ISIS Strikes In Afghanistan

Breaking this morning: Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN): A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up in front of the Kabul Bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, early Saturday, a local government spokesman said. Terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. The explosion killed at least 33 people and wounded more than 100 others, said public health spokesman Najibullah Kamawal. Interestingly, the Taliban disavowed it. Not good news.

“Desertion and Misbehaving Before the Enemy”

CHARGED: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who slipped away from his patrol base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held in captivity for five years, has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy, Army officials said Wednesday … Get on with it, then. I expect the testimony and evidence to be revealing and damning, and not just for the accused.

The Case of Major Golsteyn’s Silver Star

DaveO brought this up a few days ago– “Afghanistan War Hero Stripped of Silver Star”— and George W ’64 is one of several who have mentioned it too. It’s a true story of heroism and treachery. From the original article, we learn that: [Then] Capt. Mathew L. Golsteyn was leading a Special Forces team in Afghanistan in 2010 when an 80-man mission he assembled to hunt insurgent snipers went awry. One of the unit’s five vehicles sank in mud, a gunshot incapacitated an Afghan soldier fighting alongside the Americans, and insurgents maneuvered on them to rake the soggy fields with […]

NO.

MDL sent this in. Sadly, it appears that the individual who wrote it is (was? should never have been??) an officer in the Army Reserve. I can’t even bring myself to quote from it.

Hang Him

(If he’s proven guilty, that is.)

“US, NATO Mark End of Mission in Afghanistan”

Annnnd, there you have it. Sixty-three percent of me says it’s going to go downhill real fast. Thirty-one percent says no, the Afghans will pull it out in their own strangely endearing hippity-hop/mob-stop way. The remaining six percent is undecided. Either way, that’s it. For now. We’ll see what the future holds.

“Accomplished Nothing” in Afghanistan

So says SIGAR, in the realm of economic development: SIGAR’s chief, John Sopko, told reporters Tuesday, that the agency has opened an “in-depth review” into the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), a Defense Department unit aimed at developing war zone mining, industrial development and fostering private investments. “We have gotten serious allegations about the management and mismanagement of that agency, as well as a policy question about what they were doing and whether they should have existed,” Sopko said. Not “news” in the strict sense, but still disheartening and damning. I did my time in NTMA/CSTC-A, so […]

An American Air Force Hero: Master Sergeant T. E. Case, USAF

Thank you to BKPrice for this good news. Master Sgt. Thomas E. Case, an 18th Air Support Operations Group, Tactical Air Control Party member, will receive his second Silver Star during a ceremony Thursday at Pope Field. The Silver Star is the third-highest military combat decoration. The award will be presented to Case for his actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on July 16 and 17, 2009. He is credited with directing combat aircraft engaged in close air support for a joint task force.  

As Goes Camp Leatherneck…

Submitted without comment. This too. Both are worth reading. What say you?

The Burden of War

Falleth not upon the Soldier, or Marine, or Sailor, or Airman.  But on the people who sent him to that beach without water.  Here‘s an interesting article by Sebastian Junger who has spent much of his journalistic career embedded among Soldiers to tell their story. The Soldier. . .is a tool.  When you hammer a nail as you build a bed frame, what take responsibility for it?  The hammer?  I would say no.  It must be the person hammering the nail.  To that effect, the Soldier is a tool, he should not bear the majority of the pain or blame […]