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. Hasselhoff

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

    August 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 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 |
  3. us1776

    It's time to end Bush's Afghanistan fiasco.

    This is a "war" that can never be won. The Soviets found that out in '89.

    Bring our troops home and let the Afghans have their civil war. We need to stay the hell out of it.

    .

    August 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ted

      War keeps doors open so they can get there opium to the outside world. Something Washington needs to understand ,and you can watch this happen as soon as we pull our troops out ,they will start a conflict with someone else.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYC1972

      Bush Fiasco? nobody disagreed with afghan, NOBODY, we went in defeated the enemy tried to install democracy and KILLED OSAMA, how is this a fiasco? fiasco is that our current president said we would fix all of this and it's GOTTEN WORSE, act, most deaths in Afghan since we started this thing, you people love giving this idiot a slide and the facts are the facts

      August 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        Kebos, you're right 9-11 was based off a total lie. It's time to bring our brave Troops home. If terrorists had anything to do with 9-11, I would agree, but the simple fact is they were not. A lot of people are waking-up to this reality that they've been lied to. No one can dispute that Building no. 7 was NOT brought down by Terrorists. from there, the whole story starts unraveling and doesn't make any sense. How can an entire metal frame airliner, and it's virtually indestructible black box, vanish into thin air, without so much as a fiber left of ANY OF IT, and, yet, a simple paper Passport conveniently linking this phantom "terrorist" fell to the ground unscathed, just sitting there in pristine condition for the F.B.I. to pick up??? Oh, how quaint. The whole thing just doesn't make any sense. Does not make any sense.

        August 31, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnn

      Are you seriously still blaming Bush? Wow!

      August 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kebos

        Yes, Bush is to blame for Afghanistan and Iraq. Iraq was a complete episode of deception by the leaders of the USA. That was Bush! Thank goodness my leader, Jean Cretien, (Canada) had the balls to standup to NATO and say "No" to the Iraq war. It wasn't a case of not wanting to support our partnership with NATO or our friends in the USA. It was a matter of principle based on lack of evidence which has since then been proven correct. Bush was wrong and he must be held accountable for that. He sent many of his fellow countrymen to an early grave.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Johnn

        Bahahahahah! Obama could have pulled all troops back home 2 and a half years ago. You Liberals are so highly educated, aren't you?

        August 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      I love the rendition of "Teabagger Whine" !!

      Oh, Obama didn't FIX the mistake our guy made soon enough so Obama is to blame for everything.

      Pathetic. !!

      .

      August 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Karma

    The US government stays in the region called 'Afghanistan' to avoid the day that it has to leave. There is nothing to 'win' in Afghanistan because it has nothing to offer. Killing Taliban fighters only slows the idea from spreading but does not terminate it. Sadness for the American soldier and their families. Sadness for the American taxpayer. Resources wasted due to American politicians taking taking idealistic approaches over pragmatic ones.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ted

    ..May GOD rest their souls and Bless and Comfort our Hero's families.
    GET OUT...GET OUT...GET OUT...of these Miserable wars.!...Losing our Youth and Treasury For Nothing...When and If we do Get Out..These Tribal Nations will Revert to Tribal Warfare...Untill the Next Idiot Nation comes along......The Soldiers Lives are Far more Important..than the Pride and Ego of the President..the Person DIRECTLY Responsible for this waste of life...

    August 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. baconeater

    Next we're going to Syria and then Iran....America, the Perpetual War Machine

    August 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • EnergyBeing3

      are you waking up to the realization that war is BIG BUSINESS ?

      August 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • closetiguana

        Sure as hell hasn't helped the economy.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The war helped the MIC and few war industries like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WoI Admin

    "all U.S. military personnel out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014."

    Wish I could believe that.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. allenwoll

    BOOTS x2+ OUT NOW ! ! ! . RIGHT NOW ! ! !

    SEND SICKO-FAT POLITICIANS TO FIGHT IF FIGHTING IS NECSSARY ! ! !

    August 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Tortecelli

      Amen to THAT!!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Comment

    I just don't get it these people's intelligence and way of life in Afghanistan and Pakistan they are just above chimpanzees.
    American men and women are over there dying trying to change their way of life it doesn't make sense. These people's (( way of life is family tribes )) and these tribes have blood feuds with each other America just need to stay out of it.
    The only way things are going to change over there are going to be the young people, educate them showed them there is a better way, and then they will make the change.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • baconeater

      That's the exact mentality that was used in Vietnam

      August 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • IndyJim

      You are dealing with islamic extremists who think nothing of tossing acid in the faces of young girls who simply are walking to school. It won't be easy, but the only hope for them, and us, is moderate Islam taking a stand and fighting these guys on their own. At this point we have done all we could. In the future, we need to consider going back to the time when we simply used overwhelming force to kill, and not worry about the rebuilding part of the equation (the costly side)

      August 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        IndyJim – You are fighting moderate Islam, so do not expect any help.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • NYC1972

        I agree with most we should pull out, leaving a well fortified base for future encounter, but as we leave we state this, if you make us come back, we are coming back full force with disregard to all human life not american and don't test us cause we will – um, that will kinda, i mean kinda deter, but this monkeys are idiots.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Stupid comment by comment. Educate your people, not other people.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John Dow

    Enough is enough, bring back the troops! The REAL enemy must taste our tactical nukes, rather than our blood.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Skull

      HAIL HYDRA!!

      August 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AJ

    Isn't this the end of their holy month? Nice to compassion plays a large role in their minds during this holy time.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Romero Martin

    American polticians and citizens need to ask themselves whether not our troops being murdered in Afghanastian is really worth it. What is our goal? What have we accomplished thus far with American influence in Afghanastian. Perhaps some improvment, patience is a virtue in the fight against terrorism, but patience lasts only but for so long. BRING OUR TROOPS HOME.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    Is there a Presidential candidate that wants to bring ALL the troops home? If so I will vote him/her into office in 2012!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Of course. His name is Ron Paul.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • EnergyBeing3

      Ah ... the only one I know of is in fact Ron Paul

      August 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. EH

    Bring the soldiers home now and send in the Nukes!

    August 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hector

    Those who kill by the sword should perish by the sword.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. sickofitall

    Absent an adversary they kill each other; leave the Afghans to their own demise and bring our men and women home now. And to the liberal whoores on the left; what happen to your voice? We went from General "Betraus" to "a masterstroke" same general, same body count, only under Bush everyone is a war criminal, under Obama the silence is deafening.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      Are you really that stupid to think that if we leave they are absent an adversary? Were we there before 2011 fighting the taliban? I'm confused as to why everyone thinks that if we just leave, then they won't want to harm us anymore. What in the past has ever led you to believe this?

      August 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  17. PJ

    Bring our troops home. Just let the Afghans kill each other. They have been doing that for centuries and are not going to stop now.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hung Dinh

      I have not heard anyone blame George Bush for this mess that he created.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ArtInChicago

    It's war. People die. We need to leave though. Let Karzai handle the mess and let the Taliban know we will bomb them beyond their existing pre-historic existence if they try anything. Unfortunately for women and girls, we are no longer trying to nation build.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      To say "It's war, people die" is fine- but when it's YOUR child or brother or wife dying, perhaps you will give this issue a little more thought.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        Amen to this ^

        August 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Dolphinvet

    With Obama's restrictive rules of engagement, the high death toll is not a surprise. Winning hearts and minds will not work, this has been proven. We are at war with Islam, even if they don't admit it. Muslims are so intent on the imposition of sharia that they know no other way. It will never change. Cut our losses, get out, and quarantine the entire region.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • That Guy

      Agreed. The ROE are way to strick and not allowing the troops to fight "Fire with Fire".

      August 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Our ROE is a great example of what happens when politicians and lawyers are allowed to dictate how we will fight a war. That is why when we left it to the military to make the decisions we won.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      restrictive rules of engagement plays little in the outcome. The Soviets were under no restrictions and had more troops and still lost. The mountainous terrain is a nightmare for opposing forces.

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

        They desperately need to find excuses for their failure. They are so comical !

        August 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  20. JEN

    WE COULD PREVENT SOME DEATH IF WE START SHIPPING CRIMINALS SUCH AS GANGS THAT KILLED INNOCENT PEOPLE IN U.S.A. DAILY TO THE WAR AND PUT THEM IN THE FRONT LINE. THESE GANGS CAN POSE THEIR GANG SIGNAL ALL THEY WANT TO THE INSURGENTS.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      ::facepalm::

      August 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. jaintn

    For God's sake, get us out of there! Seriously, WTH are we still doing in that cess pool? Let them blow each other to bits over their "religion" and that ugly sand pit they call a country and be done with it. This is not a noble calling. This is insanity.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      Maybe you have forgotten why we are over there, but I sure haven't. Perhaps you should get checked out, since you cannot seem to remember anything over just a few years old?

      August 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jake from NYC

        I remember exactly why we were told we were going into war against the Taliban. I also remember as clear as day, just as it was yesterday, being at the base of the World Trade Center buildings and hearing loud explosions going off BEFORE the planes struck the buildings, I can also provide you names and email addresses of many other people who also heard the same thing. It was not the planes that brought them down. Don't try to tell me any of that newsmedia crap. Me and my friends were actually THERE! I was there. WERE YOU??!?!?!?!

        August 31, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  22. Sarah Palin

    How's that hopey changey working out for ya?

    August 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaintn

      Wow, you're just as dumb as the real one.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • That Guy

      Lol.. Not very well. Just proves that having the gift to gab pays off. Hell.. Hitler had that gift also and look what he did... Nothing

      August 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Voice of Reason

        Sure he did! He built the Autobahn and was instrumental in the production of the Volkswagen.

        August 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • WobblyOne

        Well, Obama is going to fix Interstate 80 and he was instrumental in the development of the Volt!

        August 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. bodycount

    this almost 10 year anniversayr in afghanistan and the body country just continues. the mission in afghanistan should have ended in 2006

    August 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      Why 2006?

      August 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Will

    The objective is to prevent them from posing a terrorist threat to us again. Plan A (doing it the nice way) isn't working, so it's time for Plan B (nuke them into oblivion). Not another US life should be wasted protecting us from them. They dug their grave, now it's time for them to lay in it.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  25. bodycount

    the war in afghanistan should have been over in 1996 5 years is more than enough time to complete mission..

    August 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  26. a disgrace

    poorly led american troops are clearly no match for the taliban.just go home..

    August 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  27. US body count

    What is the total US soldier body count since 2001 when US troops occupied Afghanistan? at least 5000 or thousands injured for nothing and mission still not completed 10 years of useless army.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capt. Americans

      I wouldn't call rebuiling their government, fall of Sadaam, fall of Osama a waste. Not to mention the number of barbaric Taliban monsters we have killed. Way off on this one. I think a lot of people are forgetting that original feeling after 911. It was ANGER. It was REVENGE. There was hardly a single person brave enough to say they didn't want this war. They needed to pay for their crimes. Retrobution was on everyones mind, as was Taliban blood. Foolish comment.

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

        I herd even the relatives of the victims unwilling to move any war. The propaganda machine created enemies in the form of Iraqis and Afghans, while the traitors opf the country are in USA. You deserved to die for your guilty behaviour.

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

        Sorry, brother, but 9-11 was a joke, a hoax. I will pay you my whole entire life savings if you can prove to me with absolute certainty that muslims had anything to do with building no.7 falling perfectly straight into it's "footprint" the same exact way that happens when explosives are used-the same exact way that WTC building 1 & 2 fell. You explain to me how WTC no. 7 fell?? You can't...like someone said earlier, not even the 9011 commission report could explain it at all in any way how it happened. It wasn't terrorists, brother. I say that with conviction of every fiber of my being. btw, I also am a proud veteran of two wars, not that it matters. But I love this Country. I also love the Truth, and I feel we haven't been given it

        August 31, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  28. Mark

    Its ok now. A liberal is in charge:)

    August 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • nomorewar

      yeah, no kidding – get them home

      August 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  29. john

    What do we call "ENOUGH"?? Eleven years, thousands of our troops dead? Suicide bombings in Afganistan by the followers of "peaceful" religion called Islam? Or >$1T4 spent? Maybe our next president will do something...

    August 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      II meant $1T of course..

      August 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from LA

      There is no such thing as enough. No matter how many terrorists we kill, we will not bring back the people that died 9/1/2001. All we are doing now is giving them a easy way to keep killing american. We need to withdrawl sensibly and rearm. Sooner then later

      August 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • aaa

      Why join services like navy, army when you cannot take it ?
      Unless it is for job security..then I am sorry I am with you govt has to do something to be protective of soldiers life as much as howit & companies tries to talk about wokr-life balance etc.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Scott

    God bless and Protect our brave American soldiers.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Courtney

      Wholeheartedly agreed. And here's hoping that the families of those who have died can live on and stay strong.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  31. bailoutsos

    No way to win. Not fighting a government with boundaries, fighting "terrorists without borders."

    August 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Dan

    So, using Afghanistan as an example, I wonder if those people who still advocate that we should have stayed longer in Vietnam are now beginning to wonder if those darnded hippies were right afterall.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan – very bright spot ! Very hilarious ridiculizing the wormongers !

      August 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      There's another extremely important aspect involved. We lacked the political will to win in Vietnam because we were afraid of direct confrontation with the Chinese. Now, who owns the US and who is allied with Afghans?

      August 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

        almost forgot.. If you implying that China owns the U.S. because part of the debt is owed to China, you might want to check the statistics. America owes more to the Social Security Trust Fund than we do to China.

        August 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Capt. Americans

        Chuck is correct. Quit spreading false statistics, fool.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        There is a difference. US government received money from China. The social security debt is just an expense.

        August 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      No more than realized they were wrong when Communism failed and freed millions. Not to mention, why don't you ask the South Koreans about your views on our military actions in Asia.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  33. IdahoPlant

    We should have concentrated on Afghanistan, instead of going into Iraq. I think we lost a window of opportunity when we turned our sights on Iraq. I suspect Iraq was some kind of strategic move. We had to know all along that an insurgency would develop in both places. I think democracy and peace are probably impossible in the Middle East. The concept is foreign to their culture and tribal/clan mentality. I think we are there to keep the violence there, instead of here.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melony

      No one that believes muslim terrorists had anything to do with 9-11 has EVER been able to explain what happened to World Trade Center building # 7. The congressional 9-11 Committee as well as the 9-11 Commission Report were completely unable to explain it. (George Bush and Dick Cheney testified for the congressional 9-11 Commission, but would only do it on the one condition that every thing they say NOT be under ANY kind of oath.)

      August 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

        I bet you are a huge fan of the Mel Gibson movie Conspiracy Theory.

        August 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

      Bull. We should have been involved in neither. Both are about oil and nothing else. We have been in the Persian Gulf since 1940, arming, funding, training, bribing various governments and individuals to make sure the flow of oil keeps flowing. Period. Try studying some history.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • BorisMKV

        How much oil is there in Afghanistan? Oh right. None.

        August 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fred

        It's natural gas, not oil. And, why did you attack that girl for bringing up some perfectly good questions. Why should the President or Vice President (at the time) need to insist on telling the Commission their side of the story with no Oath? And, that's a fact, it's not something you can dispute. They should have both been more than eager to cooperate. WHY NOT???

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

      Very well put, Sarah dear.

      August 31, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  34. Blogson

    The war to conquer Afghanistan has become so passe as far as mainstream U.S. news is concerned that it has almost become a taken-for-granted ongoing event, outside of most people's immediate concerns. Being fought by the U.S. with a professional volunteer military the concept of the tragedy of war has been lessened as compared with the Vietnam war, where mostly unwilling draftees and their families took most of the hits. People who are being paid to fight are dispatched to their fates by politicians who are comfortably seated in safety far away from the danger.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I disagree as never US politicians were more worried about US soldiers casualties than now. They have all the safety measures possible and a superior technology.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • North

      You nailed it!!

      August 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  35. USA

    "Good people had been put in a very bad situation for questionable results."

    -James Nachtwey, American photojournalist and war photographer.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  36. scrow

    I think you should not be able to post a comment until you learn to write... The grammar in 90% of these comments is terrible. Learn to read and write!

    August 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ga

      ARE terrible

      August 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Disappointed in my fellow countrymen

        you're wrong; "is" refers to "grammer" not "comments", just in case it was important for you to be right

        August 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Monte Harmes

    Didn't that war end a couple of months ago? ... I thought we were out of there already.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jason S

    Every month is the deadliest.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jennifer

    Why the F are we still even in this hell hole???? Get our troops the F home, we killed Osama so why are we still messing with these primitive people??? All the soldiers I have spoken with say it's like hell over there and those people live in caves I don't think it's them we need to worry about! BRING OUR TROOPS HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      I'm sorry to inform you Jennifer that they don't all live in caves. You are obviously not talking to a professional American soldier or any professional soldier for that matter.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • PJ

      Because we would rather bring the fight to them instead of them bringing it to us and having to worry about the ones we love in the middle of the fight.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ryan

        PJ-
        what?? What sort of propaganda remark is that? That sounds like a cheesy republican slogan Palin would say! Get out of here with that crap. Embarrassed me for being American when I read that!

        August 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jueceman

    I don't get it, why the mourning,when you are a soldier, you sign up to die for this country, its suppossed to be an honor. O yea, they died for all the wrong reasons. My bad. How did 45 million people vote for Bush twice again?

    August 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      We sign up to fight for our country, dying for our country ia an honorable way to die. Mourning is justified and natural. Our schools have obviously failed you in your education. I am ashamed to call you an American if in fact you are.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Republica 4 Life

        Dying for your country is not honorable! you clown. Its pathetic. If you were to die defending your country maybe... but not the agressor.

        August 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • williamIV

      Bush, Obama, would have been the same story regardless

      August 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  41. XxMacleodxX

    wow Obama....that troop death rate keeps climbing and climbing ....Bush wasn't this high at the peak of two wars while trying to reequip from Clinton gutting the military

    August 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robbie

      How does the president have anything to do with our troops getting killed?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • yuri pelham

        Because he doesn't bring them home. He is now responsible for each and every death. It's so obvious

        August 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brandon

        you really need someone to explain that one to you?!

        August 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • who cares

      bush started so much BS obama is just trying to aid it

      August 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • XxMacleodxX

      his troop death rate has been twice that of Bush when Bush was fighting and gaining ground in Afghanistan and toppling Iraq....since then Obama has left our troops in the desert with no plan or objective for over a year...they were losing ground and basically just standing around being killed...remember how Petraeus got command??? that came from troop resentment from the situation described

      August 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • sean

        dude I was in iraq whent he bush regime was in the body count was twice as hi during 03-04, and 06-07 when i was there on both tours. this is war it happens it has nothing to do with your president it has to do with the fact that we are in a war zone Im sorry the worse month we had while i was there was 136 soldiers in one month and a lot of injured the average for that year was above 80 I mean look it up yourselfs. Thank god we have better medical support in country because if we had not had this medical support the body count would have been way higher.

        August 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ignorance kills

        Wow, your ignorance is stunning. Petreus got the job when McCrystal's staff decided that being shadowed by a Rolling Stone reporter was a good idea. Having just returned from Afghanistan, I can tell you no on over there is "standing around in the desert" doing nothing. If they are, they're not doing their job. And, while the media here doesn't ever seem to want to talk about anything more serious than what brand of sunglasses a particular ANP patrolman has on, the coalition doing the job there understands the plan for what we need to do to transition Afghan security to the Afghans. It's not going to happen tomorrow, but they're moving ahead every day.

        August 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • XxMacleodxX

      and to clarify a bit more ...he is the President ...he has everything to do with our troops' deaths as he decides on where they are , when they are their, and what they are doing while occupying that area...so yeah it is his fault

      August 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Reagan was the last US good president. He did not move unnecessary long lasting wars, weekening the country, but spent money on technological research which strenghtened the USA economically and militarily. Bush senior and Clinton did just the opposite and this is the result.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      you are speaking of the draft dodging little weasel bush and his crony chicken hawk, cheney...8 deferments...great men to identify with....

      August 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brandon

        it is kind of hard to dodge a draft when you are already an officer in the military. Do you people even verify your information before making stupid claims?

        August 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  42. John S

    The wrong way to fight terrorists. Too much of a target,to slow to react, to limited to adapt. This is the history of the Afghanistan war. When will we learn instead of just ignoring the obvious?

    August 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike, NH

      In January of last year, Obama redefined the strategy in Afghanistan to one of counterinsurgency. He personally picked McCrystal to implement that strategy. Counterinsurgency needs a lot of troops for a long period of time to work. McCrystal asked for 80,000 more troops. Obama gave him 30,000 and set an arbitrary deadline of 2014 for everyone to be out. Is it any wonder that it's not working?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • yuri pelham

      As I've mentioned endlessly, it's obvious we lost the war to transform Afghanistan into a civilized country... so all deaths now bloodstain US government hands. That is Obama and congress. Both have been proven dysfunctional in other areas. So get the troops home before we negligently kill more of our valued children ( Yes our brave military are our children). The dangerous characters on the world stage are in Washington not in Afghanistan. Think of that next time you vote.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  43. jdog

    So America...are those mineral rights contracts going to be worth it? The people behind all this obviously think so.....oh the lies, the spin....

    August 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Chinada

    The troops who laid down their lives died for a cause they believed in and not too many people who come on here have the right to spout out their beliefs why the troops are there. As for you number nuts with your 66 and 666... go soak your heads in the sink for a while, preferably in hot water.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat carr

      Wrong. Everyone has the right to say if the troops should not be there. it's called "free speech" look it up sometime, numbnuts.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chinada

        Okay smart one why should they not be there. There are more reasons why they should. Wahhabism to start with.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • yuri pelham

      An exercise in child sacrifice. At least they're volunteering. Those with sense stay home. Bring back the draft.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brandon

        Those with sense? I think you meant to say those without balls. Its ok, we need cowards for the world to turn too.

        August 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  45. jdog

    How many more times will we see this headline....the SAME headline...??????

    August 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  46. bresson

    Pull combat troops out. Continue specialized raids on sr al queda and taliban leaders. Save lives.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Marci

    I BLAME all of this on Terrorists. It started with 9/11. Now everyone wants to blame everyone else, Republicans, Democrats, Bush, Obama, The Tea Party..I have even seen comments in past that it is our own troops fault. The Taliban must love it.. we're going defeat our own beautiful USA with very own disparagement toward our government and its people as apparent in these posts. Signing off with this bull&*%#

    I for one, will continue to support my beautiful American and its President!

    August 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      It did not start on 9/11. May be you were not keeping attention. 9/11 was a signal to people like you to pay attention.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Marci

        And your a fool duh!

        August 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • scrow

        Jeez this is embarrassing, can't anyone in this country spell?

        August 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Steve – False propaganda made up for war is unable to influence my mind.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  48. GuestColin

    Bring them home.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Dr. Mumbai

    ___ Stay the Course !! ___

    ___ Mission Accomplished !! ___

    August 30, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      You go fight yourself

      August 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  50. fuggit

    If the Russians couldn't beat these people, HOW IN THE HELL ARE WE GOING TO DO IT? They broke the Russians, laid waste to the British, now we want a shot at it??!! ALl in the name of NO BID CONTRACTS? "Mission Accomplished" I think is what that idiot Bush said. Yep it sure was...FOR ALQUIDA. They drew us into something that is going to break us. That was the goal of 9-11 and we took the biat, hook, line & sinker.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      the Soviets , the British, the Mongolians...each at it's military peak of power.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Robbie

      The reason the russians could not accomplish this was because the militant afgan army was supported by the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This has been called a payback due to the russions aiding the North Vietnamese in the vietnam war. Please know what you are talking about before you post.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • closetiguana

        Yes America supported The Mujaheddin but that wasn't why the Soviets were defeated. It was simply location location location.

        August 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  51. jorge washinsen

    Within 2 years we will get first hand knowledge how our government will handle unrest.That is about when de checks dry up.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  52. Richard S. Russell

    Why? Why are we there? Can anyone explain it? We GOT Osama bin Laden, which was the cover story we used going in a decade ago. And we did it the way we SHOULD have done it to begin with, using good intelligence and a crack black-ops team, rather than a massive (and obscenely expensive) military invasion. According to the Pentagon's own estimates, there are fewer than 100 al-Qaeda left in the country, and it's costing us about $2,000,000 apiece, EVERY YEAR, to try to hunt them down.
     
    Oh, I know, the economy is going so splendidly at home we have tons of money to squander on sheer idiocy, so why not, right?

    August 30, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard S. Russell

      Sorry, even I couldn't believe how expensive it was, so I left off a string of zeroes that should have been included. It's costing us $2,000,000,000 (yes TWO BILLION DOLLARS) for EACH remaining al-Qaeda member in Afghanistan.
       
      And, because it bears constant reiteration, that's two billion dollars PER MAN PER YEAR, each and every year.
       
      What would victory look like? Would the US have to be totally broke? Would we have to have spent our very last penny to prove what Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and the British and Soviet Empires already learned?

      August 30, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        How about giving the money directly to those 100 AQ members ? Bernanke told he cannot print any more dollars and the politicians must deal with the economy and the debt.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  53. Ilee

    You can not fight Islam and win. Islamic religion is spread by God and not those that you are fighting.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Very true. I made some numerology about the 66 as number of Allah to make people understand, but they are stupid.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      Sheep, flock, fleeced.That is religion in a nut shell.Now the Creator of this world that works so well when man stays out of the mix,that is another matter.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • csnord

      God has nothing to do with it - there is no god or any other mystical sky fairy. Islam, and all other religions, are easily explained by gullible and stupid people willing to believe anything said by a bearded dude with a towel on his if he says it convincingly enough. Islam is spread by the power of human stupidity and there is no greater force in the Universe.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        So it is a coincidence that the americans killed in August (the month of Ramadan) were 66 and the number of Allah is 66 ?

        August 30, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      salerno

      That's beyond dumb.

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

        Beyond dumb ? All you can say it is a coincidence......

        August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • closetiguana

        it is a coincidence. That's why every other Ramadan didn't have 66 deaths.

        August 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Right, may be this year Allah was moore angry than usual.

        August 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Another point is that many of the dead were from the unity that killed Osama, the Navy seal 6.

        August 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • closetiguana

        eyes rolling

        August 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  54. closetiguana

    Hindsight being 20/20 the war in Afghanistan should never been about nation-building or sending in tens of thousands of troops. It should simply been a special-ops mission to take out Al Queda. That said, the nightmare will be all over soon and yes the nightmare will be continuing for the Afghan people but the west can't afford to "fix" countries anymore. Libya has shown that maybe we don't have to.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      OK maybe Libya was a bad example re: NATO

      August 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Xchrom

    4000+ Americans killed in the Oil War in Iraq and the Lithium War in Afghanistan.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      About 6500 killed and 40.000 injured, many severely, let alone the PTSD.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      and the Chinese will end up with the goods and not fire a shot.Dumb and dumber.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      If was over Lithium then we were in the wrong part of the planet. The bulk of the world's lithium is in South America.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  56. George Patton

    65 more troops died in Afghanistan this month all because some jokers in Washington have something to get out of their systems! Again I want to reiterate that it's high time that we got out of Afghanistan and start looking after things here at home!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      Unless there is a will to win a war at all cost it should not start.You should start with your most powerful weapon and a million years from now when the sky stops glowing go in and write a book about it.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  57. AmericanAbroad

    We should be protecting our own borders with our military. Bring home our troops and make them patrol our borders, airports, train stations, harbors, schools and cities.... Start building our own infrastructure and top of the art creations. I'm quite sick of all this money being thrown out to other counties when we have our own problems as a COUNTRY. GOD BLESS THE USA, but lets bring back the hard working American mentality that strives for American strength!

    August 30, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      What, and lose all them Liberal votes?

      August 30, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  58. JOE

    I believe it's time to stop writing these articles about US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan month after month unless you're also going to reiterate what administration and so-called president are responsible for the bloodshed and senseless lost of human life. Furthermore, if you're going to keep writing these heartwrenching articles about our continued casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, it would be more comforting to the families of the victims if you would also write why George W. Bush and his war cabinet should be sent to the ICC in the Hague to be tried for the worst war crimes of the 21st century.

    And as a concerned American I will keep reiterating that we are still fighting the Afghan war and are still suffering casualties ten years later because George W. Bush and his war cabinet and these same Republican members in congress today deliberately and negligently abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war to start their illegitimate Iraqi war.

    And I must say that I'm not one to criticize and lay blame but I feel that as Americans we must continue to keep the pressure on the GOP and put them on notice until all of the problems the they left at the White House door steps for the Obama administration have been completely desolved for one. Secondly, unless the GOP is willing to stop the game playing and the roadblocks and start working with this administration to help desolved the problems they created, they must be put on notice everytime. Furthermore, those to the right who like to blame and criticize the Obama administration for trying to fix the problems their leaders created must keep in mind that the president did not start his job on a clean slate. But stating this is unnecessary because these people are aware of the obvious just they refuse to acknowledge it.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      JOE – Even GW Bush did not start his job on a clean slate, but received the 9/11 attack as a gift by Clinton and the problems in US economy.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Militia1776

        I totally agree Salerno god help us if Obama wins a second term but if he does he will keep the blame going for another four years and people like Joe who are so gullible will keep buying it. He and others who think like him would rather cower to the terrorist that brought upon 9/11 only to let it happen again. Hence the multiple terror attacks that happen while Clinton was in the Whit House. and nothing was done.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Militia1776 – I think even Bush did mistakes anyway. I am against wars and I think US policy created the terrorism as a reaction. Ron Paul thinks the same, but he was still a minority among republicans.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • DR JOHN

      ABSOLUTELY ! GOOD POST, JOE.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      Bushs' war should have been Clintons war when it was attacked the first time under his watch. He was too busy trying to save his Presidency at the time to think about it.If the first one had succeeded the death toll would have been too many to count.

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

        Jorge – I think the Clinton's mistake and responsibility was to fight Al Qaeda. American embassies in Africa were attacked because they were fighting AQ to protect Mubaraq and his treaty with Israel. This is why 10 thousands of american died 40 thousand were injured and US economy is shrinking.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
      • jorge washinsen

        Has everyone forgotten about the Kobar towers bombing of the military barracksI think it was and the people we lost from our military? it seemed the only man aware of the nuts was Oliver North who was laughed at by some members of congress when he told them Osama Bin Laden was the only man he was afraid of.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Marci

      IJoe, I agree with you 100%. To Salerno and other like him, Eight years of problems created by Bush and son cannot be resolved so easily. That being said, Obama is the one working on getting our soldiers out of a war that Bush started..hmmm go figure.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
      • jorge washinsen

        Bush did not bomb the world trade center if I remember correctly.He has been out of the picture for 3 years.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • michael

      Not one to blame? Sounds to me like there's a lot of blaming going on. Our current President hasn't done much to end the wars either. Sounds to me like that would be an issue that both sides of the aisle are responsible for. Let's not forget the Democrats who also voted for these wars...

      August 30, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike, NH

      You do know that this war has been conducted by obama for the last 2.5 years don't you? The fact that casualties have only gone up, are an indication of a faiol;ed strategy by this administration.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  59. PittUSMC

    When you go in that election booth, ask yourself who the mainstream media continued to cover and seemed to favor. Then wake up and realize you are placing a bet on one of the horses owned by the same OWNER! The agenda continues.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott2010

      Exactly. Avoid all the faves that the media gloat about, and pay attention to the one they all seem to shun: Ron Paul.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Magoo

    Obama's Illegal Alien Uncle Charged With Drunken Driving, Held by Immigration Officials! Liberal slanted CNN is MUM AS USUAL!!!! But Fox News tells it like it is! YOUR NEWS IS BEING CENSORED BY A LIBERAL MEDIA COMPANY Go have a look for yourself!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • PittUSMC

      Don't worry, Faux News will give you equally deceiving propaganda. They all work for the same powers that keep us fighting amongst ourselves while they STOLE our country, our freedom, and our future.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      At least his family seems to have a past.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Marci

      I WILL NEVER TRUST FOX NEWS ARE YOU KIDDING ME ONE-SIDED

      August 30, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  61. JP

    I think you're all stupid for commenting on stupid comments. lol

    August 30, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      We are in good company,that is all that matters.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  62. tony

    Exxon- Mobil thanks you for your sacrifice. You may buy gas at only $4.09 a gallon for the next week.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  63. Ilee

    11 years and the whole America still fighting a group of people. Leave Afganistan now!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      I agree this war is NOT winnable....period!

      And, there is simply no reason to continue to sacrifice our brave soldiers for the protection of those UNGRATEFUL people.

      We must focus on REAL EXISTENTIAL THREATS for the US & Israel, in Pakistan and Iran.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Frankly Speaking..

        I pity your limited vocabulary or you just love the words "EXISTENTIAL" and "PAKISTAN", often used by you in the same line.. Maybe its time to get out of your basement and learn a few more words, I am just sayin..

        August 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • PittUSMC

      Bring these warriors back home to their families so we can recovery and be ready in the event OUR FREEDOM IS EVER THREATENED!!! I feel like my freedom is threatened, but it isn't from Al Qaida.I look at the ,edia trying to shove politicians down my throat while I am fully aware by who finances their campagins that they are the same puppet! We have been duped. Semper Fidelis.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      11 years? I thought 9/11 happened in 2001?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Truth to Lies

    Look around you idiots, the so called enemy live in the best neighborhoods and have the best jobs here, last I checked. You fly home from war in the cargo dept. And the Arabs are flying first class. Wake up and stop being stupid.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • PittUSMC

      So, you still think the enemy is Arabs and we are the idiot? We bomb them, they hate us, they retaliate, our news feeds us propaganda and we continue to sell off our future in an imperialistic war campaign that serves no purpose towards the our freedom and is counterproductive to our security. Tell that mom whose son comes home in a box that her son died for a cause because if not OUR freedom would be in jeopardy.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
      • M.L.

        Dear Pitt,
        I agree. Bring our warriors home. We need now more than anytime in the last 12 years to focus on our people and our freedom. Here's hoping our people come home now.

        August 30, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  65. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Until & unless we extend this war into the fertile grounds of Pakistan (for the Taliban & ALL ISLAMIC terrorists), break that country up, seize their ISLAMIC BOMB, not only will we NOT win this war, but the sword dangling on our heads posing an existential threat to America will never be eliminated!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Don't worry, President Bachmann has a secret plan to "take care" of all that you mentioned. You will be in good hands. Vote Bachmann/Palin 2012

      August 30, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
      • PittUSMC

        RON PAUL or a real revolution is needed. You live in a ONE party government. Quit being duped.

        August 30, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Ron Paul is the best US politician. The problems are the lobbying activities, anyway.

        August 30, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Scott2010

        I'm starting to see more support for Ron Paul everywhere I go, even though most of the media outlets won't even mention his name. That's a good sign.

        August 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      Amit, I would've called you a racist p-ig but then Islam is not a race. I dont blame your upbringing for the ignorance you fester. Some people are hard-wired to be sick puppies and you sir are one of them..

      Btw, the Islamic bomb was dropped 1400 years ago and it continues to flourish and there is nothing, I REPEAT nothing you or anyone else can do to subdue it. This is verily the truth from Allah and that your arduous work to destroy it is nothing more than wishful thinking..

      Peace be with you my friend

      August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peter

        People like Amit made us who were are now, Losers as we interfere in others business

        August 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    End the wars for profit! Bring our braves Troops Home!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  67. Me

    Why is the girl on the right wearing the colours of the French flag?

    August 30, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • duh

      she's not. it's an easel with a garland of flowers on it

      August 30, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Because it wasn't only Americans who were killed...

      August 30, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      The American flag and the French flag and the UK's union jack all have the same 3 colors

      August 30, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • uraculo

      The word is "Colors"

      August 30, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  68. Truth to Lies

    Keep voting for the Republicans because you think they hate Blacks, and keep hating Obama. Vote for Sarah Palin ... lol .... can you believe that these racists are that stupid? Yes ignorance is blind. The republicans will keep shipping your jobs out, while you go from your trailers to boxes .. lol .. but you got your hate!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • uraculo

      May want to check on who was in control of the Congress during the first decade of 2000.BTW you can disagree with an inexperienced over his head president and not be a bigot or trailer trash. But you can't be a supporter and believer in hope and change without being an idiot.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  69. Truth to Lies

    Ok, the truth is that 60 American troops were killed in two separate bomb attacks on two seperate military bases and they are only mentioning 30 troops in a Helicopter crash to appease the families of the dead. You crazy Americans keep thinking that your kids are dying for our freedom. We are free already. Your kids won't be able to find a job at Mc Donalds when they return.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  70. Angela232

    Does the "hammer blow" mean no deaths next month?

    August 30, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  71. Truth to Lies

    Keep putting those stupid simple comments up, and rejecting the real ones. I'm sure if I would have said " stupid troops " it would be up there. I bet I am not the only one that sees through the BS.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  72. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    All this numerology stuff would be funny if we were not talking about dead soldiers.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  73. Umar

    American Losssssssssssssssssssssssssing the war,, Talibaaaan winnnnnnnnnnnning the war using horses and old guns

    August 30, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Keep thinking that

      August 30, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • joe08

      And how many taliban died? how can you say we are losing when only 66 people died this month? how does this compair to past conflicts. The number of killed soldiers is staggerling low compaired to pervious wars.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      I think I hear one of your Goat Wives calling....Realy? Are you that stupid?

      August 30, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Peter

        And your wife is calling you too

        August 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peter

        I am not sure if she is a goat or is it a he. Freedom of Speech

        August 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickyL

      Umar might be a dope....but it is time to come home.

      We kicked butt on those responsible for 9/11 and those who sheltered them.

      Now, it's time to leave before we turn victory into defeat.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • AUTige08

      Dude... We kill 100 durka durka rag heads for every one soldier killed. I'll take that ratio... Idiot

      August 30, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
      • PittUSMC

        Will you? I know some of the names of those soldiers (and Marines). Do you think their wives and children find comfort knowing their loved one killed 100 "burkas"? When all is done, and we come to our senses Al Qaida will still exist. We create the enemy with our foreign meddling. It is a racket called war profiteering and it has NOTHING to do with freedom.

        August 30, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • PittUSMC

      Only the war profiteers are winning this war. It is winless and endless. The goal of the powerful is not to win, but to expand and weaken.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Maurice

        Unfortunately that very logical and truthful explanation doesn't chime with the simplistic "freedom & democracy" propaganda that is drilled into the American youths head from day 1.

        August 30, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      We need to get out before it is too late. There is no winning by fooling ourselves and we cannot win by patronizing others. They are winning on horses because of the battle condition. Get our troops home.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Jacob Mandel

    Just another reason CNN should show Ron Paul some respect and help spread his voice.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Ron Paul is the most intelligent US politicians. He even made a lot of money betting on gold against stocks, but nobody listened him. He is even against war for humanitarian reasons, showing that it is possible to be a sensitive person, loving own country and still making money while the stupids lost their own.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
      • PittUSMC

        RON PAUL 2012!!! The ONLY non-owned candidate. Anyone else is a vote for business as usual.

        August 30, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  75. fk

    & FYI I am a Muslim

    August 30, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      You have my condolences. I would leave islam if I was you. Nothing but death and misery there.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  76. Susan

    Every month is a deadly month for our troops in Afghanistan. Just bring them home so that other families do not have to suffer the pain of losing a loved one as my family did when we lost our dearly beloved son Patrick.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • MannyZ

      Sorry for your lose, RIP Patric.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  77. Brute

    And the number of the bible is 66... There are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.. seriously, play with numbers and you can make anything up.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Brute Force

      69 for jesus!

      August 30, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Brute – It is not an arbitrary playing. There are precise rules. Every letter is a number . A=1 L = 30 H= 5 Allah is a 4 letters name and the total is 66.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Guest

        A=1 L=30 L=30 A=1 H=5.... That's 67.

        August 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        NO GUEST – IT IS 66. YOU ADDED A SECOND LETTER "A" INEXISTENT IN ARABIC NAME OF ALLAH WICH IS COMPOSED BY 4 LETTERS 1 -A 2- L 3 -L 4-H TOTAL 66.

        August 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jason

        Actually, since you have a double consonant in Arabic you don't write it twice. You write it once with a mark above it called a shadda. So the name is alif, lam, ha. The vowels are not written and the lam has a shadda. So technically it is a 3 letter name.

        August 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Jason – YOU ARE WRONG. IN THE QURAN ALLAH IS WRITTEN USING 2 L. MODERN ARABIC DOES NOT COUNT.

        August 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  78. charms

    I bet the Taliban wants the US to stay there as long as possible. $2 billion a month in war sunk costs is crippling to any nation

    August 30, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  79. salerno

    August the dedliest month for american soldiers as 66 died. 66 is the number of Allah and august is the month of Ramadan.
    Nothing happens without a motivation !

    August 30, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • charms

      Allah the idol?

      August 30, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • fk

      Your a moron

      August 30, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • .

      I think the number of Allah is 666... and stop with your stupid Muslim prophecies..

      August 30, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      And if you add up all the numbers on a roulette wheel it comes out to 666. Strange isn't it?

      August 30, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      allah the pagan moon god of the Quarish tribe of mohamed. Also known as a Demon called allah.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      . You think wrong. 666 is another number. A = 1 L = 30 L= 30 H =5. Allah is a 4 letter name and the total is 66.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
      • jj

        The average IQ of the people on this board is 66.

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