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  • 'I Didn't Join to Be Sacrificed': U.S. Troops Fed Up with Risky Afghanistan Strategy

    02/12/2014 2:10:53 PM PST · by drypowder · 57 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11 Feb 2014 | Billy & Karen Vaughn
    U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are now forced to fight a two-fronted war. Before each deployment, these soldiers understand fully that day after day they will do battle against relentless terrorists with shifting loyalties and unspeakable hatred. But what none of them could have foreseen was the killing field that would open from their rear: the Continental United States. Our government’s incessant tightening of already restrictive ROE (Rules of Engagement), compounded by the failed COIN (Counterinsurgency) strategy—also known as “winning hearts and minds”—has made an otherwise primitive enemy formidable. Our best and brightest come home in body bags as politicians and...
  • New court documents reveal final moments of border agent Brian Terry’s life

    02/05/2014 3:18:01 PM PST · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/5/14 | William La Jeunesse, Laura Prabucki
    Documents show that on Dec. 14, 2010, Terry's team was on a hill above a ravine. A ground sensor went off alerting them to the approaching smugglers. When agents yelled "police" in Spanish, the smugglers turned and fired. According to the documents, this happened at 11:08 p.m. Just 52 minutes later, Terry would have been relieved by a second BORTAC team and gone home for Christmas. "I saw some members of the group point their weapons at us," Agent Gabriel Fragoza declared to the court. "Agent Castano and I deployed less lethal bean bag rounds as the individuals began to...
  • The War on Babies: A Former Fetus Speaks Out

    01/23/2014 8:25:15 AM PST · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-23-14 | Wordsmith
    The reason for the silly title? The annoyance of seeing "War on Women" flash across a tv screen (MSNBC), earlier this morning as Roe v. Wade was being discussed by talking heads. On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I happened to read Hot Air linked in the Most Wanted section of FA: “Everyone”? Well, not exactly, but only if you think for more than a few seconds about human biology and the consequences of abortion. The White House put out this statementtoday hailing Roe v Wade on its 41st anniversary: Statement by President Obama on 41st anniversary of...
  • To Mark Abortion Decision, Obama Touts 'Freedom and Opportunities to Fulfill Their Dreams'

    01/22/2014 1:26:53 PM PST · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 22, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    In a statement marking the controversial Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, President Obama says that "this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams."
  • 74% of U.S. Afghan Casualties Came After Obama Ordered Troops Increased

    01/09/2014 3:47:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/9/14 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - Seventy-four percent of the U.S. military personnel who have given their lives serving in the Afghan War died after Feb. 17, 2009, when President Barack Obama announced his first increase in the number of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan, according to CNSNews.com’s database of U.S. casualties in the war. In the more than twelve years that have passed since U.S. troops first entered Afghanistan with the aim of removing al Qaeda from its sanctuary there, 2,162 U.S. service personnel have given their lives in and around Afghanistan in support of U.S. military activities in that country. 1,593 of...
  • The changing combat rules of engagement: What is one American life worth?

    12/27/2013 7:34:13 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/26/2013 | Maj. Gen. Jerry R. Curry
    To the American people an American military life is worth far more than the life of an Afghan soldier or civilian. For the current occupants of the White House and the Administration’s staff it seems to be just the opposite. It appears that to them Afghan civilian’s lives are more highly valued than American soldier’s lives, though this could never be publicly voiced in the politically correct game of semantics that combat commanders are forced to play these days. Still, to a military commander in the thick of battle the unintended killing of enemy civilians is collateral damage, one of...
  • Shades of Vietnam: Spike in U.S. troop deaths tied to stricter rules of engagement

    12/06/2013 8:01:56 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 5, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    The number of U.S. battlefield fatalities exceeded the rate at which troop strength surged in 2009 and 2010, prompting national security analysts to assert that coinciding stricter rules of engagement led to more deaths. A connection between the sharp increase in American deaths and restrictive rules of engagement is difficult to confirm. More deaths surely stemmed from ramped-up counterterrorism raids and the Taliban’s response with more homemade bombs, the No. 1 killer of NATO forces in Afghanistan. But it is clear that the rules of engagement, which restrain troops from firing in order to spare civilian casualties, cut back on...
  • Rules of Engagement

    12/04/2013 12:56:03 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    Sword and Sheild of Hawaii ^ | Dec 3 , 2013 | Billy Vaughn
    ” ROEs are , and shall ever be , a philosophical policy weapon used to further the ideology of the controlling political power at any given time . The power is in the politics , NOT the military . The military is expected to ‘submit’ to the politics of those in power . Those in political power determine what the mission objective is , as well as the policies involved with the country they occupy , such as Iraq or Afghanistan , for whatever reason ; even if it is detrimental to and opposed by the men and women from...
  • Rules of engagement bind U.S. troops’ actions in Afghanistan [New ROE are WORSE!}

    11/26/2013 9:17:13 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov 26, 2013 | By Rowan Scarborough
    ... "Said retired Army Col. Ken Allard, now a military analyst: “Call me crazy, but what on earth is the point of remaining there under these [rules of engagement], much less subjecting American soldiers to another set of restrictions that make sense only in proportion to your distance from the combat zone?”
  • U.S.-Afghan Pact is New Foreign Entitlement: Afgan-O-Care

    11/25/2013 8:32:48 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 22, 2013 | Diana West
    Now that U.S. and Afghan negotiators have agreed on terms of a seemingly open-ended -- if reduced -- U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration alike breathlessly await the verdict of the world's greatest deliberative body. No, not the U.S. Senate -- the "loya jirga." It is alarming to realize that this treaty renewing America's military commitment to Afghanistan under wholly disastrous terms for the United States seems to hinge on the say-so of some 3,000 "village elders" now gathered in Kabul -- and not, apparently, that of our own elected representatives. News reports...
  • More On Benghazi-Gate And Our Military

    10/29/2013 2:11:59 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    City On A Hill [BlogTalkRadio] ^ | October | Radio Broadcast
    Listen to broadcast interview of retired Marine 1st Sgt John Bernard give his opinion after the Benghazi hearings and the non-response of the GOP and the explanation for the faulty reasoning behind COIN and the present rules of engagement.
  • TrentoVision - SPECIAL - Billy & Karen Vaughn - SEAL Team 6

    10/01/2013 1:35:32 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    YouTube - TrentoVision ^ | September 19, 2013 | NA
    Streamed live on Sep 19, 2013 Taped in September 2013, this show is a look into the lives of Billy & Karen Vaughn, parents of fallen SEAL Team 6 warrior, Aaron Vaughn. The United West meet the Vaughns' back in 2011, right after the horrible loss of Extortion 17, Chinook helicopter that was shot down by the Taliban in Afghanistan. This show gets our viewers and listeners caught up with the very busy Vaughns as they battle with Congress, the Obama Administration and any others who get in their way to hold the US Government responsible for the failed ROE...
  • Congress to probe lethal SEAL crash

    07/24/2013 5:33:21 AM PDT · by kimtom · 39 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 07/24/13 | Bob Cusack
    Congress has launched an investigation of the helicopter crash that killed 30 Americans in Afghanistan, including members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6 unit, The Hill has learned. [WATCH VIDEO] The victims’ families say the Pentagon hasn’t provided answers to their many questions about the deadly attack, which took place on Aug. 6, 2011, three months after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by Team 6 forces. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on National Security, told The Hill, “We’re going to dive into this.” Chaffetz said he met with the...
  • Army officer gets 20 years' jail for murder after he ordered troops to open fire on Afghan men....

    08/02/2013 5:52:40 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 54 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | August 01, 2013 | By David Mccormack and Helen Pow
    FULL TITLE: "Army officer gets 20 years' jail for murder after he ordered troops to open fire on Afghan men approaching their checkpoint - but his lawyers say he was protecting platoon" First Lieutenant Clint Lorance was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder on ThursdayProsecutors said Lorance recklessly ordered his men to open fire on three men on a motorcycle approaching his patrol in July 2012, killing twoHis mom, Anna Lorance, says he was only doing what he had to to ensure the safety of his troopsHe was sentenced to 20 years in prison, forfeiture of all pay...
  • PC Kills American troops: More than 100 unarmed already murdered by Muslim 'friends'

    08/22/2012 6:36:10 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 37 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 8/22/2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    As I said in a previous column, one could be forgiven for believing that political correctness is only one step removed from insanity. Unfortunately, as the latest report from Afghanistan reveals, it can also be deadly. Last week, in a move the Obama administration would undoubtedly like their useful idiot buddies in the media to ignore as much as possible, a long-standing order was reversed: U.S. troops are now required to carry loaded weapons at all times while on base. In other words, prior to this new directive, troops were required to remove the magazines from their weapons while quartered...
  • My hero son who won Victoria Cross died because of Army ban on weapons that damage Taliban mud huts

    06/22/2013 4:23:19 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 22nd June 2013 | Mark Nicol
    A British soldier awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross died in vain because of an order to prevent damage to Taliban mud huts, an inquest will be told this summer. Colleagues of Lance Corporal James Ashworth – who won the UK’s highest gallantry medal – are expected to tell a coroner they were denied powerful weapons to take on the Taliban due to fears mortars and rockets could damage buildings. Soldiers from the Grenadier Guards will claim James died because he was forced to crawl to within a few feet of an enemy sniper in a mud hut while clutching a...
  • SEAL Mom: “This is Submission and the Cost of that Submission on August 6 was My Only Son”(VIDEO)

    05/10/2013 8:50:25 AM PDT · by IChing · 9 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | 5/9/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    I’ve said before that the Rules of Engagement are a much bigger scandal than Benghazi. I don’t have much else to say, except watch this video. Find an Obama supporter who still has some sense of right and wrong and show them this video. “The hearts and minds of the enemy are more valuable to this government than my son’s blood. This is submission and the cost of that submission on August 6 was my only son.”
  • The 5 Biggest Insults to American Manhood by the Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan

    02/16/2013 6:29:52 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 15, 2013 | David Forsmark
    "America’s muddle in Afghanistan is not merely an unwise policy, two prominent American authors — one a serious analyst (and former badass warrior) the other a bestselling novelist (who created one of our biggest badass heroes) worry that it is an affront to American manhood as well." ************* "West proposes we change from a counterinsurgency protocol (winning hearts and minds in order to recruit allies against the terrorists while building a civil society) to a counter-terror strategy (kill them whenever and wherever we can find them and let the Afghan government build its own society)."
  • (Marine) Hero's Islamic killer gets off scot-free

    02/13/2013 7:54:26 AM PST · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND ^ | February 13, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller tells of corporal gunned down by Afghan 'ally' SNIP: The event was illuminating in many ways. One speaker insistently emphasized that all religions teach the same core values, and another heralded our “nation building” efforts in Afghanistan. But then something happened that showed all that up as the politically correct nonsense that it is: the club presented a Supreme Sacrifice award to the family of Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr., who was murdered by one of our Afghan “allies” while working out in the base gym after a long day of work “nation building” among those allies...
  • Happy 40th Anniversary, Baby (Roe vs. Wade)

    01/22/2013 6:29:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/22/13 | ReproductiveRight100·
    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade we didn't buy a ruby. Instead, the Center for Reproductive Rights asked Mehcad Brooks of the USA Network's "Necessary Roughness" and HBO's "True Blood" to prepare a special video message just for you. To learn more and to sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights visit DrawTheLine.org.
  • "Pro-Choice" Americans at Record-Low 41% [May 2012]

    01/22/2013 10:05:31 AM PST · by lonestar67 · 22 replies
    Gallup ^ | May 23, 2012 | Lydia Saad
    PRINCETON, NJ -- The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as "pro-choice" is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves "pro-life," one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009.
  • Roe v. Wade at 40

    01/22/2013 9:26:33 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/22/2013 | Cal Thomas
    At last week's signing of "executive actions" designed to combat gun violence in America, President Obama, flanked by schoolchildren, said, "...when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now." There's no doubt that children, especially schoolchildren, are vulnerable to all kinds of threats, but are they "the most vulnerable," as the president claimed, or is there another category of human life that qualifies for that designation? Forty years after a Supreme Court majority opened the door to legalized abortion, the number of aborted babies has reached roughly 55 million. Think of that. Fifty-five million potential...
  • A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War (Dakota Meyer, MOH)

    12/09/2012 1:02:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 28, 2012 | David Forsmark
    Two videos at link. Badass military heroism: Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer's Into the Fire is this generation's To Hell and Back. Into the Fire A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War By Dakota Meyer and Bing West Random House, $27, 239 pp. Does this sound familiar? 1. A group of Americans on a diplomatic mission to reach out to Muslims are pinned down by al-Qaeda and come under overwhelming fire. 2. They repeatedly call for support fire missions, which are denied because they cannot absolutely guarantee no civilians are in the area. 3....
  • IDF Changes Rules of Engagement Along Syrian Border

    11/10/2012 1:57:49 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/11/12 | Elad Benari
    The continued spillover of the fighting in Syria into Israel has caused the IDF to change the rules of engagement along the Syrian border. According to a Channel 2 News report on Friday, the new orders instruct soldiers to respond if fire from Syria is dangerous and persistent. The report noted that while Israel wants to avoid such confrontation with Syria as much as possible, the main concern is that Islamist elements are contained along the Syrian border. At the beginning of the week, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz warned that Syria's civil war might soon become "an Israeli...
  • U.S. general: Obama paralyzed by fear (MOH recipient)

    11/05/2012 3:41:42 AM PST · by neveralib · 35 replies
    WND ^ | November 4, 2012 | By Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, U.S. Army (ret.)
    THIS IS AN EXCERPT: For years, many veterans and active military have been alarmed about the idiocy of the changes in battlefield evacuation known as Dust Off. For reasons having nothing to do with patient care, Dust Off has been removed from the control of the professionals, the medics, and put under the control of amateurs, aviation staff officers. According to Gen. Creighton Abrams, former U.S. Army chief of staff and former supreme commander in Vietnam: “A special word about the Dust Offs … Courage above and beyond the call of duty was sort of routine to them. It was...
  • STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL WHO WANTED SECURITY AT BENGHAZI 'ARTIFICIALLY LOW' TO TESTIFY TODAY

    10/10/2012 11:01:22 AM PDT · by Snuph · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Oct 2012 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Lamb reports to Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell, who reports to Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, who in turn reports directly to Secretary of State Clinton. A primary responsibility of Boswell and Lamb in Libya was enforcing the "No Marines, No Bullets" State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya document signed by Secretary Clinton some time within the past year and a half after the fall of Khadafi's dictatorship in Libya.
  • Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan: We’re Willing to Fight – But ‘Not Willing to Be Murdered'

    10/01/2012 6:56:59 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 58 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 10/1/12 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says he's "mad as hell" about the increasing number of insider attacks, in which Afghan soldiers and police murder the Americans who are trying to train them. "You know, we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign. But we're not willing to be murdered for it," Gen. Allen told CBS' "60 Minutes" in a segment that aired on Sunday. Gen. Allen told CBS Correspondent Lara Logan that the insider attacks will continue: "The enemy recognizes this is a vulnerability. You know, in Iraq, the signature weapon system that...
  • U.S. troops 'confused' about Afghanistan strategy

    10/09/2012 9:17:03 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 15 replies
    WND.com ^ | October 08, 2012 | WND Radio - Greg Corombos
    Ex-Reagan official: 'If you think your partner may kill you, there's something wrong' Scores of U.S. troops have been killed by supposed allies within the Afghan military and police forces. These green-on-blue murders prompted the Pentagon to suspend joint patrols. Retired U.S. Marine Bing West, an author and former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs in the Reagan administration, has been embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan on many occasions and just returned from going on a series of patrols. He told WND’s Greg Corombos there really isn’t more that can be done to screen the Afghans going...
  • Dead GI's email "heartbreaking"

    09/26/2012 8:55:50 AM PDT · by BerryDingle · 16 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Sep 26, 2012 | Howard Altman
    TAMPA -- Army Staff Sgt. Matt Sitton's letter from the combat zone helped turn a congressman against the war in Afghanistan. His letter to his wife from about the same time offers a glimpse into the experiences shaping his views of the war. In the letter, Sitton lashes out at his commanders, saying they were blaming their troops for failing to stop casualties. He wonders in his writing about why troops are even in Afghanistan. And he predicted the conditions his men were subject to would have ripple effects far beyond the battlefield. Complaining about an unnamed company commander, Sitton...
  • A NATION BETRAYED

    09/23/2012 6:21:12 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 70 replies
    Diana West ^ | September 23, 2012 | SeekTheTruth
    Below is an extraordinary, heart-stopping and historic letter. It is a letter SSG Matthew Sitton sent to U.S. Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young after his commanders in Afghanistan told him to "quit whining" about orders to lead patrols without objective "through, for lack of a better term, basically a mine field on a daily basis," as Sitton wrote. Twice daily basis, in fact. On August 2, 2012, Sitton and another US soldier were killed in one the IED-riddled field he spoke of. Eighty-one-year-old Rep. Young, who attends the same church in Florida as the Sitton family, this week announced he no...
  • Afghan inside attack kills 4 US troops, report says

    09/16/2012 3:19:35 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 16 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 16 Sept 2012 | Associated Press
    " At least one Afghan police officer turned his gun on NATO troops at a remote checkpoint in southern Afghanistan before dawn Sunday, killing four American service members before escaping, according to Afghan and international officials. It was the third attack by Afghan forces or insurgents disguised in military uniforms against international forces in as many days, killing eight troops in all."
  • Gold Star Family: SEAL Team 6 Killed by Rules of Enogagement

    09/14/2012 10:42:29 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 14 September 2012 | by Breitbart News
    "Rep. Gohmert stated that the press conference was scheduled weeks ago, but emphasized how timely this discussion was in light of the attacks on the US embassy in Libya and Cairo. Billy Vaughn spoke about his son Aaron, who was killed along with 29 others when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down. The mission was so risky it had to be approved outside of theater. When the chopper went down, the air support did not fire to take out the enemy because there might be friendlies in the building and the ROE made no...
  • ...General "Excuses" the Murder of American Servicemen in Afghanistan as due to "Religious Stress"!

    08/28/2012 12:43:58 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    Blog: Let Them Fight or Bring Them Home ^ | August 28, 2012 | John Bernard
    In what can only be described as a pitiful attempt to distract Americans from the obvious truth which is being written, and rewritten in American blood multiple times per week, General Allen excused the actions of Afghanistan's "True Soldiers of Allah". He very publicly declared that the "stresses" endured by ANA and ANP troops who participated in the month long Ramadan fast, have contributed to the very existence of "insider" attacks. Apparently, for the General, this is an acceptable explanation for "vetted" Afghan's to turn the weapons Americans have given them, against their benefactors. It wasn't long ago we heard...
  • Panetta Shoots for Islamic Brownie Points

    08/17/2012 10:33:47 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    DianeWest.net ^ | 04AUG12 | Diane West
    In the very best light, Leon Panetta, former CIA-director-turned-SecDef, was a dupe of Communism, an enabler and supporter of its agents and advocates. That he serves in the most sensitive positions in the US government is a real-life nightmare -- only the kind in which when you scream, no one hears you. That said, how to interpret a memorandum Panetta issued on July 30 regarding "Military Justice in Combat Zones"? In this memo to secretaries of the military departments, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and a new, Panetta-created panel called the Defense Legal Policy Board, Panetta orders a review...
  • MILITARY: Questions surround "lost" Medal of Honor file (Interesting - ROE - Long)

    08/10/2012 10:16:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NC Times ^ | August 10, 2012 | JONATHAN S. LANDAY/McClatchy Newspapers
    Questions surround Army captain’s ‘lost’ nomination for Medal of HonorWASHINGTON ---- Like other U.S. trainers with the Afghan force that day, former Army Capt. William Swenson had expected light resistance. Instead, the contingent walked into a furious six-hour gunfight with Taliban ambushers in which Swenson repeatedly charged through intense fire to retrieve wounded and dead. The 2009 battle of Ganjgal is perhaps the most remarkable of the Afghan war for its extraordinary heroism and deadly incompetence. It produced dozens of casualties, career-killing reprimands and a slew of commendations for valor. They included two Medal of Honor nominations, one for Swenson....
  • Statement by the father of Lance Cpl. Hunter “H.D.” Hogan (KIA 06/23/12 Re: ROE)

    07/08/2012 1:28:25 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 68 replies
    New ^ | July 07, 2012 | Steve Hogan
    Lance Cpl. Hunter “H.D.” Hogan entered the USMC 26 OCT. 2009. He served with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. The most outstanding custom in the Marine Corps is simply “being a Marine” and all that it implies. Call it morale, call it esprit de corps, call it what you will — it is that pride which sets a United States Marine apart from the other armed services. It is not taught in manuals, yet it is the most impressive lesson a recruit learns in boot camp. It is not tangible, yet it has won fights against...
  • For Marine's family, grief mixes with anger over U.S. war policy

    07/07/2012 2:05:29 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 26 replies
    News-Omaha.com ^ | July 07, 2012 | Matthew Hansen
    "The family of Lance Cpl. Hunter Hogan blamed military strategy — and the nation's commander in chief — for continued deaths in Afghanistan on Friday, the day they laid the 21-year-old Marine to rest in York. Steve Hogan, Hunter's father, buried his son in York Friday afternoon and then released a statement that blasted the military's rules of engagement in Afghanistan. Those rules have handcuffed Marines like his son as they try to wage war, he said, adding to the danger they face in some of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan."
  • Obama Celebrates Roe vs. Wade Decision, 54 Million Abortions

    01/22/2012 12:12:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 78 replies · 2+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/22/12 | Steven Ertelt
    President Barack Obama, today, release a statement celebrating the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that allowed for 54 million abortions. The decision, handed down on January 22, 1973, overturned pro-life laws offering protection for unborn children in most states across the country, and made abortions legal and virtually unlimited. The statement Obama release says: As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed...
  • Basic Lesson On Nonsense Of Supreme Court Jurisprudence By Looking At The Key Abortion Cases

    01/05/2012 10:47:20 PM PST · by stevelackner · 3 replies
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | January 5, 2012 | Steven W. Lackner
    Justice Clarence Thomas correctly wrote in his concurrence to the 2007 abortion case of Gonzalez v. Carhart, "I write separately to reiterate my view that the Court’s abortion jurisprudence, including [Planned Parenthood] v. Casey and Roe v. Wade, has no basis in the Constitution." The American people need to realize how absolutely clear this really is. In fact, they need to recognize that doing nothing more than just looking to Supreme Court precedent alone is enough in and of itself to demonstrate this point all to well. Gonazelez v. Carhart, and the line of abortion cases leading to it, proves...
  • What Do We Owe Our Soldiers? (Vanity)

    11/09/2011 1:23:47 PM PST · by RWB Patriot · 6 replies
    N/A ^ | 11-09-11 | RWB Patriot
    Before you read this, I request you check these songs and listen to EVERY SINGLE WORD. They will help you to understand what I’m speaking about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2gAi6xAxSA&list=FLNsrZy-L0vl7Eg2hdz7VEiw&index=336&feature=plpp_video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWrMeBR8W-c&ob=av2e Now read these links: http://floppingaces.net/2010/06/21/obamas-rules-of-engagement-in-afghanistan-will-ensure-we-lose/ http://www.captainsjournal.com/2011/07/13/british-soldiers-told-not-to-shoot-ied-emplacers/ http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2009/09/08/75036/were-pinned-down-4-us-marines.html http://www.theusreport.com/the-us-report/2010/11/11/in-afghanistan-us-fights-taliban-and-military-roe.html I want the reader to ask themselves how the daughter of a soldier must feel when she learns that her father died because his unit was denied support for fear of civilian casualties, or how the wife of a soldier would feel to learn that her husband died because he wasn’t permitted to kill the person who planted the IED that killed him. What...
  • Soldiers told not to shoot Taliban bomb layers

    07/08/2011 7:01:17 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/8/2011 | Andy Bloxham
    They are instead being ordered to just observe insurgents and record their position to reduce the risk of civilian casualties. The controversial policy emerged at an inquest into the death of Sgt Peter Rayner, 34, a soldier from the 2nd Batallion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment who was killed in October last year by an improvised explosive device as he led a patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Wendy Rayner, 40, disclosed that in the days leading up to his death her husband been told that it was not his job to attack insurgents laying bombs.
  • Fox News: 9 Americans killed by Afghan were NOT allowed to have loaded weapons!

    04/30/2011 6:38:31 AM PDT · by macquire · 168 replies · 1+ views
    Listening to Col David Hunt (Retired) on Fox right now explaining how the rules of engagement did not permit the Americans the Afghan pilot killed to have loaded weapons on base. The angry pilot simply shot them execution style after he left the meeting and retrieved a loaded firearm from his office. Have any of you heard this before? I am outraged. How do you fight a war with one hand tied behind your back?
  • An Interview with John Bernard

    02/09/2011 9:33:05 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 1 replies
    Diana West ^ | Paul Hair
    I first learned of John Bernard through Diana West (“ROE Are Merely Symptom of ‘Hearts and Minds’”) and the Stars and Stripes blog entry, “Photo of dying Marine forces a difficult decision.” Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan murdered Mr. Bernard’s son, Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard. Media outlets ignored his wishes and the wishes of the Department of Defense by running a photograph of his son as he lay dying from his wounds. This initially outraged me but because our nation bombards us with insult after insult, my outrage has subsided and now I simply keep this action in mind as the...
  • Obama Celebrates Abortion on 38th Roe Anniversary

    01/24/2011 8:34:22 AM PST · by julieee · 13 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | January 24, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Celebrates Abortion on 38th Roe Anniversary On the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions that allowed virtually unlimited abortion, President Barack Obama released a statement celebrating them, despite the 53 million abortions taking place since then. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/01/23/obama-celebrates-abortion-on-38th-roe-anniversary/
  • Obama marks anniversary of abortion rights case

    01/22/2011 1:26:55 PM PST · by MintyHippo1980 · 19 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 01/22/11 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is marking the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision on abortion by calling the procedure a constitutional right he's committed to protecting...
  • Roe v Wade - celebrating judicial activism

    01/13/2011 6:29:13 AM PST · by razorsharp · 5 replies
    Today, January 13th, marks the thirty-eighth anniversary of the the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade. And despite of the media's attempt to elevate the anniversary date to red-letter status, the country is still sharply divided over the Court's decision. In fact, the number one question looming over any nominee to sit on the Supreme Court, well, any nominee by a Republican administration, is "how will they rule regarding Roe v. Wade?" So, did the Court rule judiciously in regards to the Constitution, or expeditiously in regards to an agenda? Let's go back and take...
  • More US soldiers killed in Afghanistan during 2 years of Obama’s compared to 8 years under Bush

    12/13/2010 3:24:47 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 35 replies · 4+ views
    http://icasualties.org/oef/
  • Who Is The Bigger Enemy: The Taliban, or Our Strategy?

    11/21/2010 7:47:56 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 28 replies
    Human Events ^ | 16 Nov 2010 | Chris Carter
    "We are pinned down. We are running low on ammo. We have no air. We've lost today," Marine Maj. Kevin Williams told his Afghan translator as Afghan soldiers repeatedly asked for helicopter support. American military trainers and the Afghan soldiers they were working with had been pinned down by intense machine gun, rocket-propelled grenade, and mortar fire for several hours, and the artillery support they had been promised was being withheld by commanders at a nearby forward operating base. The combined force of 60 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, 20 Afghan border police, and 13 U.S. trainers set out before...
  • More Deaths In Afghanistan Under Obama Than Under 8 Years Of Bush

    09/02/2010 8:07:56 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 14 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-02-10 | Curt
    (h/t Gateway Pundit) The utter hypocrisy in our media and on the left is on display with the above graph. The United States has now lost more military men and women in Afghanistan under President Obama than during 8 years of the Bush Administration. We couldn't go a day without frontpage headlines emblazoned across every paper and on every nightly newscast about the death toll in Iraq. Each new report vilifying Bush. Now? Not so much blame for our current President. Hmmmmm, I wonder why? Say Anything: A couple of years ago, every casualty in Iraq was front page news....
  • As U.S. deaths in Afghanistan rise, military families grow critical

    09/01/2010 5:50:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/2/2010 | David Zucchino
    Some families of service members killed in the war say the rules of engagement protect Afghan civilians at the expense of American troops. U.S. combat tolls have peaked this summer. Bill and Beverly Osborn still can't bring themselves to erase the phone message from their son Ben. He had called from Afghanistan in June to assure them that he was safe. Four days later, he was killed in a Taliban ambush. The Osborns long ago accepted the risks faced by their son, an Army specialist. But what they can't accept now are the military rules of engagement, which they contend...