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  • Why Conflict With Iran Over Iraq Can’t End Until America Withdraws

    01/23/2020 9:08:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/23/2020 | By Willis L. Krumholz
    Iran was dealt a severe blow with the strike that killed Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. Yet because of Iran’s core interests, the danger to U.S. servicemembers in Iraq is far from over. Instead of playing politics, Washington must realize that risking the lives of American forces in a gamble to reduce Iranian influence in Iraq isn’t worth it and may be self-defeating. Just look at the history of America and Iran.Many Americans view this history as starting in 1979 when, during the Iranian Revolution that overthrew the shah, Islamic radicals stormed the U.S. embassy in Iran and held...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 16 January 2020

    01/15/2020 6:02:00 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 69 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ FIRING ADJUSTMENT Army Staff Sgt. Geriff Polanco looks toward the target as Army Sgt. Erik Paredes looks through the sight of an M119 howitzer during live-fire training at Fort Polk, LA, July 26, 2016. Paredes and Polanco are assigned to the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Maj. Corine Lombardo Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. PRE-FLIGHT CHECKS A...
  • Now Is the Time to Stay in Iraq, Not Leave; Pulling out troops in Iraq only makes things worse.

    01/14/2020 7:19:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2020 | Auguste Meyrat
    With the death of General Soleimani and Iran's subsequent "saving face" retaliation, many pundits and commentators have expressed fear of an escalation of violence between the U.S. and Iran, something that could even mount into a third world war. Considering that those pushing this narrative also happen to push the narrative that Trump is a fascist dictator, Obama's foreign policy was beyond reproach, and the current impeachment is completely legitimate, it's safe to assume that these critics are mistaken. Trump is unlikely to start a war with Iran; he has no reason to do so, nor does anyone want this...
  • Iraqi Prime Minister Tells U.S. To Decide Mechanism For Troop Withdrawal

    01/10/2020 9:07:15 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 42 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 1/10/20 | Anon
    Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has told the U.S. secretary of state to send a delegation to Iraq tasked with formulating the mechanism for the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq, according to a statement released Friday. The statement, from the office of the Iraqi caretaker prime minister, said the request came in a telephone call between Abdul-Mahdi and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday night. It says Pompeo called the Iraqi premier. The prime minister said Iraq rejects all violations against its sovereignty including the attacks carried out by Iranian forces against U.S. troops in Iraq and...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 09 January 2020

    01/08/2020 6:01:58 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 38 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ PATRIOTIC TRIBUTE Members of the Oregon Army National Guard display the American flag on stage while the band Kiss performs the national anthem during the “Freedom to Rock” concert in Eugene, OR, July 9, 2016. The soldiers provided a color guard for the band’s patriotic tribute to U.S. military and veterans at the concert. Oregon National Guard photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before....
  • On Short Notice, US Fast-Response Force Flies To Mideast

    01/05/2020 5:09:02 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    AP ^ | 01/05/20
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Being a U.S. soldier in a fast-response force sometimes means being sent halfway across the world within a day, leaving no time to say goodbye to those staying behind. That’s what happened to April Shumard when her husband, a member of the 82 Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, got the call. He was at home, minding the couple’s five children while Shumard was at work at Healing Hands day spa, when he sent her a text. He had to rush to base. He wasn’t sure if it was a drill or a deployment. Then she...
  • U.S. Sends New Contingent of 4,000 Troops into Iraq

    01/01/2020 12:54:47 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 31, 2019 | Sundance
    First, the explanation from former CIA Director, current U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo: Video at link Does this “escalation” have a familiar feel about it? Let’s review the timeline: A joint U.S. DoD, CIA and State Department effort initiated the background for an impeachment effort against U.S. President Donald Trump.♦ A DoD Lt. Colonel named Alexander Vindman (Defense Dept.) sends false information to CIA operative Eric Ciaramella (CIA)…. that kick-starts a manipulated anonymous whistle-blower complaint through congress and the intelligence inspector general… which precedes a litany of U.S. foreign service operatives (State Dept.) testifying against President Trump.Despite the known...
  • As the war in Afghanistan rages on, Al Villanueva and other Pittsburgh veterans watch — and question

    12/22/2019 4:02:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 21, 2019 | Bill Brink
    Al Villanueva was 12 when the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center prompted the U.S. to invade Afghanistan in 2001. Eighteen years, three tours of duty and five NFL seasons later, the war continues. Mr. Villanueva, the Steelers’ left tackle and locally perhaps the most well-known veteran of the war in Afghanistan, belongs to a large Pittsburgh community of post-9/11 veterans, a portion of the nearly 800,000 who have deployed to Afghanistan with the initial mission of hunting down Osama bin Laden and the Taliban who protected him. Bin Laden is dead, but the Taliban, once nearly vanquished,...
  • Seoul, Washington fail to agree on cost of Maintaining U.S. troops in South Korea; U.S. 'not focused on' $5 billion demand: No Deal Throws Future of US Presence Into Doubt

    12/19/2019 1:55:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/19/2019 | Josh Smith
    South Korea and the United States failed on Wednesday to agree on Seoul’s contribution toward hosting some 28,500 U.S. troops, but the U.S. side hinted after the two days of talks ended that it will no longer stick to its $5 billion demand. No deal by Dec. 31, when the current agreement expires, may result in a repeat of last year when the two countries missed a year-end deadline but reached a retroactive deal in the new year. The two sides next meet in January in the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has accused South Korea of being a...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 19 December 2019

    12/18/2019 6:02:33 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 37 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ DAWN PREPARATIONS Marines prepare for a possible simulated attack at dawn during Exercise Hamel at the Cultana Training Area in Australia, July 9, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. PALS 16: AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT DEMONSTRATION A Navy air-cushion landing craft comes ashore during an amphibious landing demonstration for the U.S. Pacific Command's amphibious leaders symposium on Camp Pendleton, CA,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 12 December 2019

    12/11/2019 5:59:34 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 32 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ NATIONAL STRIPES Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Scott Farrell folds the U.S. flag aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville in the South China Sea, July 9, 2016. The Chancellorsville is patrolling in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Schneider Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. NIGHT-VISION VIEW Soldiers look through their night-vision...
  • Pentagon denies US mulling 14,000 more troops for Mideast

    12/05/2019 12:20:07 AM PST · by Farcesensitive · 5 replies
    AFP via YAHOO ^ | December 4, 2019
    The Pentagon on Wednesday denied a report that the United States was weighing sending up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East in the face of a perceived threat from Iran. The Wall Street Journal reported that the possible deployment would include "dozens" more ships and double the number of troops added to the US force in the region since the beginning of this year, citing unnamed US officials. The paper said President Donald Trump could make a decision on the troop boost as early as this month. But the Pentagon disputed the accuracy of the report. "To be...
  • Trump Administration Considers 14,000 More Troops for Mideast

    12/04/2019 1:56:23 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/04/2019 | By Gordon Lubold and Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East, including dozens more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops to counter Iran, U.S. officials said. The deployment could double the number of U.S. military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May. President Trump is expected to make a decision on the new deployments as soon as this month, those officials said.
  • Trump makes surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan

    11/28/2019 11:12:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    Politico via Yahoo ^ | 11/28/19 | Anita Kumar
    President Donald Trump arrived in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving to rally U.S. troops involved in the nearly two-decade-old war effort. Trump secretly left his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida Wednesday night and set out across the globe to offer holiday greetings to the service members stationed overseas. It marks Trump’s second trip to a combat zone, following last year’s Christmas trip to Iraq.
  • Trump considering withdrawing up to 4,000 U.S. troops from South Korea

    11/20/2019 6:01:03 PM PST · by Farcesensitive · 88 replies
    Reuters via YAHOO ^ | November 20, 2019
    ..."I understand that the U.S. is preparing to withdraw one brigade in case negotiations with South Korea do not go as well as President Trump wants," a diplomatic source in Washington with knowledge of the negotiations was cited as saying by South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. There are about 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea. A brigade is about 3,000-4,000 troops, Chosun said, and a potential reduction would be within the bounds of the National Defence Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019, passed by the U.S. Congress. None of the funds authorized by the act may be used to reduce...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 21 November 2019

    11/20/2019 5:59:44 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 42 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ HOIST TRAINING Soldiers conduct hoist training with civilian mountain rescue and law enforcement personnel in Yakima, WA, June 7, 2016. The soldiers provide medical evacuation coverage for local mountain and wilderness areas in partnership with civilian authorities. Army photo by Capt. Brian H. Harris Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. REACHING OVER WATER Marine Corps Cpl. Jackson T. Allen reaches for a rope on an over-water obstacle course at...
  • U.S., South Korea break off defense cost talks amid backlash over $5 billion demand

    11/19/2019 12:17:02 AM PST · by Farcesensitive · 28 replies
    Reuters via YAHOO ^ | November 18, 2019 | Joyce Lee and Sangmi Cha
    South Korean and U.S. officials broke off talks on Tuesday aimed at settling the cost burden for Seoul of hosting the U.S. military, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said, amid a public backlash over a $5 billion U.S. demand for the bill. The breakdown in talks was a sharp and rare public disagreement in the 66-year alliance, with each side suggesting the other was not prepared to come to a fair and reasonable compromise on sharing the costs for hosting 28,500 U.S. troops as a deterrent to North Korea.
  • Trump Demands South Korea Pay 400% More For US Troops – Report

    11/15/2019 8:04:38 PM PST · by Farcesensitive · 40 replies
    Infowars ^ | November 15, 2019 | Audrey Conklin
    The Trump administration is reportedly demanding South Korea pay 400% more for U.S. troops in the region, officials said. The president’s demands for an increase in spending of about $4.7 billion came as Defense Department Secretary Mark Esper is visiting South Korea to discuss the change in military costs, saying South Korea is wealthy enough to cover what the president is asking for, according to CNN, citing a congressional aide and an administration official. “Sustaining the costs of our global military presence is not a burden that should fall on the US taxpayer alone but is a responsibility that should...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 14 November 2019

    11/13/2019 6:01:17 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 63 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ EAGER ASCENT Navy divers ascend to the surface after conducting an anti-terrorism and force protection dive during exercise Eager Lion 2016 in the Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan, May 14, 2016. Exercise Eager Lion is a recurring exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships and enhance regional security and stability. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Furey Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. RAIL WATCHERS Marines, sailors and a...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 07 November 2019

    11/06/2019 6:02:23 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 23 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ MONSTER MASH Airmen on Monster Mash Team 4 complete a monkey-bar obstacle at Hurlburt Field, FL, May 12, 2016. Monster Mash is a training tradition in which special operators complete timed scenarios on an obstacle course. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. WASP LANDING An MV-22B Osprey lands on the USS Wasp to bring Marines back from a tactical recovery of...