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Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Islamofascists

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The Man Who Will Not Be Named’s (TMWWNBN) Weekly Address:

Remarks of President Barack Obama
As Prepared for Delivery
The White House
January 12, 2013

Hi, everybody.  This week, I welcomed President Hamid Karzai to the White House to discuss the way ahead in Afghanistan.  And today, I want to update you on how we will end this war, bring our troops home, and continue the work of rebuilding America.

Over the past four years, thanks to our brave men and women in uniform, we’ve dealt devastating blows to al Qaeda.  We’ve pushed the Taliban out of their strongholds.   And our core objective – the reason we went to war in the first place – is now within reach: ensuring that al Qaeda can never again use Afghanistan to launch attacks against America.

The 33,000 additional forces that I ordered to Afghanistan served with honor, completed their mission, and – as promised – returned home last fall.  This week, we agreed that this spring, Afghan forces will take the lead for security across the entire country, and our troops will shift to a support role.  In the coming months, I’ll announce the next phase of our drawdown.  And by the end of next year, America’s war in Afghanistan will be over.

This progress has only been possible because of the heroic sacrifices of our troops and diplomats, alongside forces from many other nations.  More than a half million Americans – military and civilian – have served in Afghanistan.  Thousands have been wounded.  More than 2,000 have given their lives.

This remains a very difficult mission.  The work ahead will not be easy.  Our forces are still in harm’s way.  But make no mistake – our path is clear, and we are moving forward.  Because after more than a decade of war, the nation we need to rebuild is our own.

As we do, we have to care for our troops and veterans who fought in our name. We have to grow our economy and shrink our deficits.  Create new jobs and boost family incomes.  We have to fix our infrastructure and our immigration system.  We have to protect our planet from the destructive effects of climate change – and protect our children from the horrors of gun violence.

These, too, will be difficult missions for America.  But they must be met.  And if we can summon just a fraction of the determination of our men and women in uniform, I know we can meet them.  And I intend to work as hard as I know how to make sure we do.

Thank you.

Sounds so good, yes?  (You can read the WH’s article on their meeting here.)

Notice he did not mention the possibility of an office set up in Qatar for the Taliban.  (Doesn’t sound much like a surrender to me.)

After having listened to the BS lies coming from TMWWNBN these past 4 years, nothing he says can be believed.

Except for the part where he said he will transform America.  Being the Socialist Progressive Constitution-Hating Worst President EVER, we can count on that.

Sadly, we can’t count on the state propaganda arm media to do any real digging for the facts.

Others are not so sure it’s all rainbows and unicorns:

National security analysts in Washington expressed skepticism that Afghan forces would be capable of ensuring stability in the country, saying they have garnered little trust among the local population and do not have the resources and training in ancillary aspects of combat, such as logistics and medical care.

“It’s one thing for an Afghan solder to be confident in security when he’s fighting alongside Americans and knows that should he be wounded, he’ll be medevaced out for treatment,” Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official and a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told RIA Novosti.

“It’s another thing for that Afghan solder to be motivated to fight when he knows that if he is wounded in combat, he’ll be left there to die,” Rubin added.

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Vanda Felbab-Brown, a counterinsurgency expert at the Brookings Institution, told RIA Novosti on Thursday that the announced accelerated handover to Afghan forces had been on the table recently and comes as no surprise.

But should coalition troop levels dip into the “low thousands,” effective training of their local counterparts will become “very difficult to deliver,” said Felbab-Brown, author of “Aspiration and Ambivalence: Strategies and Realities of Counterinsurgency and State-Building in Afghanistan.”

Retired US Gen. Stanley McChrystal told the New York Times in an interview this week that a radically reduced force size could also lose the local population’s support for US counterterrorism efforts there.

“If you don’t have the support of the Afghan people, there’s no reason for them to be supportive of this,” McChrystal, the former top US commander in Afghanistan, told the Times.

If achieving our goal in Afghanistan is to exit the country (victory never has come into the conversation) and make peace with the Taliban, why wait?  Send the diplomats and let ‘em talk, talk, talk.

Date Country City Killed Injured Description
2013.01.11 Thailand Pattani 2 2 A Muslim bomb aimed at teachers leaves two guards dead.
2013.01.10 Pakistan Quetta 105 169 Over one-hundred people are massacred by two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi suicide blasts at a billiards hall in a Shiite area.
2013.01.10 Pakistan Mingora 30 70 Thirty people are ripped to shreds by a Fedayeen suicide bomber at a rival preaching center.
2013.01.10 Yemen Abyan 1 2 al-Qaeda assassins shoot a mediator to death.
2013.01.10 Iraq Baghdad 5 15 Sunni bombers strike a bus stop in a Shia neighborhood, sending five residents to Allah.
2013.01.09 Pakistan Peshawar 1 0 An influential Shia doctor is murdered outside his clinic by devoted Sunnis.
2013.01.08 Pakistan Choura 1 0 A Sikh businessman is kidnapped and murdered by Lashkar-e-Islam.
2013.01.08 Pakistan Karachi 1 0 A Shiite father is shot to death in front of his child by Sunnis.
2013.01.07 Nigeria Baban Layi 3 2 Islamists murder three traders at a market.
2013.01.07 Pakistan Karachi 2 0 Sectarian Jihadis take down a father and daughter.
2013.01.07 Nigeria Kano 3 1 Boko Haram gunmen fire into a group of civilians leaving a rival mosque, killing three.
2013.01.06 Afghanistan Spin Boldak 4 15 Two suicide bombers murder four other people at a community meeting.
2013.01.06 Pakistan Chiniot 1 0 A Shiite child dies of injuries one week after being shot by Sipah-e-Sahaba.
2013.01.06 Thailand Narathiwat 1 1 A Buddhist woman dies after being shot in the neck and body by Muslim ‘insurgents’.
2013.01.05 Iraq Karbalah 1 11 A Shiite girl on a minibus is taken out by Sunni Holy Warriors.
2013.01.05 Pakistan Utmanzai 2 0 Two charity workers involved in an education project are murdered by Religion of Peace radicals.
2013.01.04 Kenya Garissa 2 7 Two refugees bleed to death after al-Shabaab cadres toss a grenade into their camp.
2013.01.03 Afghanistan Nawa-i-Barakzayi 1 0 A cleric is gunned down in his own mosque by religious hardliners.
2013.01.03 Iraq Musayyib 28 49 Twenty-eight Shiite pilgrims are blown apart by a Shahid suicide car bomber.
2013.01.03 Pakistan Swabi 1 0 A prayer leader is assassinated by sectarian rivals.
2013.01.03 Iraq Baghdad 4 15 Sunnis target a minibus carrying Shia pilgrims, managing to kill just four.
2013.01.03 Nigeria Song 4 0 Four people are burned to death by Religion of Peace radicals, including a child.
2013.01.02 Iraq Karbalah 2 8 Two Shia pilgrims on foot are sent straight to Allah by Sunni bombers.
2013.01.02 Pakistan Miranshah 3 3 A woman and child are killed when Islamic militants fire a rocket into their home.
2013.01.01 Pakistan Swabi 7 1 Six women are among seven humanitarian workers brutally machine-gunned by Mujahideen.
2013.01.01 Pakistan Karachi 6 40 Tehreek-e-Taliban set off a bomb at a political rally, taking out at least six participants.

I. Can’t. Stand. It.

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BOHICA ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Afghanistan, From The Front, Islamofascists, Politics

U.S. to Discipline Nine Soldiers in Afghan Incidents

By DION NISSENBAUM

WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is expected to discipline nine service members on Monday in connection with two incidents that sparked widespread outrage in Afghanistan, including the burning of copies of the Quran at one of the country’s largest military bases.

The punishment, which doesn’t include criminal charges or jail time, falls far short of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s calls for a public trial, and it remains unclear how Afghan officials and the broader public will respond to decisions that could be viewed as relatively lenient.

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The punishments against the Marines, and likely for the Army soldiers, are expected to be career-ending, blocking service members from re-enlisting, officials said.

Both the Army and Marine Corps are shrinking, and service members with significant administrative actions against them are unlikely to be retained, officials said.

Read it all here.

Oh for the love of god…here we go again.

Progtards battle cry: Appeasement. Appeasement. Appeasement.

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American Taliban seeks group prayer in Ind. prison

By CHARLES WILSON

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. government claims it has the ultimate proof that American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh might foment hate and violence among fellow Muslim inmates if they’re allowed to pray together daily. He has already tried, it argues.

Lindh had been charged with conspiring to kill Americans and support terrorists, but those charges were dropped in a plea agreement. He is serving a 20-year sentence for supplying services to the now-defunct Taliban government of Afghanistan and carrying explosives for them. He is eligible for release in 2019.

But Lindh, 31, accuses the government of going too far in its drive for security and trampling on his freedom of religion by restricting group prayers among Muslim inmates in the Terre Haute, Ind., prison unit where he has been housed since 2007.

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Lindh is expected to testify Monday in federal court in Indianapolis during the first day of a trial that will examine how far prison officials can go to ensure security in the age of terrorism.

Read it all here.

What a waste of time and money.  But then, he does belong to a special victims pet group of the progtards, doesn’t he?  And these “plea deals” have got to go.

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Seventeen party-goers ‘found beheaded’ in Afghan village

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Fifteen men and two women were found beheaded in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province on Monday, punishment meted out by Taliban insurgents for a mixed-sex party with music and dancing, officials said.

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Also in same article:

Ten Afghan soldiers killed

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Two US troops killed by rogue Afghan soldier

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Veterans weigh in: $16 trillion debt endangers security

By Pete Hegseth  CEO, Concerned Veterans for America

What do American military veterans believe is the greatest threat to our nation’s security? If you think the answer is China, the Iranian nuclear threat, or foreign terrorist groups, guess again: Nearly three-quarters of veterans we surveyed last month cite economic weakness (42 percent) and the national debt (30 percent) as the top threats to national security.

As policymakers in Washington wrestle with historic budget deficits — and candidates hit the stump with plans to jumpstart the economy — they should keep these results in mind.

Veterans are often assumed to be a monolith, focused narrowly on VA health and retirement benefits. They’re not. Our military and veterans — having sworn an oath to defend the Constitution — have a keen eye towards all threats to our nation’s future, foreign and domestic. They know that our nation’s military might and inherent freedoms are inextricably tied to our economic health.

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For the United States, which secures American and Western interests around the globe, the $16 trillion debt — combined with scant economic growth — is a recipe for compromised security. As our leaders seek to stanch the flow of deficit spending and mounting interest payments on the debt, the 19 percent of our budget that pays for our defense is increasingly a top target.

Why? Because it’s easier to cut back on military priorities than muster the courage to reform entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — programs that together command a much larger portion of the federal budget (62 percent) and are the overwhelming drivers of current and future debt. Those programs — especially Medicare — also constitute a political maze of presidential proportions, as we’ve seen in the past few weeks.

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Once again, political game-playing on the backs of our warfighters. Heaven forbid any of those multiple and redundant entitlement programs have a penny cut from their bloated bureaucracy.

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MoH recipient Meyer blasts Army officers in new book

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — During one of the Afghan war’s ugliest battles, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer was nearly taken prisoner at gunpoint but fended off his would-be captor by beating him to death with a baseball-sized rock, according to the Marine’s forthcoming book.

That is among several revelations in “Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War.”

Very interesting interview.  And another book to add to the reading list.

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Whose Side are They On?

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Afghanistan

Just another example of the kind of articles that passes for professional journalism these days:

Taliban lead attacks on U.S. bases and government sites across Afghanistan

The writers sound almost gleeful when describing the attackers.  It reminded me of a Hollywood movie script where the bad guys are so impressive and the good guys are bumbling idiots.

And lord knows, after reading this, you are still left wondering what’s really going on there.

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No More Apologies ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Afghanistan

I understand the Military’s attitude of “finish the mission”.  I lived through the awful indignity of the media and Democrats’ insult to the Vietnam War troops through their lies and military-bashing in the news hour and on the floors of Congress.  I’ve taken on the present day Code Pinkies and Women in Black types with their “we support the troops”, which was anything but support.  I’ve spent hours trying to educate the 99% of Americans who have no understanding of the 1% who stepped forward, raised their right hand and took an oath to defend their country in time of war.

But I’ve come to the point this past week where I’m thinking it’s time to bring them all home.  What with the ludicrous koran burning apologies that didn’t stop seven American soldiers from being murdered, assassination-style by the ones they were supposed to trust, the disarming of our Marines so that Panetta could swoop in and talk the BS talk to these Marines who know more about the reality of what they’re up against than Panetta ever will and now the media is again trying to be judge, jury and executioner of an American Sgt. caught up in a politically-correct-nation-building-win-hearts-and-minds clusterf%*k, which, to begin with was never the intended mission, it’s too much to bear.

If our Troops aren’t going to be allowed to do their jobs, you know, killing the enemy…then why should they be over there at all?

And…does anyone even know what the mission is anymore?

I came across this article about “Retired Navy SEAL Commander Mark Waddell (who) is the father of Marine Lt. Joshua Wadell, who he said was unjustly punished for breaking the military’s “Rules of Engagement” in the name of safety on the battlefield.”

Father seeks changes to battlefield rules

These are self-imposed rules that are put on soldiers by politicians. In many cases, they do more harm to our soldiers than they do to the enemy,” said Dr. Jeffrey Addicott, director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St Mary’s University.

Adicott said some example of Rules of Engagement include soldiers being unable to shoot an enemy at night, shooting a female soldier with a rifle and being unable to kill a wounded enemy while they’re trying to leave or in a civilian vehicle.

“It does a lot of harm to our soldiers. In many cases, our soldiers are killed because they’re afraid that they’ll be punished if they use violence that contradicts these absurd rules of engagement,” said Addicott.

Nevermind that the CinC has already used the word “murder” when speaking about the Panjwai “massacre“.  (Kind of goes along with that “police acting stupidly” comment.)

Nevermind that the DHS has named Veterans as being potential ‘terrorists’ but this administration can’t bring itself to call any terrorist from the Religion of Peace, a terrorist.

Head/desk

Andrew McCarthy has an excellent piece on this Afghanistan experiment, which should be read in it’s entirety:

Worse Than a Powder Keg

“…In the main, the Afghans are Muslims in the thrall of Wahhabism, the fundamentalist Islam of Saudi Arabia. As such, they cannot be liberated — they have chosen their own tyranny.

In the meantime, not only have Mr. McKeon and his colleagues failed, in the eleven ensuing years, to specify the Taliban in the AUMF as the enemy of the United States, but we can’t even get the State Department to designate them as a terrorist organization (although, in 2002, President Bush amended the relevant executive order, No. 13224, to label them a global terrorist organization). Three years ago, the then–theater commander, General Stanley McChrystal, asserted that Afghanistan is not our war: “This is their war. . . . This conflict and country are [theirs] to win — not mine.” Now, the Obama administration has no stomach to fight them; as the Taliban mock us and threaten to behead our troops, the president applauds their new diplomatic mission in Qatar. Obama is pleading with them to negotiate — reportedly even offering to release Taliban war criminals detained at Gitmo if that is what it takes to get a deal.

The only reason for our troops to be in a barbaric country is to vanquish the barbarians. Obviously, we are not trying to do that in Afghanistan; we are biding time, putting our young men and women at grave risk, so that Obama can manage a withdrawal, so the non-war against our non-enemy looks like a non-surrender….”

Our troops should be out of Afghanistan. Yesterday.

I never thought I’d be agreeing with that sentiment.  But the world has gone a$$ over teakettle into insanity and I don’t believe our Finest should pay the price.  Nope, not anymore.

But then…

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And Still There’s War ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: From The Front

Well, Osama feeding the fishies will be a media 24/7 loop for the rest of the week, I’m sure.  Last week, a Royal Wedding; this week a Royal Killing. I didn’t watch the cable news coverage of either.  My time is better spent reading the reports from people who either have boots on the ground or are connected to the boots on the ground.

And five minutes after the celebrations began, the political theater also began.  Such a surprise.

Will this mean a poll jump for Teh One?  (Very likely)  Will this mean a shoe-in for a second term? (God Forbid)  Will the Republicans lose all they have gained??  (Doubtful ~ it’s the economy, Stoopid!)

The reason for the left’s existence is only to win elections to gather more power over everyone.  This is the prism through which they live and breath, which is why it’s so difficult to have any kind of in depth or reasonable conversation with them on anything other than how to beat the right.

The question that comes first to my mind is how big is the Islamafascist backlash going to be and how many of our Troops will fall because of the turmoil ratcheting up in the Middle East with all that “democracy” stuff happening there?

Oh, and the conspiracy theorists are already theorizing.

Yet, there are still shots being fired and rockets set off in Afghanistan.  No, really.  I know that can be hard to believe if you just watch the mainstream media to get your news, but it’s true!  Sadly, even after the oh, so respectful Muslim-approved burial of OBL, (I thought these terrorists weren’t really Muslim, per say, as they only perverted the religion, so why the respectful Muslim-approved burial at sea?), everyone did not lay down their weapons and sing Kumbayah.  I know you are absolutely beside yourself in disbelief.

But, alas, it is not yet to be.

And…where are all the anti-war protesters?  I mean, their Messiah just ordered a KILL!  On a “Muslim”!!   Without consulting Code Pink!!

Where’s their righteous moral indignation?  Hello? Human Rights people??  Anyone there?

Phhhtttt!

The same day that our exceptional Team 6 was accomplishing their mission of exterminating Osama and some of his vermin, a Fallen Angel was being rescued under heavy fire from the enemy.

Air Rescue Team Retrieves ‘Fallen Angel’

By Air Force Capt. Erick Saks
455th Air Expeditionary Wing

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan, May 2, 2011 – Airmen from Bagram Airfield’s 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron performed a daring mountainside rescue here April 23 after an Army helicopter crashed in a hostile valley.

The airmen, deployed from the 33rd Rescue Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and the 212th Rescue Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, recovered an injured pilot and a fallen hero while often coming under heavy fire.

The mission began before daybreak, when the squadron’s tactical operations center received a report of a “fallen angel” — the term that signifies a downed aircraft. Within 10 minutes, the Pedros of the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron had two HH-60 helicopters airborne and en route to the site where a coalition helicopter reportedly was down.

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Kline and Cenna spent about five and a half hours in the valley, dodging bullets and the explosion of the aircraft. And while he didn’t know whether he would make it out of the area alive, Kline said, he knew that he never would have left without the downed pilot.

“We were going to do everything in our power to get him back,” he said. “If I had to clip in and hold him, I would have. There was no way he wasn’t coming back.”

Before leaving to have his injuries treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, Davis expressed his pride in his squadron’s actions.

“We did what we do,” he said. “We’ve got a motto for a reason: ‘These things we do that others may live.'”

Read it all here.

(h/t One Marine’s View)

And this:

Forces Kill Insurgents in Baghlan Province

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2011 – A combined force killed numerous armed fighters in a gun battle yesterday in the Doshi district of Afghanistan’s Baghlan province, military officials reported.

Security forces were searching for a Taliban leader and bomb expert who reportedly commands 30 insurgent fighters.

The troops came under fire at what intelligence reports indicated was the leader’s compound, but were able to repel the attackers with small-arms fire, officials said.

In other operations yesterday throughout Afghanistan:

– Afghan and coalition forces killed an armed combatant and detained two suspected insurgents while searching for a senior Taliban leader in Badghis province’s Murghab district.

– In Helmand province’s Now Zad district, troops captured numerous suspected insurgents, including a Taliban weapons trafficker.

– Security forces detained several suspected insurgents in Ghazni province’s Gelan district in an operation to disrupt Taliban safe havens. A Taliban leader responsible for several bombing cells is connected to the area’s safe havens.

– Forces detained a suspected insurgent while searching for a Haqqani terrorist network weapons smuggler in Khost province’s Khost district.

– In Logar province’s Pul-e Alam district, forces detained a suspected Taliban leader allegedly responsible for planting roadside bombs and for launching indirect-fire attacks on security forces.

– Combined forces found several weapons and drug stockpiles throughout Afghanistan. Operations resulted in seizure of 600 assault rifle rounds, 441 pounds of dry opium, 330 pounds of morphine, 30 pounds of black tar heroin and 18 quarts of liquid opium.

In operations April 30:

– Security forces killed several enemy fighters and detained two suspected insurgents after their outpost in Paktika province’s Giyan district was attacked.

– Forces killed an insurgent leader responsible for kidnappings and weapons trafficking after he attempted to evade security forces in Helmand province’s Nad-e Ali district.

– Afghan and coalition forces captured three suspected Taliban, including a Taliban leader and recent Sarpoza prison escapee in Kandahar province’s Zharay district. The leader is responsible for directing bombings and other attacks on security forces.

– Combined operations resulted in seizure of 1,100 pounds of ammonium nitrate — a banned fertilizer used in explosive devices –- as well as 900 assault rifle rounds, 535 pounds of dry opium, 300 rockets, 225 blasting caps, 125 land mines, 100 mortar rounds and 15 anti-tank mines.

In operations April 29:

– Security forces detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Haqqani terrorist network leader in Khost province’s Sabari district.

– Combined forces captured several suspected insurgents in Faryab province’s Shirin Tagab district while searching for a Taliban safe haven used to plan bombing attacks in the area.

– Afghan and coalition forces in Wardak province’s Sayyidabad district captured two suspected insurgents, including a Taliban fighter who reportedly has participated in several attacks on security forces.

– Forces in Logar province’s Baraki Barak district detained a Taliban financier and weapons supplier.

– In Ghazni province’s Khwajah Omari district, troops captured a Taliban weapons trafficker.

– Security forces found several weapons and drug caches throughout the country, which included 900 pounds of dry opium, 110 pounds of marijuana, 58 electrical detonators, detonation cord and assorted bomb-making materials.


Yep, been pretty busy there in the ‘Stan.  And then there’s Iraq and Libya….

Not much of a thank you given to President Bush and his people for all the groundwork they laid for Obama to be even be able to order that kill.

But that doesn’t stop Obama for taking all the credit, yet again.

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Wednesday Hero ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Wednesday Hero

First Lieutenant Gregory F. Ambrosia

First Lieutenant Gregory F. Ambrosia
28 years old from Knoxville, Tennessee
2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade

U.S. Army

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Gregory F. Ambrosia, United States Army, for gallantry in actions while serving as Executive Officer, Company A, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team, in action in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan, on 25 – 26 September 2007. First Lieutenant Ambrosia’s gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: On 25 September 2007, Able Company, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry air assaulted into the village of Qowru and conducted a search and attack through the village and surrounding caves in order to disrupt Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in the Watapor Valley. The Company Executive Officer, First Lieutenant Ambrosia air assaulted into OP REDSKINS, one of two company observation posts (OP’s) overlooking Qowru, in order to establish a command radio relay station and overwatch the mounted assault element in the valley with 60-mm. indirect fire. Upon occupation, ICOM intercepts informed the OP that the enemy was mobilizing and massing for an attack on both company OP’s and the mounted maneuver element in the valley. Immediately upon insertion, the 22 Soldiers of 1st Platoon which assaulted OP REDSKINS linked up and moved towards their position overlooking the valley. There were explosions and shots fired across the valley during the night, but no fires were directed at OP REDSKINS. By morning the OP observed the rest of the Company move into position and begin their search and attack through the valley. A fire team plus-sized element of Anti-Coalition Militia was maneuvering to high ground to the east of the company when they made contact with the position at OP REDSKINS. The first individual that came close to the OP was an enemy scout. The individual was engaged immediately and within minutes several of the ACM fighters engaged the observation post with an intense volume of fire. Without any hesitation, First Lieutenant Ambrosia immediately assessed the situation and reported to the Company Commander who was located down in the valley and by this time under fire as well. He gave the enemy situation and without any concern for his own safety remained in place while exposed to heavy enemy fire from ACM forces advancing on his position to within hand grenade range. He continued directing fires and making critical radio transmissions using both FM and TACSAT communication. His timely and accurate calls for 40-mm. and 81-mm. danger close fire were the only effective defense for the OP. While the rest of the element were throwing hand grenades and engaged in close combat with a flanking ACM force, First Lieutenant Ambrosia held his position under heavy direct fire during the 4 hours of the engagement without deviating from his radio transmissions. He requested fire missions, using three different indirect fire assets and close air support simultaneously. First Lieutenant Ambrosia’s strong character gave him the tools he needed to repel the enemy attack. First Lieutenant Ambrosia’s indirect fire was able to hold the enemy front, which allowed the rest of the OP to fight back the enemy’s attempt to turn their flank. First Lieutenant Ambrosia continued providing covering fire simultaneously as he had to make corrections on the 500 pound bombs dropped all within danger close. He gave the Battalion Commander updates of the enemy and friendly situations as they developed. He continued to hold his position even though he was constantly exposed to close heavy enemy fire. First Lieutenant Ambrosia kept keeping Close Combat Air updated on the enemy’s location allowing the AH-64 (Apache) to effectively engage and kill three ACM fighters. Despite constant signal intercepts suggesting advancing and flanking maneuver forces, his ability to continue setting the tactical conditions gave the Non-Commissioned Officers and all junior leaders the ability to maneuver their Paratroopers. First Lieutenant Ambrosia’s actions throughout the entire engagement were of the highest degree of valor. He performed honorably while under direct enemy fire and effectively engaged the enemy under the most difficult circumstances. First Lieutenant Ambrosia was a key leader during the battle, providing true leadership to the entire element. Even when events became dire, he kept his demeanor and without hesitation took the fight to the enemy. His actions are the true embodiment of the Infantry Warrior Ethos.

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These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Our Guys Rock!

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: Afghanistan

Not the first time, and I can assure you, it won’t be the last.

This is the difference between those in Uniform and the Suits.  Despite the Suits, those in Uniforms get the job done, effectively and thoroughly.

Coalition, Afghan Forces Rescue Prisoners

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2010 – A combined Afghan-coalition force was pursuing a senior Taliban leader yesterday when it found and rescued seven imprisoned Afghan citizens during an operation in Helmand province, military officials said.

The target of the operation was a Taliban commander believed to be responsible for raising and distributing funds collected from opium production and extorting money from local Afghan citizens. During the search for the target, seven shackled prisoners were found by the patrol. The prisoners were taken to an International Security Assistance Force base where they received medical screening and debriefing. Officials from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior and ISAF are identifying the men and determining their status.

Before they entered the compound, the patrol made their presence known, requesting that anyone inside exit the compound. Two insurgents attempted to engage the force, and were killed. After searching the compound, the prisoners were found along with several improvised explosive devices, two AK-47 rifles, four 105 mm mortar rounds and a large amount of homemade explosives. The weapons were destroyed in place.

In other Sept. 2 news:

– An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents in Kandahar province during pursuit of a Taliban acting district commander. The targeted individual took the position after Afghan and coalition forces captured several members of this network starting in May. The security force targeted a series of compounds in Kandahar City to search for the commander. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully and then cleared the compounds. After questioning residents, the security force detained seven suspected insurgents. The assault force did not fire their weapons and protected the women and children during the search.

– An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban subcommander in Ghazni province. The subcommander’s cell conducts ambushes, improvised explosive device attacks, and was linked to an indirect-fire attack against Forward Operating Base Ghazni in June. Intelligence tips led the security force to a compound outside the village of Arezo in Ghazni district. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker calling for all occupants to exit the buildings and then cleared the compound. After questioning the residents, the security force detained the subcommander. The security force found multiple weapons at the scene. The assault force did not fire their weapons and protected the women and children during the search.

– An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents in Qalat district, Zabul province, while in pursuit of a Taliban subcommander who is believed to have facilitated and coordinated IED attacks on Highway 1. The security force targeted a series of compounds off Highway 1 in the village of Khar Juy in pursuit of the subcommander. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker calling for all occupants to exit the buildings and then cleared the compounds. After questioning the residents, the security force detained four insurgents. Multiple weapons were found at the scene. The assault force did not fire their weapons during the operation and protected the women and children during the search.

– An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents in Khost province while in pursuit of a Haqqani network subcommander believed to be responsible for coordinating IED attacks that often harm innocent civilians. Intelligence tips led the security force to a compound in the village of Shinkay in Khost district. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker calling for all occupants to exit the buildings and then cleared the compounds. After questioning the residents, the security force detained the insurgents. The assault force did not fire their weapons and protected the women and children during the search.

– An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents in Helmand province, including a Taliban military commander believed to have direct ties to Taliban senior leadership based in Pakistan. The security force targeted a compound southeast of the village of Juy-e Shahi in Lashkar Gah district in pursuit of the commander. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker calling for all occupants to exit the buildings and then cleared the compound. After questioning the residents, the security force detained the commander and several of his associates. The assault force did not fire their weapons during the operation and protected the women and children during the search.

– An Afghan parliamentary candidate and one other Afghan civilian were wounded following a grenade attack at the governor’s compound in Ghazni City. Moulana Abdul Rahman, the parliamentary candidate, was wounded when a grenade exploded near his office. Haji Gull, an anesthesiology technician at Ghazni Hospital, also was injured in the blast. The two were initially taken to Ghazni Hospital to receive medical treatment, but later were transferred to Forward Operating Base Ghazni for further treatment. “These senseless attacks will not derail the upcoming elections and will not dissuade Afghan citizens from choosing to serve their country by seeking an elected position within the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” said Army Brig. Gen. Steve Townsend, deputy commanding general for Regional Command-East and Combined Joint Task Force-101. The Afghan National Police is investigating the incident.

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Gates Sees ‘Positive Direction’ in Afghanistan

The secretary said the soldiers and sailors he met in and around Kandahar lived their mission. “In terms of understanding what we need to do, we’re a long way ahead of where we were a year or two or three ago,” Gates said.

“There is a lot of hard fighting to go, but the confidence of these young men and women that they can be successful, in turn, gives me confidence.”

If we could have kept the Suits out of all this and let those in Uniform do what they do best, this would have been wrapped up years ago.

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From Afghanistan ~ More Insanity

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: ARRGGGHHHH!!, Supporting the troops

I must admit I’m torn…

~ One, I want our Troops to come home victorious, always

~ Two, and then there’s this:

Taliban call for joint inquiry into civilian Afghan deaths considered

UN and Nato cautiously consider proposal, which follows reports of high levels of civilian deaths caused by insurgents

Nato and the United Nations are cautiously considering a Taliban proposal to set up a joint commission to investigate allegations of civilians being killed and wounded in the conflict in Afghanistan, diplomats in Kabul have told the Guardian.

The Taliban overture, which came in a statement posted on its website, will revive a divisive debate about whether to conduct any formal talks with insurgents who are responsible for the majority of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, and whose assassination campaign now kills one person a day on average.

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I suggest you go on over to the Taliban’s website (link above) and take a gander at their articles on Afghanistan.  Oh yeah, let’s sit down and have some chai with these folks.  Maybe we can ask them about this:

Taliban stone to death Afghan couple over adultery

Taliban militants stoned a man and woman to death in northern Afghanistan on suspicion of adultery, the provincial governor said Monday.

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Militants executed a pregnant woman on charges of adultery in western part of the country last week. A Taliban court in Qadis, a remote district in Badghis province, found Bibi Sanawbar, a 40-year-old widow, ‘guilty because she got pregnant by having illicit affairs’.

During their 1996-2001 reign, the Taliban staged public executions, mainly in recreation areas including football stadiums.

Sigh…

Apparently, the folks here at home who are supposed to be the experts about all this war thang can’t even agree on much of anything:

Gates confirms Afghanistan pull-out date

“…On Sunday Nato’s new commander in Afghanistan said he did not regard next July’s date as binding. General David Petraeus added that he might advise Obama to delay the plan if he thought it was too early to begin pulling out.

Now the US government has moved to set the record straight. Defence Secretary Robert Gates says there is no question that the US will begin withdrawing troops next July – and says he intends to leave his post sometime next year….”

My head hurts…

Pray for our Troops even harder…the inepts-in-suits are pulling the strings.

BOOM

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Let’s See…

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: You're Kidding

Who can screw up the war in Afghanistan the most?

Zardari says NATO forces losing war against Taliban

In an interview given to the French daily Le Monde, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that NATO forces are losing the battle against the Taliban because they are failing to win the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan.

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Yeah, like he’s doing so much to help in that area.

Cameron rejects Zardari’s assertions on war against Taliban being lost

British Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected assertions made by Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari that “the battle of hearts and minds” is being lost in Afghanistan.

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Cameron – he of the mixed messages.  (should I stay or should I go…?  Sounds like another leader we are all familiar with.)

Then we have the little pissy leaker of war documents – and the “I know best” world changer.

But not all is lost:

Taliban code of conduct seeks to win hearts, minds

SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan — An updated Taliban code of conduct urges fighters to avoid killing civilians and forbids them from seizing weapons and money, a directive aimed at winning hearts and minds of Afghans also being courted by international forces.

But the document declares that people working for international forces or the Afghan government are “supporters of the infidels” and can be killed. Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar took a similar hard line in orders to insurgents that NATO forces said they intercepted in early June.

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Petraeus also advised the troops to “hunt the enemy aggressively” but use the minimum amount of force necessary to avoid civilian casualties. The commander’s predecessor, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, placed strict limits on the use of airstrikes and firepower.

“We can’t win without fighting, but we also cannot kill or capture our way to victory,” said the guidance. “Moreover, if we kill civilians or damage their property in the course of our operations, we will create more enemies than our operations eliminate.”

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Well.  That’s okay then.  Nothing to be concerned about here.  We’ll just have a group hug and all live in La-La Land.

Jumpin’ Jehosaphat.

The world is completely insane.

Just waiting for the unicorns and rainbows.

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Pray ~

Author: yankeemom  //  Category: POW/MIA

Taliban kidnaps 2 Navy Sailors – one reported injured or dead, depending on which article you read.  Not much info at this time.

So, just pray for them – this makes three of our guys in the hands of evil.  (Remember Bowe R. Bergdahl taken in 2009?)

And also pray for their families, who are going through hell on earth right now.

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