Another Lie: Obama Administration to Negotiate Extended Stay For US Troops in Afghanistan

October 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm (Afghanistan, Debate, Joe Biden, State Department, Troops, Vice President, Withdrawal)

“We are leaving. We are leaving in 2014. Period.” – Joe Biden at the Vice-Presidential debate.

Well, that’s not exactly true.

Via the Foreign Policy Blog:

Despite statements by Vice President Joe Biden, the State Department is about to begin formal negotiations over the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, a top State Department official said Tuesday.

Last week, U.S. and Afghan negotiators met in Kabul to talk about the Bilateral Security Agreement that will govern the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, when President Barack Obama said the combat mission in Afghanistan will end and the U.S. will complete the transition of the entire country to Afghan government control.

Also last week, Biden told Americans during his Oct. 11 debate with Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan that U.S. troops were leaving Afghanistan by 2014.

“We are leaving in 2014, period, and in the process, we’re going to be saving over the next 10 years another $800 billion,” Biden said. “We’ve been in this war for over a decade. The primary objective is almost completed. Now all we’re doing is putting the Kabul government in a position to be able to maintain their own security. It’s their responsibility, not America’s.”

Marc Grossman, the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, explained today that’s not the whole story.

Grossman said Tuesday that the point of the upcoming negotiations is to agree on an extension of the U.S. troop presence well past 2014, for the purposes of conducting counterterrorism operations and training and advising the Afghan security forces.

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Reporter Lara Logan: Administration Lying About Taming the Taliban

October 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm (Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Apologists, CBS, Chris Stevens, Lara Logan, Libya, Obama Administration, Taliban, Terrorists, War on Terror)

CBS reporter Lara Logan stepped out of the role of journalist, and into the role of American citizen screaming about her government’s lies regarding the enemy her country faces – the Taliban.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . .” Logan declared in her native South African accent. 

The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban. 

“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”

Logan then goes on to rip what she calls “Taliban apologists” in Washington who have tried to falsely portray the enemy as ‘kinder’ and ‘gentler’.

“It’s such nonsense,” she added.

Logan believes the false narrative is an attempt by the administration to get America out of the longest war, but that it only provides a false sense that the perils of the enemy are in the past.

It’s a rather frightening account from somebody in the know.

Logan concludes, “Our enemies are writing the story, and there’s no happy ending for us.”

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Obama Administration Blaming Deaths of U.S. Troops On … U.S. Troops

October 1, 2012 at 9:00 am (Afghanistan, Friendly Fire, George W. Bush, Islam, Martin Dempsey, Military, Pentagon, President Obama, Sensitivity Training, U.S. Troops)

In case you were wondering, according to the Pentagon, American troops would be killed far less frequently if only they would better understand the religious sensitivities of Afghan forces.

If you’re an ardent supporter of American media, then you probably missed the news that the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan rose to 2,000 this past weekend.

This of course, would have been the lead story on every news outlet in America had it occurred between the years 2000 and 2008.

But this is now Obama’s war, and there should be no reporting of significant milestones because … well … because he has put an end to these unjust wars.  And also, he’s the first black President.  Or something.

Regardless, here is the grim news as reported by the Huffington Post:

A firefight broke out between U.S. forces and their Afghan army allies in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing two Americans and three Afghan soldiers and pushing the number of U.S. troops killed in the long-running war 2,000.
The fighting started Saturday when what is believed to have been a mortar fired by insurgents struck a checkpoint set up by U.S. forces in Wardak province, said Shahidullah Shahid, a provincial government spokesman. He said the Americans thought they were under attack from a nearby Afghan army checkpoint and fired on it, prompting the Afghan soldiers to return fire.
The Afghan Defense Ministry said the gunbattle was the result of a “misunderstanding” between international forces and Afghan soldiers manning a checkpoint in the Sayd Abad district.

There is a debate as to whether or not this story holds true.  Were our soldiers killed as a result of a misunderstanding, or was it an attack from within?  Regardless of the motive, the 2,000th American soldier has died in Afghanistan.

Now, we know our readers are pretty good with math unlike liberals in the media, so we have a little mathematical riddle for you – If 630 U.S. troops were killed in 8 years during the war in Afghanistan under Bush, and 2,000 total troops have died during the entire length of that war, how many casualties have occurred under President Obama?

Here’s an even more astounding thing to ponder – the Obama administration is now blaming the ‘friendly fire’ attacks that have killed U.S. soldiers this year on troops that are not sensitive enough to the religion of Islam.

In other words, they had it coming.

The New York Post reports (h/t Gateway Pundit):

Afghan security forces, our supposed allies, are slaughtering American troops. Thirty-three soldiers have been killed by “green on blue” attacks this year alone. The situation is so bad that the training of Afghan forces has been temporarily suspended.

How has the Pentagon responded?

By blaming our troops.

Top officials believe culturally offensive behavior is the motivation behind the killings, so it’s stepped up Islamic sensitivity training for our troops.

If you don’t want to be shot in the back by your Afghan training partners, the Pentagon advises, don’t offend their religious sensibilities. Don’t kick your feet up on a table, for instance, and never ask to see a picture of their wives and kids. “There’s a percentage [of attacks] which are cultural affronts,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said in a recent interview. Dempsey echoes the concerns of Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, the Afghan National Army’s chief of staff, who earlier this month argued both sides need to do more to “teach” foreign troops Islamic traditions and values to reduce the chance of violent reactions to cultural slights. “It is our duty to teach this to them. Our indifference about these issues causes the incident,” he said.

Of course, this fits in quite well with the President’s view that when it comes to soldiers and diplomats being killed abroad, everyone is to blame for their deaths except for the people who actually pull the trigger.

When do you suppose the Obama administration will start training Afghan troops to respect American traditions and values, and start blaming violence in the Middle East on those who have no values?

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Obama Sending Form Letters to Families of Fallen Soldiers – Signed By Electric Pen

August 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm (Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Electric Pen, Form Letter, George W. Bush, Navy SEALs, President Obama)

That letter to families of our fallen soldiers?  You didn’t write that.  Somebody else did that for you.

And then signed it with an electric pen.

Jim Host writes:

On August 6, 2011, 30 US service members were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter they were being transported in crashed in Wardak province, Afghanistan. It was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs were killed in the crash.

Yesterday, Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, spoke at the Defending the Defenders forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots outside the RNC Convention in Tampa. Karen brought a copy of the form letter they were sent following their son’s death.

It’s a form letter.

(Photo:  Gateway Pundit)

Something a touch more personal would be nice, considering these were members of the Navy SEALs who gave their lives at the direction of the Commander-in-Chief.

Well, at least the signature on those letters was a nice personal touch.

That’s not all.

Karen Vaughn reached out to the parents of the other SEALs killed in that crash. Their letters were all the same.

Form letters – signed by an electric pen.

It must be standard practice, right?  Surely the cold-hearted former President Bush only sent form letters to the families of our fallen soldiers.

From the Washington Times (2008):

For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark.

Their mission: to comfort the families of soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to lift the spirits of those wounded in the service of their country.

But the size and scope of Mr. Bush’s and Mr. Cheney’s private endeavors to meet with wounded soliders and families of the fallen far exceed anything that has been witnessed publicly, according to interviews with more than a dozen officials familiar with the effort.

“People say, ‘Why would you do that?’” the president said in an Oval Office interview with The Washington Times on Friday. “And the answer is: This is my duty. The president is commander in chief, but the president is often comforter in chief, as well. It is my duty to be – to try to comfort as best as I humanly can a loved one who is in anguish.”

I don’t get it.  For eight straight years, we were told that George W. Bush was eeee-vil, while President Obama was the compassionate savior.

No matter, bottom line is that more American troops were killed in Afghanistan under Bush’s watch than Mr. Nobel Peace Prize.

CNS News:

Although President Obama has only served 39 months in office, 69 percent of the U.S. military fatalities in the more than 10-year-old war in Afghanistan have occurred on his watch.

Through April 30, the Defense Department had reported that 1,844 U.S. military personnel have been killed in and around Afghanistan while deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom, which was launched in October 2001 after al Qaeda terrorists attacked the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon.

According to CNSNews.com’s comprehensive database on Afghan war casualties, at least 1,275 of the 1,844 U.S. troops killed in the Afghanistan conflict have been killed since Jan. 20, 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated as president.

Wait, what?

Could it be that the media has lied to us?  That the portrayals of these two men have been wrong?

Nah…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff For Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley of Oceanside

August 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm (Afghanistan, Governor Cuomo, Gregory Buckley, Gregory T. Buckley, Hawaii, Helmond Province, Hero, Heroes, New York)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday, Aug. 16, in honor of a New York Marine who died in Helmond Province, Afghanistan, on August 10.

Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley of Oceanside died while supporting combat operations.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, of the 3rd Marine Division, a part of the III Marine Expeditionary Force based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the death of this brave Marine,” Governor Cuomo said.  “We will remember his service with pride and we extend our regrets of his loss to his friends, and fellow Marines.”

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

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Flags Flying at Half-Staff For Major Thomas Kennedy

August 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm (Afghanistan, Governor Cuomo, Hero, Heroes, Kennedy's Angels, New York, Sarkowi, Thomas E. Kennedy, Thomas Kennedy, West Point)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, August 14, in honor of a New York Soldier who died in Sarkowi, Afghanistan on August 8.

Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, of West Point, died when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest. He was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 4th Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Carson, Colorado.

“Along will all New Yorkers I mourn the loss of this outstanding officer,”  Governor Cuomo said. “We will remember his honorable service to our nation and we are grateful for his dedication to duty.”

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

Links to a donation page for his beautiful kids can be found here…

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Donations Sought For Soldier, Husband, Father of Two Killed in Afghanistan

August 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm (#War, Afghanistan, Hero, Heroes, Kennedy's Angels, Killed In Action, Purple Heart, Taliban, Thomas Kennedy, Tommy Kennedy, West Point)

Thomas Kennedy was recently killed in action serving in Afghanistan.  He was a 35-year-old West Point grad who leaves behind a wife and two kids.

Via Journal News:

The news came mid-week that another suicide bombing in Afghanistan had stolen the lives of coalition troops in Afghanistan. It was soon discovered that New City native Maj. Thomas “TK” Kennedy was one of three Americans killed. His death came amid a week in which three other attacks were perpetrated upon coalition troops by those wearing Afghan military uniforms.

The losses underscore the peril faced by coalition troops, even as most international troops are set to depart in 2014, some 10 years after a U.S.-led invasion targeting Taliban rule and al-Qaida. According to the Associated Press, 30 coalition service members have been killed by those in Afghan uniform — either in disguise or among those who have been trained by coalition forces. It is a marked increase in such violence. Add to those losses the toll from ongoing attacks, like the one that killed Kennedy and his cohorts, by insurgents.

It is a reminder that every day, every hour, our military men and women continue to face grave risk, even as the war occupies less and less space in the national conversation. Their deaths are a deep loss to our nation, our community, and, most of all, the service members’ families. Maj. Kennedy leaves a wife, Kami, twins who turn 2 next month, his father, mother and brothers.

The 35-year-old West Point graduate was just three weeks into his first Afghanistan assignment, although he had completed tours in Iraq. He had earned dozens of medals and service medals — posthumously, a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

The family is requesting donations in Tommy’s name to help support his two beautiful angels.

Please consider visiting the Kennedy’s Angels web page… 

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Flags Flying at Half-Staff For Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

August 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm (Afghanistan, Bobby Estle, California, Flags, Governor Cuomo, Half-Staff, Hero, Heroes, Jose Belmontes, New York, Ohio)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday, August 3, 2012 in honor of two Fort Drum soldiers who died in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on July 28.
Private 1st Class Jose O Belmontes from La Verne, Calif., and Sgt. 1st Class Bobby L. Estle, of Lebanon, Ohio died of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire.  Both soldiers were assigned to the 630th Engineer Company of the 7th Engineer Battalion of the 10th Mountain’s 10th Sustainment Brigade.
“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Private 1st Class Belmontes and Sgt. 1st Class Estle and send my deepest sympathies to their family, friends, and fellow soldiers,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will honor the service of these Fort Drum soldiers and we will be forever grateful for their dedication to our nation.”
Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

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Flags Flying at Half-Staff For Pvt. 1st Class Theodore M. Glende

August 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm (Afghanistan, Governor Choking, Hero, Heroes, Italy, New York, Rochester, Theodore Glende)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday, August 2, 2012 in honor of a Rochester soldier who died in Afghanistan on July 27.

Pvt. 1st Class Theodore M. Glende died in Logar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.

“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Private Glende, and I send my deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and fellow soldiers,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will honor the service of this young soldier and we will be forever grateful for his dedication to our nation.”

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

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Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff For Sergeant Jose J. Reyes and Sergeant A. Rodriguez

July 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm (Afghanistan, Daniel A. Rodriguez, Ghazni City, Governor Cuomo, Hero, Heroes, Jose J. Reyes, New York, Sergeant Reyes, Sergeant Rodriguez)

God bless them and their families…

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, July 24, in honor of two Fort Drum soldiers who died on July 18.

Sergeant Jose J. Reyes and Sergeant Daniel A. Rodriguez died when their vehicle was struck by an enemy improvised explosive device in Ghazni City, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum. Sergeant Reyes was from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and Sergeant Rodriguez was from Baltimore, Maryland.

“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Sergeant Reyes and Sergeant Rodriguez.” Governor Cuomo said. “I send my deepest sympathies to their families, friends and fellow soldier. We will honor the service of these two Fort Drum soldiers and we will be forever grateful for their dedication to our nations.”

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

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