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Remembering Johnny Micheal Spann

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7:00am
Family of Mike Spann at cemetery

The first American killed in the Afghan war, during a prisoner uprising in northern Afghanistan.  On November 25, 2001.

We have written of Mike Spann several times before, Remembering Johnny “Mike” Spann:

The story of this small band of men has been told, but not told enough.

Spann was killed during the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi when Taliban...

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Explosives implanted inside bodies may be behind current terror alerts

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 5, 2013 at 1:16pm

Why the sudden and hysterical terror alerts causing shutdown of U.S. Embassies in the Middle East and worldwide concern?

This may be the reason, via ABC News:

The senior U.S. official said there is concern about devices that could be implanted inside the body of a terrorist.

“We are concerned about surgically implanted devices,”...

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Reuters: In Afghanistan people kill people, in the U.S. guns kill people

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 8:17pm

In Kabul the other day, an Afghan policewoman shot dead her American police trainer and would’ve shot others, too, if her service pistol hadn’t jammed.

Here’s how Reuters characterized the incident today in a piece titled Mental illness, poverty haunted Afghan policewoman who killed American:

The Afghan policewoman suspected of killing a U.S....

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He likes to push that drone button

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 3:53pm

The NY Times has a lengthy article about how Obama personally is directing and approving targeted drone strikes with great frequency.  The article appears to be rich in cooperation from the administration, suggesting it is part of Obama’s image making and part of the “He got bin Laden” campaign strategy.

But the...

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Remembering Lt. Roslyn Schulte – buried on Memorial Day 2009

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 28, 2012 at 8:30am

On this day we honor all the fallen, three of whom we have remembered here before, Johnny “Mike” Spann, Cpl Jonathan Daniel Porto, ...

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Breaking from Bagram: We still are not worthy

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:08pm

Obama’s speech from Afghanistan, standing in front of military vehicles at Bagram Air Base, was fairly predictable.

Yet in this moment of spiking the football, Obama needed to remind us that we are not yet worthy as a nation (emphasis mine):

Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, coast guardsmen and civilians in Afghanistan have done...

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A tale of two videos of RI Guardsman killed saving girl in Afghanistan

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 30, 2012 at 8:31am

Rhode Island Guardsman died saving Afghan girl:

According to the Rhode Island National Guard and the U.S. Army, [Spc. Dennis] Weichel was in a convoy a week ago with his unit in Laghman Province, in northeast Afghanistan. Some children were in the road in front of the convoy, and Weichel and other...

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Cpl Jonathan Daniel Porto, March 14, 2010

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:00pm

Today is the two year anniversary of the death of Cpl. Jonathan Daniel Porto in Afghanistan, as noted here before:

His wife’s original blog...

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The Face of Peace

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 2:00pm

With the Republican primary taking up all the oxygen, other issues of importance have been flying under the radar. One such issue is our peace initiative in Afghanistan.

The Obama administration has decided to engage Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef as a conduit to the Taliban in order to peacefully resolve the conflict....

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Pakistan problems

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 4:16pm

NATO and/or U.S. forces apparently killed a couple dozen Pakistani soldiers at an outpost on the Afghan border.  The details are murky at this point: The Guardian reports that coalition forces say they came under fire and returned fire.

Pakistan has announced that it will cut off supply deliveries to coalition forces...

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Remembering Mike Spann

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 25, 2011 at 9:20am

The first American killed in the Afghan war, on November 25, 2001.  I’ve told his story before, but it is worth remembering every year.

This interesting video by The Daily Caller recalls the group of special forces similar to Spann, who worked with Afhan warlord Abdul Rahdis Dostum to route the Taliban in...

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Obama Afghanistan Speech in One Sentence

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 8:15pm

“We got bin Laden, and our troops will be out early in my second term if you reelect me, because we got bin Laden, and I never will forget the sacrifice of the troops who helped me get bin Laden, USA USA USA!”

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Remember When Bush Said It No Longer Was Necessary To Kill bin Laden?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 11:33am

George Bush’s supposed walk-away from the hunt for bin Laden has been all over the news, in the blogosphere, and even in the comments here.

Everyone points to this video, six months after 9/11.

I have pointed out that the video is overstated, because at the time Bush was not trying to raise...

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Poll – When Will RAID ON ABBOTTABAD Be Released?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 6, 2011 at 8:27pm

The major Hollywood motion picture:

RAID ON ABBOTTABAD - How Barack Obama and a Team of Navy SEALS Changed the Course of History

The cast will include (other suggestions are welcome):

DENZEL WASHINGTON as The President
JAMES CAAN as The Veep
GLENN CLOSE as Hillary
ED HARRIS as Robert Gates

There may be made for TV movies before this, but this will be the...

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