital in Texas and will continue treatment as an outpatient, the Army said Sunday. Bergdahl was transferred from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, to the nearby Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, said Army spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Carol McClelland. "It’s a sign of progression, showing he's no longer a patient of a hospital," McClelland said. Bergdahl's next phase of recovery, during which he'll continue to get medical care and undergo psychological...
  • Jon Karl to Cheney: Are You Accusing Obama of ‘Treason’?

    06/22/2014 2:51:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 22, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    On This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jon Karl asked former Vice President Dick Cheney if his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last week, in which Cheney and daughter Liz accused President Barack Obama of wanting to take America “down a notch,” was tantamount to calling Obama a traitor. “It almost seems like you’re accusing the president of treason here,” Karl said, “saying he’s intentionally bringing America down a notch.” While adding that he intended “no disrespect” to Obama, Cheney launched into a comprehensive critique of the president’s foreign policy, which he...
  • Services for Army Private Aaron Toppen, killed in Afghanistan June 9th

    06/22/2014 6:20:56 AM PDT · by usconservative · 2 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 6/21/2014 | ABC-7 News Chicago
    Army Private Aaron Toppen and his family are members of the same church I attend. I don't know the family personally, I do remember our church praying for Aaron as he attended his last service at our church. Visitation Services for Private Aaron Toppen are tomorrow, June 23rd from 1-9pm. Funeral Tuesday starting at 10am. Any/All Chicago area Freepers who would like to help support Aaron Toppen's family are welcome to attend. Our church is a very large one, expect (and hope) that the turnout will be huge to support the family. My family will be attending the wake tomorrow...
  • NH Marine Killed In Afghanistan

    06/21/2014 11:54:55 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    A Marine from New Hampshire has been killed in Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, 19, was one of three U.S. service members killed by a roadside bomb Friday morning. (SNIP) Garabrant graduated from ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough last year. He had requested to wear his uniform during graduation, but the school did not allow it.
  • Hundreds protest alleged Afghan election fraud

    06/21/2014 6:28:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2014 7:59 AM EDT | Rahim Faiez and Amir Shah
    Hundreds of Afghans protested in the capital on Saturday against alleged fraud in last week’s presidential runoff, forcing a closure of the airport road amid escalating tensions over what Western officials had hoped would be a smooth transfer of power. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, who is running against Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a former finance minister, has accused electoral officials and others of trying to rig the June 14 vote against him. Abdullah announced this week that he was severing ties with the Independent Election Commission and would refuse to recognize any results it releases. He also suggested that the...
  • Army program aims to bring Bergdahl in for a ‘safe landing’

    06/20/2014 7:35:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    KTVI-TV / CNN ^ | June 20, 2014
    Like the six other former captives who have been through the Army’s reintegration program at Brooke Army Medical Center before him, daily life for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is focused on routine. He rises, eats and sleeps on a “normal schedule” and lives in a “typical” room at the huge hospital facility on a floor he shares with other patients. What isn’t typical is the security presence outside his door. The reason, says Col. Hans Bush, command spokesman for U.S. Army South, is not to keep the returnee in, but “to make sure he doesn’t get overwhelmed in a social setting.”...
  • Terrorist Group ISIS May Be Coming To America

    06/20/2014 9:10:53 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 20, 2014 | IBD Editorials
    War On Terror: As what the feds call "other than Mexicans" and MS-13 gang members stream across our border, just what is keeping the head of ISIS from keeping his promise, "I'll see you in New York"? We already know how ruthless the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is, so much so that media pundits such as Kirsten Powers, who should know better, insist that even al-Qaida is said to be distancing itself from the group. You know: the same al-Qaida that slit throats with box cutters and then turned passenger jets filled with fuel into cruise missiles...
  • Bergdahl trade rooted in Obama’s dislike of America

    06/19/2014 4:25:55 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-19-14 | Robert H. Lee
    For the first time since being freed by the Taliban in a covert and hasty exchange, US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is being exposed Tuesday to limited media and made aware of the swirling controversy surrounding his release. Bergdahl, his freedom brokered by the Obama administration in exchange for five top Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay military prison (Gitmo), now faces a formal military investigation into his disappearance in Afghanistan. "He is gradually being provided media coverage about him," US Army Colonel Hans Bush, reintegration mission spokesman, said in a brief statement. Republican leaders are referring to the exchange as...
  • Soldier interrupts Dem lawmaker trying to justify POW desertion: ‘Nobody else deserted’

    06/19/2014 2:02:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Biz Pac ^ | June 19, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    A former member of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s platoon interrupted a Democrat on Capital Hill Wednesday as he asked an academic expert about conditions the soldier might have endured in Afghanistan to tell him “nobody else deserted.” Much to the consternation of U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., former Army Specialist Cody Full asked for permission to speak as the lawmaker was in the process of building a case that Bergdahl may have had reason to act in “an inexplicable manner.”
  • Iraq crisis stirs fears Afghanistan could be next

    06/19/2014 10:35:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Arab News ^ | June 19, 2014 | by DONNA CASSATA - AP
    The deteriorating situation in Iraq is giving Congress pause about President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. Lawmakers fear that the hard-fought gains in Afghanistan could be wiped out by a resurgent Taleban. Senior Obama administration officials insist Afghanistan is not Iraq. They say the population is far more receptive to a continued US presence, and a top American general says Afghans are better fighters. But the officials could offer no assurances that Afghanistan won’t devolve into chaos after Americans leave, as Iraq has.
  • Bowe Bergdahl Is Not One of Us

    06/19/2014 12:14:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | June 19, 2014 | Bill Whittle
    NOT ONE OF US Hi everybody: I’m Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall. Benedict Arnold is the most famous traitor in American history. He was a general who wanted the British to win the American Revolution. Charles Cornwallis was also a general who wanted the British to win the American revolution. So why why is Arnold despised while Cornwallis is not? Well, Benedict Arnold was one of us. And General Cornwallis was not. General Cornwallis maintained his honor by fighting, in uniform, for a cause he believed in. General Arnold lost his honor – not just during his own...
  • Soldier: Bowe Bergdahl lodged false war crime allegations against his unit

    06/18/2014 7:55:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2014 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    An Army veteran who served alongside Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan said Wednesday that the long-captive soldier was deeply frustrated with the mission and had lodged false allegations that their unit had carried out atrocities. Bergdahl “didn’t understand why we were doing more humanitarian aid drops, setting up clinics, and helping the populous instead of hunting the Taliban,” former Spec. Cody Full told lawmakers during a hearing on the exchange of Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “He wanted to hunt and kill.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Taliban released Bergdahl to U.S. Special Operations forces May 31 after he had...
  • Absolutely Nothing: A Veteran’s Savage Indictment of the Iraq War (Major Barf Alert)

    06/18/2014 7:34:23 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    Juan Cole.com ^ | 6/18/2014 | Jim Wright
    Tragically, all we’ve fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing. - Mitt Romney, “Ideas Summit,” 6/13/2014 All we fought for in Iraq. All we fought for in Iraq is on the cusp of vanishing. That’s what Mitt Romney says. We fought for. We fought for. We. Oh, so it’s we now, is it, Mitt? We. I must have missed you over there, but it was a busy place. We. The guy who helped set up “pro-draft” rallies and yet somehow managed to avoid service in Vietnam is...