August deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan
Friends and family members attend a memorial service in Olathe, Kansas, on August 14 for those troops who died in the August Chinook helicopter crash.
August 30th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

August deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan

August has been the deadliest month for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since the conflict began nearly 10 years ago.

Brian R. Bill was among those that died in the August Chinook crash.

Sixty-six American troops have died this month, topping July 2010 when 65 troops died, according to a CNN tally.

Almost half the August troop deaths took place on August 6 when insurgents shot down their helicopter in the eastern central province of Wardak. The Taliban claimed militants downed the helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade.

Thirty U.S. service members - including 17 Navy SEALs - were killed in that attack, the single largest loss of life for U.S. troops since the Afghan war began in late 2001.

In contrast, 36 U.S. service members were killed in all of July. Prior to the August attack, the most U.S. troops killed in a single month this year was 47 in June.

A "surge" of 33,000 additional troops in 2009 - in response to increased insurgent attacks - led to an uptick in U.S. deaths over previous years, with 499 killed in 2010. Prior to the surge, the most U.S. troops killed in a single year was 155 in 2008, according to CNN figures.

The surge in U.S. deaths comes as NATO is drawing down and handing over security control to national forces. Some 10,000 U.S. troops are scheduled to depart by year's end, with all U.S. military personnel out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

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  1. Peter

    Here is the link you've been looking for:

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/september2005/200905stagedterror.htm

    September 11, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      I really need to way in on this subject. We need to stay long enough to militarily train and arm every female in this country to defend themselves. Arm them with weapons, birth control, cell phones and books and computers. They are the target of these domineering regimes and they have the most to lose in any situation. This program is a lot cheaper and effective because no one has more at stake than a woman. This will terrorize other regimes and bring the confines of that religion to a screeching hault.

      September 19, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • GigiGigiK.

      I really need to way in on this subject. We need to stay long enough to militarily train and arm every female in this country to defend themselves. Arm them with weapons, birth control, cell phones and books and computers. They are the target of these domineering regimes and they have the most to lose in any situation. This program is a lot cheaper and effective because no one has more at stake than a woman. This will terrorize other regimes and bring the confines of that religion to a screeching hault.

      September 19, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ex-Republican

    D.A.N., please tell me how you can say that 9-11 had anything to do with Muslim terrorists when you look at Building #7's detonation?? IT fell just as "perfectly" to the ground as the other two buildings without being hit by even a flying bugger. If you can explain something which even the Congress's 9-11 Comimssion Report couldn't explain, then you must be the World's smartest man. Either that, or the World's biggest idiot, you take your pick!

    September 4, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
    • D. A. N.

      If you think that the 9/11 attacks were done by anyone other than Islamic terrorists then you are the IDIOT!

      September 4, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        You seem to be forgetting all about the C.I.A., D.A.N. With their total lack of both sophistication and funds, it's quite dubious that the Muslim terrorists could have carried out an attack such as 9/11on their own! Besides, never put anything past the C.I.A.!!!

        September 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Darren

        Go ahead and believe what you want to believe. D.A.N.

        September 6, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bangash

    What a hot topic today it is when August month is called the deadliest for Americans. If you all remember Last year too in similar way has been termed as the deadliest year despite the fact that in last 10 years of occupation all major, heavy and technologically highly sophisticated weapons have been used against these bare footed Afghans fighting occupation but the so called super power constantly loosing ground and is faced with humiliating defeat. This is what you we all must think over honestly and see why mosquitos are defeating dianasaurs on Afghan soil. Why not we all look to the history and take no lessons from it? Which invader in Afghanistan has won? Remember untill and unless you and we all do not dare to stand against the MIC and PENTAGON and stop this death merchandise in world politics.

    September 2, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • George W. Bush

      You are a blazing idiot!

      September 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        you the stupid G W Bush should have confronted me with logic and reason then calling me .... You are probably the real ex President Bush, used to use of power then logic or reason. Whole world knew Bush's shares in MIC, Black Water and oil companies therefore wars, deaths and destruction all over the world has always been his business and a source of livelihood. He has made Americans to pay for his blunders for which he has been condemned during last election. Americans like you are responsible for where Americans as a nation is standing today. History has condemned you and Americans as a nation has spoken against you.

        September 3, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The one calling himself GW Bush ( the destroyer of US economy) looks to be the blazing idiot !

        September 3, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        Radical Islamic terrorism will be defeated and all will burn in hell for eternity!

        September 4, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      That was very well stated, Bangash. Don't let these lemmings like George W. Bush above bother you since they don't know up from down!

      September 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        Thank's George Patton for support. I am basically from the war front where I as a humanist see the situation and its repercussions for humanity all over the world. I am not just an anti America but anti warmongers in America as they are responsible for humiliation of mankind all over the world. Luckily majority of Americans now realize and understand their real designs therefore have given clear verdict for a CHANGE but unfortunately President OBAMA has deceived them.

        September 3, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. C Robb anono

    Yeah i'm deployed right now... We found a nice sized weapons cache. about 400+ artillery shells, rpg rounds, etc. over 1.5 ton worth. Guess what writing was on it? CHINESE!!! I swear to God and I'm not joking!

    August 31, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      You are an idiot...Just want to get that out of the way. You are a member the American Military and if you are deployed I know you have sat through 1000 OPSEC briefings. That being said, you know you're not suppose to things like this on the internet, ESPECIALLY a news website.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Harry

        If you are a Communist supporter, please reply above this message!

        August 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Thank you! Another piece of the truth comes out!

      September 1, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Bangash

      Last month these CIA guys among Taliban carried out sabotage operation at Xyngiang province Kashgar city in China killing people and damaging properties. Chinese are well aware that US occupation of Afghanistan is in fact finding a base for fighting against China and central Asian states and for this already in Afghan provinces Kunar, Nooristan and Badakhshan militants strongholds have been established therefore how one can expect Chinese to see their demise the way USSR has been disintegrated. Not only China but other nations in the region too understand US intentions in this region therefore all have the right to defend themselves against US evil designs. This is main reason that Americans will see each day, week, month and an year the dealiest in this region. The best way is to change America in accordence with the desires of American nation which one can easily see in the humiliating defeat of Bush in last elections. Obama's slogans for a change and his victory in fact had been American national verdict against the war mongers in MIC and Pentagon which must be respected if one wish to save American from burial in this region.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Marie

    News like this makes me so proud that we have a nobel peace prize winning president.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Franky

      As you should be. Being as he started the war and all.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Tell me Marie, are you trying to be funny? You must be because nobody's so naive as to post what you did above!!! As serious as this subject is, we don't need this kind of humor!

      August 31, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Ironically Nobel job was production of explosives and dinamite.

      August 31, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Matt Roeth

    GULF OF TONKIN, BABY!!!!! i LOVE fake & staged Wars!! They make my stocks go up!!! I don't care if some people get hurt...i don't know them. All i know is when my stocks go up, i make money. i get more money, i get a nicer ride. i hope that lockheed martin installs xray machines in every airport and every office building for that matter, i make money. i don't give a sh if it causes radiation cancer in you...i don't know you. i just want to make money...increase my quality-of-life...isn't that what we ALL want?!??? i say as far as fake wars, staged wars, false flag operations...i say BRING IT ON!!! you gotta enjoy life cause you can't take it with you when ya go!

    August 31, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Spoken like a very true American of the "ME" generation! Most Americans feel the way you do except that you just posted it on this web page. Thank you for your honesty, Matt.

      August 31, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank Incense

      "Matt Roeth" above is the Penn Name of George W. Bush, it is really him writing the post above.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        He's a communist, dummy.

        August 31, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bangash

      You are absolutely right when speaking the Pentagon language. Soon you all will face the consequences and will reap what you have sown on Afghan soil. Each passing moment will prove more deadly as after all it is the law of nature which no one can change.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Melton

    world trade center b#7 kinda proves 9-11 was a hoax. are people just too dumb to recognize that?

    August 31, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Awake

      The truth is just too sinister, too complex, and too masterfully ensconced in a thick veil of secrecy for most people to wrap their minds around. The rabbit hole goes very, very deep my friend. There is no limit to what these people are capable of..

      August 31, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gabby

    GEORGE W. BUSH & DICK SHOOT HIS BEST FRIEND IN THE HEAD CHENEY ARE BOTH DRAFT DODGERS AND ARE BOTH WAR CRIMINALS. THEY ARE TRAITORS TO OUR COUNTRY & SHOULD BE LOCKED-UP. BUT THEY NEVER WILL BE CAUSE WE HAVE NO SAY IN OUR GOVERNMENT.

    August 31, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Glen

    All of the so-called "Terrorists" come from Saudi Arabia...but , we love them. And, we'll send them all the money they can possibly ask for? We will never invade the countries that kill us ... we will send them flowers,...and money...and more money.

    August 31, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • PGelsman

      I can still see that picture of GW walking with the King of SA and holding his hand. Makes me wanna puke!

      August 31, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jdoe130

    ..and how many Afghanistan civilians were killed during the same month?

    August 31, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Many civilians have been killed. Several due to gunshot wounds and many more due to IEDs that the insurgents are planting. Sad when civilians get killed because of the insurgents yet the insurgents don't care, and the civilians don't do anything to help or stop it.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The civilians don't do anything because it is not true.

        August 31, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        What's not true? Are you saying the Taliban and their terrorist allies do not kill civilians?

        August 31, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Civilians don't do anything as the main responsible for their deaths are the USA.

        September 1, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        How is it when the insurgents, the Taliban or other terrorist networks kill is it the USA's responsibility? EVERYMAN HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY THEMSELVES TO KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG AND WHEN THEY PLANT IED'S. PUT EXPLOSIVES ON THEMSELVES, IN CARS OR ON MULES AND EVEN ON CHILDREN AND KILL PEOPLE IT IS ONLY THEIR RESPONSIBILITY NO ONE ELSE'S!

        September 1, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        IF YOU HAVE ANY FRIENDS HERE I HOPE YOUR TELLING THEM HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THOSE WHO KILL OTHERS FOR THEIR HATEFUL IDEOLOGY!

        September 1, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        IED are not precise as anyone driving in the street can be hit, but they have no other solution. Young suicide bombers are extremely rare, generally their age is 19-24y. Anyway it is repulsive the use of children, but the USA are the invaders causing all this mess. Additionally the casualties caused by the US are extremely understated as they consider everyone killed automatically a terrorist.

        September 1, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Petrovic

        Building 7 of the World Trade Center kind of proves that 9-11 is a hoax, don't you think? I hate to tell you buddy...we've all been deceived. Yeah, I know, it's not easy to admit that you were tricked, and fooled, I had a hard time with it myself. But, you live and learn, I guess, is all I can say.

        September 4, 2011 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Will E. Coyote

    The US military presence in Afghanistan achieved what? Is the country a democratic one? Did it stop the huge opium production? Are the radical islamic terrorist groups gone? None of the above. It's only bringing the death of countless young americans, destroying their families and wasting piles of money, which the country needs now more than ever. Of course the war is hugely profitable for a cluster of big, private(!) companies. Bet they want it to go forever. And it is them who cover it up in veil of 'patriotic' stories/movies/articles/tv reports etc. So the passionate soldiers who declare "I served my country!" and expect recognition for that, actually served the interests of these companies. The scope of lies and duplicity is unbelievable...

    August 31, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      Right you are!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Generic Californian

      correct

      August 31, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • PGelsman

      Mission Accomplished! Oh, that was Irack. sorry

      August 31, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Bangash

      This is real picture of what is going on in this region.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Terry Acosta

    "Tell a lie often enough, loud enough, and long enough, and people will believe you." George W. Bush
    "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." Winston Churchill
    "History is written by the victors.." Winston Churchill
    "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." Winston Churchill
    "There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it." – William James (1842-1910) The father of modern Psychology
    "...concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it." Adolf Hitler
    "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Adolf Hitler diatribe
    "...the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation." The Big Lie technique , Adolf Hitler , Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X

    August 31, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. I dont support the troops

    As long as David Rockefeller and Evelyn Robert de Rothschild keep making money, who cares. The CIA is running opium out of Afghanistan on military planes under the guise of diplomatic cargo. Rockefeller (Conoco Phillips, Exxon, Chevron) and Rothschild (BP, Shell) are building natural gas pipelines from the Caspian through Afghanistan to Pakistan. Mining operations have begun for Lithium in Afghani mines. And meanwhile CIA officer Anderson Cooper (Vanderbilt heir) is selling the news story every night.

    August 31, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Awake

      Ah yes, it is a tangled web they weave when those corporatist-oligarch-international bankster-NWO power mad fascists endeavor to deceive...

      August 31, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I don't support the troops too. I support the truth.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Susan

        salerno you are an a**...don't support our military? Who happens to protect you! Leave our country....go to Afghanistan and meet one of their IED's.

        August 31, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Susan – My life was not in danger in USA or even in Europe before american operations in the middle east. My life is threatened by the US military.

        August 31, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        HOW SO?

        August 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        Tell ME how the USA"S military is a threat to you?

        August 31, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        They are a threat to any american, ask to the 3000 killed on 9/11 attack and others beyond or after in any part of the world.
        US military operations turned all of us in legitimate targets.

        September 1, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        YOUR INSANE! AND IF YOU THINK THAT ANY TERRORIST HAS THE RIGHT TO KILL ANYONE FOR ANYBODY ELSE'S ACTIVITY YOUR JUST AS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DEATHS! AS FOR ANY COUNTRY THAT TAKES UP THIS FIGHT AGAINST THESE EVIL PEOPLE THEY SURLY WILL BE REWARDED FOR THEIR SACRIFICE! EVIL IS EVIL NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE you THINK THEY ARE! AND THEY SURLY WILL BE SENT TO HELL WHEN THEIR JUDGMENT DAY COMES!

        September 1, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        DAN – the same can be said for american people. They are responsible if their military kill people abroad as they are hiding criminals.

        September 1, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Then why the hell am I fight for YOU? I'm over here, risking my life, away from my family. Guess you just want to get rid of the mlitary all together then? Where you ever in the mlitary? My sister-in-law's cousin lost his legs over here fighting for the country. If it wasn't for the military there wouldn't even be a UNITED STATES!! We could have given up during the Revolution and where would we be today? Don't like the mlitary, then leave.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        That's telling him Ryan, he's a piece of crap taking every advantage he can living here in the USA! We TRUE Americans support you and making Afghanistan a nation that is with us in this war on terror is a good thing to stop it from being a safe haven for terrorists, But it is high time for the afghans themselves to do the job!

        August 31, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Ryan – you are right to ask why are you fighting. I did not ask to you. Someone else did. People like Dan and the military are defaming my country.

        August 31, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        Your country? BULL CRAP! You have no soul to be a part of America,IDIOT!

        August 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I am part of the west and of the global economy, so I am partially american and partially european.

        September 1, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        BUT YOUR STILL FULL OF CRAP!

        September 1, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I am full of valid arguments, the crap is inside your brain.

        September 1, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Bangash

        Ryan keep it up if you think that America has the right to kill any one to rule the world. But remember world too has the right to fight back in self defence. Soon you will get what you deserved.

        September 2, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jesus Cristo

    Why the hell we dont bring our troops back home? Obama you LIED TO US!

    August 31, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Stewart Younger

    Bring our troops HOME........NOW !!!!!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  16. vinny

    When criticizing America for this war, its important to remember why we are there in the first place. This country was used as one gigantic training facility for terrorists. Once they launched an attack on us, it was time to remove the threat. Taliban did not want to hand over Bin Laden and the gang, so we needed to take them down. Otherwise you would have all these nutbags singing around in a sand castle training their group and plotting up more ways to kill Americans. Thays not acceptable. Is it time to pull out and go home? I think so. I think whatever happens there now, they got the message that an attack on U.S soil will result in an invasion. Not worth it for the Taliban. If Rick Perry gets elected, you can bet theyre going to be cool. Theyre not going to risk another cowboy Texan with a temper sending in troops again

    August 31, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Afghan training camps were an US fantasy. 9/11 highjackers came from Germany and were trained in USA.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        You are such a LIAR! You should get out of America and die in your own country! There is video proof of Afghanistan terrorist camps even before Bush II was elected! Clinton bombed them! And al Qaedaq leader is dead which had claimed responsibility for the attacks IN AFGHANISTAN!

        August 31, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        FROM AFGHANISTAN! There should be a coma between attacks and IN!

        August 31, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan – you are a liar. he video shawed people armed with Ak47 to defend their country. The terrorists did not use AK47. They were trained in US flight schools, used knives and came from Germany. OBL was in Sudan and escaped to Afghanistan after Clinton bombed Sudan or forced Sudan to expell him.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The video showed

        August 31, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        You are a worthless piece of crap lying about anything you can to defame America! You are from Italy, America is not your homeland! Why don't you go back home and start your propaganda from there!!? Nobody is defaming your country because America is not your country! And There are photos that depict bin Laden in Afghanistan at training camps and Clinton also bombed them along with what he thought was a WMD(some kind of biological weapons factory)plant in Sudan not bin Laden, LIAR!

        August 31, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – I am an US tax payer, but I can change my country very quickly. I am not linked to any country for ever. USA is the best country in the west, but still the most dangerous for their military capability. Clinton tried to kill OBL in Afghanistan. Training camps were not for terrorists as they did never use AK47, but other weapons. There were not WMD in Sudan, but these bombing alone fully justified 9/11 idiot.

        August 31, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        The USA hates evil and will destroy it wherever it exists! As for you and your kind you hate and show spite and envy for our power to combat your evil minded kind!!! WE WILL DEFEAT YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!! AS FOR YOUR TAX MONEY, I AM GRATEFUL WE ARE USING IT TO KILL THOSE YOU LOVE!!!!!! WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR LIES THE ISLAMIC FAITH CALLS OUTWITTING NOT LYING WHICH STILL IS A LIE AND GOD WILL PUNISH YOU ALL!!!!!!

        August 31, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        You will not defeat Islam. Your soldiers will continue to die for long long time. I simply reported facts correctly. Anyone can verifie that doing a search. No WMD in Iraq, no WMD in Sudan. Clinton tried to kill OBL and caused 9/11. Thousands of American died for no reason but to protect Mubaraq and Israel. If you are happy with that it is your problem.

        August 31, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        ISLAM WILL BURN IN HELL ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THAT!?

        August 31, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I am happy with Islam.

        August 31, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        I hope your happy in hell to you piece of crap! You do not belong here, LEAVE!

        August 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        There are no limitations in my civilian rights to travel and to speak. Like or not I am part of the western world.

        September 1, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        WELL THEN YOUR FRIENDLY TERRORIST FRIENDS HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO KILL YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR LOGIC AND IT WOULD NOT BE THE WESTERN WORLDS RESPONSIBILITY EITHER BECAUSE YOU MADE THE CHOICE YOURSELF!

        September 1, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – It was not my choice to be born in the west. I understand that if we send our military in their countries, they can retaliate.

        September 1, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  17. Chinada

    The Wahabists want your Pakistani women wrapped in sheet and your dancing boys between the sheets.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. SS

    People should learn about the history of Afghanistan prior to and starting after the Russian invasion. The Afghan country had been destroyed by the violence from Russia, then further by Taliban rule . I understand why U.S. troops are stationed there but let's not blame the Afghan people for this war. There are many victims from this war and the Afghan people who lost their family members, homeland, and are prejudiced against are the biggest. Also Bin Laden was Saudi Arabian, and he helped to destroy Afghanistan and had many connections to the U.S. prior to 911.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      SS- partially wrong as initially Russia helped Afghanistan against UK invasion and brutality.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        Islamic fundamentalist loving, LIAR!

        August 31, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        DAN – READ HISTORY IDIOT. 3 AFGHAN WARS WERE FOUGHT BY THE UK. RUSSIA HELPED AFGHANISTANAGAINST UK, LIKE USA HELPED IT AGAINST RUSSIA, BUT BOTH BECAME OPPRESSORS.

        August 31, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        IN 1979 OR EVEN DECADES BEFORE THE UK NEVER INVADED AFGHANISTAN OR PERSECUTED THEIR PEOPLE! THE RUSSIANS ONLY WANTED TO EXPAND THEIR COMMUNISM THERE, IDIOT! THEY NEVER HELPED AFGHANISTAN FROM ANY UK INVASION, DOUBLE IDIOT!!!

        August 31, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan – Read history, idiot. In Afghanistan there was a communist party since 1919 when the last war against the UK was fought.

      August 31, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        DID RUSSIA HELP AFGHANISTAN WITH ANY INVASION FROM THE UK!? IDIOT!

        August 31, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Yes they did, and this is why they had a filosoviet government in Afghanistan, but later did the mistake to impose antiislamic rules and Reagan supported the islamist. So you cannot cry now.

        August 31, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        TELL ME WHEN did the UK invade and Russia help the Afghans?

        August 31, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        You'll rot in hell just like bin laden you worthless piece of crap!

        August 31, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        1919 -1921 with the independence of Afghanistan from the British India. (Amanullah)

        August 31, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The muslims were the force inside India fighting against the British occupation and that resulted in the independence of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

        August 31, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        And 60 years later the defunct communist wanted to help the afghans, RIGHT! IDIOT!

        August 31, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Not 60 years later, but during most of the centurystarting with 1919. For istance in 1955 there was a treaty betwen Russia and Afghanistan wich involved military assistance from the soviets.

        August 31, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        SHUT UP FOOL! Don't play games with ME!

        August 31, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        It is not a ganme, it's history , stupid ! The treaty was signed in 1955 by king Mohammed Zahir and Soviet president.

        August 31, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        THE UK was out in 1921 and you tell ME that the Russians came to help! Who's playing games and the fool!!??

        August 31, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        This kind of talk would only come from a Muslim! Their full of lies just like where they started from, the DEVIL!

        August 31, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Russia helped in 1919-21 too, but the treaty was signed in 1955.

        August 31, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        I'm not stereotyping Muslims! I am sorry if it sounds that way, but as you all can see there are not many leaders of the Muslim world who truly follow in God's spirit! What I want to say is that anyone with any religious beliefs that causes another to suffer IN ANY WAY WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE INCLUDING CHRISTIANS, JEWS AND MUSLIMS! UNLESS OF COURSE THEY HAVE COME TO GOD IN TRUE REPENTANCE! AND UNLIKE SOME CHRISTIANS WHO THINK THEY MIGHT GET AWAY WITH IT ANOTHER TIME OR TWO TRUE REPENTANCE IS JUST THAT!

        September 1, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan I agree with your last statement. It is generic but correct.

        September 1, 2011 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        GENERIC? YOUR GENERIC!

        September 1, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        IN 1979 WHEN THE SOVIET UNION INVADED WERE THEY HELPING THE AFGHANS AGAINST ANY UK FORCES? idiot!!! outwit twit!

        September 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Not in 1979. I told Russia helped Afghanistan BEFORE, from 1919 to 1921 before the treaty of the 1955 wich formally stated the relations betwen the 2 countries.

        September 2, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  19. Disabled Vet

    Get out of the middle east and stop letting our service members be killed for nothing !!!! How more Viet Nam's do we have to go through before WE take over and run our government correctly !! Stop it NOW !!!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Kevin

    So sick of all these bs wars. Hate to say that I participated in them.. glad I'm out. At least I know that it will end in my lifetime. It's just taking way too long.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  21. payton

    People need to stop dising bush about what he did and/or didnt do. Yes i understand that it may have been his fault that we went to war but it was for a purpose. Now think before you respond, what would you have done if a terrorist group desided to attack america when you were persident? unlike any of you he had a job to do and it was to protect you and clean up the mess caused by terrorists.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Milboz

      Payton, why US were attacked in first place. And US always have a chance to be attacked cose US is a leader in making orphans all over the world and those kids growing up with hate and only one way of life. Revenge. And stop thinking that u did right thing going to Iraq and Avganistan. All those terrorist from New York were from Saudi Arabia anyway, but now you will have sleepless nights after those wors. Just wait for another attack.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ryan

        One, where did you grow up? Spelling, grammar suck. Second, so the US is responsible for ALL the orphans in the world? Including Africa where there is drought and disease that kill people off? We're responsible for dictators who kill parents because they can? REALLY? So I guess Russian invading Afghanistan and killing people was the US's fault also? The Plague in Europe all those years ago causing orphans was our fault? I'd step lightly on what you say about this country. Just like criticizing the military. Criticize one, criticize all.

        August 31, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  22. Kebos

    I second that......Vote Ron Paul. Do your country a favor!

    August 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. helenecha

    It is said that France had withdrawn its all troops and UK won't withdraw its troops by the end of 2014.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Matt

    Carpet nuke that whole area of the world. Make it a nice pretty glass bowl.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • displacedmic

      Typical meat-head nonsense. You can't seriously think that's a good idea, so why even post it?

      August 30, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • aussyt

        I think the nuking thing would be great. It squick and easy. people will rebuild and life will find a way. yeah it kills many innocent people, but it also stopd killing many more people and troops from future events. If world leaders really wanted peace and not war, they would not have war, and settle things a different way...nuke. War is a gateway for raping the country in which they attack. Everyone knows this. Countries will take what they want, or try to, and make money from the process. That is what war is all about......money.

        August 31, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  25. losing streak at 3

    Vietnam lost... Iraq lost... Afghanistan 10 years with nothing to show..

    August 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Hey Hey Hey good bye

    na na na na hey hey hey goodbye

    August 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Patrick

    @mike wade

    I am not sure what the solution is. As far as our government being voted in by the people, according to factcheck.org approximately 40 % of eligible voters failed to vote for the 2008 election. There has been controversy in the past that electronic voting machines malfunctioned, Flordia during the 2004 election for example.. Also, it is very difficulty to believe that the majority of the American people support the continuation of hostility's towards two sovereign states that A) had nothing to do with 9/11. B) posed no threat militarily only to C) find the perpetrator in a third nation. Perhaps the populous have become disillusioned by the choices?

    August 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Langan

      Patrick in my opinion it has been many a moon since Washington gave a hoot about what Americans want. The politicians are too loyal to their benenfactors to care about us. We aren't invited to the party, we just get to pay for it.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Patrick

      The issue remains that the US lies to its people, all governments do, but Americans claim they live in absolute freedom and they contol the government.
      Remember after 9/11? Iraq did it, and the American public blindly supported it without any proof? After the invasion of Iraq, the story changed to Iraq/Saddam has WMDs. So Bush invaded. After Saddam was gone and no WMD's were found Iraq was a "Military Threat" Funny how many times the story changes.

      Then Afghanistan, why is the US there? Bin Laden was there? Sheltered by the Taliban? Ok but when the US went in they attacked major cities on the opposite end of the country. Bin laden for about 3 months before US forces got onto his ex-location. Then where did we claim to find him? Pakistan

      Now I ask you and all Americans. If you believe you were in Iraq because of WMD's, fine. but I ask you, Saddam said he did NOT have WMDs. There was no evidence of WMDs, and the UN inspection detected 0 WMDs. North Korea claims to have WMDs have tested WMDS and Kim Jon-IL has claimed to possess them. Why has the US not invaded North Korea? Can anyone answer me that?

      The US keeps to its claim that Iran has WMDs, denied by its government and no evidence from UN inspections. But if the US really thinks Iran has WMDs why not invade? Because the US knows Iran has nothing, but they hate Iran because they are the only Muslim country that won't bend over backwards for the US, they are outspoken against Israel and flip America off every time, whereas Saudi Arabia and Pakistan bend over for the US each time. But once Ahmedinajad is gone the US will establish a puppet government there too

      August 31, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  28. peter mchugh

    Vote Ron Paul! He'll get us out of these stupid wars.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  29. flarnkingsgargle

    The idea of Afghanistan was created by the British and Russian empires. There is nothing unifying the people within this specifically delineated geographic boundary. It will never succeed as anything more than a narco-state. Legalize drugs!

    August 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Dot8

    We should get out of Afghanistan now and let that country rot by itself, there's families here at home that need our heroes.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  31. thatguy371

    And so, someone remind me, WHEN will we get out of the middle east exactly?

    August 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Slag

    Obama lied, Americans died

    August 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • thatguy371

      Who started this middle east conflict to begin with Einstein?

      August 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • displacedmic

        Who cares who started? He could end it. like he said he would. But he didn't. So yeah – he lied, and people died. How is what he said inaccurate? Is Bush the moral standard? If not, who cares what that idiot did? Obama was supposed to be CHANGE we can believe in. Doesn't seem like much has changed to me. If anything, he has expanded these ridiculous wars.

        August 30, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • commiCannon

        al qaeda started it when they flew passenger airplanes into two buildings in new york city....einstein

        August 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • commiCannon

        and the pentagon.....and pennsylvania....

        August 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zaratan X

      Bush made the push... dush.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kebos

      Bush and Administration lied.......people continue to die.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kebos

      I don't disagree with Displace.... Obama should have done more but then again, Obama probably found out how difficult it was to extract troops once they were there and money was being made by strong lobbyist groups.

      Obama does leave a lot of unfulfilled election campaign promises so he has to go. But what you'll get won't be any better. The USA is caught in a cycle of poor leaders and poorer decisions. This war will continue for many more years and many more American and NATO and Afghan lives will be lost.

      A tragedy for the ages.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  33. open your eyes

    you would think that after reading all these comments one of you...just one of you would mention Ron Paul and what he's been telling us time and time again about these never ending wars.

    spread the word, I'm serious, please.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike wade

      Where have you been? Millions of people have been saying that way before Ron Paul did. Nothing original there at all.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  34. joshua

    well agree but it has to be stop a lot of people r dieing and a lot of familys r missing loved ones and if anyone is on this site I want to say thank for your loved ones who has died for my freedom and their familys I will pray for yall

    August 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sick and Tired

    I would like to send some of the members of the White House on horse back through some of the villages of Afghanistan and see how they react as sitting ducks. Then they might have an idea of what it is like to be scared for their lives. Its time to cut the strings of their puppets and let us come home. I'm pretty sure only two times in history has Afghanistan been conqured. Guess what? They are still there and not going anywhere. They live to fight because that is all they have to do.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      we need to overthrow our on government end of story

      August 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • mike wade

        Our government was voted in by the people so you need to overthrow the people too. Good luck on that one.

        August 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Awake

    Endless wars, pointless bloodshed, inept political leadership. If you need an explanation look no further than the corruption of war-profiteering and the continued expansion of the military industrial complex. We are absolutely, positively doomed..

    August 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • baconeater

      We still support the corrupt Saudi Royal Family for their oil, as they let their ppl live in poverty yet reap billions from oil profits.....this was a major motivator for OBL and the 15 other Saudi suicide bombers of 911....10 years later, we still support the Saudi Royal Family, even as they still massacre ppl in Bahrain today during the Arab Spring! We've even sold millions of dollars of military hardware to the Saudis for the future war with Iran! All facts!

      August 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Zaratan X

        Uhhhh, bacon eater... we are doing the same thing here in the great ol' USA. I fou don't see that and know that then yo are a blind. We have poor, we have sick, we have people killing each other for drugs. Yet, we still have millionaires flaunting about in their private jets. SAME THING SMARTY PANTS.

        August 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Sick and Tired

    As a soldier I know what it is like to serve overseas and go through the every day struggles like our men and women are currently doing and have done. I can't express to you how difficult it is to lose someone or watch one of your buddies get hurt. I can't speak for everyone but I can speak for most. I am tired of dealing with this endless war and ready to get back to serving my country on my soil. Good luck to the ones who are over there now and in the future.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Allen (RugbyGuy)

      Thank you and your family for your service. My post to Larry Landis below: Well said Larry. VFW #9223062 HM2 3rd Marines (3,3,3) As an example: My cousin was CO of a remote 505. When he came home he lived in my aunt's cellar without seeing the light if day for five years. The PTSD from serving 2,3,4 and 5 tours is going to be beyond our comprehension. Ignorance by the electorate is not an excuse: We are all responsible!

      August 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sick and Tired

        4th Ifantry Division here. Not many people can comprehend what kind of damage serving overseas will do to a person. Most people brush it off as if it is not a real problem. PTSD is something that is real hard to deal with and may never go away. Thanks to all who serve.

        August 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaine

      You have spoken loud and clear...for me. My son-in-law, a USAF Pilot, soon returns to Afghanistan. He will leave his family, my daughter, his baby girl...his dogs. His home. His life. And I no longer know why. There is no why. My heart goes out to every single human being who is doing without those they love – those who serve and are constantly in harms way – and those they leave behind. It's time to bring 'em all home. To those whom have lost a loved one to these conflicts, I'm sorry. Truly truly sorry.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • nangMP

      Lost a few over the years to those countries, now its my units turn. Friends and family going too, they bring some home and send others. Good luck to you

      August 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Zero10

    And what did they die for? American freedom? Drug fields in the middle east? Nothing?

    August 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  39. baconeater

    9/11 was blowback for our support of corrupt thugs in the ME, like the Saudi Royal Family-that was a major motivation for OBL, and the 15 other Saudi suicide bombers of that day......and look, 10 years later, we still support the Saudi Royal Family, even as they massacred people in Bahrain! Disgusting!......I do not see the war on terror ending anytime soon.....next is Syria, then Iran....

    August 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  40. usa

    What we should do is
    Stop picking on our frut pickers and run all them rag heads home then nuk um all

    August 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • displacedmic

      Well, posts like yours certainly give credence to the claim that the money spent on these wars would be better invested in education...

      August 30, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  41. BB

    Oh My!!! How is it that people are so ignorant!!! Americans wake up this is NOT about the Next Prez elections this is about People Dying!! Americans, Iraqies and Afghanastanies!! I dont care if we Kill all the Al Queda fools! Anyone that thinks Perry will do our Nation any good needs to look at what he Hasnt Done for Texas!!! He did Not balance our Budget he cause thousands of Teachers to lose their Jobs, he squandered Millions of Texas Dollars to keep him housed in fear of returning to the Governers Mansion after the Texas people paid to have it renovated once someone burned it! In one breath he wants to secure the Texas Borders from the Illegal Mexican ensurgents the turns around and says let them come in a day later announces he is running for President. He is NOT someone to be trusted with the security of a Nation. I truly Understand why the Mexican people want to be here to give their Children a better life. My question is...why dont these people fight for the Right to live in their own Country and make the Life Better there just as many Countries have all ready done. What is the problem with letting go of their Nationality and becoming U.S. Citizens as other Nations that have come here have done? Just Sayin.....back to the topic at hand. Again I say who cares who is at fault for this WAR, lets pray for the losses of life (ON ALL SIDES) get our American Troops home and allow the Peolple that did Not appreciate our efforts to get on with the rebuilding of an Al Queda Nation and we begin a War on Gangs in America and let the other Nations worry about themselves. And if you are living in America and Hate the Americans Get the Hell out of our Country and return to Your Own!

    August 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  42. swanngrinder

    The war on terror is what it is. It is really easy to point out how terrible the current situation is, but no one really knows how bad it would be if we did not have any troops over there. One thing to note about the helicopter disaster is it was full of black operatives. The benefits of the missions these guys carry out will not be revealed to the public for decades. All I know personally is nothing comparable to the World Trade centers collapsing has happened in the United States in the past decade, despite all the ramblings of the lunatics over there.

    The Taliban terrorizes the residents of this country and milks them for all they are worth regardless of how many foreign troops are there, so comparing us to terrorists is flat out stupid. There are plenty of reasons, large fields of opium poppy plants among them, other than terrorist attacks on the US for us to be over there. Plenty of reasons for us to be involved in a bunch of other countries as well, but you have to pick your battles. As many people have pointed out, our troops over there are volunteers; and I support them in every facet of this war. This is the war we were meant to fight; not Iraq which people seem to use interchangeably with this war. We cannot just stop it, because people are tired of hearing about other people fight

    August 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awake

      The war on terror, much like the war on drugs, is an abysmal failure. Terrorism is an idea, not a country nor subversive groups whose ideologies promote terrorism. Ideologies cannot be eradicated, they can only be vilified. These endless, ill-fated wars have bankrupted this country, killed thousands and served to divide us along party lines, all to further the agenda of war profiteering and the expansion of the military industrial complex.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • displacedmic

      Wow, amazing how many false equivalences you managed to squeeze into that block of silliness.

      A war on a noun is doomed from the start. War on Drugs, war on terror, war on idiocy.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Recovering Republican

    Stop trying to wash the voilence out of this region with the blood of patriots. The tribes in this region have been at war since recorded time, and this will not be resolved by any army fighting a limited fight. Even an army as magnificent as the US military will not resolve this madness.
    We cannot leave, or they will attack us again, thus, it is time to escalate the fight, and put down anything not wearing red, white, and blue, and singing Yankee Doodle Dandy. The time for nice is over, diplomacy will not work. Put this rabid dog down, and keep him down. Better to fight them now, then have to nuke them later. It may seem harsh, but it is actually kinder than our response after they nuke one of our cities. And they are stupid enough to try.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  44. mark

    can't we all just get along!

    August 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  45. CK

    Very sad news, of course–so much bloodshed and heartbreak. But leaders take us to war, the populace goes along, a volunteer military volunteers to go where they're told to go, and so, we have what we have. One way of cutting down such engagements, I think, would be asking the populace to actually pay for these wars–higher taxes to pay the 2 billion bucks a week, rather than borrowing the money from China. If the populace was asked to sacrifice-whether in a draft, having Victory Gardens and gas rationing stamps as they did in WW2, paying higher taxes to fund the wars, etc-then we wouldn't be in such engagements. The populace goes along with war, for the most part, as long as they don't have to pay for it or serve in it. An anti-war Ron Paul won't get the republican nomination, and an anti-war Kucinich won't get the democratic one...we're a nation grown comfortable with constant war...even when August is the worst month in a decade for casualties.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudy

      Well said. Served two tours myself, and it irritates me how most people are oblivious of what's going on.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Landis

      We were sold a bill of goods on Vietnam and I thought we learned a valuable lesson when we left defeated. The same with Iraq to completely destroy the country with a pack of lies. I remember seeing the Russians leaving Afghanistan after years of war. And then we torture and kill thousands to find and destroy 1 man, In 1961 we had the draft or we could enlist and I enlisted and we lost 58,000+. Your point is excellent but the public was sold by Fox and other networks and the public never says what will it cost not only in lives but how much is it going to cost me. Rah Rah for war. As an active member of the Vietnam Veterans I wish others could see all of efforts it takes to get our wounded vets health service they deserve from a war that started in 1961. It is a nightmare to try and get them what benefits they deserve and wars go on.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • David Allen (RugbyGuy)

        Well said Larry. VFW #9223062 HM2 3rd Marines (3,3,3) As an example: My cousin was CO of a remote 505. When he came home he lived in my aunt's cellar without seeing the light if day for five years. The PTSD from serving 2,3,4 and 5 tours is going to be beyond our comprehension. Ignorance by the electorate is not an excuse: We are all responsible!

        August 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • baconeater

      the taxpayer does pay for this war.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • David Allen (RugbyGuy)

        Debatable: 40% of the budget is borrowed. Accordingly, our creditors pay 40% of our nation building expenses.

        August 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Hasselhoff

    The war on terror is something the United States will never get out of. It will bleed into other countries like it's already doing. Pakistan should have been invaded instead of Afghanistan. Most terrorists hail from there or Saudi Arabia or Iran.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • pashtunyar

      Your speaking my language my man. And im from afghanistan.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Ben

    Good thoughts to the brave men and women who fought and are still fighting for our freedom. This is not the article to debate war strategies.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Allen (RugbyGuy)

      Ben, I agree with your sentiment. However, we can support our troops and ask our government to stop the sacrifice. When I came home from Vietnam I was enraged by the protestors. I did not mind the spit as much as the possibility that my friends had died for a mission that had no benefit for the people of Chu Lai (3rd Marines) and nothing to do with US national security. Sadly, we now know that the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was based on a Johnson/Pentagon lie. If it were not for the protestors tens of thousands more American lives would have been lost. It is our responsibilty to ensure that American servicemen and women are asked to defend our country and nothing more. The most costly lie since Vietnam was GWB's campaign promise "not to use our military for nationing building." It is past time to withdraw our trrops.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • baconeater

      of course it is, these soldiers died due to these strategies.....

      August 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Hasselhoff

    stop voting and or signing up for the military.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Desjardins

    No president or a law maker should be allowed to own stock in companies producing weapons

    August 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  50. mark in nyc

    END THE WAR!!! bring home our troops. there is NOTHING to gain here or Iraq.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hasselhoff

      Why even say it when you're presidents don't listen?? Pretty pointless.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brandon

        Presidents don't get to make those decisions. It's congress.

        August 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  51. CdnJim

    Thank you MR. Bush for killing so many. Now, if you had kept your eye on the ball, taken bin Laden when you had him in Tora Bora, rather than ordering the US troops to stand down so that the keystone cop Afghan army could allow him to escape into Pakistan, it would have all been over, but no, you needed to get into Iraq, because that's what Haliburton wanted you to do. Idiot.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      Really? Bush has been out of office for quite awhile now. You can blame the previous administration if you so choose for all this war mongering and death, but Presidents and their cabinet are nothing but puppets being played by the corporate oligarchy who profit the most from these endless wars. Get a clue. Obama has had plenty of time to put an end to this insanity but he too, just like his predecessor is nothing but a puppet for the NWO masters who hide behind the veil of engineered partisan politics..

      August 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Former Soldier

    Why don't you get your figures right? The previous high was 65 in July 2010. Why not get down to what the problem really is, and that is an extremist sect of a religion that no one ever wants to mention that is the problem. I recognize that there are those in the Islamic faith that believe in peace and not violence. We have the same problem with extremist Protestants and Catholics that believe in forcing their beliefs on others. A strong response is what is needed to rectify the problem. They want to kill themselves and take as many out with them when they do it, I say help them in the first part without allowing the second.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Tim

    Obama said this was the "good war". So lets either get the job done, and use all our military might to get it done, or get out of Afghanistan.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Raymond

    THE GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES

    August 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  55. pashtunyar

    Afghanistan has done nothing to the united states, their poor people who are trying to survive till the next day. Its ARAbs! They ruined my beautiful country and plenty of innocent lives have paid for there unreligious islamic ways.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • D. A. N.

      Your right pashtunyar, but you have to know that the taliban allowed this to happen and continue in the fight. If their truly religious they should not treat others in the way they do with the maiming and killings of people in which THEY believe should die or suffer! It is the afghans responsibility to fight them NOT NATO OR THE USA!

      August 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • pashtunyar

        I couldn't agree with you more. Like my mom says " there all commiting sins by killing eachother". Mooned suppose to kill except god and I just wish ppl In afghanistan had more education.

        August 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • pashtunyar

        Noone's suppose to kill**

        August 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        I consider you my brother, pashtunyar. I too wish that the afghans had more education, but again that is not our responsibility it is the afghans. We are spending 2 billion dollars a week there and we are not appreciated. We should leave!

        August 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        DAN – even Hitler spent a lot of money in Polland and was not appreciated.

        August 31, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        Hitler like bin Laden was a mass murderer idiot!

        August 31, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        American are on track to overmatch Hitler's score in term of mass murdering.

        September 1, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        NO AMERICAN OR ANYONE FIGHTING THIS WAR AGAINST TERRORISM IS MURDERING ANYBODY! THEY ARE SIMPLY DOING AWAY WITH EVIL!

        September 1, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – There were no terrorists in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Serbia, but US still killed thousands of civilians there. They are the only country having used the nuclear bomb. Only very few AQ members were in Afghanistan with OBL, may be 300. Taliban even did not know who they are.

        September 1, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  56. SHAZMICHAMPS

    CRY ME A RIVER.....I CRIED A RIVER OVER YOUR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY...

    August 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Hasselhoff

    Obama=Failure, Bush=Failure,Clinton=Failure,Reagan=Failure,Carter=Failure, etc etc etc... all presidents suck democrat or republican when are people going to realize that??

    August 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awake

      The real question is, when are people going to wake up to the grim reality that presidents and their cabinet members are just puppets being manipulated by their corporate-oligarch-international banker-masters? The political process at the national level, from start to finish is fixed and overseen by those who hide behind the think veil of partisan politics and bureaucratic insolvency. Welcome to the Matrix..

      August 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Name Here

      So, what do you propose Hasselhoff? A dictator? You're a knucklehead!

      August 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  58. NoTags

    I wish we would get out of this rotten, no good place tomorrow, but if we are going to stay there we need to prosecute the war in different manner.

    The Soviet Union proved you cannot win a ground war in Afghanistan. Our military on the ground should only be there for reconnaissance operations. When the Taliban is sighted they should call in air support to take them out. The taliban may get lucky at take out a Chinook with an RPG, but they darn sure aren't going to take out an F-16 with an RPG.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Hasselhoff

    Stop voting these stupid presidents in...Perry will be next because you love cowboys and don't want Obama in office anymore.. BAD CHOICE......

    August 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  60. ToledoLance

    We were promised an end to these wars and still they continue. I am disgusted by both parties, Republicans for getting into the mess, Democrats for not having the will to get us out. I will not be voting for Obama or the Republican candidate this upcoming election.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Mark

    al-qaeda blah blah blah....9/11 blah blah...so far the united states and it's government is responsible for killing countless people all around the world....17 navy seals killed so now let us all mourn...for every 1 seal lets go kill 10,000 people....who cares...at the end of the day we'll get our oil...sell them f-15s and f-16s and sell useless body scanners (installed by Lockheed martin. see a connection there?....which will for sure cause cancer...but for now who cares if it does or not)....the elite is selling you fear and most just buy into it. no questions asked....keep on watching sports and drinking beer....be uninformed....fly American flag & say God bless America without even knowing anything about it's true meaning....that's in a nutshell what a common American citizen is....

    August 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awake

      You couldn't be more correct. We are a nation of fools dying a slow death through corporatism, consumerism, sloth and media engineered rather than individually researched patriotism. Good night America, hopefully when enough people wake up we'll see the powers that be for the terrorists they truly are...

      August 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Hasselhoff

    Bush was an a hole for going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. I don't blame Obama at all, and if you don't remember Obama did at least bring some of our troops home which is better than what Bush did.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality1

      Yeah... what Obama does is not Obama's fault. It's all the fault of George Washington, Bill Clinton, Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy, George Bush, and Andrew Jackson.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hasselhoff

      Easy to forget the 30,000 troops Obama brought home and Bush didn't bring any..

      August 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hasselhoff

      What part of Obama has brought home 30,000 troops in Afghanistan and ended combat missions in Iraq do you not understand? Bush didn't do anything the whole 8 years he was in office except start two pointless wars.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  63. BB

    I say we stop the blame game. It is what it is. Al Queda murdered hundreds of innocent people and destroyed a city in a moment of so called Holy War against the evil Americans. We were not in Iraq to free the people we were there to KILL or Capture those who committed an Act of Terrorism towards the American people on American soil! Had Afghanistan NOT sheltered these Murderers and their Armies We would NOT HAVE ENTERED! Trust that the Afghanistan Government TOLD our GOVERNMENT to come on in! Stop blaming our so called Infidel Americans for YOUR COUNTRIES inability to stop INTRUDERS along Your border! Keep Al Queda in your world and you will be opressed just as those in Iraq were. Your insults to the American Soldiers is duly Noted. Have a Nice Life. Your apparent ignorance to the devastation Al Queda will bring your country is astounding. Start looking within to place Blame. For those that continually place sole Blame on George W. Bush Jr. Get a grip he cannot do this alone!!! His advisors, war chiefs, other Countries and NATO were also involved before Bush made the announcement. On Jobs being sent to foreign countries; If I am not Mistaken, that bill was signed and passed during the Clinton administration. As well as the threat being clear and present from Al Queda towards the American People in which Bill Clinton did nothing to prevent such an attack as 9/11, he was too busy clearing his name to be concerned about future attacks on the American People. There is plenty of Blame to go around the World and back on this one. Lets concentrate on our dead Soldiers and bringing home the rest of our Troops from this War on Terrorism Not a War against Muslims!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Reality1

    Obama = failure. Where is the news in that irrefutable fact that has been proven repeatedly?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • rep

      Yes, he's a total failure when you ignore the successes.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  65. mtnmedic

    Thanks, Bush, for these lovely little wars that have cost us thousands of Americans' lives and trillions of dollars.

    Shame on you, Obama for not bringing the troops from Afghanistan home after ridding the world of bin Laden.

    F you, Repukitards who push war because it's big business for your defense contractor buddies.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality1

      Report back when you start blaming other past presidents for the CURRENT failure in the White House. Can't wait to see your attacks on Abraham Lincon for Obama's blunders.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Allen (RugbyGuy)

      Hello from the mountains of Colorado. Navy corpsman (8404) with 3rd Marines (3,3,3) in Chu Lai 1965. Imagine a flaming liberal from New England wanting to serve his country when toaday's flag waving neo-cons did not! Not a single one: Wolfowitz, Libby, Feith, etc., and of course all the talking heads promoting the invasion of Iraq on Fox Views. Not to forget GW defending the Mexican border and Tricky Dick's five (5!) deferments.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  66. John Joe

    What can I say: Americans......🙂 That explains everything.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  67. jrh

    GET US OUT! Like day before yesterday.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  68. lefty avenger

    It's a shame that these young people have to die for Exxon and BP's wall street oil profits.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      How does Exxon and BP (which is a British company by the way) have anything to do with Afghanistan? I guess you could make the leap that Exxon or BP made the fuel that was in the planes that were crashed in to the WTC. Or did you forget that little tidbit of why we are in Afghanistan?

      August 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Awake

        We're not in Afghanistan because of 9/11, anymore than Saddam Hussein's regime was toppled because of Al-Queda or the prospect of finding weapons of mass destruction. It's called war profiteering and furthering the agenda of global domination, idiot. And any excuse to drive the expansion of the military industrial complex will do.

        August 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  69. CDaeda

    Military is falling apart. The wars are making it happen faster. The Chinook is a 50 y/o aircraft.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrh

      What does the age of the Chinook design have to do with anything? It's still in production, and many (most) of the airframes being used in Afghanistan are pretty new. The fact that the basic design is 50 years old is irrelevant when somebody fires an RPG at a helicopter. A brand new design will go down with the same thud as a 50 year old design.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  70. chris

    didn't Obama read off his teleprompter a couple months ago that the Afghanistan government was ready to take over control? I guess our enemies, the insurgents, used that speech as a battle cry to prove how wrong he was....

    August 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • lefty avenger

      The Afghans are not insurgents, they are the local residents! We are the big empire occupiers that they do not want. We are there for oil profit and getting those natural gas pipelines through.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  71. closetiguana

    Can we all agree that once things go back to hell in Afghanistan we won't blame which ever President was responsible for withdrawing troops. Let's face it, both outcomes are going to happen. Let's just speed up the process.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Big_D

    What do you really "WIN" when you take over Afghanistan? A place too remote and isolated for control and bleeds your country dry?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      Exactly. Makes you wonder if Osama planned this or was just "lucky".

      August 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • lefty avenger

      Winning means getting as much Oil, Opium and natural gas pipelines as we can muster.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  73. WalklikeMan

    We are invaders on their land. We kill them on their land, we are the terrorist. Reverse the roles people. The very word "insurgent" is propaganda. Open your eyes, this isn't a just war. These people have dealt with the Russians and they will continue to deal with us.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • lefty avenger

      Exactly, we are oil crusading western imperial military invaders. We are in their country and they do not want us there. Time to go!

      August 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • army69

        I guess we were invaders of Europe during WW II also!

        August 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Wolf

      Damn right we kill them on there land! Have you forgotten when they killed thousands of americans on our land, Kill em all.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • pashtunyar

        No wonder why everyone hates us. Cause stuff you say like that. There are plenty of innocent ppl there too.

        August 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Idiot, the people who killed the americans were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. They were living in Germany. Afghanistan was just a place wher OBL was hiding for a while before going to Pakistan.

        August 31, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        If he was hiding how is it that we've got video of him walking with other terrorists while other terrorists shoot of their guns and rpg's trying to show off while he was in Afghanistan?

        August 31, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        How can you know that they were terrorists ?
        Had they any label on their bodies ? They were not involved in )/11 as the Highjackers came from Germany, not from Afghanistan. They had no link with Afghanistan.

        September 1, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  74. Big_D

    XE/Blackwater and Halliburton must have found a bipartisan way to bribe our politicians. Or maybe our military advisors are the crooked ones? The Pentagon revolving door or lobbyists may be a problem for Presidents of any party. We should at very minimum put a cooling period of a few years for military officers turning into lobbyists.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  75. lee

    good luck with getting out of afghanistan alive

    August 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  76. 66Biker

    Bush isn't President anymore... Why are US Troops still there? Or perhaps a better question might be, why are they there in the first place? What did Afghanistan do to us to warrant 8 years of war?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big_D

      Contracts for XE/Blackwater and Halliburton? That is the only thing I see.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • baconeater

      Big war means big business....no bid defense contracts.....now we've discovered a trillion dollars worth of minerals there.....The military-corporate complex.......America, the perpetual war machine!

      August 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • baconeater

        Oh yeah, forgot to mention politicians who do not want to be the next president to lose a war.....and also generals who do not want to admit defeat.....

        August 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Why do people keep forgetting?

      Ok, lets rehash... again...

      The Taliban (Afghanistan) was harboring Bin Laden and providing safe training grounds and attack launch points for Al-Qaeda operatives. They were thus actively engaged in a terrorist "war" with the US. Additionally, the Taliban was one of the most oppressive, cruel, anti-human rights regimes in the world.

      Obviously they were/are not equipped to actually engage in an "8 year war" with the US. But the action there is not a "war". This part of the issue is about setting up a stable government in Afghanistan that can run the country effectively after we leave. This part is a requirement of any invasion/government toppling. You can't just up and leave after destroying a country's infrastructure and government.

      People demanding we "get out now" without finishing our job there are ignorantly demanding we create Iran #2. What do you think would happen if we left an unstable/weak government? The Taliban would come right back and we'd be nearly back where we started, except for 1 change: The people that actively helped us and depended on us in the post-Taliban era would then feel abandoned, just as Al-Qaeda did after we abandoned them in their war against Russia... which would turn the entire campaign into one giant Al-Qaeda recruiting drive.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • baconeater

        10 years later, not much has changed....we are not going to be the "savior" of Afghanistan....sure, build up their own country while our own falls apart.....an occupying army is exactly that: Occupiers. Virtually all of the AQ leader deaths can be attributed to drone attacks and spec ops, let's keep it at that......when the afghan ppl are ready for change, they will act like the libyans and do it themselves......you cannot force change on ppl who don't want it

        August 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DCB

      You're kidding, right? You forgot that the 9/11/01 attacks on the World Trade Towers was launched by Al Qaeda, based in Afghanistan with the consent and support of the Taliban-controlled national government? Afghanistan hosted the terrorists that attacked us?

      What everyone has also forgotten is that the aforementioned is the ONLY reason we should be at war with anyone; harboring Al Qaeda. No other reason. If a country is not harboring Al Qaeda, we should not be fighting it.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • baconeater

        Yes, we toppled the Taliban=Mission Accomplished. We killed OBL=Mission Accomplished. The average Taliban fighter or "insurgent" is not going to fly a plane into a building again.....the real threat is some lone loser or homegrown nutjob that blows something up......we will not win by shoving change down their throats for the next 25 years......we can however police the country with predator drones and CIA operatives indefinitely until the Afghans are ready to build their own country themselves.....

        August 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        People also should ask, what did America do that warranted al quada to attack us?

        Did we provoke them, or was it simply a unexplained psychotic attack?

        We know,. adn you you intelligent enough to know as well? Both OBL and the US CIA stated the reason..
        Bush et al Lied to America twisted it into some non-sensible aberration: compelte distoriion.

        August 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Learn To Fish

      Bill, thank you for breathing some facts back into these blathering posts. Our actions in Afghanistan have let terrorist organizations know we will bring the fight back to their doorstep and they will endure serious hardship and pain. I prefer not to have troops there either, but what can you do? Sit in your corner of the world and hope everyone else will play nice?

      August 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Terrorist organizations know that you do not go where they are as they are not in Afghanistan. They are spread all around the world. IDIOT.

        August 31, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        They were there idiot! Now because we are there they are not as much, stupid! Omar can attest to that, IDIOT! Clinton bombed, Bush bombed them and invaded and they all ran like the cowards they are! That is why he was found DEAD in Pakistan! THANK YOU BARAK OBAMA!

        September 1, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        AQ members are now in every country, thanks to US military operations.

        September 1, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Hasselhoff

      911 retard.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Big_D

    The military lobbyists don’t want the wars to end and they are bribing our politicians and military to keep it that way. We will have no solutions for Bush’s follies until the corruption sees light.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Hasselhoff

    If we get a republican in 2012 our troops will never come home.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      True. But also, if we get a democrat in 2012 our troops will never come home.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Frodo1008

        In the former administration we had 170,000 ground troops in Iraq at the highest number in 2007. Under president Obama this has been reduced to only 50,000 troops at present, and will further drop to zer0 (0) by the end of this year.

        The surge in Afghanistan will be over by the end of the next year.

        This would be a total reduction of American ground troops from 220,000 maximum under the former administration of GW Bush, to only 60,000 (and all of those in Afghanistan) by the end of next year. So I have no problem with president Obama saying that he will further reduce this number to zero(0) also by the end of 2014!

        So, if I wish our people out of the Middle East by any reasonable time at all, then in 2012 I will vote for the Democrat for president, and it is rather obvious that Democrat is going to be President Obama.

        The only Republican that even seems to be against these wars is Ron Paul, unfortunately as a person that believes in such programs as Social Security and FEMA I can not vote for him. I am actually somewhat sorry about that, but that is his position, and I can not allow that to happen if I can help it!!

        And NONE of the other Republican candidates even get that far!!!!!!!!

        August 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Social spending will be cut anyway as a consequence of the war.

        August 31, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        WE SHALL OVERCOME!

        September 1, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The new generations will face the cost. This is why you don't care as you are irresponsible egoist.

        September 1, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Hasselhoff

      then we're screwed either way.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  79. baconeater

    9/11 was also blowback for our support of corrupt thugs in the ME, like the Saudi Royal Family-that was a major motivation for OBL, and the 15 other Saudi suicide bombers of that day......and look, 10 years later, we still support the Saudi Royal Family, even as they massacred people in Bahrain! Disgusting!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  80. TiredOfThis!

    Why cant the president just not pull the plug from this mission? I dont know how this is serving US interests in any form?? Its high time we ended this madness.😦

    August 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hasselhoff

      Obama won't and our next president won't because Obama won't be 8 year president. And we're getting a republican because Americans are sick of a lame democrat. So that means our troops will never come home. Hate to say it but it's true.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      You are the kind of person that gives the US a bad name in the world. When a country invades another country and destroys their government & infrastructure, the invaders interests are no longer relevant. All that is relevant is the moral job of rebuilding the nation for the citizens of that nation.

      Stop being selfish.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Hasselhoff

    Keep our troops in Afghanistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Big_D

    It is time to end Bush’s follies and let our country heal from the 390 billion a year in contractors that we cannot afford. Why do we outsource our military anyway? They already have almost half the budget and they took 220 billion a year more in contracts. We shouldn’t hire mercenaries to commit war crimes in our name. This is a lobby problem just like everything else; they just bribe the military for contracts.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      I don't know what you're reading. But, those 499 dead in 2010 were in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. They may be iregulars or in the Reserves or National Guard. But, they're not mercenaries! My friend died in Afghanistan, and he was a U.S. Army soldier.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      I don't know what you're reading. But, those 499 dead in 2010 were in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. They may be regulars or in the Reserves or National Guard. But, they're not mercenaries! My friend died in Afghanistan, and he was a U.S. Army soldier.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • baconeater

      @Reality: he's referring to the defense contractors, who work for Haliburton, Blackwater etc....sure, soldiers die, but almost half of the other ppl with guns there are defense contractors....

      August 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Red Pison

    The majority of Americans don't want this war, so why are we letting our government continue this? The war itself is costing our country both lives and money, it's a huge waste.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hasselhoff

      Because Americans are too stupid to revolt or protest about this war.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Well

        Well Americans were more than happy to use the military as an excuse to protest Bush's presidency. Now that he's out, those that supported Obama don't feel the need to worry about our troops anymore.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • rep

        Americans are less concerned because OBL is dead and we're (finally) drawing down in Afghanistan. There's a timeline for complete withdrawal–something GWB was extremely reluctant to ever provide if you'll recall.

        It's just moronic to think anything like this can or should happen instantaneously.

        August 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • army69

        You must be American!

        August 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      "Its a huge waste"

      Be sure and tell that to all the Afghan civilians that will be slaughtered if we leave without ensuring the new government can stop the Taliban from re-conquering the country. Im sure you'll have a grand time explaining to those PEOPLE that they are a "huge waste".

      August 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Marissa1980

    My husband is going back to Afganistan and news like this my eyes tears,
    but know what? 13 years ago i got married to a USMC and is the way it is,
    that's what the military is for, right? and i wish hem home so bad when he is gone😦
    but someone need to do this job and if they don't wanna go to war GET OUT
    and we all think about the kids and how much they need their dad but in the end they grow
    like any other kid, ...I just wish everyone out there to be back soon and take care, Thanks so much to our troops,

    August 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Radanll

      God bless you and your husband!

      August 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • nangMP

        Onegood, your husband wont be alone. There's alot of us on our way! Good luck to ur husband.

        August 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  85. sid lederman

    SEND OUR GUYS & LADIES......NOW

    August 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Big_D

    Self determination should be the rule. We do not need to be the police for Afghanistan and if they want to be a failed country that is their right. I always thought it would be easier to let the Taliban gather and then wipe them out with a missile as needed. This waste of US taxpayer dollars including almost 390 billion in no bid contracts needs to end now. This is definitely not Obama’s war and he should end it that way and walk away from Bush’s follies including Iraq.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  87. baconeater

    Virtually every AQ leader that is killed is by drone attack or special ops, so why do we have occupying armies in 2 countries trying to nation build while our own country falls apart??? I can't believe ppl still sign up and believe in this BS 10 years later! We need CIA and drone attacks, that's what produces results....clandestine activities and Intelligence gathering....

    August 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      And how will the drones know where to strike without people on the ground looking for targets? I suppose you have a magic satellite that can talk to people on the ground and identify the locations of the targets?

      August 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bill

        idiot, he said CIA & drones.

        could work.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Vonnie

    Of course, the troops who were lost on August 6 should be remembered and honored. However, I wonder why no media lists the names of the other 35 troop lost this month, or last month, or the month before. There is not a single day of the year that is not the anniversary of the death of at least one soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan. It's a shame that they have to be part of a "big hit" to get recognition at home.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      Couldn't of said it better...

      August 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      When Bush was in office, left-leaning newspapers like the Washington Post and even CNN posted casualty figures and names of the U.S. dead almost daily. The Washington Post even had a weekly special that provided details and of each of the dead soldiers that week.

      It looks like Obama's surge in Afghanistan tripled the dead rate of our soldiers. The press is unusually low-key about these deaths now. (One article summarizing three months is rather quiet.)

      August 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • morrisangelo

        Ding-ding...we have a winner with this posting! I can remember the nightly body counts on the news and the "featurettes" displying their names, faces and hometowns. Now under Obama, virtually not a peep about dead soldiers.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hasselhoff

      I don't think the Taliban cares who is president they kill our soldiers because we are occupying their land. Idiots.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • nangMP

      PEOPLE FORGET!!! Or, just dont want to remember. Then when it hits close to home, flags fly once again, and people want a say in it.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  89. SconnieGuz

    Words can't express how much I HATE this POS, paid-off, unrepresentative, greedy and fukin pathetic government that we have right here in the USA. Every fukin one of them should be removed tomorrow as there is obviously an agenda and anyone in a position to stop them is conveniently letting them do whatever the he!l they want. 9/11 was horrible and I wanted revenge as much as anyone BUT IT DID NOT GIVE US THE RIGHT TO INVADE, OCCUPY AND BUILD IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, LIBYA, ETC ALL AT THE EXPENSE OF AMERICAN LIVES AND TAXPAYER DOLLARS. BIN LADIN IS DEAD_MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. We, the citizens, need to force our government to stop acting on corporate interests and do what the GD American people tell them to do. This should not be negotiable at all anymore.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • baconeater

      I hope other ppl are waking up too.....maybe there will be a forced change from the bottom up soon.....let us hope and keep speaking out!

      August 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Pam

    Get us the hell out of there!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hasselhoff

      hahaha good luck with that.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Bob

    Obama The War Monger has more blood on his hands. Will he ever learn????

    August 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
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