Ten U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Sunday, October 04, 2009

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Ten American troops were killed this the weekend in two surprise attacks that caused alarm in Nato’s U.S.-led coalition.

In one, hundreds of insurgents attacked a pair of isolated outposts in eastern Afghanistan, killing eight U.S. soldiers and several Afghan policemen in the deadliest battle in 15 months. Scores more Afghan policemen were reportedly captured by the Taliban.

In the other, an Afghan policeman opened fire on the American soldiers with whom he was working in central Wardak province, killing two and injuring three.

It’s clear we’re at a very dangerous moment with our involvement in the Afghanistan war. The leaking of the Gen. Stan McCrystal memo and President Obama’s growing skepticism of at least some aspects of our Afghanistan policy, fueled by a media blitzkrieg on both sides of the aisle regarding further U.S. troop involvement, all suggest the president must articulate a clear Afghanistan exit strategy.

In the May 2009 edition of Vanity Fair, Gen. McCrystal’s career was revealed to include a history of cover-ups, “black ops,” and a falsified college record and identity. Is this who President Obama feels he can trust to determine our policy in region?

In a time of grave economic conditions rivaling those seen in the Great Depression and, with grinding unemployment nearing 10% (higher in some states), coupled with an economy shedding hundreds-of-thousands jobs each month, the resources needed to escalate our military presence in Afghanistan can be better spent to solve problems here at home.

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15 Responses to Ten U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

  1. TOM339 says:

    One of the things that always bothered me about President Obama is he seeming obsession with Afghanistan.

    He’s a smart man. An educated man. And, I think has a sense of history and the horror of not learning from past mistakes.

    The disastrous Anglo-Afghan War informed British foreign policy for decades following their defeat of 1842. This sense of military loss led to the 1878-1880 Afghanistan-British was that was even more deadly for the Brits.

    Fast forward to December, 1979, and the former USSR invaded Afghanistan. But the mighty USSR military — on foot and from the air, was defeated by an Afghani army using 12th century military techniques. The war has often been referred to as the Soviets’ Vietnam.

    So, what makes the U.S., already addled by a historic recession as Christopher points out, and a population not keen on more war after 8 years in Iraq, think we can nation build and transform Afghanistan into a democratic, pro-western nation?

    Talk about manifest destiny.

  2. brian connelly says:

    i watch a great deal of tv news, and i respectfully disagree with your asessment, as it seem’s to be rather one sided. many of the other media both print and tv report a different view of the general,and report him to be very effective in prosecuting this effort to win religious and secular freedom from a sect of islam that is considered by most of the arab world as an embarrrassment and a disgraceto the holy nation of islam. i do agree however, with the president and the general that in order to be able to withdraw is to win the general population’s heart’s and minds. can we do it ?. we can if we have the polictical will to do it. historicly wev’e not been very good at it

  3. Rachel says:

    During the campaign, Obama talked about Afghanistan so much that I was worried. But I think the rules of engagement have changed. Most published intelligence reports say the center of Islamic extremism is located in the northwest region of Pakistan and not in Afghanistan. I hope Obama doesn’t make the same mistake Bush made and occupy the wrong the country.

  4. Scott Dancer says:

    There is a theory held by many presidential historians that goes like this: in order a president to be historically significant, he must have a war.

    I find this theory particularly troubling because war usually comes at the expense and loss of regular Americans who get that dreaded knock on the door announcing a son, a daughter, a husband, or a wife, was killed in battle, and for what?

    After 7 long, unending years in Iraq, nearly 5,000 Americans killed and 50,000 injured, leaving us with a $1 trillion tab and debt stretching to Pluto and back again, I hope President Obama has the wisdom to put a period at the end of the sentence and say “enough.”

    Time till tell.

  5. Brigadoon says:

    I have no clue why we have tens-of-thousands of US troops in Afghanistan? Do you? I mean, for the sake of discussion, let’s say there’s some real al Qaeda threat there. The Brits got the asses kicked and went home. The Russians got there asses kicked leading to the collapse of the USSR. But, we’re so arrogant as to think the samething won’t happen to us? LMAO! Please.

  6. Peace Nick says:

    We’re like a fading prize fighter.

    Once, we were larger than life, tough but smart and we chose our battles wisely and out of a commitment to protect the American people and our interests.

    Now, we’re just a wounded bully who snarls and barks at anyone who dares to cross our path.

  7. Harry says:

    War doesn’t solve anything but it sure makes the military, industrial complex players rich.

  8. Fran says:

    Just as pundits are now admitting there will be no declared “win” in Iraq, Afghanistan is even more hopeless. It is rugged land & the locals know it.
    It allows the locals to watch & plan as the troops move about.
    They may be dirt poor, but they have historically been empire crushers.
    Interesting that this time they are letting them grow poppies/opium, but saw recent footage of them dropping fire bombs & torching an opium crop.

    What a mess.
    What a waste of lives & money.

  9. bradfrmphnx says:

    I thought we would have learned something from Vietnam, but apparantly not. Meanwhile we bury our young men and women. As horrific as the conditions of life are for the people who live in that country, under Talisban rule…it is not our fight.

    How is it that one of the greatest superpowers on this earth can be overcome by a few hundred nut jobs with ak-47’s and some grenades? Fuck me but I don’t get it.

  10. JollyRoger says:

    In 2002, we had a chance.

    The Afghanis were tired of 30 years of war, and they wanted to believe the monkey’s promises.

    The monkey, of course, did what he always does-he told a few lies and then went off to other things, in this case Iraq being the “other thing.”

    Instead of freedom and aid, the Afghanis got to be plantation workers on the opium farms of local warlords, many of who are even more brutal than the Taliban were. To ice that cake, we indiscriminately bombed and shot up anything that moved, making a return of the Taliban seem like a pacification to millions of Afghanis.

    We (or more specifically, Chimpy) blew it. It is time to own up to it and go home.

  11. I wish someone would tell us what victory in Afghanistan means. Just one.

  12. Randy Arroyo says:

    Gen. Stan McCrystal sounds like a real piece of work. Why do people like him either wind up Generals or cops? What a statement on this country. If it’s Robert Gates who elevated him to the job, then President Obama is making a huge error in judgment trusting Robert Gates.

  13. McDaddy says:

    Why are we there? To get Al Queda. Well, Al Queda doesn’t have much pull among the population. What you have are various groups of Tribes fighting each other. The interest of the United States in winning their hearts and minds mean nothing to them.

    If the goal is to get Al Queda, that train’s been gone ever since Bush/Cheney and company allowed Osama Ben Lawden to escape Afghanistan by starting a stupid war in Iraq.

    If the goal is to win the hearts and minds of the Afghanistan, we need to be reminded that hate the occupation of their country by us “infidels.” They’re not interested in new government buildings and a phony democracy run by Karzai, head of one of the most corrupt governments known to man.

    Why are we there? Because we’re too arrogant, too empire, to understand that some nations have to be free to rule themselves. And if they kill off each other, it’s their decision and their problem.

  14. feminazi says:

    I may not understand how the military works but if it’s true that McCrystal lied about his education and created a bogus identity, barring being in the witness protection program, he should suffer a court martial for falsifying his identity and education.

  15. mohd.amir khan says:

    Why america and other his frnd countries want to down his image on the world…this is not matter abt afganistan or iraq bt how they made his image b/w muslims….I hope time will change

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