‘Please, please bring us home…’

July 21, 2009

Four more US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Monday and this morning news of eight suicide bombers striking government compounds in two eastern towns as this near-decade-long war is going from bad to worse to even worser (if there is such a word/situation).

Thirty US GIs have already been killed this month, and coupled with 25 more deaths from other NATO forces brings the total to 55: The deadliest since this whole mess started in October 2001.

Down on the down stalemate as the Iraq and Afghan operations are becoming inter-twisted  with comparisons to Vitenam.

(Illustration found here).

Over the weekend a video clip was released of a US GI captured/snagged by insurgents.
A sad reminder of the bullshit involved with these wars.

The US is in a hypocritical losers stance, this time in Afghanistan.
Captured American Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho, showed evidence both pathetic and revealing.
Via antiwar.com:

The soldier gave his name, age and hometown on the video, which was released on a Web site pointed out by the Taliban.
He said the date was July 14 and that he was captured when he lagged behind on a patrol.
He was interviewed in English by his captors.
He was asked his views on the war, which he called extremely hard; his desire to learn more about Islam; and the morale of American soldiers, which he said was low.
Asked how he was doing, the soldier said: “Well I’m scared, scared I won’t be able to go home. It is very unnerving to be a prisoner.”
He later choked up when discussing his family and his hope to marry his girlfriend.
“I have a very, very good family that I love back home in America. And I miss them every day when I’m gone,” he said.
He was prompted by his interrogators to give a message to the American people.
“To my fellow Americans who have loved ones over here, who know what it’s like to miss them, you have the power to make our government bring them home,” he said. “Please, please bring us home so that we can be back where we belong and not over here, wasting our time and our lives and our precious life that we could be using back in our own country. Please bring us home. It is America and American people who have that power.”
A U.S. military spokeswoman in Afghanistan, Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, said the Taliban was using their captive for propaganda.
“I’m glad to see he appears unharmed, but again, this is a Taliban propaganda video,” she said. “They are exploiting the soldier in violation of international law.”

And this claim of “violation of international law” coming from a country that tortures, illegally invades other countries, eavesdrops on its own citizens, creates a band of roving assassins, among a shitload of other nefarious enterprises — what a mouthful!

And now word that Bergdahl most-likely has been taken to Pakistan, which would make it even harder to get his release, despite the jawing of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the incident is “outrageous” and shows “It’s a real sign of desperation and inappropriate criminal behavior on the parts of these terrorist groups, so we are going to do everything we can to get him.”

And once again, ‘inappropriate criminal behavior,’ as pot calling the kettle liar.

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