Deadliest Month {so far}

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

August Deadliest Month for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

As August becomes the deadliest month for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, post-election tension continues to increase. A Washington Post reporter provides an update from Kabul.

You can find the Transcript, Audio and Video Feed, for above, at this link.

Exclusive: On Pakistan’s Khyber Pass

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz Travels Through Pakistan to Afghanistan With a Convoy

The Khyber Pass is one of the most dangerous routes from Pakistan into Afghanistan. ABC News’ Martha Raddatz traveled with a NATO convoy along the route.

(Martha Raddatz/ABC News)

It is only about 30 miles from Peshawar, Pakistan, to Afghanistan’s border where the Torkham Gate that divides the border is built. But it is 30 miles of the steepest, most white-knuckle driving you can imagine.

Think 2,000 feet up, on only dirt and gravel in some places, where guard rails are rare, and two or three trucks compete for space that can accommodate only one.

Throw in the fact that roadside bombs and mortars still can be a threat, militants still hide in the hillsides above you and you get the idea what kind of drive this is…….The Rest Found Here

The Khyber Pass

cheney/bush cabal Quagmire!!

Stopped being anything about 9/11 after they started the Drums of War of Their Choice towards Iraq and pulled troops and rebuilding monies out of, now it’s just adding to the Hatreds towards Us and Our Policies!!

3 comments

    • jimstaro on August 29, 2009 at 12:53 pm
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    UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie is appealing for more international support for Afghan refugees who are returning home. The acclaimed American actress visited UNHCR operations in Kabul and the eastern province of Nangarhar, where she heard from Afghans who are struggling to rebuild their lives after years in exile. Many face continued insecurity and rising food prices.

     

  1. I received this e-mail from Senator Feingold recently:

    “While I was in Appleton earlier this week, I outlined my views on a flexible timetable to bring our brave men and women home from Afghanistan.  After eight years of war, I am not convinced that continuing to send troops into Afghanistan, with no end in sight, is a well-thought out strategy.  It’s time for a new course.

    I am concerned that the current military build-up could end up simply driving more extremists across the border into Pakistan, while feeding resentment among the Afghan people about a perceived occupation.  A flexible timetable that shows the people of America and Afghanistan that we have a strategy and a commitment to leave is going to be one of the best things we can do to succeed in that country and strengthen our own national security.

    As we debate important domestic issues such as health care, and the economy, we must never forget our troops currently serving our nation overseas.  While there are still four months left in the year, 2009 is now the deadliest year for international forces in Afghanistan since 2004.  We are clearly not moving forward, and we can’t continue this open-ended commitment indefinitely.  

    I will continue to speak out in favor of a flexible timetable for withdrawal, and I’m counting on you to help spread the word.   You can sign on as a supporter of a flexible timetable to bring our troops home from Afghanistan here.  You’ll also be able to view my recent ed board meeting on the topic and forward this message to your friends and family.  I’ll keep you updated on the next steps, and what you can do to make sure our message is heard.”

    Sincerely,

    Russ Signature

    Russ Feingold

    United States Senator

    We certainly “must not forget our troops serving our nation overseas”.  We, as citizens have a duty to hold the Commander in Chief’s feet to the fire when he puts our troops in the line of fire.  We have a duty and an obligation to our troops to demand answers to the questions:

    1.  Why are troops being placed in harm’s way on this front?

    2.  What is their mission?  

    3.  How long will it take to accomplish that mission?  What is the exit strategy?

    4.  If, after 8 long years of war, the mission has not been achieved, is the mission an impossible mission?  

    5.  Isn’t it time to change the mission to an achievable mission and plan to withdraw the troops as soon as they safely can be withdrawn?

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