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  • Syria: Outrage is Not a Strategy

    09/03/2013 10:12:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    michaelyon-online.com ^ | 02 September 2013 | Michael Yon
    Never Go to War without the Support of Your People In 2006, the talking points from London and Washington insisted: we had won the war in Afghanistan, and Iraq was not in civil war. To say otherwise was apostasy. In 2006, British Defense Secretary John Reid was famously quoted on Afghanistan: "We are in the south to help and protect the Afghan people construct their own democracy. "We would be perfectly happy to leave in three years and without firing one shot because our job is to protect the reconstruction." Adversaries made Mr. Reid’s comment more infamous by misquoting him...
  • Stunning Letter: Infantry Colonel Communiqué to Secretary of the Army (Incompetence in Afghanistan)

    10/13/2012 1:53:44 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    Michael Yon Online ^ | August 20, 2010 | Colonel Harry Tunnell, the Brigade Commander of 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team
    This is the most stunning and forceful letter I have read from the Afghanistan war. It was written in 2010 from Afghanistan by Colonel Harry Tunnell, the Brigade Commander of 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. After this letter, Colonel Tunnell was investigated and the normal smear campaign unfolded. Having been embedded with his Brigade in 2010, it became obvious that they were put into a no-win situation, with troops spread over several provinces in Afghanistan.
  • Stunning Letter: Infantry Colonel Communiqué to Secretary of the Army (MUST READ)

    10/10/2012 10:40:01 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 57 replies
    Micheal Yon ^ | 10 October 2012 | Micheal Yon
    This is the most stunning and forceful letter I have read from the Afghanistan war. It was written in 2010 from Afghanistan by Colonel Harry Tunnell, the Brigade Commander of 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. After this letter, Colonel Tunnell was investigated and the normal smear campaign unfolded. Having been embedded with his Brigade in 2010, it became obvious that they were put into a no-win situation, with troops spread over several provinces in Afghanistan.
  • ‘The Good War’ Has Gone Terribly Wrong (Afghanistan)

    10/03/2012 10:54:19 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    Michael Yon Online Magazine ^ | October 02, 2012 | Kathleen McKinley
    Really disturbing news out of Afghanistan that may be being overlooked with all the Presidential election news going on. The New York Times reported in August that the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan has more than doubled since Pres. Obama took office. From Michael Yon: “Afghan forces are infested with Taliban suicide killers. Two more “green-on-blue” attacks have occurred in the last few days, killing six more troops. Days ago, the Taliban executed an audacious attack on Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan where Prince Harry is stationed. Under darkness without moon, at least fifteen attackers breached the wire,...
  • America’s Dumbest War, Ever

    09/26/2012 9:12:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 26 September 2012 | Michael Yon
    Yesterday a concerned father forwarded to me a letter from his son in Afghanistan. I confirmed authenticity, and republish with permission: Dad, I am fed up. I cannot believe the lack of attention the recent changes in this war is receiving by the media or the country. I think I saw one thing on CNN about the following subject, but I had to dig extensively to find it. The purpose of this letter is to let you know of the garbage that our soldiers are going through right now. With this knowledge, I hope that you take action by writing...
  • Golden Seconds (Open Letter to Panetta and Obama) (Michael Yon)

    10/25/2011 12:34:53 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Michael Yon ONline ^ | Oct 24, 2011 | Michael Yon
    Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and President Barack Obama Gentlemen, For the last seven years I have written about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have covered the US Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy. I’ve also covered the British, Lithuanian, Afghan and Iraqi forces, among others, in places ranging from Iraq to the Philippines and beyond. My most recent embed in Afghanistan was at personal invitation from then-General David Petraeus. It is said that I have spent more time with American combat forces than any writer in US history. I do not know if this...
  • Watch Your Step

    10/11/2011 6:54:02 AM PDT · by fso301 · 9 replies
    http://www.michaelyon-online.com/ ^ | Oct 10, 2011 | Michael Yon
    10 October 2011 Afghanistan The choice is yours. If blood and guts are too much, the video at the end of this dispatch is not for you. Do not click the button if your stomach is too weak for war. Unless you are a paramedic or work in a trauma center, THE VIDEO IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
  • Men at War: Come Home with Your Shield, or On It (Michael Yon)

    08/09/2011 2:11:45 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 3 replies · 1+ views
    MichaelYonOnline ^ | 8-8-11 | Michael Yon
    During the mission 08 August 2011 Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan The men here can be seen saluting senior officers, while saying, “Sir, with your shield or on it.” This is the mantra of Task Force Spartan. On the morning of 30 July, members of 4-4Cav boarded CH-47 helicopters and at 0300 landed in the middle of a Taliban stronghold. Over the next 48 hours, there were at least 27 firefights. The number taken for confirmed enemy killed was eleven, though likely the actual number was considerably higher. During the first day, one of our Soldiers was shot in...
  • Michael Yon's Photos - Wall Photos

    08/08/2011 8:10:16 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Facebook ^ | Michael Yon
    Our New American Writes Earlier I posted a photo of a Female Engagement Team (FET). One of the FET members is a new American from Iraq. Zena joined the US Army. Zena writes: "Zena Admounabdfany: I love this photo of us Mr. Yon!! Thank you for welcoming me to USA. I love, enjoy and appreciate every second of my life in USA! God bless our nation! It was great working with you in that mission." and: "Zena Admounabdfany: I am honored to be part of the greatest army in the world beside the bravest soldiers ever."
  • Mike Yon: A Bogus Report By Rolling Stone About Our Troops In Afghanistan Has Me Crying 'Bulls**t'

    03/30/2011 11:40:00 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 30, 2011 | Michael Yon
    Seldom do I waste time with rebutting articles, and especially not from publications like Rolling Stone. Tuesday, numerous people sent links to me of the latest Rolling Stone tripe. The story is titled “The Kill Team, The Full Story.” It should be titled: “BULLS**T, from Rolling Stone.” The story—not really an “article”—covers soldiers from 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) in Afghanistan. A handful of soldiers were accused of murder. It does in fact appear that a tiny group of rogues committed premeditated murder. I was embedded with the 5/2 SBCT and was afforded incredible access to the brigade by...
  • Michael Yon invited by Brits and US to embed again

    06/26/2010 7:42:19 AM PDT · by yoe · 24 replies
    Michael Yon On Line ^ | June 24, 2010 | Kay B. Day
    Michael Yon has been invited to embed again by both Great Britain and the US.Michael Yon isn’t a correspondent who sparks a neutral reaction in the reader. You either love him or you don’t. There’s not much of an in-between. In April Yon’s embed in Afghanistan ended abruptly. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, was in charge and some of Yon’s fans blamed the general. The official reason given was “overcrowding by journalists.” In a dispatch announcing the change, Yon wrote, “Haven’t seen a journalist in weeks.” In the preceding month, Yon had pulled no punches in...
  • Michael Yon’s criticism of McChrystal deemed prophetic

    06/22/2010 1:45:28 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 61 replies · 2+ views
    The US Report via michaelyon-online.com ^ | June 22, 2010 | Kay B. Day
    Rolling Stone’s advance of an article with controversial remarks by Gen. Stanley McChrystal about President Barack Obama’s prosecution of the war will be on the screen for days to come. Apparently the general opened up to a freelancer and held little back when it came to deriding vice-president Joe Biden and ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry. Eikenberry retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant General.* But war correspondent Michael Yon had begun to ask questions about the leadership in Afghanistan weeks ago. The Washington Post said McChrystal “is quoted in an upcoming profile in Rolling Stone magazine as...
  • ( Michael Yon )Military Mysteriously Cuts Short Top War Correspondent's Time in Afghanistan

    06/02/2010 11:02:05 PM PDT · by Leisler · 26 replies · 762+ views
    The military has cut short a war correspondent's embed, and there may be evidence that the decision may have been part of a smear campaign against the writer. Michael Yon, a former Green Beret, has been covering Iraq and Afghanistan for six years. He has also covered conflicts in Thailand, the Philippines, and Nepal. Following a string of events covered by Yon that cast a negative light on two top NATO commanders, the military decided to terminate Yon's embed prematurely, citing reasons that didn't add up. ISAF's reason for disembedding Yon was “embed overcrowding.” Yet in an email to Admiral...
  • Who In the MSM Will Stand Up For Michael Yon? (McChrystal banishes Michael Yon to Thailand!)

    05/25/2010 7:42:06 PM PDT · by MestaMachine · 131 replies · 4,347+ views
    Big Journalism ^ | May 25, 2010 | Ron Futrell
    The best war journalist of our time has been kicked out of Afghanistan... Let the administration boot Helen Thomas out of her seat in the front of a White House press conference and there would be outrage. Remove Jonathan Karl from the Capitol and media would revolt. Kick Andrea Kremer off Sunday Night Football and there would be pandemonium. And yet nobody in the media seems to have much of a problem with Michael Yon being removed from the front lines by Obama/General McChrystal. Yon has openly stated the problems in Afghanistan right now and how we could lose...
  • Military rebuffs blogger’s call for top Canadian general to be fired

    03/03/2010 7:17:02 PM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies · 681+ views
    National Post ^ | March 03, 2010
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Canadian military in Afghanistan emphatically denied Wednesday a claim by an American blogger popular among soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan that Canada's commander, Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard, should be fired for not having prevented an attack on a bridge near the Kandahar Airfield where an American soldier and four Afghan civilians died Monday. Blogger Michael Yon, a former Special Forces soldier who has sometimes had strained relations with the U.S. and British military bureaucracy because of his writing, alleged Canadian troops were not providing security as they should have because they and Brig.-Gen. Menard were watching...
  • Michael Yon Handcuffed By Security Bullies At SeaTac

    01/05/2010 2:50:39 PM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies · 1,238+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | January 5, 2010 | Steve McGough
    An act of injustice. This really ticks me off. Michael Yon, who I follow regularly as he travels with embedded troops around the world as they fight insurgents, Taliban, al-Qaida and other terrorists was handcuffed and detained by TSA security at SeaTac earlier today when he was returning from overseas. Update: Yon did not say that TSA handcuffed him – I made that assumption. My guess is that it was Customs or Immigration when he was re-entering the USA. I just updated my post headline accordingly. Get this. They wanted to know what his annual income was, and since he...
  • Breaking: Michael Yon arrested at Seattle airport

    01/05/2010 10:39:04 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 56 replies · 3,152+ views
    Hot AirPundit ^ | January 05, 2010 | Ed MORRISSEY
    Thank goodness our Homeland Security people are on the job after the EunuchBomber botched attack on Christmas Day. We certainly don’t want to have independent war correspondents passing through our airports without revealing their annual income: Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not “arrested”, but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eventually came — they were professionals — and rescued me from...
  • Michael Yon Handcuffed by TSA at SeaTac (Updated)("refusing to say how much money I make")

    01/05/2010 2:19:39 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 215 replies · 4,236+ views
    The Jawa Report ^ | January 05, 2010 | Dr. Rusty Shackleford
    This from Michael Yon on Facebook: http://ww.facebook.com/MichaelYonFanPageGot arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not "arrested", but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eve...eventually came -- they were professionals -- and rescued me from the border bullies. h/t tip North Shore JournalInstead of going after those that are suspected terrorists, this happens? I was reading a post at JWF, where Joan Rivers was booted...
  • Breaking: Michael Yon arrested at Seattle airport

    01/05/2010 11:53:51 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 63 replies · 2,519+ views
    Thank goodness our Homeland Security people are on the job after the EunuchBomber botched attack on Christmas Day. We certainly don’t want to have independent war correspondents passing through our airports without revealing their annual income: Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not “arrested”, but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eventually came — they were professionals — and rescued me from...
  • Michael Yon Arrested at Seattle Airport

    01/05/2010 10:40:26 AM PST · by NetRight Nation · 24 replies · 1,893+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | January 5, 2009 | Adam Bitely
    This seems to have happened about an hour ago. Apparently, Michael Yon was arrested at the Seattle Airport after refusing to tell airport security how much money he earns! This seems like a resonable reason to detain someone... On Michael Yon's Facebook Fan Page, the following updates were posted: Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not "arrested", but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port...