Afghanistan  (Page 4)

Bergdahl: connecting the dots

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 2, 2014 at 8:30am 6/2/2014 at 8:30am

So, we have Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl released in exchange for five of the most notorious Taliban held in Guantanamo, the place Obama keeps saying he wants to empty. This certainly helps to empty it.

The five men will now be held by Qatar, which has reassured us they’ll be in secure...

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Was Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl – Taliban hostage deal worth it? (Reader Poll)

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 9:30am 6/1/2014 at 9:30am
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released yesterday in exchange for 5 top Taliban terrorists held at Gitmo.

On the one hand, an American soldier was brought home. As with the Israelis, it sends a signal that we don’t leave anyone behind, even when the trade is lopsided and frees those who may...

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U.S. soldier released by Taliban in prisoner exchange

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 3:43pm 5/31/2014 at 3:43pm

A U.S. soldier held for nearly five years has been released by the Taliban in exchange for five detainees held at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

From the New York Times:

The lone American prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, captured by insurgents nearly five years ago, has been released to American...

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Oh man, did I miss Obama’s Peak Straw Man?

http://youtu.be/ON0O-kP2ssE
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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:39pm 5/28/2014 at 2:39pm
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Today is a travel and meeting day for me.

So imagine my consternation to read the comment in the Tip Line from commenter Ragspierre, linking to a National Review post, about Obama’s West Point speech today:

Have we reached peak strawman…???

I have been an Obama straw man afficionado for years.

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Krauthammer: Obama Afghanistan Announcement an Act of Narcissism

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:30am 5/28/2014 at 11:30am

For anyone who’s not aware, before becoming one of America’s most respected political analysts, Charles Krauthammer was a highly respected psychiatrist. In fact, he was the chief of psychiatry at Mass General Hospital in Boston and it doesn’t get much better than that.

Many Americans, including conservatives, believe America should reduce its...

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Remembering Air Force Lt. Roslyn Schulte

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 26, 2014 at 7:30am 5/26/2014 at 7:30am

Air Force Lt. Roslyn Schulte of Ladue, Missouri, was buried on Memorial Day, 2009.

We have remembered her previously as best we can:

I noted in 2012:

I remember seeing this post at Gateway Pundit, on...

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Remembering Johnny Micheal Spann

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7:00am 11/25/2013 at 7:00am

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 8/5/2013 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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Remembering Air Force Lt. Roslyn Schulte, of Ladue, Missouri, and others

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 27, 2013 at 8:15am 5/27/2013 at 8:15am

She was buried on Memorial Day 2009, as we discussed in Remembering Lt. Roslyn Schulte – buried on Memorial Day 2009, which has many further details, videos and photos.

As described at Gateway Pundit, on May 26, 2009:

Lt. Roslyn Schulte was the first female Air Force Academy graduate to be killed in Iraq or...

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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 12/26/2012 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 5/29/2012 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 5/28/2012 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 5/1/2012 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 3/30/2012 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 3/14/2012 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 1/29/2012 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 11/26/2011 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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