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Entries in US troop deaths (3)

Tuesday
Jun222010

Michael Yon’s criticism of McChrystal deemed prophetic

Updated on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 1:36PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

by Kay B. Day

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Aug. 20, 2009): Col. David Haight, commander of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (left), briefs Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of International Security Assistance Force, on the progress of Task Force Spartan's area of operation and the efforts of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams at Forward Operating Base Shank, Aug. 21. (Photo by Spc. Matthew Thompson; courtesy Dept. of Defense.).Rolling Stone’s advance of an article with controversial remarks by Gen. Stanley McChrystal about President Barack Obama’s prosecution of the war will be on the screen for days to come. Apparently the general opened up to a freelancer and held little back when it came to deriding vice-president Joe Biden and ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry. Eikenberry retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant General.*

But war correspondent Michael Yon had begun to ask questions about the leadership in Afghanistan weeks ago.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

Code Pink’s Evans heckled Rove because she’s like ‘a police officer’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) poses in this undated photo with Code Pink Founder Cindy Sheehan. The photo is from Pelosi's congressional website.Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink, appeared on ‘America Live’ with Megyn Kelly on Wednesday, justifying heckling Karl Rove. Rove was appearing at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills (Calif.) as part of his book tour for the newly released ‘Courage and Consequence.’

Evans and a few of the Code Pinksters heckled and interrupted Rove, “at the end” of the event she said, because she wanted to arrest him. She told Kelly she had drawn up a citizen’s arrest for Rove and resorted to the standard name-calling her group employs whether they’re heckling conservative writers or Marine recruiting offices.

There was a comic moment when Evans asked Kelly, “Are you gonna tell me I should be polite?” She also said Rove didn’t make himself “available” so she took the “opportunity” during his appearance.

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Thursday
Feb042010

AFP says Taliban manipulates rules of engagement; US media slow to report

Commentary by Kay B. Day

War memorial at Billard Park in Jacksonville, Fla. [photo by Kay B. Day]Imagine the frustration of having to abide by stringent rules of engagement while the enemy can get away with murder and human rights groups turn a blind eye. Agence France-Presse reported on battlefield conditions in Southern Afghanistan after a unit of Marines was ambushed in Helmand Province.Two men were killed; three were wounded.

A platoon commander, after acknowledging the “rules are there for a reason,” said the Taliban manipulates “rules of engagement by using women and children as shields and shooting from hidden positions before dropping their weapons and standing out in the open.”

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