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  • US rockets kill 12 Afghan civilians in offensive as Marines scour for bombs (And Protest ROE!)

    02/14/2010 5:55:57 PM PST · by xzins · 77 replies · 2,601+ views
    Associated Press via LocalNet.Com ^ | (AP) 05:26:48 PM (ET), Sunday, February 14, 2010 (MARJAH, Afghanistan) | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU Associated Press Writer (AP)
    <p>Two U.S. rockets slammed into a home Sunday outside the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah, killing 12 civilians after Afghanistan's president appealed to NATO to take care in its campaign to seize the town.</p> <p>Inside Marjah, Marines encountered "death at every corner" in their second day of a massive offensive to capture this bleak mud-brick city filled with booby traps, hardcore Taliban fighters and civilians unsure where to cast their loyalty.</p>
  • Rules of engagement mean Marines see victory in holding fire

    02/06/2010 3:26:37 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 42 replies · 958+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 7, 2010 | By John Vandiver,
    COMBAT OUTPOST FIDDLER’S GREEN, Afghanistan Sgt. Jefferson Haney is a rarity, and his fellow Marines look at him with just a little bit of envy. The artilleryman with the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment is one of few who have done what they spent countless hours training for: firing his howitzer at the enemy. “Two rounds on an enemy bunker,” recalled Haney as he stood near the firing line at Fiddler’s Green, a combat outpost in Helmand province. “The bunker was destroyed.” With new and more stringent rules of engagement imposed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal in an effort to reduce...
  • New U.S. air strategy in Afghanistan: First, do no harm

    01/31/2010 1:28:34 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 31 replies · 571+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 31, 2010 | Nancy A. Youssef
    NANGAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — As his commander greeted a local leader in a district government building one day recently, Air Force Technical Sgt. Tyler Woodson, 20, scurried past them and ran up three flights of stairs to the roof. There, Woodson, of Macon, Ga., surveyed the town. He saw children playing soccer in an adjacent field, trucks traveling on the main throughway and, several hundred yards away, a glorious range of mountains touching the sky. He knew that was the best place to drop a bomb from an F-16 — where there was no chance of striking anyone or anything....
  • Justice Roberts Hints He Could Overturn Roe

    01/25/2010 11:34:34 AM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 171 replies · 6,881+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 25 Jan 2010 | Theodore Kettle
    Chief Justice John Roberts last week made it clear that the Supreme Court over which he presides will not hesitate to sweep away its own major constitutional rulings when doing so is necessary to defend America’s bedrock governing document. The announcement of that guiding core principle means two very big things. First, Roberts and his fellow strict constructionists on the court are now armed and ready with a powerful rationale for overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion ruling if Justice Anthony Kennedy or a future justice becomes the fifth vote against Roe. Secondly, successfully placing Roberts atop the high...
  • Afgahnistan: Rules of Engagement that can only lose a war and Obama knows it.

    01/16/2010 8:41:01 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies · 555+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | January 16, 2010 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The ubiquitous yellow jugs joined to the hips of Florida pool owners are different icons in Afghanistan. They’re the carriers of fertilizer and diesel fuel terrorists use to blow up our boys with roadside bombs called IED’s. Question: “Was it our general and not our President doing the dithering in the 90 days of contemplation before Obama released 30,000 more of our boys to be fed into the maw of a war we refuse to win?” In a recent NPR interview Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman (just returned from being “in country,”) told hostess Renee Montagne he observed our Marines tracking...
  • The Real Rules of War (A must read especially for those who don't know how to wage war)

    12/23/2009 7:37:58 AM PST · by yoe · 38 replies · 1,932+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 23, 2009 | Warren Kozak
    Five years ago, a particularly gruesome image made its way to our television screens from the war in Iraq. Four U.S. civilian contractors working in Fallujah were ambushed and killed by al Qaeda. Their bodies were burned, then dragged through the streets. Two of the charred bodies were hung from the Euphrates Bridge and left dangling. This barbaric act left an impression that our military did not forget: In a special operation earlier this year, Navy SEALs captured the mastermind of that attack, Ahmed Hashim Abed. But after he was taken into custody in September, Abed claimed he was punched...
  • Questions No One Wants to Ask Gen. McChrystal

    12/12/2009 6:22:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,220+ views ^ | December 11, 2009 | Diana West
    Gen. Stanley McChrystal's long-awaited testimony before Congress on the Afghanistan "surge" was, according to one account, "uneventful." The general himself, another story noted, was "a study in circumspection." And questioning from lawmakers was, said a third, "gentle." That's a nice word for it. "Ineffectual" is more like it. Throw in "callous," too, given House members' obligations to constituents in the war zone, operating under what are surely the most restrictive rules of engagement (ROE) in U.S. history. But not a single lawmaker appears to have ventured one question about these dangerously disarming ROEs, which, in Gen. McChrystal's controversial view, are...
  • Military

    11/29/2009 9:19:21 PM PST · by stolinsky · 5 replies · 454+ views ^ | 11-30-09 | stolinsky
    We now conduct war so that a lawyer can tell a general not to kill an enemy leader, while three SEALs need a lawyer to defend them after completing a successful mission. Wars requite warriors, not lawyers. Anyone who does not know this is a dangerous fool, even if he wears the uniform of a general or an admiral, or sits in the Pentagon or the Oval Office.
  • Pentagon official blames U.S. for al-Qaida attacks

    04/21/2009 5:33:12 AM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 20 replies · 1,027+ views
    Pentagon official blames U.S. for al-Qaida attacks Worked for George Soros, argued for government control of media April 20, 2009 By Aaron Klein © 2009 WorldNetDaily She believes al-Qaida was an "obscure group" turned into a massive threat due to U.S. policies. She's referred to former President Bush as "our torturer in chief" and a "psychotic who need(s) treatment" while comparing Bush's arguments for waging a war on terrorism to Adolf Hitler's use of political propaganda. She's worked on behalf of George Soros' philanthropic foundation. Meet Rosa Brooks, the Obama administration's new adviser to Michelle Fluornoy, the undersecretary of defense...
  • Personhood Movement explodes in 32 states!

    11/01/2009 5:00:57 PM PST · by Lesforlife · 4 replies · 471+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | October 31, 2009 | Chelsea Shilling
    Posted: October 31, 2009 By Chelsea Schilling © 2009 WorldNetDaily A pro-life movement seeking to guarantee basic human rights to unborn babies is exploding in 32 states – and leaders say it could be just the key to nullifying abortion provisions in President Obama's health-care "reform." While abortion was not specifically mentioned in earlier bills under consideration, H.R.3962, unveiled by Nancy Pelosi this week, does in fact state abortion is to be covered. Concerns are mounting that whatever the final form of the legislation, the procedure will become more accessible, requiring health insurance companies to fund abortions. Gualberto Garcia Jones...
  • 8 US Soldiers Killed in Afghan Gunbattle

    10/04/2009 4:31:06 AM PDT · by libstripper · 44 replies · 1,973+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 4, 2009 | LORI HINNANT
    Militant fighters streaming from an Afghan village and a mosque attacked a pair of remote outposts near the Pakistani border, killing eight U.S. soldiers and as many as seven Afghan forces in one of the fiercest battles of the eight-year war.
  • Congressmen Took Obama At His Word Over Invite to Review Health Bill “Line by Line”

    09/17/2009 10:13:17 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 743+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-16-09 | Mike's America
    Yet calls and letters go unanswered! President Obama issued the following invitation at a Town Hall meeting he held in July in Raleigh, NC (White House transcript): So I just want everybody to know, Congress will have time to read the bill. They will have time to debate the bill. They will have all of August to review the various legislative proposals. When we come back in September, I will be available to answer any question that members of Congress have. If they want to come over to the White House and go over line by line what's going on,...
  • Report: Rules of engagement led to soldiers’ deaths

    09/16/2009 9:17:37 AM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 25 replies · 822+ views ^ | September 16, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Report: Rules of engagement led to soldiers’ deaths By Michelle Malkin  •  September 16, 2009 11:01 AM Dear God (hat tip – Lynn S): NATO-led forces are investigating the death of four Marines in eastern Afghanistan after their commanders reportedly rejected requests for artillery fire in a battle with insurgents, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.Tuesday’s incident was “under investigation” and details remained unclear, press secretary Geoff Morrell told a news conference.A McClatchy newspapers’ journalist who witnessed the battle reported that a team of Marine trainers made repeated appeals for air and artillery support after being pinned down by insurgents in the village...
  • Obama’s new Rules of Engagement are costing American Troops' lives in Afghanistan

    09/11/2009 7:29:33 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 37 replies · 1,835+ views
    The Taliban LOVES Obama, and why shouldn't they?! Obama's new Rules of Engagement (ROE) as Commander-in-Chief provide that protecting Afghan civilians is now to be our military's TOP priority, so that our troops, when fired upon, can NOT return fire if there is a possibility of civilian casualties. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has implemented Obama's new ROEs and made protecting Afghan civilians his top priority. How can you fight a war when the objective is no longer to win?? So, with our enemies now having the benefit our TOP SECRET interrogation technique manuals...
  • 4 US Marines Die in Afghan Ambush (due to Obama's New Rules of Engagement)

    09/10/2009 6:20:24 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 39 replies · 2,371+ views
    McClatchy News Service ^ | September 9, 2009 | Jonathan Landay
    GANJGAL, Afghanistan — We walked into a trap, a killing zone of relentless gunfire and rocket barrages from Afghan insurgents hidden in the mountainsides and in a fortress-like village where women and children were replenishing their ammunition...Dashing from boulder to boulder, diving into trenches and ducking behind stone walls as the insurgents maneuvered to outflank us, we waited more than an hour for U.S. helicopters to arrive, despite earlier assurances that air cover would be five minutes away... U.S. commanders, citing new rules to avoid civilian casualties, rejected repeated calls to unleash artillery rounds at attackers dug into the slopes...
  • Obama’s Rules Of Engagement In Afghanistan Costing Our Troops Lives

    09/09/2009 4:58:52 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 41 replies · 2,022+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-09-09 | Curt
    Four Marines died yesterday in Afghanistan when the Taliban laid a trap: Four U.S. Marines died Tuesday when they walked into a well-laid ambush by insurgents in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province. Seven Afghan troops and an interpreter for the Marine commander also died in the ambush and the subsequent battle, which lasted seven hours. Three American service members and 14 Afghan security force members were wounded. It was the largest number of American military trainers to die in a single incident since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The battle took place around the remote hamlet of Gangigal, in a valley about...
  • Taliban Ambush in Eastern Kunar Kills 4 US Marines

    09/09/2009 7:34:21 AM PDT · by Saije · 5 replies · 500+ views
    The Captain's Journal ^ | 9/8/2009 | Herschel Smith
    Again, this is a sad day for the Marines, but I sense that there is more here than casualties. Or better said, there is more here than a mere tactical or intelligence failure. I fear that we are attempting to win hearts and minds without the necessary concomitant force projection. We all know that the Anbar experience will not directly apply to Helmand, or Kunar, or anywhere else for that matter. But if we can look past that nuance we can learn from the campaign for Anbar and what lessons it might have for us in Afghanistan.
  • The Abortion Evangelist (Another Late-Term Abortion Puff Piece by Newsweek)

    08/18/2009 11:13:58 AM PDT · by TitansAFC · 35 replies · 1,441+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 8/18/09 | Sarah Kliff
    LeRoy Carhart is determined to train as many late-term-abortion providers as possible—or the practice just might die with him..... Leroy Carhart was at his abortion clinic near Omaha when he got the phone call. It was Sunday morning, a little after 10, and the doctor was in surgery. He felt his cell phone vibrate. Carhart ignored it, finishing the abortion before checking his phone. The number for George Tiller's head nurse in Wichita, Kans., flashed on the screen. The timing was unusual; Carhart didn't often hear from Tiller on Sunday mornings. He thought it might have to do with a...
  • Air Force may buzz before bombing in Afghanistan

    08/13/2009 11:51:45 AM PDT · by james500 · 49 replies · 2,497+ views
    AP ^ | 8/13/2009
    The Air Force general in charge of the air war in Afghanistan says a new strategy means warplanes in some cases may be buzzing rather than bombing some insurgents. Lt. Gen. Gilmary Hostage said Thursday that his job is to support the strategy of winning Afghan support as formulated by the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. As part of that, McChrystal imposed restrictions on air power to limit civilian casualties. ... But the three-star general said that at times, it may be better to fly low over enemy forces and disperse them with noisy warplanes that threaten...
  • Abortion and the echo of eugenics

    07/26/2009 3:03:05 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 3 replies · 171+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 26, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    WHAT DO Richard Nixon and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have in common? Not much linked the former president, who died in 1994, and the associate justice now in her 17th year on the Supreme Court. But each was in the news recently with a cringe-inducing comment about abortion. Those comments are a reminder of the ease with which educated elites can decide that some people’s lives have no value. Nixon was meeting with an aide in the White House on Jan. 23, 1973, when the conversation - recorded on tapes newly released by the Nixon Presidential Library - turned to the...